Characters from A Court of Thorns And Roses. Spoilers from the first book will be unmarked. Work in progress.
A young woman and adept hunter and provider for a family of four that is struggling with extreme poverty. She becomes Fae at the end of the first book and is gifted with each of the High Lords' powers through her resurrection.
- Action Girl: She starts off with shades of this, being a huntress unafraid to stand up to Fae. Character Development eventually causes her to develop into one proper, capable of wielding great power against armies.
- Badass Normal: Feyre is a regular human that can hold her own against Fae and their clever tricks. People still talk about her feats in the second book.
- Betty and Veronica: She's the Archie to Tamlin and Rhysand. Tamlin is the First Love golden, kind boy ( at first) while Rhysand is the handsome, snarky wild card.
- Broken Bird: She is a resilient young woman who struggles with many emotional issues.
- Came Back Strong: Did she ever.
- Child of Two Worlds: As a human Made Fae, she has a foot in both worlds; she'll never be welcomed back into human lands, but she still cares about humankind.
- Claustrophobia: After her time Under the Mountain, she's developed an intense fear of being trapped, especially in small, underground spaces.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: To the Fae as a whole, but especially towards Rhysand and the Night Court.
- Despair Event Horizon: She goes through it a few times, most notably when she's Under the Mountain and locked in Tamlin's mansion for her "protection"
- Destructive Romance: Her relationship with Tamlin turns out this way.
- Elemental Powers: She can control wind, fire, ice, and darkness after her resurrection as a Fae.
- Emotionless Girl: She's this for much of the second book, due to struggling with her guilt and PTSD. She gets better.
- Fantastic Racism: She starts out hating Fae, like most humans, and the plot starts because she murders one (unknowingly, but at the time Feyre admits it wouldn't have made a difference). She grows out of this.
- Fish out of Water: In Prythian - she's a human girl surrounded by Fae.
- Girl of My Dreams: Rhys reveals in A Court of Mist and Fury that he started having dreams about her three years before he met her.
- Hidden Depths: One of the first things you learn about this cold, practical girl is that she's an artist at heart. She doesn't get to paint often because of her family's financial situation, but she secretly longs to more than anything. When she eventually gets the chance, she also shows herself to be skilled at it.
- Icy Blue Eyes: Her eyes are blue-gray, and she's a quite haughty person. Even after she defrosts, Mother help you if you piss her off.
- Impoverished Patrician: Her father used to be the Prince of Merchants, but lost it all after a deal gone wrong. Now they live in a tiny, rundown hut struggling to survive.
- Inhumanly Beautiful Race: After she becomes Fae.
- Interspecies Romance: With Tamlin, before she becomes Fae.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Since she if gifted with all the powers of each Court, though she isn't proficient with all of them yet.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In all the books. In the first, she's racist and suspicious of the Fae, but gradually shows a more compassionate side to them. In the second and third, her compassion is often hidden by coldness and anger, but it's still very present for her friends, both her races and her people.
- Lady of War: Becomes one into the second book.
- Mindlink Mates: She's bonded to Rhys.
- Modest Royalty: She is the High Lady of the Night Court, but she enjoys interacting with people and prefers to dress to work, over-dressing extravagantly.
- Never a Self-Made Woman: While Feyre indeed becomes a High Lady, it is because Rhysand handed the position to her. It's worth noting, though, that Prythian is remarkably sexist, and she wouldn't have gotten it any other way.
- Nothing but Skin and Bones: She loses a lot of weight throughout the beginning of the second book.
- Revenge Before Reason: What destroying Tamlin's Spring Court ultimately was. Feyre admits she didn't think about the consequences of leaving it in ruins for Hybern to sweep through, didn't think whether they'd need the army or political support because she was so focused on getting back at them for allowing Tamlin's abuse.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: After becoming High Lady of the Night Court. She won't let her new position stop her from risking her life to protect her friends or her people.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Her experiences Under the Mountain have left her wrestling with guilt, self-loathing, and nightmares during the second book. She's healed some in the third but notes that the wounds are still there.
- Shipper on Deck:
- Initially comes off as one for Mor/Azriel until the former came out to her.
- She also comments on Azriel/Elain seeming like a good match.
- Starving Artist: Although she's not starving because she's an artist, she's starving because her family fell from grace. Still, Feyre loves painting and art, and secretly dreams of living a peaceful life where she can paint all she wants. Eventually she loses the "starving" part.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: She can be exceptionally kind and warm to her friends, but tends to be aloof to others.
- Telepath: Becomes one thanks to the power from Rhys.
- Trauma Button: Being underground or locked up reminds her of her three months Under the Mountain, triggering panic attacks.
- When She Smiles: Her smile is noted to be beautiful, though it takes a lot of work to get her to smile at all.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Once she is brought into Prythian, she is forbidden from returning to her homeland or her family.
Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court
Tamlin is the High Lord of the Spring Court, and later Feyre's lover. Throughout the first book, his court is cursed with being unable to remove their masks, and the only way to break this curse is to make a human girl who passionately hates the Fae love him.
- Adorkable: Lucien notes he's terrible at flirting with women, and it certainly shows with his early attempts at wooing Feyre. It is downplayed at first considering that Feyre doesn't find it sweet at all, but Played Straight later after Feyre opens up to him about her passion for painting.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He's a competent warrior and is a High Lord.
- Badass Baritone: Has a deep, compelling voice.
- Bastard Boyfriend: He's incredibly protective of Feyre, to the point of locking her in his house and forbidding her from leaving, which leads to her having a breakdown. Somewhat Justified in that being Under the Mountain messed him up.
- Betty and Veronica: Appears to be the Betty with Feyre as the Archie and Rhysand as the Veronica.
- Broken Bird: His experience Under the Mountain broke something deep in him, turning protectiveness into possessiveness.
- Cool Mask: Part of the curse on him makes him and his entire court unable to remove the masks they wore at a masquerade fifty years before.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: He has golden hair and golden-toned skin.
- Destructive Romance: His relationship with Feyre proves to be one of these.
- Despair Event Horizon: In A Court of Frost and Starlight as a result of Feyra's plan to ruin him. It seems to have worked too well.
- Distressed Dude: The entire end third of A Court of Thorns and Roses has Tamlin needing Feyre to save him.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's blond and generally kind. At least, it seems that way.
- Hyper-Awareness: Tamlin is unbelievably perceptive of his surroundings in A Court of Thorns and Roses much to Feyre's dismay, given that most of her attempts at deceiving the High Fae of the Spring Court are botched before they even start.
- Inhumanly Beautiful Race: Being Fae does that.
- Interspecies Romance: With the human Feyre, at first.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Since he's wearing a mask for much of the first book, Feyre makes mention of how masculine his jawline is.
- Light Is Not Good: He's from one of the most beautiful courts that represents spring and light - but he himself is willing to stoop to extremely low levels to maintain his possession of Feyre.
- Love Makes You Evil: His love for Feyre leads him to collaborate with the King of Hybern when she leaves him in order to live in the Night Court.
- Mood-Swinger: Loses his temper regularly.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: His desire to get Feyre, despite what she herself wants, back leads him to support the King of Hybern, who wants to enslave all of humanity again.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's old enough to have been an adult during the human/Fae war, which occurred four hundred years ago.
- Romantic False Lead: To Feyre.
- Shapeshifting: His court power is the ability to shift forms.
- Tempting Fate: He told Amarantha that he'd rather sleep with a human rather than her - leading to the aforementioned curse.
- Warrior Prince: He far preferred studying war and training with swords to learning to rule a court, so he struggles a lot with the position forced on him.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Rhysand.
- Yandere: Becomes more apparent after his time Under the Mountain. He becomes incredibly protective of Feyre, to the point of controlling her actions. It culminates in him locking her in their house, which doesn't go well for her. When she runs away to the Night Court, he becomes hell-bent on "winning" her back, to the point he ignores the note she sent expressing that she was safe and happy. He also tends to become easily jealous of the time she spends with other men, to the point of telling her platonic friend, Lucien, to back off.
Rhysand "Rhys" of the Night Court
The High Lord of the Night Court, known for being cold, callous and hedonistic. He's Amarantha's dragon.
- Ambiguously Brown: Hes described by Feyre as golden-skinned on more than one occasion, and most fan art depicts him with light brown skin.
- Badass Baritone: Feyre notes that his voice is very deep and smooth - and he's extremely capable and strong, both physically and magically.
- Betty and Veronica: He, with his dark good looks and snarky nature, appears to be the Veronica to Tamlin's light-haired and straightforward Betty for Feyre's Archie. However, Tamlin, later on, begins to reveal an increasing possessiveness and locks Feyre in his mansion.
- Big Brother Instinct: He had a younger sister he adored. She and her mother were brutally murdered and had their wings clipped off and kept as trophies by Tamlin's family.
- Broken Ace: He's incredibly skilled but also very, very broken. Beyond the trauma of being a Sex Slave, he's got a shockingly low sense of self-worth, feeling that he's never given enough for his people, and puts on so many masks because he's afraid no one will love what they see underneath.
- Casting a Shadow: His powers are based on darkness.
- The Charmer: To further contrast Tamlin, Rhys is very smooth-talking.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's got darkness-based powers, wears all black, is secretive and cruel, but it's all for the sake of protecting his home. And in fact, Beneath the Mask he's a progressive person who doesn't enjoy being cruel.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's always got a quip up his sleeve.
- The Dragon: To Amarantha. Except he had been plotting for decades to find a way to kill her.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: He has jet black hair and is noted to be unusually pale from his time Under the Mountain - with his shadows based party, this just makes him more intimidating. In the second book on, though, this is averted as he's regained some color from being in the sun again.
- Elemental Hair: His hair is midnight black, and his powers are based on shadows.
- Fatal Flaw:
- Secrecy. Rhys has a very bad habit of keeping his plans and thoughts from even his allies, which has done nothing to quell the rumors about his maliciousness. His actions also inevitably end up hurting the people he cares about when they come to light this way than if he'd just been honest outright.
- Also self-sacrifice. Rhys would give anything for his people, to downright unnecessarily suicidal lengths. Because of this, he ended up a Sex Slave for fifty years and made himself the most hated man in Prythian.
- The Good King: The Court of Dreams love him for this reason. Rhys devotes his life to making sure they're comfortable and happy, and he also tries to help the girls in the savage Illyrian camps have better standings.
- Half-Fae Hybrid: He is the product of a High Fae father and an Illyrian, aka a "lesser Fae", mother.
- Inhumanly Beautiful Race: Even for a Fae - Feyre calls him the most attractive man she has ever seen.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rhys knew that Feyre was his mate, but wasn't going to debate her marrying Tamlin because she was happy, and deserved to be happy - though this changed when she called for help over their bond.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Rhys's secretive nature and plotting make him mysterious at best and outright cruel at worst; no one knows what he's thinking, and he'll do anything to get the results he wants, including mock, drug, or torture. The cruelty is just an aloof act, however. His secrecy is genuine and does cause him to make mistakes or hurt others, but Rhys is actually quite kind, giving positions to those the rest of Pyrithian considers undeserving, pushing for social reform to help the oppressed women and lesser Fae, and helping Feyre through her abuse and trauma in the second book.
- Martyr Without a Cause: Rhys will give anything and everything of himself at the first opportunity, even if it's unnecessary or if he'd be better off letting his loved ones help him.
- Purple Eyes: He's got blue/violet eyes that are noted for being beautiful and very unique. It reflects his status as the strongest High Lord in history and the first who is not of pure High Fae blood.
- Pretty Boy: He's described as beautiful in contrast to Tamlin's manly handsomeness.
- Rape as Drama: Amarantha used him as a Sex Slave, raping him for fifty years.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's around the same age as Tamlin, but looks like he's in his mid-20s.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He is incredibly devoted to his people.
- Second Love: He's this to Feyre.
- Sex Slave: He was this to Amarantha.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: He uses his magic to always appear this way.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: All that beauty did was put him in the crossfires of being a Sex Slave for fifty years.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Incredibly sarcastic.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Also incredibly handsome.
- Telepath: He's a "daemati", which is an exceedingly rare trait among the Fae.
- Terms of Endangerment: He calls Feyre "Feyre darling".
- Warrior Prince: He was trained in war by his mother's Illyrian people, and actually fought in the Great War over 500 years ago.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything he's done, he's done for the sake of protecting his people. Rhys straight-out admits he'll do anything to protect his people, including going to very self-sacrificing lengths.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Tamlin.
Court of Night
A member of the Inner Circle and one of Rhysand's best friends.
- A Father to His Men: He's Rhys's general and cares for all his men deeply. Rhys explains that when casualties are tallied, Cassian writes the letters to the family personally, and sometimes even delivers them by hand.
- Amazon Chaser: More mentally and emotionally than physically, but he definitely seems to like Nesta because of her spirit.
- Bash Brothers: With Rhysand.
- Hidden Depths: He's as rough as you'd expect from the leader of Rhys's armies, but Cassian is noted to be surprisingly perspective. He can pick up on when Feyre's in a bad mood and adjust their training as necessary to best account for that. Feyre herself notes that she shouldn't be surprised by this; after all, as a general, he probably needs to be able to read his men's moods before going into battle.
- Four-Star Badas: He is the main General Commander to the Night Court's armies.
- Mama's Boy: He's very fond of his mother. Her horrible treatment at the hands of his village motivated him to burn it down to avenge her and push for progressiveness to save other Illyrian girls from the same fate.
- Nice Guy: Beneath the roughness, Cassian is probably one of the genuinely nicest people in the series.
- No Social Skills: He's a war general, not a courtier. His "ability" to compliment women is something his friends rib him over.
- Power Limiter: Uses Siphons to filter his power.
- The Promise: He makes one to Nesta that he'll keep her and Elain safe, no matter what. He fails it at the end of the second book, although he can't be blamed as he was half-dead at the time. He still blames himself anyway.
- Really 700 Years Old: Roughly the same age as Rhys.
- Ship Tease: With Nesta.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: A Court of Frost and Starlight reveals that he burned down the Illyrian village he grew up to avenge his mother.
- Winged Humanoid: He's Illyrian, a fae race with large bat-like wings.
A member of the Inner Circle, Rhysand's spymaster, and close friend.
- Abusive Parents: His father and step-mother locked him up for eleven years, letting him out for one hour a day and giving him one hour a week with his real mother.
- All Love Is Unrequited: He has carried a torch for Mor for five hundred years. Unfortunately for him, they're an Incompatible Orientation.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: He usually sits quietly at the edges of any social gathering, but Mother help you if you insult one of his friends or worse Mor. Azriel will come over there in the blink of an eye and physically attack you.
- Black Humor: He can be snarky at times, but because of his stoicism and profession he tends to lean on the dark side of thing.Azriel: (being asked about Byraxis) [I haven't heard] a word. Or a scream, for that matter.
- Casting a Shadow: He's a shadowsinger, which means he's unusual among the Illyrians in being able to control and listen through shadows.
- I Call It "Vera": His favorite dagger is called Truth-Teller, after the fact he uses it to torture information out of people.
- Not So Stoic: Anger him enough and he'll snap.
- Power Limiter: Uses Siphons to filter his power.
- Really 700 Years Old: Roughly the same age as Rhys.
- Ship Tease: Besides his huge crush on Mor, he gets a bit of tease with Elain.
- The Stoic: He's quiet, reserved, and doesn't often show emotion. Unless you push him.
- Torture Technician: Part of his job as spymaster is also extracting information from people. Azriel isn't overly fond of this part of the job but accepts it as a grim necessity.
- Winged Humanoid: He's Illyrian, a fae race with large bat-like wings.
A member of the Inner Circle, in charge of running Velaris and the Court of Nightmares. Rhysand's cousin.
- Abusive Parents: Her father sold her into marriage and later on left her for the dead after she had lost her virginity to Cassian.
- Beware the Silly Ones: She's flighty and chipper, but also a terrifying war general.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She loves dressing up and looking pretty as much as she does alcohol.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She's noted to be a frequenter of the bars in Velaris, and she enjoys dragging Cassian and Azriel to drinks with her.
- Interspecies Romance / MayflyDecember Romance: In the past, she had been in a relationship with Andromache, a mortal queen.
- Lady of War: She is The Morrigan, harbinger of death on the battlefield, graceful and deadly.
- Nice Girl: She's one of the other kindest characters in the series, immediately welcoming Feyre to the Night Court and telling her that if she needs anything at all, she can come to her. She doesn't even care that she doesn't know Feyre or that Feyre is rather rude and distant at the time.
- Oblivious to Love: Comes off as this, with how she seems to fail to notice Az's obvious feelings for her. It turns out she's been very aware of them and has no idea what to do since she doesn't feel the same way, so she just pretends not to know.
- Suddenly Sexuality: While A Court of Mist and Fury implies that Mor and Azriel will get together, it is later revealed in A Court of Wings and Ruin that Mor is bisexual, but with a stronger preference for women. This retcon was likely an attempt by the author to add more diversity, but the way it was handled has since received a lot of criticism since until that point Mor had expressed an interest in only men.
TarquinThe High Lord of the Summer Court.
The eldest of the Archeron sisters.
- Informed Attractiveness: Is often described as a devastating beauty and has caught the eye of many notable characters.
- Badass Normal: She was still human when she managed to unnerve the previously unflappable king of Hybern.
- Big Sister Instinct: Towards Elain. Eventually towards Feyre as well.
- Brutal Honesty: She'll say what's on her mind, socially acceptable politeness be damned.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Of the verbal kind. She basically owns everyone in a verbal argument, including Rhysand.
- Death Glare: Very adept at these.
- Defiant to the End: She will not go down without kicking, screaming, and cursing all the way. The king of Hybern's guards are noted to struggle to force her into the Cauldron, and her last action before being dumped into it is to snarl and point at the king in a way that promises death.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She is very adamant when it comes refusing Feyre's and the Inner Circle's help in A Court of Frost and Starlight. Mainly because she knows that it's their fault for dragging her into this in the first place.
- Handicapped Badass: Mentally rather than physically. As of A Court of Frost and Starlight, Nesta is going through clinical depression and is subsequently trying to cope with it in very destructive ways, i.e drinking, gambling and sleeping with as many Fae males as possible. Feyre's and Cassian's attempts to help her make her feel worse than she already is.
- Heroic Willpower: Nesta is the only one of her family that withstands the effects of Tamlin's glamour due to her strong willpower. She admits that it was hard for her to see their father and Elain being so content with the glamour.
- Impoverished Patrician: Like her sisters.
- Living Lie Detector: She is very apt at sensing people are trying to hide something from her, particularly Feyre and Rhysand.
- Ship Tease: With Cassian.
- Trauma Button: She quietly admits to Feyre that she can't take baths after being forced into the Cauldron.
The middle one of the Archeron sisters.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She stabs the king of Hybern in the neck when he corners and almost kills Nesta. "Don't touch my sister!" indeed!
- Break the Cutie: The poor thing is forcefully dumped into the Cauldron, turned Fae against her will, granted visions of things she doesn't understand and fears, and is told by her fiance that he hates her now. Someone give her a hug!
- Green Thumb: She loves gardening and tends to it herself.
- Impoverished Patrician: Like her sisters.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She's basically so sweet and pure that the Cauldron is in awe of it and wants to give her a gift in honor, unlike Nesta who steals from it.
- Morality Pet: For Nesta and Azriel. Nesta would do anything for Elain, and Azriel becomes gently protective of her, to the point he loans her Truth-Teller, which Rhys notes has never happened before.
- My Nayme Is: Her name is "Elain" rather than the usual Elaine.
- Nice Girl: By far the sweetest character in the entire series. Feyre mentions that Elain once used all her money buying gifts for her sisters once, not for herself, and while she's spooked by the Fae, she treats them with nothing but polite kindness.
- The Ophelia: Becomes this in A Court of Wings and Ruin, becoming only semi-lucid, rambling in strange ways, locking herself up, and generally wasting away.
- Screw Destiny: Thus far has this mindset towards her mating bond with Lucien, who she is not very fond of.
- Seer: The Cauldron gifted her with these abilities after she was dumped in it.
- Ship Tease: A little with Azriel.
King of Hybern
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He is only ever referred to as the King of Hybern, despite being the primary antagonist of the series.