Improbable Weapon User: In the first book, her main weapon is basically a ping pong ball. One that hits with surprising force, always returns to her pocket and emits divine light, but still. Upon awakening as Vajra, it's revealed to be a living lightning bolt and a powerful (if indecisive) Morph Weapon.
Kid Hero: She's twelve in End of Time, turning thirteen in Song of Death.
Like Father, Like Son: The Sleeper accuses her of being just as much of a treacherous liar as her mother.
I Just Want to Have Friends: A big part of her reason for lying is her feelings of isolation and desire for companionship. A vision of her Pandava sisters turning against her almost breaks her.
Morph Weapon: Vajra, once awakened, can take on several forms based on its own whims and Arus mental commands. Favorites include a sword, rope, net, javelin, a bracelet or ball when inactive, and its natural form as a bolt of lightning.
Pajama-Clad Hero: A Spiderman one which ends up rather battered for the first novel.
Pop-Cultured Badass: She loves watching movies and is aghast when Mini doesn't get a reference to The Matrix. She constantly makes references to movies and, in her internal monologue, often likens events on their quests to events in movies she's watched.
Shock and Awe: By virtue of her signature weapon being a lightning bolt.
Super Not-Drowning Skills: Much to her confusion, in book two she finds herself breathing underwater and talking to fish despite her powers coming from the Lord of the Heavens. Turns out those gifts come from Uloopi, Queen of the Nagas and one of her past selfs many wives.
Heroic BSoD: Her reaction when the Dharma Raja acknowledges her as his daughter. Aru manages to comfort her.
I Call It "Vera": Her divine weapon is nicknamed Dee Dee, short for the Death Danda.
Magic Mirror: Her gift from the claiming is a compact mirror that can reveal and conjure illusions. Later on awakens as the Death Danda, a full-on Magic Staff capable of force bubbles and energy blasts.
Magic Staff: Her divine weapon takes the form of a magical danda stick.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Brynne is abrasive and argumentative, and she and Aru do not start off on the best foot, causing them to argue all the time. But her heart is in the right place, and much of her abrasiveness is mostly wariness about being judged for her Assura heritage. She also grows to love and enthusiastically support Aru and Mini in their quest in the second novel, even declaring them family. Although this does not stop her from teasing Aru and Mini from time to time.
Like Brother and Sister: She has this relationship with Aiden. They are childhood best friends ever since Aiden stood up for her in kindergarten, and she does even say that he's basically like her brother. After finding out that Aiden is the reincarnation of Queen Drupathi, the Pandava brothers' wife, she declares disgustedly that, even if Aiden was her wife in a previous life she would never want to marry him, as he isn't her type.
Nephewism: She never met her dad and her mother abandoned her, so she ended up being raised by her two uncles.
Overly Long Name: Brynne's full name is Brynne Tvarika Lakshmi Balamuralikrishna Rao. When Aru looks surprised at the length of her name, Brynne explains it away as due to her being Telugu.
Stout Strength: She is described as having thick, long limbs, and, when a Naga guard reassures another Naga guard that there's nothing wrong with being fat, Brynne raises a fist in solidarity. She's also by far the strongest of the Pandavas.
Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Brynne is violent, athletic, and abrasive with a huge adoration for pointy things and an even bigger appetite. She is definitively the toughest fighter of the Pandavas. However, she also loves cooking.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: She first appears as a wolf before transforming herself into a girl then a bird. She has this ability due to being part Assura.
Baleful Polymorph: His current pigeon body is explicitely a curse. He was very much human before, and strives to regain this form.
I Have Many Names: He's currently Boo to the Pandavas, the Council of Guardians know him as Subala and the Sleeper calls him Shakhuni.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He constantly berates his (unwitting) pupils and a big part of playing the mentor is to regain his former power and glory, but he genuinely believes into the girls' potential to be great.
Large Ham: Horrendously dramatic and bombastic in speech. It falls really flat since he's, you know, a pigeon.
Papa Wolf: If the girls are attacked, he will do his best to help them to fight or flee in spite of his body - which is very much unsuited to this.
Stern Teacher: He's very demanding towards the girls as he's aware of their huge potential.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She imprisoned Suyodhana into the diya, which led him to believe she never truly loved him and helped him to fall into an evil mindset. Which was exactly what she wanted to avert.
Parents as People: There's no doubting her love for Aru, but she's constantly away and it strains their relationship. There's also the fact she hid the truth about her daughter's conception and destiny...
Nice Guy: He's absolutely chuffed to learn the newest Pandavas are empowered girls and gives them tools to succeed in their quest.
The Omniscient: His role is to know everything about everyone to decide of a proper afterlife.
Palace of Illusions
Animal Motifs: Gives off the impression of a loving dog which still pines after its masters.
Bewildering Punishment: When the Pandavas permanently left, the Palace wondered if it were at fault but couldn't devine what wrong it did for its owners to abandon it. It takes Aru and Mini explaining they actually just forget their previous lives to break it from this mindset.
Evil Former Friend: He and Boo used to get along in their incarnations as Duryodhana and Shakhuni, but Boo ultimately reformed himself.
I Have Many Names: Everyone calls him the Sleeper, but his girlfriend refers to him as Suyodhana.
Mismatched Eyes: At least twice, he's described with a blue eye and a brown one.
Mysterious Parent: Aru never knew anything regarding him nor cared until forced by the circumstances.
Not So Stoic: Noticeably bitter towards his former lover, Aru's mother Kritika. He's visibly angry and upset when confronting an illusion of her.
Screw Destiny: He used to believe he could avert his fate as a bringer of the Apocalypse. He's quite desabused and resigned to it nowadays.
Sympathy for the Devil: Aru briefly feels pity after seeing his past and realizing the once-human Sleeper only wanted a happy life with his family, but quickly decides that the only thing which matters is stopping him rampage now.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Once upon a time, he dreamed to defy his fate and have a peaceful life with his lover and their yet-to-be-born child. Eleven years stuck into a lamp really soured his disposition, moreso because his own girlfriend did the deed and their daughter is supposed to destroy him.
Was Once a Man: In his previous life, he was the Pandavas' bitterest foe, Duryodhana.