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- All of the Other Reindeer: He receives some ostracization from the Brightforest Troop for being a lion.
- Anti-Hero: Fearless starts out a kindhearted, somewhat cocky cub who gets the rug torn from underneath him when his father is killed, causing Fearless to be run out of his pride. After being kicked out of the Brightforest Troop for being a lion, Fearless' more negative traits come to light. He's very driven by his desire for revenge. By the end of the second book Fearless has become a much meaner character under Titanpride.
- Earn Your Title: Fearless is referred to as the "Cub of the Stars" by the Brightforest Troop. They found him in a tree and believe him to be blessed to them by the Great Spirit.
- Happily Adopted: After being run out of his pride and left for dead, Fearless is adopted by a baboon troop. He loves his new family, but not all of the troop agree with keeping him around.
- Interspecies Adoption: Having spent a large chunk of his cubhood amongst baboons, Fearless has to learn how to act like a lion. Even then, being raised amongst baboons gives Fearless insight and character traits that are rare amongst lions.
- Interspecies Friendship: His best friends are two baboons, Mud and Thorn.
- Kid Hero: At the start of the series he's only a cub, being a little over a year old at the end of the first book.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After Nut nearly causes Mud to get killed by crocodiles and shows no concern at all, Fearless attacks him. But when he sees everyone terrified, he feels ashamed from having attacked a member of the troop.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: In Code Of Honor, he ends up becoming a more cruel lion under Titan's reign, as opposed to the innocent and helpful lion cub he was in Broken Pride.
- Young and in Charge: He becomes the leader of his own pride at only one-years old.
- You Killed My Father: Fearless is out to get revenge on Titan for murdering his father, Gallant, and taking his pride.
- Eye Scream: Jealous of her abilities, Artful blinded her. One of her eyes is outright missing while the other is scarred.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Gallant has a black mane but is a kind lion.
- Plot-Triggering Death: His death results in Fearless being exiled from his pride.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets killed off the very chapter he is introduced.
- Cool Big Sis: She's a year older than her brother Fearless. She's a nice older sister.
- Disney Death: It initially seems like she was killed when Titan took over the pride, however it's later shown that he let her live.
- Dark Is Evil: He has a dark black mane showing that he is a strong lion, but he is also brutish and cruel.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's a cruel lion but he cares for his favorite mate Artful and especially his son Ruthless.
- It's Personal: Titan hates Gallant because Titan once drove away his father.
- Papa Wolf: He become even more threatening when cheetahs kidnap his son.
- Would Hurt a Child: He has no issue attempting to kill Fearless.
- Alpha Bitch: Artful, Titan's favorite lioness, immediately gets Fearless's contempt for being snooty and blinding his mother.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As cruel as Artful is, she loves her mate and her son.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She became so jealous of Swift that she disabled her and tried to get her kicked out of the pride.
- Children Are Innocent: Ruthless is unaware of the animosity between Fearless and Titan. He begins to admire Fearless after he is saved by him.
- Distressed Dude: As a small cub in the first book, he ends up taken hostage by cheetahs.
- Ironic Name: Ruthless' parents named him that because they hoped he'd learn to live up to it. Unfortunately, they named him earlier than with other cubs. He's barely older the equivalent of a toddler when he's named "Ruthless". As a cub Ruthless is not remotely ruthless. He's actually quite nice.
- Royal Brat: Subverted. Fearless believes him to be this, but Ruthless isn't bratty.
- Big Brother Mentor: He acts as an older brother-figure to Fearless who helps him survive on his own and learn how to be a lion.
- Big Damn Rescue: He saves Fearless in the Final Battle from Titan. He pays it with his life.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In Blood and Bone, hes revealed to be Fearless father.
- What Were You Thinking?: He asks Fearless this when growling that Fearless had made an oath he couldn't possibly keep.
- Interspecies Friendship: He was introduced to Fearless by Mud and the three have been close ever since.
- Parental Abandonment: Thorn's parents died several seasons before the series began.
- Secret Relationship: Thorn is in a relationship with Berry but must keep it a secret because of their differing ranks.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Thorn is the outgoing and pro-active "manly man" while his best friend Mud is a quiet Non-Action Guy "sensitive guy".
- Young and in Charge: He becomes Crownleaf of his troop and Great Father of Bravelands at only six-years old.
- Disappeared Dad: His father is never mentioned.
- Geek Physique: Mud's very smart but he is also very small and thin. He's not much of a fighter and isn't very athletic either.
- Interspecies Friendship: He was Fearless' first baboon friend. They've since become best friends.
- Lovable Coward: Because he's so small, Mud gets scared easily. He's very cautious as a result.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Mud is the quiet and shy "sensitive guy" to Thorn's energetic and outgoing "manly man".
- Shorter Means Smarter: In Mud's case, "smaller equals smarter". He's an unusually small and feeble baboon, but is one of the smartest in his group.
- The Smart Guy: He's Thorn's smart and somewhat geeky best friend. This leads to him being bullied by the more athletic baboons.
- Missing Mom: Her mother isn't mentioned.
- Subverted in Blood and Bone, where her mother is very much alive, just in a different troop.
- Secret Relationship: She's in one with Thorn. They're not allowed to be together due to their different ranks.
- Uptown Girl: Berry is Thorn's uptown girl. She's a Highleaf while he starts out as a Deeproot, the lowest rank. They're in love with each other despite their different in rank. One reason why Thorn desires to become a Highleaf is so he can be with Berry.
Seed "Stinger" Highleaf/Crownleaf
- The Bad Guy Wins: Both Broken Pride and Code of Honor end with him taking a position of power, first as the leader of Brightforest Troop and then as the supposed Great Father to all the animals of the savanna.
- Broken Pedestal: Thorn is in complete disbelief that Stinger, the friendly and charismatic leader he had always looked up to, had broken the Code by murdering both Bark Crownleaf and Grub.
- History Repeats: Back when he was a member of Crookedtree Troop, he smashed the Crownleafs head with a rock. Seven years later, he kills Bark in the same way, only this time his plan actually succeeds and he gets away with it.
- Hypocrite: In Broken Pride, he accuses the stubbornly traditional Grub of being a tyrant over the Brightforest baboons, wanting to be more open-minded to change. But in Code Of Honor, he ends up becoming even more of a dictator and even more close-minded than what he accused Grub of being.
- The Leader: He becomes Crownleaf after Grub dies.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Stinger" being a nickname isn't even mentioned until 3/4ths through the first book.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Stinger, the baboon who let Fearless be accepted in the troop, is friendly and popular with the other baboons because of his calm and level personality. That is, until he reveals that he killed the past two troop leaders.
- The Smart Guy: He's abnormally smart and is one of the best tool-makers in his troop.
- The Sociopath: He doesnt necessarily care for anyone except for his own daughter(and even that came in spades), and only mated with Pear to carry his legacy. He uses everyone as a pawn in his plan, and faked affection to Fearless and Thorn since they were useful enough.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He loves scorpions. This is one of the hints that he killed the previous leaders. He used his scorpions to poison one of them.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: After Grub's murder, Stinger turns out to be quite the tyrant in Code of Honor.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Code Of Honor sets him up to be an example of this, with the other baboons and even the rest of the savanna animals being swayed by his way with words and skillful manipulation of emotions.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Stinger believes that he would be the best leader for his troop. This leads him to murder the leader and then also murder the newest leader when he gets chosen instead of Stinger.
- The Bully: He and his friends are constantly bullying Thorn, Mud, and Fearless.
- Malicious Misnaming: Nut believes that Fearless' name is an Ironic Name and that a more appropriate name would be "Big Talk".
- Mistaken for Murderer: He is exiled from the troop when it is thought he killed Grub Crownleaf. The true murderer was Stinger.
- Reformed Bully: He definitely changes for the better, stops bullying other baboons, and even becomes Thorns friend.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He is aggressive toward Fearless, but since lions can sometimes eat baboons, he can be justified.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: He dies midway through a meeting, explaining how there was nothing wrong with him.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: He's a mean and conservative baboon with beady yellow eyes.
- Short-Lived Leadership: In the first book, he is dubbed The Leader of Brightforest Troop after the previous leader is (supposedly) killed by a hyena. His rule as Crownleaf only lasts a few days at best, as a jealous Stinger Highleaf soon poisons his food. With Grub dead, Stinger is free to become the new Crownleaf.
- Tampering with Food and Drink: He dies from eating dik-dik meat poisoned with scorpion venom by Stinger.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "The Starleaf" is a title given to baboons. Baboons give up their old names and are exclusively referred to as "the Starleaf" or sometimes just "Starleaf".
- Spell My Name with a "The": She's usually referred to as "the Starleaf".
- The Leader: She's the leader of Brightforest Troop at the start of the series.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Compared to her two successors, Grub and Stinger. Shes said to be a wise, benevolent baboon.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: She's killed early on in the first book.
- Harmful to Minors: Her mother was killed in front of her when she was a very young calf.
- Missing Mom: Sky's mother was killed by lions who preyed on her because she was still weak from giving birth.
- Nephewism: Sky was brought up by her grandmother with help from her aunts.
- Raised by Grandparents: Sky was predominantly raised by her grandmother.
- Cheerful Child: Moon is Sky's plucky younger cousin. He is very curious and loves to play.
- Death of a Child: He ends up getting killed by Titan.
- Cool Old Lady: Her wisdom and calm attitude has earned her the respect of many animals in the Bravelands. She's calmed down an argument between a zebra and two wildebeests, talked the rhinos down from a rampage, and agrees to let Fearless and Thorn arrange a peaceful impasse with the cheetahs. Her death by Stronghide saddens her entire herd, and even the vultures willingly don't eat her body.
- Establishing Character Moment: She peacefully settles a dispute between a group of zebras and wildebeests by suggesting a compromise.
- The Ghost: In the first book he is referenced but unseen. He left to roam with other bulls years ago.
- Big Damn Rescue: He saves Sky and Moon from Titanpride. Unforunately, he is too late to save Moon. Moon dies as a result.
- The One Guy: Hes the only male elephant in the series, as well as the only male in Skys little Power Trio. Justified, since Sky is a female elephant, and adult male elephants live in their own herds.
- The Leader: She is the leader of her group of vultures.