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     Charlie Bone 

Charlie Bone

The protagonist of the series. Descended from Amoret, the Red King's youngest child, Charlie can hear and travel into photos and paintings.
  • Book Dumb: Charlie isn't exceptionally smart when it comes to academics. He's not completely dumb, though, either.
  • A Boy and His X: A Boy and his Wand. Charlie inherits the wand he stole from Skarpo, and develops a close bond with her.
  • The Cameo: Makes a surprise appearance in The Secret Kingdom and later Leopard's Gold.
  • Cheerful Child: Nothing ever seems to get him down.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Like his father, he can't stand by and watch bad things happen to other people.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Has brown hair and brown eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Charlie has a smidgen of this at times, especially when talking about his grandmother, the Yewbeams, and the Bloors.
  • Determinator: He is determined to foil the Bloors' plans and find his father, who he believes is still alive.
    • He is very determined to rescue Billy from Count Harken's castle after Billy is pulled into the painting, even when Billy doesn't want to be rescued. He is also determined to see Matilda again, as he's developed a crush on her, and resolves to bring her back with him to the city somehow. However Matilda flat-out refuses to return with him, because she knows it's not her fate to do so.
    • Despite everything that happens, nothing can stop Charlie from searching for his father and undoing the Bloors’ evil work.
  • Disappeared Dad: Charlie's father died when Charlie was two years old. Or so they think. He's really in a deep hypnotic trance and trapped in Bloor's Academy.
  • Famous Ancestor: He is descended from the Red King, an African magician who came out of Africa centuries ago accompanied by three leopards. He's also descended from the Welsh wizard Mathonwy, who was a great friend of the king.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With most of the good endowed. Particularly Emma Tolly, who he, Fidelio, Olivia and Benjamin awaken from her trance in Midnight for Charlie Bone. Though it takes her a while to become friendly with them even after that, and they only become firm friends after the events of Time Twister.
    • Becomes friends with Gabriel, Tancred and Lysander after the trio save him from Zelda, Manfred and Asa during the Ruin Game.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: In Blue Boa Charlie becomes a pariah within the school for one day because of Skarpo's causing mayhem with his magic, as everyone knows that it was Charlie who released him out of his painting. A similar incident happens in the fifth book, with most students in the school becoming angry with Charlie because he managed to return his friends' pets and not anyone else's, and won't reveal where the rest of the animals are.
  • Hot-Blooded: Charlie tends to act before he thinks, and this gets him into hot water quite a few times.
  • Humble Hero: Is very humble, largely because of his grandmother and great-aunts' influence.
  • I Am Who?: Charlie is surprised to find that he is descended from Mathonwy through his mother's family, and thus is the rightful owner of the wand Claerwen.
  • I Choose to Stay: Even after being lost in the ruin at the end of the first book, Charlie chooses to stay at Bloor's to help the good endowed children of the Red King fight against the bad guys.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Is close friends with Cook (aka Treasure), his uncle Paton, the Onimouses and Mrs Kettle of Piminy Street. He is also acquainted with Alice Angel, who is Olivia's godmother. He also ends up having a sort-of friendship with the Red King, who he visits multiple times within the Red King's human lifetime.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Charlie frequently wishes to be normal, particularly when he first discovers his endowment and goes to Bloor's. He gets over it by the fifth book.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Says this to Alice Angel after he realizes that she knew his name.
  • It's All My Fault: Charlie blames himself for Tancred's drowning in Shadow of Badlock, as it was because of Charlie that Tancred had met with Dagbert to trade for Charlie's moth.
  • Jaw Drop: Charlie seems to do this often when he is surprised at something. Most notably when Miss Chrystal is found to be an evil witch.
  • Kid Hero: Charlie is only ten years old when the series begins, and is twelve when it ends.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Mr Pilgrim is Charlie's father.
  • Magic Wand: Charlie inherits one from his ancestor Mathonwy, though it can only be used by one of his bloodline speaking in Welsh. Later on after Manfred tries to destroy it, it becomes a white moth.
  • The Matchmaker: Or at least a Shipper on Deck Charlie seems to pick up on when people might be happy together and push them togheer, like with his uncle and Ms. Tolly.
  • Messy Hair: Charlie's hair is described as being like a hedge.
  • Mixed Ancestry: He's a descendant of both the Red King and Mathonwy, and has inherited magic from both. He's also revealed to be part-Irish in Red Knight.
  • Mundane Utility: Charlie uses his wand to help him remember things he's studied for school.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Charlie's reaction after realising that Tancred has been drowned by Dagbert Endless, mainly because Tancred had been trying to get Charlie's moth back from Dagbert when it happened, as a favour to Charlie.
  • Nice Guy: Is generally a nice person.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In Blue Boa Charlie goes into Skarpo's painting to find a cure for Paton's mystery illness, and ends up bringing the magician back into the modern world by accident. This leads to Skarpo causing magical mayhem throughout the entire city.
  • Non-Action Guy: Is mainly this, as his size makes it difficult for him to win physical fights easily. His endowment isn't the sort that could be used in a battle, either. In the final battle, Charlie doesn't do anything, instead watching as his friends and family fight against the enchanter's army. His only contribution is distracting the Green Knight during the duel, long enough for the Red Knight to plunge the unbeatable sword into Harken's heart.
  • Parental Substitute: Paton to Charlie, though Paton doesn't actually act as a parent but more as a supportive uncle.
  • Pint-Sized Kid: Charlie is frequently described as being smaller than most kids his age. In fact, he is forced to sit in the very front row at assembly with Billy Raven because of his short height.
  • Portal Picture: Charlie's endowment, though it first manifests as simply hearing voices in the pictures.
  • Protagonist Title: All books in the series have a title that includes Charlie's name.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Good luck getting Charlie to stay put despite the rules or the risks of something.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Charlie seems to have this mindset during the entire series. Three guesses where he gets it from...
  • Secret Legacy: Charlie is the rightful owner of the wand Claerwen, as he is a descendant of Mathonwy through his mother.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Charlie is so small that people tend to overlook him and consider him insignificant. Though he is impulsive and average in academics, he does have a thinking mind, and comes up with a lot of the plans which are put into action in the books.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: To Henry Yewbeam, his great-great uncle.
  • Tiny School Boy: Charlie is very short for his age, something which he hates. Because of this he has to sit in the front row in Assembly, right next to little Billy Raven. By Wilderness Wolf he is of medium height, however.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Played with. Charlie can get himself into a lot of sticky situations because of his impulsiveness, but he always manages to figure his way out of them with some help from his friends.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Charlie discovers his endowment in the first book, when he finds himself hearing voices from photographs. This eventually leads to him gaining the ability to travel into photos and paintings, an ability he uses only sparingly, and only when he really needs to. He ends up using his endowment to help rescue Henry Yewbeam in book 2, cure Paton of his mysterious illness (and Olly of invisibility) in book 3, and rescue Otus Yewbeam in book 7 and reunite him with his wife in the Castle of Mirrors. Charlie also becomes the rightful owner of the wand Claerwen in the third book, allowing Charlie access to powerful magic which he can use to help himself and others.
  • True Companions: Varies as the series progresses. At the beginning of Midnight for Charlie Bone, he is this with Benjamin Brown, his best friend. Later in the book, however, after Charlie meets Fidelio and Olivia their group quickly widens to include them as well. After the events of Charlie Bone and the Time Twister, Lysander and Tancred join the True Companions and in Charlie Bone and the Blue Boa Emma Tolly becomes a permanent member as well. Much later in Charlie Bone and the Red Knight Dagbert Endless becomes part of the True Companions.
    • Charlie can always depend of Cook on anything, from helping foil Ezekiel Bloor's plans to getting him out of whatever scrape he accidentally got himself into.
    • Charlie is also this with his uncle Paton, starting from the end of Time Twister.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: The Yewbeams constantly fear that he will 'go astray' like his father.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: To his great-great-uncle Henry Yewbeam. Everyone is surprised how much he resembles him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Count uses Charlie to get back into the city, by hitching a ride on Rembrandt as a fly when Charlie is rescuing Billy and Rembrandt from Badlock using the Mirror of Amoret. Charlie has no clue about this until Harken is heard changing back into his human form.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Cook says this to Charlie when he says that he'll never believe his father didn't care about him or the city. Charlie is rather surprised and pleased to hear it.

     Benjamin Brown 

Benjamin Brown

Benjamin is Charlie's oldest friend and lives across the street from him. He is small with straw-colored hair, and has no other friends other than Charlie. He owns a dog called Runner Bean. His parents are detectives.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Benjamin has blonde hair and is incredibly nice.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Charlie, being his best friend before and after he goes to Bloor's Academy..
  • Parental Neglect: Benjamin's parents leave him alone at home quite a number of times because of their job as detectives. Benjamin is said to almost always have to cook his own dinner, because his parents aren't there to do it for him. In Midnight for Charlie Bone, however, they change their ways after Paton calls them back from their wild goose chase and tells them they should be home more often.
  • Put on a Bus: In the third book, when he goes to Hong Kong with his parents.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Benjamin doesn't have any endowment of his own but is generally calm about the reveals of people who do.

     Emma Tolly 

Emma Tolly

Emma can fly. Her surname derives from the Spanish swordsman from Toledo whose daughter married the Red King. She is possibly descended from Tolemeo.
  • Adult Fear: She was given away by her own father when she was just a baby, but during the transaction she was put into a deep trance that lasted for eight years. The Bloors gave her a new name and sent her to live with foster parents who neglected her emotionally.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Emma and Olivia rescue Charlie from Dorcas, the twins, and Joshua Tilpin in book five.
  • Brainwashed: Manfred Bloor hypnotized Emma when she was just two years old; it lasts until she is ten when Charlie and his friends manage to wake her up using Tolly Twelve Bells.
  • Break the Cutie: Manfred intends to do this to her when he imprisons her in the attic at Bloor's Academy near the end of Midnight for Charlie Bone. Luckily Emma manages to escape by herself before it can happen.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Tancred.
  • The Cutie: Emma is described by Tancred as quite attractive in the final book.
  • Damsel out of Distress: After being captured by the Bloors in Midnight for Charlie Bone, Emma immediately sets her mind to trying to escape her predicament. She eventually does escape, after she discovers her endowment of flight and how to control it.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Emma's mother died when Emma was very young. Because her father didn't think he'd be a good father to her (and her aunt claimed that she wouldn't be able to look after Emma properly), he decided to give her away to his old friend Harold Bloor and his family (in exchange for the challenge of animating a statue of the Knight of Toledo), believing that Emma would be happier there as Bloor had a whole family unit. Bloor even assured him that Emma would be safe and properly cared for in a loving family if Mostyn gave her to him to adopt. However, when the time came for the swap everything went wrong, and Emma was put into a permanent trance-like state which lasted until she was ten years old. She forgot everything about her past life and true identity. Though she attended Bloor's Academy, she was sent to be fostered by the Moons, a couple paid off by the Bloors, and had a pretty loveless and unhappy childhood there. She only becomes truly happy when she is freed from her trance and looked after by Miss Ingledew, her aunt.
  • Determinator: Emma Tolly seems to be much more persevering than Emilia Moon. She manages to escape from Bloor's in the first book by herself, and continuously strives to rescue Ollie Sparks from invisibility and captivity in Bloor's Academy in the third book.
  • Foster Kid: Emilia is fostered by the Moons, a couple paid off by the Bloors.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Emma usually wears her blonde hair in two pigtails.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Emma has blonde hair, and is one of the nicest characters present in the books.
  • Happily Adopted: By her aunt, Julia Ingledew, at the end of Midnight for Charlie Bone.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: She has a very innocent and sweet personality, and is an orphan.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Olivia.
  • I Choose to Stay: Though Emma tells her aunt she isn't coming back to Bloor's, in the end she decides to stay there to help the good children of the Red King.
  • Identity Amnesia: During her trance Emma has no idea who she really is.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: She has blue eyes and is a softer, more gentle character.
  • It's All My Fault: Emma blames herself for Miss Ingledew almost dying when she puts on the enchanted belt, because Emma left it alone at one point and allowed Dorcas to get to it.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: The hypnosis causes Emma to forget who she really is.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Emilia's foster parents are an unendowed couple paid by the Bloors to look after her.
  • Nice Girl: She is one of the kindest characters in the series.
  • Parental Abandonment: Emma's dad, Mostyn Tolly, traded her to the Bloors for a replica of the Toledo knight when she was a baby. He eventually tries to put this right, but is murdered before he can.
    • Emma's mother died of an illness when Emma was two years old, just days before Dr. Tolly chose to give Emma away.
  • Plucky Girl: Emma is a very persevering person, as she mentions in Midnight for Charlie Bone.
  • Secret Keeper: Is one of the few people who know about Olivia's endowment.
  • Shapeshifter: Emma can fly by becoming a bird.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Emma is pretty and very innocent-looking and sweet. Underneath all that, however, she is also very persevering with a surprising inner strength.
  • Smarter Than You Look: In Castle of Mirrors, Emma refuses to be taken in by Joshua's magnetism, and even Charlie comments that she is stronger than she looks.
  • Starting a New Life: After escaping Bloor's Academy, Emma makes her way to Ingledew's Bookshop, where she is reunited with her aunt. Said aunt then proceeds to adopt her.
  • Unrequited Love: For Tancred, until they become a couple at the end of the final book.
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     Tancred Torsson 

Tancred Torsson

A storm-bringer, Tancred is descended from Petrello. His Scandinavian ancestor was named after the thunder god, Thor.
  • Action Hero: Of all the characters Tancred is the ones most likely to use his powers in a fight, to awesome effect.
  • Affectionate Nickname: His close friends call him 'Tanc'.
  • Alliterative Name: Tancred Torsson. Also doubles as an Awesome McCoolname, given that his last name comes from Thor.
  • Badass in Distress: When he's defeated by Dagbert and faces drowning.
  • Berserk Button: He's easy to set off in general, but making false assumptions about his endowment seems to be a big one, given how easy it is to blame him for things. It causes him to leave the school in a tantrum in The Time Twister, and Zelda briefly sets it off in The Blue Boa when she accuses him of what turns out to be Skarpo's doing.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tancred, along with Gabriel and Lysander, often charges in to save the day when all hope seems lost. First in Midnight for Charlie Bone, they rescue Charlie from the ruin with a combination of Lysander's ancestors and Tancred's storms; then in the third book Tancred creates a storm during the 'Night of Winds and Spirits' which terrifies the Bloors and keeps them from interfering in Ollie's rescue. In the sixth book, he rescues Charlie from certain death at the hands of the twins by blowing them out of the alley and to a place near the Heights.
  • Blow You Away: Wind control is part of his endowment and one of his favoured abilities.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: One of the most physical-oriented of the endowed with a loud, cocky attitude to match.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Starts one with Emma at the end of the series.
  • Determinator: When Tancred sees something that needs to be done he sets out to do it despite any risks and won't give up on it no matter how long it takes.
  • Disney Death: In Shadow of Badlock, his altercation with Dagbert ends with this.
  • Eccentric Artist: In contrast to the gifted Lysander, Tancred's artistic works are described as interesting to look at, but not always clear as to what they are.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Temporarily in the fourth book, due to Joshua Tilpin's gift of magnetism. Luckily he becomes good again when Olivia makes Joshua Tilpin repellent to the endowed by making it seem as if he were covered with spiders.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He's often one of the more pragmatic (if cynical) of the good endowed, and is one of the few children in the group who's tried to outright kill his enemy at one point (as he set the de Greys' car on fire with the intent to "snuff them out").
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Before and during the second book, but he gets better later on.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lysander, his longtime best friend.
  • Hot-Blooded: Tancred has a fiery temper, and is easily angered.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't have much of a brain-to-mouth filter, leading him to occasionally make insensitive jokes or say things that, while true, are not what anyone wants to hear right now. His debut marks him as staring at Charlie, and though he means nothing by it, it understandably makes the latter uncomfortable.
  • Like Father, Like Son: He very much takes after his father, whom he also inherited his endowment from.
  • Making a Splash: To an extent. He can summon rain, but can't seem to control water in any other form, though he's able to sense it (and thus knows when Dagbert is attempting to drown Charlie and co.).
  • Personality Powers: In his debut, Billy describes him as "stormy", which tells you a lot about what you need to know about both his personality and his endowment.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Has one moment of this in Red Knight, when he notices how beautiful Emma looks.
  • Shock and Awe: He can control lightning.
  • Smarter Than You Look: He's not stupid, but given his hot-headed personality, Charlie is at one point caught off-guard by how knowledgeable Tancred can be, and he's described as "surprisingly practical".
  • Story-Breaker Power: Downplayed, but Tancred is easily one of the most powerful of the endowed who can eliminate almost any threat by just blowing the offender away. In return, this is likely why he has the most noticeable weakness (spiders) and why he's often written out of books for periods of time (he leaves the school, he undergoes a Face–Heel Turn, he's occupied with his new girlfriend, he's dead, etc.).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tancred's storm controlling powers get more developed across the books, as does his sense of bravery, to the point where he's able to use the wind to keep the entire academy trapped with doors pushed shut.
  • Those Two Guys: Occasionally falls into this with Lysander. Very distinctive personalities, but they're almost always at each other's side and together they fulfill the role of the hard hitters among the good endowed.
  • True Companions: With Lysander and Gabriel in the beginning, and later with Emma, Charlie, and Olivia.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Tancred is terrified of spiders. This fear is exploited in the fourth book by Olivia to break Joshua's magnetic hold on Tancred. It is also exploited by Yolanda in the third book, during the Night of Wind and Spirits, when she confronts Gabriel, Billy Raven, Charlie, Lysander, and Tancred in the hall.

     Gabriel Silk 

Gabriel Silk

Descended from Guanhamara, Gabriel can feel scenes and emotions through the clothes of others. He comes from a line of psychics.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the first book Gabriel, along with Lysander and Tancred, rescues Charlie from the ruin on the night of the ruin game. Then in the fifth book he arrives at the Vertigos' house when Harken is attacking and with the help of the Red King's cloak manages to ward of the enchanter's attack on Tancred and himself.
  • Blessed with Suck: His endowment is one that falls more on the "hurts him more than it helps him" spectrum. He can't wear secondhand clothes (a notable issue as he's poor), and every time he uses his power in the series, the effect tends to range from uncomfortable at best to near fatal at worst.
  • The Eeyore: Mildly. Nice guy, but he's mentioned to have depressive episodes and is initially described as gloomy.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Charlie notes the contrast between the mild-mannered, somewhat scatterbrained person Gabriel usually is to the calm, focused, and reliable ally he becomes when the chips are down.
  • Nerves of Steel: Whenever Gabriel is in a dangerous situation he never panics and is always calm.
  • The Piano Player: Gabriel is a gifted piano player, and finds comfort in music when he is feeling troubled.
  • Psychometry: Gabriel is psychometric, which allows him to experience the thoughts and feelings of people whose clothes he puts on.
  • The Quiet One: Gabriel is less talkative than the rest of the good endowed, but when he does speak he has something important to say.
  • True Companions: With the good endowed.

     Lysander Sage 

Lysander Sage

Descended from Guanhamara, Lysander can call up his spirit ancestors.
  • The Ace: He has a bit of this. He's one of the oldest and most powerful endowed at the school, is an amazing sculptor and therefore actually deserves to be in the art department, and is respected in general (between him and Tancred, the latter is liked, but Charlie is somewhat wary of his unpredictability and would rather have Lysander's more reliable attitude).
  • Affectionate Nickname: His friends often call him Sander.
  • Beta Couple: He gets a girlfriend (from a "normal" school) around the same time as Tancred, but with less drama and more stability.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Generally one of the most mild-mannered and friendly among the endowed, but no one—not even the evil endowed—is keen to mess with him. After Tancred's death, everyone gives him a wide berth, as the constant sound of drums means he's pissed.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He and his ancestors save Charlie and the other good endowed plenty of times. Most notably during the ruin game, and the 'Night of Wind and Spirits'.
  • A Boy and His X: Is sometimes this with his foul-mouthed parrot, Homer.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Typically, if he has to use his endowment, it means the situation's gotten dire, as it's not one he uses frivoulously.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partner: With Tancred, his longtime best friend.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He suspects that Manfred half-brainwashed him into it, as he usually knows better, but he expresses gratitude to Tancred for the warmer weather—mind you, Tancred can't affect the temperature and, in fact, hates it when people think he can, prompting him to leave the school in an Unstoppable Rage.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing seems to shake him. Because of this he can be counted on in a crisis.
  • The Reliable One: He can always be counted on in a crisis.
  • Those Two Guys: With Tancred, as they're almost always together and are the ones to be counted on when a fight is expected.
  • True Companions: With the good endowed.

     Olivia Vertigo 

Olivia Vertigo

A drama student at Bloor's Academy who Charlie befriends. Olivia is very dramatic with an adventurous, fun-loving personality, and is always willing to help out Charlie and their other friends with their plans to foil the Bloors' evil plots. Though she can appear to be carefree and not very serious, she is actually very observant and reliable, and loyal to her friends. In the fourth book she is revealed to be an illusionist, and a descendant of the Red King's third daughter, Guanhamara.
  • Action Girl: Olivia is quick to help fight the evil Endowed people even before her endowment becomes apparent.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Starts calling Fidelio 'Fido' in Time Twister, something which Fidelio is unsure about at first.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Olivia rescues Charlie from Dorcas, Joshua, and the twins in book five by creating an illusion of a swarm of bees to frighten them away. In the eighth book she goes to Darkly Wynd with Benjamin, Fidelio, and Runner Bean to rescue Charlie from his great aunts and creates an illusion of a skeletal monster to stop Venetia and Eric Shellhorn from attacking Runner Bean.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Try as she might, Olivia is ultimately unable to deny the fact that she is endowed.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: After discovering Olivia's endowment, Titania Tilpin tricks Olivia into wearing a bewitched belt which turns her evil. Luckily, Emma and Alice Angel bring her back to her old self by replacing the bad belt with a new, good one.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Olivia practically says this in the fourth book, when she is upset over losing her audition.
  • Drama Queen: So much so that it gets her in trouble in the eighth book, when she creates an illusion of a skeletal monster to scare away Venetia and Eric. She dresses and acts very dramatically, and some people find her very odd because of this.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Emma Tolly. After helping rescue Emma from her unhappy life with the Moons, Olivia hopes to have a close friendship with her. However, Emma chooses to spend most of her free time with her aunt, as she's never had a happy home and family before and wants to be in it as much as she can. It's only after Emma (as a tollroc) saves Olivia from Beth and Zelda in the ruin that the two have the friendship Olivia always wanted them to have.
  • Fun Personified: Olivia is a goofy, smiling girl who likes carefree activities and making people happy with her presence.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Emma.
  • Hidden Depths: On the outside, Olivia appears to be carefree, fun-loving, and not a very serious person. In reality, she has keen observational skills, is very adventurous, and is a gifted illusionist.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Olivia goes through this in Castle of Mirrors, when she goes into denial about being an endowed child of the Red King. It takes a lot of convincing from her friends and a talk with Alice Angel for her to accept that she is endowed and needed to keep the balance among the children of the Red King.
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Olivia says this to Yolanda in the third book during the night of winds and spirits.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: In each book Olivia's hair is a different color.
  • Little Miss Badass: With her illusions and her sheer determination she is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
  • Master of Illusion: Olivia can create illusions, a powerful endowment. Because of this, the Bloors covet her and the good endowed want to keep it a secret.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Until she is revealed to be endowed.
  • Mundane Utility: Olivia sometimes uses her illusion power to stir up mischief when she gets bored.
  • Plucky Girl: Olivia never seems to give up on anything.
  • Resigned to the Call: At the end of Castle of Mirrors, when she discovers that she is an illusionist and as such is needed at Bloor's to help fight against the evil endowed.
  • Secret Legacy: Olivia is a descendant of Guanhamara and an illusionist. She figures this out with Alice Angel's help.
  • Smarter Than You Look: She may look dramatic and not very serious, but she is very smart and imaginative, and has keen observational skills.
  • True Companions: With the good endowed.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Until Olivia turns out to be endowed in the fourth book.

     Billy Raven 

Billy Raven

An eight-year-old orphan who lives at Bloor's Academy, Billy can talk to animals. He is also an albino and wears glasses. Billy's red eyes make him immune to Manfred Bloor's hypnotic powers.
  • Albinos are Freaks: Billy is continually passed over for adoption, implied to be because of his albinism, and the villain manipulates him into evil by claiming he'll help him find a family.
  • Animal Talk: Has the ability to understand and speak to animals.
  • Disability Immunity: Billy's albinism gives him poor eyesight, which makes him immune to Hypnotic Eyes.
  • Happily Adopted: Is happily adopted by Lyell and Amy at the end of the series. Subverted in the fourth book, however, with his temporary adoption by Florence and Usher de Grey.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Switches to the bad side for a book and a half before rejoining the heroes.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: When Charlie (rightfully) accuses him of selling him out to the Bloors, Billy's response is that he just wants to be adopted, and if that's so wrong—and indeed, it's his motivation up until he realizes that the Bloors will never make good on their word.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Manfred's brainwashing doesn't work on him, and neither does Yolanda's.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Is good friends with Ezekiel's dog Blessed, until Billy kicks Blessed in the second book. Later Billy also becomes best friends with Mr Boldova's rat Rembrandt, and ends up looking after it when Mr Boldova leaves Bloor's Academy for good.
    • He also becomes friends with the blue boa, Solomon, after the events of the third book.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Billy kicks Blessed repeatedly in book two, because he refused to give him the Time Twister. This causes Blessed to stop speaking to him for a while.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He switches back to the good side when it becomes clear that the Bloors are never actually going to find him foster parents, as they promised.
  • The Mole: Ezekiel convinces Billy to spy on Charlie in the first book by telling him he'll be adopted. Billy tells the Bloors of Emma's awakening, which leads to Emma being taken back to the Academy in the middle of the night.
  • The Pawn: To the Bloors, Billy is just a tool they use to spy on Charlie and the good endowed. He becomes aware of this soon enough.
  • Sole Survivor: Is implied to have been the sole survivor of the traffic accident that killed his parents.
  • Talking To Animals: Billy can talk to animals, something seemingly common for a descendant of Amadis. He develops a particularly good friendship with the dog Blessed/Percy.
  • The Short Guy with Glasses: Billy is short, and wears glasses because of his albinism.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: As he is an orphan in the care of the Bloors, this is kind of a given.
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     Dagbert Endless 

Dagbert Endless

The son of Lord Grimwald and descended from Petrello, Dagbert can manipulate water.
  • Accidental Murder: Dagbert claims that his drowning Tancred was this.
  • Arch-Enemy: He's described as this to Tancred, both being descended from Petrello. It comes true by the end of the same book, as they have a showdown, if it can be called that—it was more of a Curb-Stomp Battle on Tancred's end, prompting Dagbert to drown him in the next book in revenge.
  • Archnemesis Dad: A curse on Dagbert Endless' family ensures that when he turns thirteen, he will have to battle his father, Lord Grimwald, to the death. He wins.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets shades of this in the series.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Dagbert's alignment changes with the moon. Literally, as according to him, he turns nasty whenever the moon is covered by clouds. At the end, he seems to have finally settled somewhere on the "good" spectrum.
  • I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: Dagbert claims this when he drowns Tancred. He says that he only meant to scare him but lost control.
  • I Have Many Names: Said by Lord Grimwald about Dagbert. During the series Dagbert is called Dagbert Endless, because his name is as endless as the ocean.
  • Making a Splash: Subverted with Dagbert, who drowns people by simulating the ocean. Somehow. It's implied he will inherit his father's water powers upon killing him, however.
  • I Miss Mom: Not said out loud but evident in his reflections about how his mother died, and how the charms she gave him are meant to keep his father from ever killing him.
  • Offing the Offspring: What Lord Grimwald intends to do to Dagbert, due to their family's curse.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Dagbert kills his father.

     Fidelio Gunn 

Fidelio Gunn

A friend of Charlie's who is in the Music Department. He is a musical prodigy and is always eager to help Charlie and the endowed children foil the Bloors' evil plans.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Olivia bestows him with the name of Fido, deeming Fidelio to be too long. Fidelio points out that that's a dog name, but says that he'll think about it.
  • Badass Family: They're armed with nothing but musical instruments and their guts, but his family valiantly (if futilely) attempts to defend Billy from any threats when they're housing him.
  • Band of Relatives: Fidelio's entire family is music-oriented.
  • Cheerful Child: Fidelio is always cheerful, and walks with an excited swagger most of the time.
  • Child Prodigy: He's noted by his mother to be especially gifted, even by the standards of their family.
  • The Confidant: While there are times when he's last to be included in the loop, thanks to being unendowed, he's also often the first person Charlie entrusts with secrets, thanks to being one of his best friends and easily accessible (being in the same department and his roommate).
  • In the Blood: His whole family has a musical streak.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: His family, including his parents, comes to ten, and that's not including their deaf cat.
  • Muggle Best Friend: To Charlie. Unlike Benjamin, he goes to Bloor's and after Olivia's endowment is revealed he's the only main character there who isn't endowed.
  • Nerves of Steel: Charlie comments that Fidelio is a good friend to have around when there's danger, because he never panics and always has an idea of what to do.
  • The Reliable One: Fidelio can always be counted on during a crisis, for the above reasons.
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