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Female protagonists

  • Brainy Brunette: Magalena Swärd in De skandalösa is a very good example of this trope.
  • Broken Bird: Magdalena Swärd in De skandalösa becomes very cynical and reluctant to trust a man after she's betrayed by her fiancé.
  • Plucky Girl:
    • Beatrice Löwenström in Överenskommelser is a tough girl, but it seems like the Universe itself is out to break her down. But once the worst is over, she gets over it and moves on.
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    • Illiana Henriksdotter in Betvingade has a tyrannical father and a cold-hearted mother, who never show her any love. But as soon as she gets married, she pretty much puts her abusive parents behind her.
  • Sex Is Liberation:
    • This is very much true for Beatrice Löwenström of Överenskommelser. Coming from an uptight upper middle class background, she had even been taught to consider her body as something sinful, that should be hidden and controlled. Seth has to teach her otherwise.
    • Magdalena Swärd in De skandalösa has something like this going on as well. She's still so bitter after being jilted by her fiancé, but then Gabriel Gripklo comes along, and... well, let's just say that this story is full of sex scenes!
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Simona has done this with all her female protagonists so far. They're usually considered plain-looking, but once they put on a fancy dress, they will of course look really good.
  • Spirited Young Lady:
    • Beatrice Löwenström from Överenskommelser lives in 1880s. After her father dies, she has to fight against her Evil Uncle for her right to be intelligent, competent and assertive. She has a Proper Lady contrast in her beautiful but docile cousin Sofia.
    • Illiana Henriksdotter from Betvingade is a 14th century version of this trope. She's a brilliant medicine woman and clearly intelligent. She also has moments when she speaks for women's and children's rights.
    • Magdalena Swärd in De skandalösa is not a Plucky Girl, like Beatrice and Illiana. Instead she's a Broken Bird and a Stepford Snarker. But she too is an intelligent proto-feminist. She has a Proper Lady contrast in her beautiful but docile friend Venus.
  • Teen Genius:
    • Beatrice Löwenström in Överenskommelser is still a teenager at the start of the story, and she's very intelligent. Kind of justified as she was the daughter of a University professor, who had given her a good education and encouraged her to be intelligent.
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    • Illiana Henriksdotter in Betvingade is also still a teenager and already a brilliant medicine woman.
  • The Lad-ette:
    • Beatrice Löwenström in "Överenskommelser" is pretty much a 19th century version of this trope. She's a tomboyish (but also bookish) proto-feminist, who competes with men in ice-skating and horse-riding. But despite that, and even though she's described as not that good-looking, she can also attract men if she wants to. And even though she never has casual sex, because that would have been unacceptable for a girl from her social class in that era, she has an affair with Seth before getting married to him, and that's enough for her own uncle to call her a slut.
    • Magdalena Swärd in "De skandalösa" isn't quite as tomboyish as Beatrice, but still, she has a feisty proto-feminist attitude (and she's happy to not have to wear a corset during a costume party), that could make her qualify as a 17th century version of this trope. And just like Beatrice, she is careful to not ruin her reputation by being promiscuous, but she still starts a highly sexual affair with her love interest (Gabriel) before they are married.
  • White Sheep: In Betvingade, Illiana Henriksdotter seems to be the only nice person in her Big, Screwed-Up Family.

Male protagonists

  • Byronic Hero: Simona's male protagonists are all Byronic when we first meet them. Seth in Överenskommelser, Markus in Betvingade and Gabriel in De skandalösa all are charismatic men with a questionable reputation and a tragic past. But as these novels belong to the Romance Genre, they will of course find love and be redeemed.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Simona's male protagonists have a tendency to be chivalrous perverts. They might have had affairs with many different women, and alas, they can be jerks too. But they mostly try to show women proper respect. And when it really matters, they will show a strong chivalrous streak.
  • In-Series Nickname: Markus in "Betvingade" is some times called "Järven", meaning "Wolverine".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Simona's male protagonists have a tendency to be jerks who are not all bad. Seth in Överenskommelser and Markus in De skandalösa are especially prone to being jerks, but Gabriel in "De skandalösa" has his bad moments too. And yet, they always turn out to not be so bad after all...
  • Self-Made Man: Simona has several examples, complete with the prejudice from the "old money":
    • Seth Hammerstaal in Överenskommelser comes from a very humble background, but now he's described as being one of the richest men in Europe!
    • Markus Järv in Betvingade was the illegitimate son of a poor prostitute, who managed to become a knight and one of the king's closest men.
    • Gabriel Gripklo in De skandalösa, who was born as an aristocrat, had to make money on his own to save his family from actual bankruptcy.
  • Son of a Whore: Markus Järv, who's the male protagonist in Betvingade. His mother was thrown out of her home when she became pregnant without being married, and that gave her no choice but to become a prostitute.

Supporting characters

  • Beta Couple:
    • Sofia and Johan in Överenskommelser have a much less complicated relationship than what the alphas Beatrice and Seth have.
    • Jacques and Vivienne are another beta couple from Överenskommelser, but with a more complicated relationship.
    • Magdalena and Gabriel in De skandalösa get two beta couples in the end: Beata/Ossian and Venus/Nora.
  • Butch Lesbian: Nora Gripklo from "De skandalösa" is a 17th century example of this trope, especially if you compare her to her beautiful and docile Lipstick Lesbian lover Venus Dag och Natt. Nora used to be a tomboy, who loved to hang out with her brother Gabriel and learned how to stear a ship. And as a grown woman, she is more brassy and "mannish" than a lady was supposed to be in that era.
  • Designated Love Interest: In De skandalösa, Ossian and Beata suddenly become a couple in the end. As far as we know, they had never interacted with each other before only a few chapters remained of the story. Maybe we can assume that something has happened off screen, but still, it just feels like it comes out of the blue. As if they just had to end up together because they both were single up until that point.
  • Dork Knight: Ossian Bergman from "De skandalösa" by Simona Ahrnstedt is a nerdy scholar, who seems to be awkward when it comes to women. But he also seems to be a better person than his Chivalrous Pervert friend Gabriel, and in the end, he does get a woman after all.
  • Extreme Door Mat:
    • Sofia Löwenström of Överenskommelser is so afraid of getting beaten by her abusive father, that she hardly ever expresses any opinion of her own. So people are really astounded if she does. Sadly enough, her mother has become this as well because of her abusive husband.
    • Venus Dag och Natt in De skandalösa is so desperate to please her mother and doesn't seem to have any opinions of her own.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Sofia Löwenström in Överenskommelser and Venus Dag och Natt in "De skandalösa" are both blonde, and they also both seem to always be surrounded by suitors.
  • Family Theme Naming: Venus Dag och Natt in De skandalösa comes from a family where all the kids are named after Roman deities.¨
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Ossian Bergman in "De skandalösa" is a brilliant (if nerdy) scholar, and he also seems to be morally superior person compared to his Chivalrous Pervert friend Gabriel.
  • Good Bad Girl: Simona has two examples of this trope. And to make it even more interesting, they're both French.
    • Vivienne de Beaumarchais in Överenskommelser maybe isn't promiscuous, but still, she lives a very unconventional life. She doesn't care about her hiding her affair with Jacques, despite how she refuses to get married to him before she gets pregnant. She will never let a man control her life again after her first marriage became a disaster. She travels over Europe on her own, and more conventional people are really appalled by her lifestyle.
    • Marie Dicke in De skandalösa is unfaithful to her husband and neglectful to her children. But still, she's portrayed with some sympathy. Just like Vivienne from above, she really has a big appetite for life. And it seems like she's not really a bad person, but simply bored with trying to live a conventional life.
  • Lady Drunk: Nora Gripklo in De skandalösa has turned to alcohol after her husband died prematurely.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: In De skandalösa, when the beautiful and docile Venus Dag och Natt turns out to be gay. She is way more traditionally feminine than her Butch Lesbian lover Nora Gripklo.
  • Nice Guy:
    • Sofia and Johan in Överenskommelser are so close to being flawless and perfect that they can never cause any drama on their own. But still, they remain close friends/beta couple to the more complex alpha couple Beatrice and Seth.
    • Ossian Bergman in De skandalösa is a Dork Knight and a Gentleman and a Scholar, who seems to be a genuinely nice person. He's a close friend to the much more complex male protagonist Gabriel Gripklo.
    • Also in De skandalösa, the sweet-natured Proper Lady Venus Dag och Natt is a female example of this trope.
  • Proper Lady:
    • Sofia Löwenström in Överenskommelser is beautiful and demure and pretty much flawless, thus basically perfect according to the standards of the 1880s.
    • Venus Dag och Natt in "De skandalösa" is pretty much a 17th century version of this, and she's just as beautiful and demure and near-flawless as Sofia from above. She kind of is an subversion though as she turns out to be gay, which would have been a negative trait in this era.

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