Characters for Sword Princess Altina. Beware unmarked spoilers.
Altina, fourth child of the emperor. Famous for having flaming red hair and crimson eyes.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Though she never says that she loves him, she makes explicitly clear in volume 8, chapter 2 that she does not want to separated from Regis, for any length of time, and clings to his back as she's saying it. Even going so far as to ask Regis to "sleep with" her because she's afraid to let him go. Note that she's wearing her night clothes, and by necessity is Going Commando.
- Arrow Catch: An unusual variant. She slices a crossbow bolt flying at Regis from an unseen assailant in volume 5.
- BFS: Her weapon, Quattre Tonne is bigger than she is, and almost as heavy.
- Book Dumb: Chapter 3 of volume 6 shows that Altina considers reading a horrific chore. As a result, she is completely ignorant on most naval terms, military tactics and formations, and even publicly available technological achievements.
- Brains and Brawn: The brawn to Regis' brains.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: She is insanely strong, as befits those of her bloodline.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She really does not like other women getting close to Regis. The prank that Elanora played on Regis in Volume 3, still chafes her in volume 6, several months later.
- Daughter Of A Whore: Her mother was an imperial "consort."
- Didn't Think This Through: In her rage for Latrielle falsely claiming Regis dead, she comes out to face Latrielle, in force, to find herself outnumbered at least 2 to 1 with no idea what to do. In fact, she rides out so quickly that she misses Regis's letter instructing her in the best strategy to deal with him. Fortunately, Regis was able to recover.
- Drama-Preserving Handicap: Her sword's hilt breaks at the beginning of volume 5, forcing her to go get it repaired, and keeping her out of the fight for the rest of the volume.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Arrow Sparrow Princess" is the derogatory name given to her by the nobility. She doesn't understand why until Regis points out that the way she carries, Quattre Tonne, (the only way she feasibly can) makes her look like a sparrow shot with an arrow through the midsection.
- Fiery Redhead: Although magic doesn't exist in the world setting, she fits every other aspect of this trope to a T.
- Glacier Waif: She carries and easily wields a sword as big as she is (if not bigger), and almost as heavy.
- Going Commando: In volume 7.5, it is revealed she sleeps without wearing underwear, though not by choice. Being in a border fortress, she simply doesn't have access to feminine undergarments, at least not those in her size.
- Good Is Not Dumb: Although she's not well versed in many things, aside from swords-fighting and horse riding, she's a very, very quick study, and can grasp complex concepts with frightening ease.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: She can cut arrows and bolts out of the air, at night, from an unseen assailant, just by detecting the killing intent.
- King Incognito: She is introduced pretending to be a coach driver, so she can recruit Regis to be her strategist.
- Leeroy Jenkins: She is easy to provoke and quick to enter the fray. The effectiveness of this aspect of her personality varies wildly.
- Martial Pacifist: While she loves fighting, almost to Blood Knight levels, she hates war.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: As seen in the illustration on the cover page, she's as thin as a reed, yet she has the strength to wield a weapon that weighs over a hundred pounds.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: She can wield Quattre Tonne one handed if she has to.
- Opposites Attract: The one and only guy she'd be willing to marry is her strategst, Regis, who is her polar opposite in just about everything both physically and mentally.
- Overly Long Name: Marie Garter Argentina de Belgaria
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: Despite being only 14, she's more powerful and experienced than most knights twice her age and leads the battle on the front lines..
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Treats the captured Diethart as an invited guest as opposed to an enemy prisoner, despite not being compelled to do so. Especially as "barbarians" have no rights, and are routinely executed. Further, when dealing with commoners, she doesn't stand on title or ceremony, but takes people as they are.
- Rebellious Princess: Combined with Pretty Princess Powerhouse. Volume 7.5 shows that she would have been perfectly safe if she let herself be treated as an ornament immediately after being sent to the front lines. She views such treatment as being nothing more than a prisoner.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Takes to the front lines, personally. In fact, she doesn't like it when Regis tries to hold her back.
- Secret Test of Character: She gives Regis one at the start of the story by pretending to be a coach driver.
- Ship Tease: Almost constantly with Regis.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She is completely head over heels for Regis because he's honest, hard working, kind, and completely loyal to her.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's the only one that recognized Regis in disguise, even when they were both at a distance too great for either side's army to see each other clearly.
- Skilled, but Naïve: She's very skilled in battle. Still, there's a great deal about the world that she doesn't fully understand. Being well aware of this, she snatches up Regis, in a hurry. This is a decision she does not regret.
- Subordinate Excuse: Inverted. She will use the fact that Regis is her direct subordinate to place him in intimate situations with her at any opportunity.
- Tender Tears: She has a really hard time stopping her tears from flowing when some petty bureaucrats use official military orders to separate her and Regis in volume 8.
- That Came Out Wrong: At the very beginning of Volume 6, on the way to regroup with the First Army, she suggests "sleeping with" Regis to make sure he gets enough rest, considering the fact that she knows he neglects sleep in favor of reading books. To her credit, she realizes the implications immediately. Although going by their respective Luminescent Blush, neither of them would be opposed to the idea under better circumstances.
- Title Character: The story concerns her.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She's so much into this trope that she can almost pull off Tomboy and Girly Girl with herself.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of Volume 7, she can match Mercenary King Gilbert in melee combat, and that's something not even Latrielle could do. When she got Quatre-Tonne back from the blacksmith, Enzo, she utterly destroyed Gilbert's trident and forced his surrender.
- Worf Had the Flu: When provoked into battle with Latrielle, he boasts about how vastly superior his swordsmanship is. What he doesn't realize is that she's fighting him on equal terms with a broken hand. Further, Volume 5 reveals that Quatre Tonne wasn't even in its ideal state. The previous Emperor could not wield it and had it altered from its original form into a purely decorative sword. The fact that Altina could wield it at all speaks volumes.
Regis du Aluric:
A young boy with almost no martial prowess who loves to read books. He has almost no sense of self-worth and if sent to the front lines, he would likely trip over them. Still, he has encyclopedic knowledge of numerous tactics, strategies, and the various active factions of the world setting.
- The Ace: Though he isn't really willing to believe it, he was the top strategist in the military academy. He only lost a strategic debate once with a rival academy, and that defeat was rather suspicious, as the one judging the match was firmly indentured to the victor. As is revealed in Volume 7.5 even academy instructors could not match him.
- Almighty Janitor: Even after his field promotion at the beginning of Volume 6, his rank and title don't come anywhere near close enough to match his talent and accomplishments. In fact, when he had to be the acting admiral of the Belgarian fleet, due to the actual admiral being sidelined by a war injury, the sailors under his command did not hesitate to say he's the best admiral they've ever had. By the time of Volume 10, Latrielle thinks he should be a full-blown general, and anything less is beneath him.
- Badass Bookworm: He can't swing a sword without nearly cutting off his own legs, and has to be held while riding a horse, but his encyclopedic knowledge of tactics and strategies both real and fictional, for the world setting, from the books he's read, have led him and Altina to victory, repeatedly, against overwhelming odds.
- Bad Dreams: He starts showing signs of PTSD in the volume 8 prologue. He awakes from a nightmare where dead Belgaria soldiers are grabbing at him and angrily accusing him of leading them to their deaths. Clarisse was there to calm him down.
- Batman Gambit: He tears the Leonbalt army appart in volume 10, by predicting his each and every move, five steps in advance. The king of Leonbalt had an epic Villainous Breakdown in response.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: He was this for most of Volume one, and a significant part of Volume 2. The reason, he was forced to maintain the finances, quarter mastering, and account keeping for the entirety of Altina's fortress base, alone, because all the other accountants, book keepers, and quartermasters were caught red-handed stealing from the military, and any incoming replacements were found to be just as wanting, if not worse. He had to literally collapse from overwork before anyone competent could be found.
- Berserk Button: Suggesting censorship or banning books is one of the few things that will piss him off.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Meek, gentle, almost shy with little to no confidence in himself, make him an enemy, however, and woe be onto you.
- Big Damn Heroes: He manages to come to Clarisse's aid in Volume 2 and save her from an Attempted Rape.
- Brains and Brawn: The brains to Altina's Brawn.
- Break Them by Talking: Is an absolute expert in this. In volume 1, he earns the respect of the barbarian chief, Diethart, by being completely fearless in negotiations. In volume 2, he manages to terrify a corrupt army inspector armed with a gun and a sword, and willing to use them, simply by talking to him, and shortly after that, gathering the intel on the Varden Duchy Fort Volk from a captured patrol simply by questioning the captured patrol, without using torture of any kind, trounced an entire Decadent Court in volume 3, and in volume 5, utterly humiliated a rude messenger that had insulted his army unit. We find out from his sister in Volume 5, that he's been good at this since age 10.
- But Now I Must Go: To the chagrin of both Altina and himself at the end of Volume 8, he, sadly, heads to the Belgaria capital to pass the tests required to claim the Chevalier title Latrielle gave him in volume 6. He briefly considers resigning his military career so he could stay at her side, but ultimately decides that his going to the capital is a quicker and more effective method of meeting Altina's goals.
- The Chains of Commanding: He takes the casualties that result from his strategies and tactics very hard. Even when those casualties result from things beyond his control, like the Suicidal Overconfidence of the troops.
- Chekhov's Gun: The very expensive book he purchases in the first volume becomes a critical plot device in volume 2. It contains an original blueprint to Fort Volk, and is instrumental in the fort's capture.
- Chick Magnet: Although Altina is the one most smitten with him, there are numerous other women showing quite a bit of interest. He's absolutely baffled by this.
- Combat Medic: His penchant for reading any book he comes across includes medical texts. So much so, that he can perform field surgery to save Queen Margeret Steelheart from a self-inflicted stab wound. He later proves his expertise in diagnosing Franziska's injuries when she's attacked by Becker.
- Combat Pragmatist: Isn't above turning to some dubious methods to secure military victory.
- Crazy-Prepared: After the end of the naval battles in Volume 6, he reveals that he had strategy on top of strategy on top of strategy prepared for the battle. Fortunately, the first strategy of the second battle was more than sufficient.
- Creepy Child: His older sister tells Altina a story of how when Regis was no more than seven years old, he completely, and thoroughly saw through and terrified a con artist that was selling "roof repairs" for their family home. Note that the con man in the story was very skilled at Exact Words and Loophole Abuse.
- Crippling Overspecialization: He's an absolute demon when it comes to strategies and tactics, even being able to flawlessly navigate a Deadly Decadent Court, and completely helpless in just about everything else. In volume 9, he literally trips over the front lines and has to be carried on a medical stretcher to avoid being trampled to death by the infantry.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He doesn't look like much, and is often presumed to be unreliable, even by himself, but when his strategies are actually employed, woe be unto the enemy!
- Cruel Mercy: He saves Margaret's life by performing field surgery on her self-inflicted knife wound, so that she's alive to answer for starting her unprovoked war on Belgaria.
- Did Not See That Coming: His brilliant strategic mind is not infallible. He both failed to recognize Franziska and prepare for Latrielle to try killing him in the First Army warcamp in the middle of the celebration of the victory over High Britannia. He also failed to see Gilbert countering his "Fog" strategy, but that was more a lacking in the soldier's training than his shortcoming.
- Dissonant Serenity: He has a tendency to be eerily calm in battle, and many characters have not only taken note, but commented on it.
- Dragged into Drag: Franziska, Jessica, and Fanrine assemble the "perfect" disguise for Regis to infiltrate the Imperial Capital while Latrielle is looking to kill him. Put him in a dress! To his chagrin and their amusement. It's so surprisingly effecive, soldiers from the First Army try out their best pick-up lines on him.
- Embarrassing Nickname: He was once known as "The Green Turtle."
- Heroes Prefer Redheads: The woman to whom he's completely devoted and would happily marry if he could is Altina, who has flaming red hair.
- Heroic Selfdeprecation: He considers himself completely worthless as a human being. No matter how effective his strategies are, he doesn't think himself worthy of praise, as he wasn't the one actually fighting, and although he's fully aware of how much a Chick Magnet he is, he doesn't feel deserving of their affection. It isn't until he's confronted by Clarisse, Altina's maid that we find out why. He has the perception that being "manly" means suffering from a terminal case of Testosterone Poisoning. Even his older sister was more manly than he. The true cause gets revealed in volume 5, and it's quite tragic. This is beginning to fade in later volumes as his strategic victories begin to boost his confidence.
- Hidden Depths: His encyclopedic knowledge of books is very valuable outside the battlefield as well. He had Altina and Clarisse completely enthralled by reciting a book similar to Tales of the Arabian Knights, from memory, while they were all waiting for Jerome's arrival in volume 7. Jerome goes so far as to accuse him of being a bard.
- Humble Hero: Goes with his Heroic Selfdeprecation. He feels more uncomfortable getting awards, titles, and praise than he does going into live combat, or navigating a Deadly Decadent Court.
- Ignored Expert: Had the seventh division heeded his warnings, volume five would have turned out very differently. It is not the first time either. His previous benefactor, Marquis Thénezay, also ignored his repeated warnings about an impending ambush. Regis was left helplessly watching the man turned into a Human Pincushion.
- I Lied: A heroic example in volume 2. He promised the corrupt military inspector that he, Eric, and Clarisse would happily forget all about the attempted rape, and attempted murder if he stood down. The moment Altina showed up on the scene, Regis sold him out immediately.
- It's All My Fault: Regis blames himself for the death of his former benefactor, Marquis Thénezay. Thinking that if he had somehow warned him, a third time, about an impending ambush, the man might still be alive, despite literally getting thrown out of the officer's tent, and being branded a coward for not being full of Suicidal Overconfidence.
- Misanthrope Supreme: He has a very dark and jaded view of humanity. He happens to be right.
- My Greatest Failure: In addition to the loss of his former benafactor, Marquis Thénezay, he views his failure to predict the death of Belgaria's Emperor and the ascension of Latrielle this way.
- Nerves of Steel: Heroic Selfdeprecation aside, he is not an easy man to scare. Clarisse manages to terrify him only because she's a master of Tranquil Fury and knows all his weak spots. On the battle field, it takes Altina slicing a crossbow bolt aimed at him in mid-air to startle him. Even when he's absolutely terrified, he never loses his cool, and always calmly analyzes the situation to find a solution.
- Nice Guy: He's genuinely very gentle and kind, and truly treasures his comrades.
- No Badass to His Valet: When Bastian hears of his exploits in Volume 7.5, he can't bring himself to believe it.
- Opposites Attract: While he's well aware of the affections, many, many women show him, although failing to comprehend why due to horrifically poor self-esteem, the only one whose hand he'd take in marriage, if he could, is princess Altina, his polar opposite in just about everything, both physically and mentally.
- Orphan's Ordeal: His parents both died from illness when he was very young, and his older sister did her best to raise him, but unsurprisingly, did not do a very good job.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives a truly cathartic one to Queen Margaret when clinically, and accurately, describing the symptoms of her narcissism. She does not take it well.
- Red Baron: He has two. To his allies in Belgaria he's known as "The Wizard," a title he unwittingly chose himself in volume 5. To his enemies, he is known as "The Demon of Belgaria" due to his highly unorthodox, morally ambiguous and highly effective tactics and strategies. He picks up a few more by volume 8 without his notice. Hero who saved the nation, Wizard of the battlefield, Monster Strategist, The Princess Shield of Wisdom Titles that only appear in entertainment novels.
- Skewed Priorities: Place a book in his hands, and he will forget to eat or sleep. He equates reading with the need to breathe.
- Slasher Smile: He shows this on occasion. Most notable in volume 3 when his strategy to deal with Prince Latrielle really comes together. When Altina saw it, she was scared stiff.
- The So-Called Coward: Is openly accused of cowardice by Vincent, the strategist of the seventh division, because he advocated against clashing with the Britannia army head on in volume 5. Since Vincent is the one strategist to actually defeat Regis in mock strategic debates, Regis was not able to give a rebuttal. Regis would turn out to be proven right as Vincent's "brilliant" strategy wound up leading the seventh division into a meat grinder that all but completely annihilated them, and would have if not for Regis's quick strategic and tactical thinking. Vincent is not the first one to brand him a coward, and forcefully eject him from the officer's tent either. What's worse about Vincent is that he's convinced that cowardice is somehow contagious, like a disease, and convinces his superior officer to completely sideline Regis, Altina, and her entire unit to keep it from spreading. Many troops died needlessly because Altina could not intervene until the commander of the seventh division performed a Heroic Sacrifice.
- The Strategist: This is his role in the story, in a nutshell.
- Showy Invincible Hero: There is something just so immensely gratifying about "seeing" his strategies in action.
- Super Drowning Skills: He can't swim, and even almost drowned in a basin of water once, and not as a small child.
- Taught by Experience: By the time of Volume 10, he's begun crafting his own strategies, as opposed to copying what he's learned in books, due to evertyhing he's experienced, both good and bad over the course of his life. These strategies are no less effective than what he's done before.
- Tears of Joy: When he receives a hero's send-off in chapter 3 of volume 8, he's confused, chagrined, and cowed, honestly believing that he doesn't deserve it, but when Ducasse comes along and cheers him, he gets all misty-eyed, knowing full well that Ducasse means it.
- We Can Rule Together: He makes this offer to Jessica of Renard Pendu in volume 11, and she accepts with only token hesistation.
- We Do the Impossible: Almost constantly. Only Altina has enough faith in him to believe his extremely unorthodox tactics and strategies are going to work before seeing them in action, and this is against impossible opponents that have already beaten soldiers with far more rank, training, and experience than himself. Her faith is well justified.
- What Does She See in Him?: More like "what do you see in me?!" He asks Clarisse, point blank, when she comes on to him a bit too strongly. Amusingly, she actually tells him that contrary to his perceptions, women actually like men who are gentle and kind, not the over-machismo fools Regis associates with manhood.
Altina's maid, and long-time friend and companion.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is gentle and kind, but she's a master of Tranquil Fury and easily terrifies Regis into doing what she wants.
- Childhood Friends: With Altina.
- Curtains Match The Windows: She is described as having brown hair and brown eyes.
- The Gadfly: Volume 7.5 shows that she loved to tease and torment Altina when the two were alone prior to the arrival of Regis. Once Regis came into the picture, he became her new chew toy.
- Marshmallow Hell: In the volume 8 prologue, she catches Regis having a PTSD nightmare and holds his face to her chest to calm him down, then goads Altina into doing it. Unfortunately for Regis, Altina was still wearing her armor at the time.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In volume 14, she detects a strange odor in the water source for the Belgaria war-camp. Rather than report it, she covers the odor with some kind of perfume fragrance. Said odor turns out to be poison placed in the water by Hispania's forces.
- Rape as Drama: She gets sexually assaulted in Volume 2 by a very corrupt military inspector, and his brutish bodyguard. When she runs to Regis for aid, Regis keeps them occupied until Altina shows up, and kicks the ass of the inspector who is armed with a gun, with one arm in a sling! Eric, Regis's bodyguard and retainer (appointed by Altina) took out the inspector's bodyguard with a sword.
- Shipper on Deck: She really wants Regis and Altina to get together, but knowing the direct route is not going to work, she shamelessly teases them into it.
- The Stoic: In times when she's around people she doesn't know or particularly like, she shuts down her ability to emote, and says very little.
- The Tease: She comes on to Regis very strongly, and she can get him really worked up without even removing one stitch of clothing.
- Undying Loyalty: To Altina. Volume 7.5 reveals that she outright volunteered to follow Altina to the front lines.
- You Are Not Alone: She says this word for word to Regis to help him cope with the burden of his position.
The former commander of the border regiment assigned to Altina. He does not like being under her command one bit. Still, he submits to her authority, not because of her rank or title, but because she beat him in a duel.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Is a firm believer in this approach.
- Black Knight: Fits most aspects of this trope. He even paints his armor black.
- Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice is a spear.
- Combat Pragmatist: He will do just about anything to win on the battlefield, and actually likes Regis's more morally ambiguous strategies.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He plays this as straight as they come. He calls Regis "trash" constantly, but Regis is useful trash.
- A Father to His Men: If you can make it through his training regimen, he will provide and protect you. He even treated Regis kindly when the latter had a very high fever, due to collapsing from overwork. Still, he doesn't like it when people point it out.
- Insult Backfire: Receives one in Volume 3. An imperial knight accuses him of abandoning all chivalry after Jerome set his men on fire before attacking him. Said knight just moments prior lead 1000 cavalry men on horseback to attack Altina, Regis and three other people on three horses.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Comes across as brutish and brash, but there's no one else you'd want at you'd want more at your back on the battlefield. He even forfeited the duel with Altina when his sparring weapon broke, despite being easily able to defeat her.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He doesn't suffer from Honor Before Reason, but he is still an official knight of Belgaria.
- Noodle Incident: Something in his past, that he doesn't want to talk or hear about, caused his family to lose their noble status.
Eric Michael de Blanchard:A knight in training that gets assigned to be Regis and Altina's bodyguard. He specifically requests the position because he has admired Regis since being saved by his tactics during a losing battle.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Regis's life by taking down the bodyguard of a corrupt military inspector who was chasing and trying to kill Regis to stop him from testifying about an attempted rape.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Guarding Altina certainly counts..
- Game-Breaking Injury. It is revealed in Volume 8, that the crossbow bolt he took to the shoulder caused nerve damage, making him unable to wield a sword, or any heavy weapon, again. In fact, he equates his arm-strength to that of a child.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: He wields a sword very well as his weapon of choice.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: He was able to defeat a professional, military trained bodyguard with a single sword strike without killing the latter.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Heavily implied in volume 3. Eric questions Regis a great deal about "an acquaintance" that is worried because she's a female from a noble house with no male heirs, and also shows many hints like bathing/changing alone, and being embarrassed when Regis changes in the same room.
- Taking the Bullet: Took a crossbow bolt aimed at Regis and Altina in volume 5. Although he lives, it takes him out of the action for the rest of the book, much to his annoyance.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: He described to Regis how he was enraged at the behavior of the military inspector and the bodyguard that were sent to audit Altina's forces, and deliver orders to capture Fort Volk in volume 2.
- Undying Loyalty: To Regis and Altina.
From Volume 4:
Third born child of the emperor, Bastian left the Decadent Court of Belgaria to go and become a student in Britannia's school system.
- Badass Bookworm: Surprisingly, he gets this from Regis. A flashback shows that Regis introduced him to the joys of reading. Bastian becomes inspired to be an author as a result. (Which is what he was studying in Britannia.)
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Comes to princess Elizabeth's aid when she's targeted by her government because she, as a classmate, was nice to him.
- Broken Tears: Upon the death of his friend, Roland.
- Bullying a Dragon: Is on the receiving end of this frequently from his classmates. It is only because he promised his maternal grandfather that he'd return home if he got violent that he doesn't retaliate.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Just like his sister, Altina, he's got enormous strength. Enough that he can stop a charging bull, bare-handed.
- Genre Blind: He's almost completely ignorant of the movers and shakers in the world setting and fails to recognize the primary antagonists namely Renard Pendu.
- Hotblooded: Like his sister, he's quick to anger. He's been in numerous fist fights prior to coming to Britannia.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: When he gets his hands on a gun in volume 4, his aim is so acute that he can hit anything he shoots at regardless of distance, cover or movement. In fact, he saves Eliabeth's life by shooting an assailant from a roof top into a nearly shut window, in a tower, across a courtyard several meters wide, and he's using single shot rifles, not a modern sniper rifle with laser sighting.
- King Incognito: Shown twice in Volume 4. The first, he's shown as a student in Britannia, with nobody knowing about his royal lineage, and the second, he met Regis while "playing hooky" from his royal duties while Regis was in the library engrossed an a book, also playing hooky from the military academy's physical regimen (at which he sucks). Bastian was so amenable that Regis never realized he was talking to royalty.
- Knife Nut: His weapon of choice is a dagger, granted to him by the Emperor when he was sent to Britannia.
- Large Ham: He loves to make big, dramatic entrances. Even in the heat of battle he makes some really loud and wild gesticulations.
- Bastian:"Don't shoot your own princess, you foolish soldier!" (Punches the soldier through a brick wall.)
- Morality Pet: To Franziska. He's the only one she considers a friend outside Renard Pendu, and the friendship is genuine though it doesn't start out that way.
- My Greatest Failure: He sees Roland's death as this because he only crippled, not killed, the "Loyal Soldier" thug that swore to kill Belgarian civilian refugees, and the thug pulled out a gun, aiming it at Elizabeth as Bastian was walking away.
- One-Man Army: It takes an entire Britannia army regiment, armed with the latest guns and cannons to match him in combat, and he still wins.
- The Promise: Makes one with Elizabeth so that she reads his adventure book, that he is currently writing, after it gets published.
- Pyrrhic Victory: Sure, Bastian manages to save Princess Elizabeth, and keep his own life, but they never make it to Britannia's capital, Margaret takes the throne, and immediately launches war on Belgaria without cause or provocation purely for her own amusement.
- Sham Marriage: Pretends to be engaged to Elizabeth as they're running the countryside, trying to get to Britannia's capital.
- Skewed Priorities: While rescuing Princess Elizabeth, using a Bridal Carry, he suddenly realizes that a similar scene in his adventure book features the main character doing the same thing, and fighting enemy soldiers, by swinging his sword, at the same time. He then fixates on the fact that if he, with super-strength, can't do it, then how is his character supposed to, almost ignoring the life or death struggle he's currently in, much to Elizabeth's chagrin.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He has little official military training, yet he can mow down an entire army purely by using his enormous strength. This tactic fails him in the battle with Margret's bodyguard. See Worf Had the Flu.
- Worf Had the Flu: He gets defeated easily by Margaret's bodyguard just to show how ridiculously strong that guy is. Still, this is after he's just fought an entire Britannia army regiment, is covered in wounds, and is holding Princess Elizabeth in one hand, because if he lets go, the Britannia army would shoot and kill her. He escapes certain death by jumping off a bridge into a river, taking Elizabeth with him.
The former crown princess of High Britannia, and fellow student of Bastian. The plot of volume 4 revolves around her trying to reach the Britannia capital city and claim the crown while the Britannia army is trying to kill her so that her relative, Margaret can take the crown instead.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: Ooh boy. She lets her feelings slip a bit when she catches Bastian with some books that have rather "racy" illustrations loaned to him by Roland.
- Elise: You never did anything to me, so why are you looking at such things!?
- Assassin Outclassin': She survives several assassination attempts before Bastian shows up to rescue her.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: She, and she alone, was able to figure out that Basitin is a prince of Belgaria purely from his own behavior and personal facts that he could not hide, like his red hair and red eyes.
- The Chains of Commanding: She really did not want to take the throne, but she chose to do so for the sake of her country, as a sacred duty. Her relative, Margaret, does not have such lofty reasons.
- Fallen Princess: Through no fault of her own, she is hunted by the entire Britannia army.
- High-Pressure Emotion: Immediately after the line in the Aren't You Going to Ravish Me? entry, she is so utterly embarrassed that her blush goes all the way to her ears, turning them beet red.
- Living MacGuffin: Almost throughout the entirety of Volume 4, Margaret had the Britannia army hunting her down, to make sure she would have an "accident" and therefore never become queen.
- Memento MacGuffin: Her royal ring is seen as this in Volume 7.5.
- Not What It Looks Like: Combined with Mood Killer. Roland walks in on her straddling Bastian as she was trying to confiscate what she considered "erotic" literature.
- The Promise: Promises to read Bastian's adventure book, and give an honest critique, should he ever get a chance to actually publish it.
- Sham Marriage: Agrees to pretend to be Bastian's fiance while running across Britannia to try and reach the capital city. They keep up the facade even when there's no longer any point in doing so at the end of Volume 4, implying that the engagement is now real.
- Ship Tease: With Bastian. It goes Up to Eleven in the volume 7.5 A Day in the Limelight chapter for her and Bastian.
Chief of the barbarians that Altina is sent to subdue. He regards himself as the leader of a country known as Barganheim.
- Defeat Means Friendship: He signs a formal treaty with Altina to help fight the Germanium Federation which is a mutual enemy, after being defeated and captured.
- Enemy Mine: To an extent. While he will gladly work with Altina and Regis, who have both earned his respect due to their upfront honesty, and bold cunning respectively, he holds no love for the Belgarian Empire.
- HeelFace Turn: Though never truly a heel, he goes from being blindly antagonistic to Altina's brigade to grudging respect bordering on true friendship once he gets to know Altina and Regis.
- Villain Respect: Although not really a villain, he has great respect for Regis's brilliant strategic mind, Altina's courage and forthrightness, and the very quick and efficient way he was captured. A way that had very few, if any, casualties on either side.
General Weingartner:The Commander of Fort Volk, a 55-year-old war veteran who was overseeing Fort Volk for 12 years at the beginning of Volume 2.
- A Father to His Men: He truly cares about the men under his command, so much so that he surrendered to Regis and Altina for the sake of his troops at Fort Volk.
- Noble Demon: He may be an enemy soldier to the protagonists, but he's decent and honorable.
- Villain Respect: Although not villainous, he is an enemy officer. Still, he congratulates Regis's brilliant and unorthodox strategic thinking as well as Altina's strength and courage.
Zechmeister:A young, hotheaded commander under Weingartner. Leader of the green bronze knights.
- Killed Off for Real:
- Leeroy Jenkins: Runs out of Fort Volk and attacks Jerome head on with no plan, preparation or backup. Granted, this is after three days of continuous bombardment by cannon fire, day and night.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Thought he could take out Jerome and the Black Knights easily. He was wrong.
A military inspector from a minor noble house sent to Altina's regiment for the purposes of auditing her unit, and delivering orders, signed by Prince Latrielle, to seize Fort Volk.
- Axe-Crazy: By the time volume 11 rolls around, he's totally, murderously, batshit insane. It's only because of his father's aristocratic connections that he's put in charge of the Empire's secret police.
- Berserk Button: He crashes into a toddler because he's not watching where he's going. Said toddler was holding his food at the time which made Becker's uniform dirty. This was enough to send Becker into a murderous rage, complete with bloodshot eyes.
- The Bus Came Back: He returns to the story, and in a big way in Volume 11. He's leading the secret police and orders open murder on anyone he doesn't like, trying to rationalize it as "weeding out traitors" afterwards.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Despite not being in a corporation, he holds many of the traits, especially the "corrupt" part.
- Fingore: He runs afoul of Prince Bastian, and as a result of pulling a gun on the prince, he loses his trigger finger.
- It's All About Me: Called Altina's regiment "rude" because he had to walk from a train station to the scheduled pick up point despite the fact that he arrived several days early, and had Regis not anticipated his early arrival, would have killed a toddler because he crashed into said toddler.
- Minor Injury Overreaction: Granted Altina is insanely strong, still, one punch in the face, resulting in a bloody nose, and he acts like he's been mortally wounded.
- The Neidermeyer: Fits this to a T. He firmly believes that any order from the Empire, even an order to engage in an obvious suicidal charge, is so glorious that the soldiers should feel honored just to hear it, and the merits of such orders should never be called into question, as long as he's not on the list of people who has to carry it out, that is.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He engages in a great many villainous and criminal acts in volume 2, including attempts to extort bribes from Regis. Regis holds his nose and turns a blind eye to all of them, including threatening a toddler with a sword, because he's the one who crashed into said toddler, all in order to prevent problems with the Empire. However, once he attempts to rape Clarisse, with his bodyguard keeping watch, Regis turns him over to Altina without hesitation of any kind.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever he's enraged, his eyes become so bloodshot that they turn beet red.
- Royal Rapier: In addition to a derringer gun, he carries a rapier.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Despite being from a minor noble house, him being a noble allows him to bluster and push just about everyone in Altina's regiment around, that is until he tries to rape Clarisse, and finds himself in the fort's dungeons.
- Slasher Smile: In volume 11, he's described having a smile so large, it looks like it's sawing his head in two, as he's perpetrating violence.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's from a minor noble house, yet doesn't bother to remember the names of people from families that he doesn't recognize.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Him being sent to Sierrick Fort's dungeon for the attempted rape of Clarisse is the last we see or hear of him.
- Would Hurt a Child: Upon arriving at the town at the base of Sierrick fort, he would have killed a toddler because he crashed into said toddler if Regis had not anticipated his early arrival.
- You Have Failed Me: Volume 11 implies he kills those under his command if they fail to follow his murderous orders to the letter.
Becker's bodyguard. He is every bit as unpleasant as his master.
- The Dragon: To Inspector Becker.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Courtesy of Eric who disabled him with a single stab of the sword, to prevent him from killing Regis.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He obeys Becker's orders without question, and he "never sees" his master's many wrongdoings.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: While we find out what happened to Becker in Volume 11, his fate is still unknown.
The first born of the Emperor's children, and top contender for the throne, until the events of Volume 3.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Combined with The Coup, and Rage Breaking Point. In chapter 4 of Volume 7, he returns to the imperial palace with urgent news regarding the war with High Britannia. After witnessing a long list of debased debauchery occurring without regard for the lives of the soldiers on the front lines, including his own, he finally snaps after seeing the Emperor in bed with not one, but two concubines, all of them both ignoring the urgency of the situation, and openly boasting of spending the imperial military budget on frivolities like vacation palaces, and naming the yet unborn child of the concubine the heir which means, at best 15 years of rampant debauchery, at a time when The Empire isn't guaranteed to last the next 15 days! Latrielle murders both the Emperor and one concubine with his sword while Germain throws a dagger at the other one. It is revealed that the current emperor murdered the previous emperor the same way, for the exact same reasons, except that the last emperor was stabbed in the back.
- Be All My Sins Remembered: As he's being cheered ascending to the throne, he hallucinates corpses of all his victims, both direct and indirect, pointing and accusing him as he climbs the stairs to the throne, with him literally stepping over them.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: He lets himself be stabbed by Oswald, to grab Oswald and keep him from dodging a deadly blow.
- Did Not Think This Through: Even if he was completely unaware that Regis is Altina's most important person, expecting that Altina would simply sit back and take it quietly when he not only tried to assassinate Regis, but sent a headless corpse in his stead with a flimsy cover story that Regis died in battle with High Brittania is the height of folly, especially considering Latrielle's long, sordid history of provoking her.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The way he scoops up Regis to share his horse and chase after Margeret and Oswald is quite suggestive, and the fans don't hesitate to point this out in the comments.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Make no mistake, this character is clearly villainous, but he is utterly disgusted and outright enraged by the tactics of Oswald, who happily turns his own soldiers into bombs, by having them hide inside gunpowder barrels, with orders to light them when the enemy comes to confiscate them. He dubs Oswald a "poisonous snake." He is also utterly incensed to see the entire castle engaged in utter debauchery while a war is going on just outside with the Empire's very existence in peril, and completely snaps when The Emperor himself treats it like a trivial matter.
- Evil Prince: Is the one directly responsible for not only sending Altina to the front lines, but signed the orders to attack Fort Volk in Volume 2, hoping she would be completely crushed, if not outright killed. He is also the one who chose the corrupt military inspector that was sent to audit her regiment, and make sure the order was carried out. He also kills his own father to claim the throne. Though the old man had it coming.
- Eye Scream: His left eye is rendered blind by the Mercenary King Gilbet's venom-laced trident. The doctor tending to him warns him that his right eye will gradually lose sight as well.
- A Father to His Men: One of his few redeeming characteristics is that, as a whole, he does care about the well being of the soldiers under his command. One of the reasons he finally snaps and kills his father is because the latter doesn't.
- Faux Affably Evil: He pretends to be cordial and polite, but he's really a borderline psychopath who is constantly scheming and plotting new and interesting ways to murder people and get away with it, in his quest for power. Being a close relative won't protect you. He already murdered at least one of his siblings through constant poisoning over years.
- Heel Realization: Of sorts. His defeat by the Mercenary King made him realize that a constant state of war is not the best thing for Belgaria, still, he's dead set on building up the military as much as possible. Considering that Belgaria is literally surrounded by enemies, through his own actions, there is little other alternative.
- If I Can't Have You...: When Regis politely declines becoming his Chief Strategist, and requests going back to Altina, as promised, Latrielle immediately considers Regis too dangerous to live, tears up the letters of approval he wrote highlighting Regis's accmplishments in the war with High Brittania, and orders Regis be killed. Of course, Franziska and Jessica got to Regis first, but Latrielle doesn't know that.
- I Know You Know I Know: He comes right out and tells Regis that he's well aware both Altina and Regis want to boot him of the Belgaria throne in volume 8.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Latrielle is scared the Emperor will see him like this, not because of his words, actions, or personality, but because of a crippling war wound, as the Emperor does have a history of rejecting previous heirs due to physical deformities. He later proves the emperor right, in terms of character.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Emperor and his concubines can't complain about his actions at the end of Volume 7. Goes double for Oswald at the end of Volume 10.
- Klingon Promotion: In Chapter 4 of Volume 7, he takes the throne by killing the Emperor, just like the Emperor killed his predecessor.
- Knight Templar: He is so utterly convinced that his way of doing things is the correct approach to handling the Belgaria Empire that he will kill anyone and everyone who opposes him. He is still willing to be tolerant of other opinions, but will bring lethal force to bear upon opposing acts.
- Made of Temptation: In a non-sexual manner. In volme 10, Regis notes that his passion, charisma, and overwhelming force of personality would have had him drop to his knees and swear fealty on the spot if Altina hadn't secured his loyalty first.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Latrielle is an expert at this. Germaine is not far behind.
- Pet the Dog: When he meets Regis in Volume 6, among other things that he does, he promotes Altina to General, and Regis to Third Lieutenant so they won't have any problems executing Regis's strategy to deal with High Britannia. While this doesn't normally merit Pet the Dog, Latrielle also grants Regis the title of Chevalier, making him a noble. When Regis becomes uncomfortable with the title because he doesn't think nobility suits him, Latrielle agrees, and says the rank and title are not high enough to acknowledge his accomplishments. Of note, Latrielle tried to have the first army kill Altina and Regis in Volume 3 for rescuing "Auguste" and interfering with his plans.
- The Scapegoat: Surprisingly. Volume 7.5 reveals that it's not Latrielle who poisoned Auguste to death, but the Crown Empress, and in such a way as to make rumors of Prince Latrielle being responsible unavoidable, though there's no direct proof of her involvement, or his.
- Secret Stab Wound: Played With. While everyone knows Latrielle was wounded in a battle with the Mercenary King, he's hiding that the wound was poisoned and will eventually cost him his vision.
- Smart People Play Chess: He challenges Regis to a game of chess in Volume 3, and although he does well, he lost.
- Smug Snake: He thinks he's a much better swordsman, politician, and ruler than he actually is. Although he is quite skilled, Altina only struggled against him due to a prior injury.
- Start X to Stop X: His idea of bringing the peace that will last a 1000 years, is to launch a world war and capture all the neighboring countries, then turn his guns inward and abolishing the noble's private armies to make the imperial army answer to the royal court alone, and to prevent the army getting too comfortable with the local governors, constantly rotating out the officers.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: He makes the same exact mistake that Oswald and High Britannia did. He thinks that just because he and his army have their hands on Brittania's latest rifle models and have started mass-producing Belgarian counterparts, that they can outright conquer all the surrounding nations in just two years and quell all dissent, without Regis's brilliant tactical and strategic insight.
- Tranquil Fury: When he hits his Rage Breaking Point at the end of Volume 7 after witnessing his father's careless debauchery and lack of concern for Belgaria's plight he suddenly calms down, has an epiphany of who is the Empire's true enemy and murders the Emperor's manipulative concubine in cold blood. He then just as calmly kills the Emperor himself.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: He's officially anointed Emperor of Belgaria in chapter 1 of Volume 12. The fact that his mother's still in hiding doesn't clue him in that he's in a very precarious situation.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: At the start of Volume 6, he tells his strategist, Germain, that he wants to make Belgaria the best country in the world, with a military so mighty that no-one would ever dare challenge them again, among other reforms. (Namely, actually punishing corrupt nobles).
- Villain Has a Point: When confronted about the inherent inequity of treatment between the aristocracy and the commoners, and how the nobles abuse the peasants as a result, Latrielle agrees, but specifically points out that a proper education system for the entire country that could even the playing field, and foster the inherent talents of the commoners is a physical, financial, and practical impossibility, and he's right. Regis does later agree with the sentiment, but does point out an alternative, thanks to the recent invention of the printing press. His plan requires giving hope to the commoners first, or they're not likely to want to level the playing field and get themselves involved.
- War for Fun and Profit: Tells Altina in Volume 3 that he aims to keep Belgaria in a constant state of war with its neighbors, purely for the sake of justifying the constant build up of the military.
- We Can Rule Together: He offers Regis the chance to be his top strategist thrice. Once in Volume 3, once in volume 6, and once in Volume 8. Regis accepts in volume 8 both to spy on Latrielle and because Latrielle needs him to finish routing the High Britannia Army from one of Belgaria's castles. He makes his final official appeal to Regis in Volume 10, after their significant joint victory. He takes Regis very politely declining him very, very poorly.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tries to market himself as this, Altina doesn't buy it for a moment. At the start of Volume 6, it would ultimately prove true. Even he believes he's genuinely acting in Belgaria's best interests. When he snaps and kills the Emperor and his concubines, it's not (entirely) due to ambition, but mainly because he realizes that getting rid of the Emperor as soon as possible is crucial to Belgaria's survival.
- What Were You Thinking?: He voices this sentiment towards Altina when he gets word of her coming for him, in force, at the end of Volume 11. He completely fails to comprehend why Altina's so murderously angry at him, despite his past of provoking her, and sending a headless corpse to her fort with Regis's name on it.
- You Have Failed Me: Played with. When his subordinate strategist failed to eliminate Altina at the end of Volume 3, Lattrielle called himself a "benevolent man" by sparing him. The fact that the strategist was terrified of being killed for failure, however, would tend to indicate that Latrielle, or the other royals of Belgaria do indeed tend to take out their frustrations on their staff. Further, he equates the man's life to a cup of wine, which he happily pours out in front of him to make the point.
Sir Germain:Prince Latrielle's strategist.
- Crazy-Prepared: At the end of Volume 7 he took the liberty of bribing the maids just in case Latrielle assassinated the Emperor. What makes this crazy is that neither Latrielle nor Germain had any intention or plan to kill the Emperor at first — but Germain bribed the maids anyway.
- Disease Bleach: The sheer terror of being executed by Latrielle for failing to defeat Regis, and capture or kill Altina and "Prince Auguste" as well as their traveling companions turns his hair white at the end of Volume 3.
- Dragon-in-Chief: He becomes this as a result of Latrielle's crippling injury that will eventually leave him completely blind.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Is utterly convinced that Latrielle is the only man who can save the country of Belgaria from imminent destruction, and turns a blind eye to all of Latrielle's faults.
- Secret Keeper: Aside from Latrielle and his doctor, he's the only one who knows that Latrielle's going blind as a result of his fight with the Mercenary King.
- Smug Snake: Thinks he's vastly superior to Regis. He's wrong.
- The Strategist: He is Latrielle's strategist.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is genuinely trying to save the country of Belgaria, but will do some rather nasty things to see Latrielle take the throne.
Constant Felix de Bartoli:The captain of the First army, The White Wolves unit, which is responsible for the capital's defense.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: He is very aggressive. Thoughts of retreat, caution or surrender never enter his mind. This would cost him dearly.
- For Justice: He truly believes carrying out Latrielle's orders to abduct Auguste is the right and just thing to do.
- Honor Before Reason: Insists on the Knight "chivalric code" at all times.
- Hypocrite: Condemns Jerome for "abandoning chivalry" because the latter, with just 500 cavalry attacked, and defeated, his 1000 mounted knights by setting them on fire, but completely ignores the fact that he ordered his "honorable" knights, numbering 1000, to attack five people sharing three horses without even an arrest warrant.
- Pride Before a Fall: He was so enamored by the First Army's reputation as the strongest army in the country, that he never considered someone could beat him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed off shortly after his introduction.
The primary antagonist of volume 4. She is the leader of the "pro-war" movement in High Britannia and tries to kill Elizabeth in order to ascend to the throne. Though she fails to kill Elizabeth, she does succeed in taking the throne by keeping Elizabeth from reaching the capital city in time.
- The Caligula: Fits this trope to a T.
- Death Seeker: In chapter 3 of volume 9, it's revealed that the real reason she forged ahead with declaring war against Belgaria, the strongest in-universe nation in the world, is that she wants to die, in spectacular fashion, because she's that bored. She doesn't have any other objective. Although amused by the struggle, she just ultimately wants it all to end.
- Driven to Suicide: After Oswald is defeated and killed in a fair duel, rather than let herself be captured to answer for her crimes, she stabs herself with a hidden dagger. Regis saves her life and insists she live to answer for her actions.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: Her one and only idea of entertainment, waiting for her own death, is seeing mountains of corpses, and gets rather impatient when her armies can't provide it.
- Freudian Excuse: It's a doozy, bordering on Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds territory. Growing up as a child, she was forbidden from doing anything "improper" or that might put her in danger. Going to school? Forbidden, an assassin might come after you, you get a horrifically boring personal tutor. Playing with children her own age? Forget it, what if you're hurt. Having a hobby like knitting, cooking, or any kind of arts and craft? Ridiculous! A high noble and possible queen candidate can't be seen doing those kinds of things, it's beneath her! Even "trashy" romance and fiction novels or any kind of enjoyable book was banned from her household. The only "entertainment" she had were the "classics", ie, Shakespearean-type tragedies, which she was compelled to read and memorize. By the time she entered adulthood, she was so utterly bored to tears that she ultimately decided that if society liked Shakespearean tragedies that much, then she would make the whole country of Britannia into one.
- I Just Want to Be Special: The reason she launched a war on Belgaria is that she thinks she's "special" and the conflict would be gloriously highlighted in the history books. She did not take it well when Regis not only pointed out how common her condition is, but that the whole war she launched would most likely only make a line or two in the history books afterwards.
- It Amused Me: Her highly unstable behavior serves one purpose, and only one purpose, to get the maximum amusement she can out of any situation, good or bad, though mostly bad.
- Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about the well being of anybody, not even herself.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name is "Steelheart" and she has a serious Lack of Empathy.
- Narcissist: Officially and clinically diagnosed as such by Regis when she's captured in Volume 10.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Due to her Freudian Excuse, she acts like a spoiled child, throwing a tantrum when things don't go her way.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Becomes queen of Britannia in volume 4.
- War for Fun and Profit: Far more concerned about fun than profit, although she does want to gain something from waging war on Belgaria.
Oswald Coulthard:Margeret's top aide, and close confidante. There is rarely a time that the two are not close to each other.
- Bodyguard Crush: He is utterly devoted to Margaret, worshiping the ground she walks on, even when she's physically abusive, like ripping of his ear with her teeth, and licking up the blood.
- Break Them by Talking: He manages to upgrade this to kill them by talking. He deliberately provokes the terminally ill queen into a rage so that she has a heart attack and dies.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: He can match Bastian in raw strength. Remember, Bastian can stop a charging bull bare-handed.
- Devil in Plain Sight: He's a particularly nasty piece of work, doesn't bother to hide it, yet almost nobody seems to notice.
- Did Not See That Coming: Latrielle letting himself be stabbed in exchange for delivering the killing blow never occurred to him.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Margaret. He's really the one running the show, and that's perfectly okay with her. She just wants to enjoy the ride.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: He just wants to see the world burn, and will do any and all sorts of nasty things to see that happen. Margaret approves.
- Evil Counterpart: He and Margaret are shaping up to be this for Regis and Altina. To an outside observer, the primary difference between them is that Regis and Altina care about their men, while Oswald and Margaret do not.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's illustrated and noted in-universe to be a particularly handsome man with a wholesome, almost childish appearance, but he's an utterly depraved individual who makes piles of corpses, friend or enemy alike, just because he can.
- General Ripper: Although he has no grudge against Belgaria, personally, he will do anything to defeat them. He tested army formations and tactics on Britannia's own citizens, to horrific, bloody results. Margaret is quite upset with him on this, not because he did it, but because he left her out, and she found out about it afterwards.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Is cut in half diagonally by Latrielle.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by Latrielle in volume 10.
- Lady Macbeth: An unusual male variant. He's constantly feeding Margaret's ego, and encouraging her unstable and unsavory behavior. Unusual for this trope, he does indeed worship the ground Margaret walks on, and Margaret is also quite aware that he's playing this role, and likes it. She finds it very amusing.
- The Sociopath: Fits the trope to the letter. He is completely incapable of feeling any emotion except pleasure at the suffering of others, or rage at his own. He is utterly devoted to Margaret because she shares this mindset.
- Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb: He unknowingly took a page out of Regis's playbook and used a similar tactic on Latrielle, however, he showed that he is more than happy to sacrifice his soldier(s) in the process.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He hates Basitin because Basitin pointed a gun at Margaret while Margaret was threatening Elizabeth's life in Volume 4. He's even gone so far as to keep a wound he received from Basitin during their duel open, and bleeding, over half a month to remind himself of his hatred.
- War for Fun and Profit: At first, his motives appear to be this, what with telling the former Queen that he wants to fight war for money (despite being very wealthy already), but then it's subverted to hell and back when he tells Elizabeth his true motivations right before intending to kill her.
- Oswald:"Well, yes. I do want to go to war to get money, but then, money is needed to train troops, buy and build equipment and weapons and gather supplies to feed the army that's going to war to get money to train troops, buy and build equipment and weapons..."
Brunos Carlos Victoria:Elizabeth's uncle and the commander of Gray Bridge fort.
- Cool Uncle: Subverted. He first appears to be this for Elizabeth, but...
- Dirty Coward: Didn't offer even token resistance to Margaret or Oswald.
- Et Tu, Brute?: He sells out Elizabeth to Margaret just to hold on to his command.
- I Lied: He convinces Bastian that traveling with Elizabeth would give the populace the impression that she was a Puppet King of Belgaria. Bastian, for his part, was very quick to figure out this was a lie after he had left the fort, and was staying in an inn.
- The Quisling: He wholly follows Margaret's folly because he's convinced that if he had resisted, he would simply be replaced.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Volume 5 strongly suggests that his entire regiment, including himself, were killed by Oswald when Oswald was testing battle formations, weapons and tactics under the guise of quelling a rebellion.
- We Have Reserves: He only pretends to care about the well being of the soldiers under his command.
Vincent:The strategist of the seventh division, and the one who defeated Regis at strategy during their tenure at their respective academies.
- Break the Haughty: During his volume 5 introduction, he'd have to work very hard to be any more arrogant than he is shown. At the end of volume 5, he is very broken indeed.
- Insane Troll Logic: Briefly in Volume 5 chapter 4 and 5. He somehow came to the conclusion that Regis was responsible for his "brilliant" strategy completely falling apart. The lieutenant general running the seventh division had to correct him harshly.
- Never My Fault: Blames Regis for his shortsightedness.
- Pride Before a Fall: Undefeated tactical strategist in the academy. Head strategist of the fifth division. Second in command at the fifth division. Heir to a long noble bloodline. Completely insufferable sot. Loses all of it in a single battle at the end of Volume 5.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: After a completely unblemished many year record of strategic victories in mock combat simulations (the one where he beat Regis most likely rigged), he came to believe he's infallible. He's not, and the seventh division paid for it, dearly.
- This Cannot Be!: He utterly fails to comprehend what's happening to him and the seventh division in Volume 5.
- Villainous Breakdown: Truly epic in scope. He has a complete mental breakdown that causes him to regress to the capacity of a small child.
- We Have Reserves: His "strategy" for dealing with the approaching Britannia army was nothing more than a glorified suicidal charge, hoping to overwhelm them with sheer numbers. It goes very, very badly.
FranziskaOne of the younger sisters of Mercenary King Gilbert
- Ax-Crazy: With the exception of her siblings, and to a lesser extent her mercenary band, she's only got two modes towards people, violent and bloodthirsty.
- Becoming the Mask: She begins to question if Regis is as much of a monster as she's been told due to eavesdropping on his strategic meetings with Latrielle. She ultimately subverts it after chapter 7 of volume 10. She plays it completely straight with Bastian, however.
- HeelFace Mole: She infiltrates the Belgarian army disguised as a maid.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She shoots a Germanium Federation soldier turned bandit through the eye with her crossbow, fully intending to do so, without carefully aiming first.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Even more than Altina. She rushes in to battle, in close combat, without preparation, strategy, or back up despite her specialty being ambush, the crossbow, and agility.
- Shameful Strip: At the end of Volume 8, she and both her sisters are surrounded by Germanium Soldiers turned brigand, and the leader outright demands that she remove all her clothing, not just to humiliate her, but so that he and his merry band can have some fun.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Even though her own brother, Gilbert, constantly scolds her that anything can happen in battle, she's completely convinced that she'll win any fight she gets into. Had it not been for Altina's sword breaking in Volume 5, Altina may well have killed her.
- Sweet Tooth: She loves sweets, like cakes, but being a member of a travelling mercenary band, she doesn't get much opportunity to indulge. Since Bastian buys some cakes for her in the capital, she really grows to like him, even if he's not very savvy.
- Waif-Fu: She's exceptionally nimble, and excellent at scaling trees.
Mercenary King Gilbert.The commander of the mercenary band Renard Pendu.
- The Apprentice: Due to his exceptional strength, his primary job is working under Enzo Smith, something he does gladly after Enzo covers for him when he accidentally picked up a sword without permission and could have been struck down.
- Badass Family: Every one of his siblings, including himself, is someone to be reckoned with, even the youngest, Martina, who is only 10 years old.
- Boxed Crook: He pretty much becomes this at the start of Volume 8. Altina offers him his life in exchange for serving her, faithfully, as opposed to the ransom or execution that normally occurs with captured enemy soldiers. Captured mercenaries usually get execution.
- Combat Pragmatist: His actions may be morally dubious, but as a mercenary, victory is all that matters.
- Genius Bruiser: While he lacks any formal education, and hasn't gotten his hands on books like Regis, it's a suicidal error in judgement to think he's stupid. Notably, his long experience in battle and his instincts has him not only see through Regis's strategy in volume 7, but be completely able to counter it. Further, he takes very reasonable precautions to prevent the gunpowder and other explosive supplies his group is carrying from becoming victim to stray fire and causing unintended explosions.
- Graceful Loser: When summarily beat down by Altina, having his trident utterly obliterated by a fully re-forged Quatre-Tonne, he surrenders quietly, with nothing but the highest respect for her strength and skill.
- I Owe You My Life: To Enzo Smith after the latter covered for him so he wouldn't be struck down by Altina's guards for picking up a weapon without permission.
- Laughing Mad: He breaks down and laughs at Altina when he hears about Latrielle taking the throne because she won't be able to keep her very sincere promise to make the mercenary band, Renard Pendu, an independent country.
- Martial Pacifist: Surprisingly. Unlike Franziska, he only kills because the alternative is his death, or the death of his loved ones. He does not like it.
- Poisonous Person: His trident is poisoned.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Type 4. His Weapon of Choice is a poisoned trident with which he specializes in disarming opponents.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Turns out the mercenary group, Renard Pendu is this, and he's its leader.
- The Stoic: He is always calm and composed, and doesn't let his emotions show or get the better of him.
- Taught by Experience: He's got a long, distinguished record as the lead mercenary of Renard Pendu, and it shows. He's the first antagonist to ever be able to effectively counter one of Regis's strategies.
- Villain Respect: He praises Jerome's fighting capability after briefly engaging the latter in single combat, although both of them withdraw without harming each other. Better, he has nothing but the highest respect for Regis's brilliant strategic thinking, despite being only the second character to actually see through it, and the first to actually succeed in countering it, and for Altina's impressive swordsmanship.
Jessica:Franziska's older sister and the head strategist of the mercenary band, Renard Pendu.
- HeelFace Mole: She infiltrates the Belgarian army under Latrielle, disguised as a maid.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Her intelligence gathering or "divination" is so acute she knows things that only the audience should, like the fact that Margeret is motivated purely by boredom, or Regis has aligned with Latrielle. It's almost as if she's somehow got herself a copy of the earlier volumes and read them. The reason her ability is not infallable is that she doesn't have the "future editions."
- Precognition: She uses the pseudo-science of astrology to "divine" the movements of the movers and shakers in the world setting. Truthfully, it's merely a cover for her exceptional intelligence gathering capabilities, though it's not infallible, as the end of volume 7 reveals.
- The Strategist: She serves this role for Renard Pendu.
Martina:Franziska's younger sister and the youngest of Gilbert's siblings shown to date.
- Badass Adorable: She may be 10 years old, but she's already quite impressive, though she hasn't taken direct action in combat yet.
- Big Sister Worship: She adores her older sister, Franziska, and aspires to be just like her.
- Child Soldier: She's 10, but is an active member of Renard Pendu despite not having any direct combat roles.
- Sweet Tooth: As expected of a healthy 10-year-old, she loves sweets.
The Empress of Belgaria:Introduced in Volume 7.5, and just a few sentences into her introduction, she's already a far worse individual than just about any of the antagonists listed to date.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: The Emperor married her and made her the Crown Empress purely because she's of noble blood, and she's a particularly nasty individual.
- The Corrupter: Even her retainers dub her a poisonous snake who makes the Serpent that tempted Eve pale in comparison.
- Did Not Think This Through: She is so impatient to see Latrielle take the throne in the Volume 7.5 prequel, that she's very sloppy in her methods, and has to be reminded about appearances.
- Dirty Coward: When word gets out that Latrielle murdered the Emperor, a mere day before Latrielle's coronation, she makes herself scarce, knowing full well she'd be implicated too.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: She is willing to implement any scheme or ploy that she thinks will grant her bloodline, and nobility in general, a stranglehold in Belgaria's power structure, regardless of the short or long term consequences.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Her name is not mentioned in Volume 7.5, she's only adressed as "Empress."
- Evil Matriarch: She's the Crown Empress, and in order to secure Latrielle takes the throne, she openly orders the assassination of every rival, starting with Prince Auguste.
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Having Latrielle exile Altina to the front lines wasn't enough to appease her. She wants Altina to become an Unperson. Even hearing Altina's name is enough to sour her mood.
- It's All About Me: All she cares about is having her son, Latrielle, take the throne, and living comfortably in the castle, everyone else can go hang themselves as far as she's concerned.
Princess Johaprecia OctoviaSent as a concubine by the kingdom of Estaburg to improve relations with Belgaria, as part of a mutual defense treaty.
- Did Not See That Coming: Laughed at an enraged Latrielle when he "realized who the Empire's true enemy is." Not realizing he was talking about herself.
- Driven to Suicide: The official cover story regarding her death.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: At the end of Volume 7.
- Lady Macbeth: She was certainly a bad influence on the Emperor of Belgaria.
- Manipulative Bitch: She had the Emperor wrapped around her little finger, and certainly not in a good way.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Thanks to her "suicide," relations are on the brink of war with her home country, Estaburg which is even more expansionist than Belgaria.
- Smug Snake: She was firmly convinced that, having the Emperor wrapped around her little finger, she was completely untouchable. She was wrong.
- While Rome Burns: She had the Emperor host a party with wild abandon while a war was going on just outside, and convinced the Emperor and a second concubine of indeterminite gender to simply not care. It gets her killed.
Paul Langschultz:The new king of the Leonbalt Kingdom.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Implied. He's a highly decorated general, the narration notes he's very competent in battle, and he rules the Germanium Federation.
- Berserk Button: If any of his soldiers or advisors recommend retreat, or worse surrender, for any reason, he immediately goes into a cataleptic rage.
- Bling of War: He's introduced decked out in a fine military uniform with a chest full of medals.
- Dogged Nice Guy: "Nice" is debatable, but he's clearly trying to woo Margaret's favor by doting on her with gifts, and entertainment. She finds it all boring and tells him, to his face, that she throws it away.
- Glory Hound: All he cares about is getting as much glory for himself as possible. This makes it very easy to lead him into a trap or ambush. Something Regis exploits to its fullest in volume 10.
- Hopeless Suitor: He's smitten with Margaret Steelheart. She's completely unmoved.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: Despite being 25, he lets his gonads do his thinking for him, and falls for Margeret, letting himself and his army become a spectacle of death for her amusement.
- Humiliation Conga: A truly glorious and satisfying one occurs in the final chapters of Volume 10. Having his delusions of glory dashed over and over again, he's left with no choice but to throw his armor away and smack the rising river water with his sword in impotent rage, and because of his despicable use of human shields, he knows he has no way to negotiate an honorable surrender for himself or his men.
- Miles Gloriosus: He thinks he's a great general and brilliant strategist, able to utterly curbstomp the Belgarian First army with ease. In reality, he's a clown, blindly charging out to the battlefield due to Margeret lifting her skirt to Show Some Leg.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: He thinks that just because he's got his hands on the new High Britanian rifles, and has numerical superiority, his army is unstoppable, and the Belgarians he's chosen to antagonize can only charge like feral beasts. He's completely wrong. To make matters worse, he knew that Belgaria's top strategist, Regis, was going to be directing the enemy army, and Regis is famous at this point for his brilliant, often unorthodox, and highly effective strategies.
- This Cannot Be!: All he can do as his every move and order was foreseen and countered by Regis's bold strategy is shout "Impossible!" at the top of his lungs, while his troops are in full disarray and being worn down piece by piece.
- Underestimating Badassery: To the point of I Reject Your Reality. He constantly tells himself that Regis seeing through him and coming up with overwhelmingly competent strategies and tactics were all "just a fluke."
- Unwitting Pawn: He's so hormone addled for Margeret, that he doesn't realize how much she led him around by the nose until over an hour after she's left him to twist in the wind, with Belgaria's army rightly pissed due to his comitting numerous war atrocities, even by the in-universe standards.
- Villainous Breakdown: When his aides recommend retreat as his forces start getting torn appart by the First Army, he completely loses his composure and orders a suicidal charge into a meat-grider that Regis set up beforehand. After getting cocky because the Belgarian army withdrew, he gets a much bigger breakdown when a flash-flood annihilates his infantry, negates the advantage of his cavalry, and leaves him trapped in the Belgarian fortress he occupied, watching helplessly as the river waters continue to rise.
Lagenbolt Commander Ricks:
- Glory Hound: Despite the orders of his Lagonbalt king, he takes to the field, personally, so he can make a name for himself, by boasting the highest kill count. It doesn't matter to him if his kills are soldiers or unarmed civilians.
- In the Back: Because he was tormenting a lone Belgarian soldier trying to defend unarmed Belgarian citizens, he neglected the Belgarian cavalry coming up behind him, who threw a lance through his chest from behind to save their loyal citizens.
- Laser-Guided Karma: He attacked civilians, used human shields, and tormented a lone Belgarian soldier protecting unarmed civilians. He gets killed with a spear from behind, and his thuggish army is torn to pieces while in disarray.
- Misplaced Retribution: Because Regis was able to read through his king's very simplistic movements, and take his army apart, he takes the troops under his command to go after unarmed Belgarian citizens, including women and children, even infants. After the majority of those troops get taken out by a lone, brave Belgarian soldier, he tries to take said soldier down through a death of a thousand cuts. Of course, he neglects the Belgarian cavalry reinforcements that Regis sent to guard the fleeing civilian captives bearing down on him while he does it.
Eleanor Ailred Winn de Tiraso LaverdeA merchant from a noble house that helps Regis with his plans against Prince Latrielle in Volume 3.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: She runs several different trading companies.
- A Friend in Need: She backs Regis and Altina despite Latrielle being the favorite. Her bet pays off.
- The Gadfly: She deliberately leaves a lipstick mark on Regis, in a difficult place, just to see him squirm.
- Meganekko: She wears glasses.
- Polyamory: She has three husbands and still had no problem flirting with Regis.
Prince Carlos Liam Auguste de Belgaria
The eldest child of the Emperor's line. Introduced in Volume 3.
- Blood from the Mouth: Coughed up blood when he died.
- Death by Origin Story: Poisoned to death by Latrielle.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Coughed up blood and then died.
- Soap Opera Disease: Had a poor constitution, and was always very sick as a child. Possibly because Latrielle was poisoning him for years.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Felicia, his younger sister, assumed his identity when he died for a chance at vengeance against his killer.
- Walking Spoiler: Readers who have not yet read the events of volume three should read this entry with caution.
Felicia Six Celia de BelgariaThe sixth child of the Emperor.
- Actual Pacifist: She hates swords and warfare even more than Eddie does. In fact, her pacifism resonates with his own.
- Bookworm: Volume 7.5 reveals that she loves to read as much as Regis does.
- Damsel in Distress: Latrielle finds out about the charade and tries to expose her and have her arrested. When that fails, he tries to have her killed.
- I Owe You My Life: To Altina and Regis.
- Master Actor: People outside the royal family would have a very hard time telling that "Auguste" is not himself. She gets it from her mother.
- Walking Spoiler: Just mentioning this character easily spoils most, if not all, of volume three.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: She disguises herself as Auguste to seize the throne to get at Latrielle, at her mother's urging.
Marquis Thénezay:The first noble to hire Regis as a strategist.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted. Regis remembers him fondly, and notes that his people loved him as a kind and benevolent ruler.
- Benevolent Boss: Regis had absolutely no complaints in his service. In addition to a fair wage, being promoted several times for his faithful service, and being given room and board, Regis could read all the books he wanted.
- Human Pincushion: How the manga chose to illustrate his death.
- Post Humous Character: He's introduced only in flashbacks.
- Sacrificial Lion: He died to serve as a warning to the Empire on how inferior their tactics and strategies are. Unfortunately, his lesson goes unheeded.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Despite being only marginally better than Regis on the battlefield (which isn't very much), and hiring Regis specifically for his strategic insight, he completely ignores Regis when he finds himself in actual combat, and charges headlong into an ambush, just to "prove he's not cowardly." He pays for this with his life, and the lives of all his men, bar Regis who was Forced to Watch.
Eddie Fabio de BalzacIntroduced as the bodyguard of Auguste, and apparently Altina's childhood friend.
- Accidental Pervert: He hears a scream from Auguste's quarters, rushes in to investigate and....
- Actual Pacifist: Despite being highly proficient with the sword, he hates them and wishes war and swords didn't exist.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes to Altina's rescue when her sword hilt breaks in volume 5.
- Bodyguard Crush: He began to fall for "Auguste" long before realizing that Felicia was impersonating him.
- Childhood Friend: With Altina.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Doesn't look like much, but he can fight at least as well as Altina.
- Forgotten First Meeting: He and Felicia met once, and only once, when they were children. While she remembers him clearly, he forgot everything about her except that she hates swords more than he does.
- In the Blood: Volume 7.5 reveals that his reluctance to kill people is a family trait going back generations.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Despite being a duke, he is in the armed forces, and is very affable.
- Red Baron: Is known as "The Lazy Duke" because he doesn't have a high kill count, but his sword skill is insanely high.
- The Scapegoat: Defied. The reason Regis and Altina encounter him in the capitol with "Auguste" and not on the front lines is that the Empress had him transferred there, so that he would take the blame when an assassin went after his charge.
- Secret Keeper: Knows "Auguste's" true identity.
- Ship Tease: With Felicia.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: He began having feelings for "Auguste" before finding out about Felicia cross-dressing to impersonate him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Is scared of blood.
Vanessa Smith:Regis's older sister. She married a blacksmith and has two small boys.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Inverted. She's the annoying one, and she's the older sister.
- Babies Ever After: She has two very young boys.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: She tried to make Regis a more well-rounded individual by downplaying his intellect and emphasizing his lack of strength. This wound up destroying his self-esteem and sending him into the military, to become more "manly."
- Gone Horribly Right: He winds up being Altina's strategist, and is both feared and respected by friend and foe alike, for the most part.
- Happily Married: She's married to a blacksmith.
- Meaningful Name: Her family name is "Smith" and she's married to one.
- My Greatest Failure: Instead of fostering Regis's inherent talents, ie, his exceptionally keen intellect, she, as a 12-year-old child with no parents or extended family, constantly called him "useless" so she could continue working as a maid. This wound up crushing his self-worth.
Enzo Bardot SmithVanessa's husband. Reputed to be the best blacksmith in the continent, by Vanessa anyway.
- The Blacksmith: He's a blacksmith.
- The Brute: He is not very skilled in social graces. He's got far more in terms of muscle than brains, and that's what Vanessa likes about him. Still, acting that way before Princess Altina had the entire workshop scared pale, including Vanessa.
- Brutal Honesty: He does not mince words regarding Quatre Tonne's condition. Altina prefers it that way.
- Charles Atlas Super Power: Surprisingly, his strength exceeds even Altina's. He was able to draw Quatre Tonne, a hundred pound weapon, from its sheath like a longsword.
- MacGuffin Delivery Service: He's tasked with delivering the reforged Quatre-Tonne to Altina in volume 7.
- Muscles Are Meaningful: He is noted to have the physique of a bear, and can draw Quatre-Tonne like a longsword.
- Sherlock Scan: He tells Gilbert that he can tell Gilbert prefers tridents due to his muscle structure.
Lieutenant General Barguesonne:The commanding officer of the Belgarian army fifth division.
- Brutal Honesty: Shut down Vincent hard when Vincent tried to blame Regis for his own failures.
- Commander Contrarian: He debunked and refused Regis's strategic advice in favor of Vincent's. He would come to regret this.
- It's All My Fault: Took responsibility for the disaster that happened to the fifth division as a result of choosing Vincent's strategy over Regis's.
- Redemption Equals Death: He would ultimately sacrifice his life so the seventh division could fight another day.
- Sergeant Rock: Abrasive, but loved by the men of the fifth division.
Ducasse:A conscripted soldier fighting in the fifth division.
- Action Survivor: One of the few infantry who actually survived Vincent's "brilliant" strategy.
- The Determinator: Despite being shot so many times that he looks like a sponge, he kept right on going. Altina wonders how he's still alive.
- Made of Iron: Shot by Britannia's guns, stabbed with spears by the shield carriers, bandaged and bloodied, he still ran to Altina and Regis to ask for them to save his family.
- Mauve Shirt: He's of lowly infantry, yet he's got a name and backstory.
Narissa:A fishing girl Regis encounters in Chapter 2 of Volume 6. He specifically hires her to help him scout out the enemy's navy.
- Bullying a Dragon: Despite knowing Altina's the fourth princess (because Regis specifically introduces her as such), she decides to taunt her regarding her relationship with Regis. As her childhood friend points out, this could easily lead to visiting a guillotine, if Altina wasn't particularly kind and forgiving.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With her sailing partner "Fippo."
- The Gadfly: Teases Regis and Altina regarding their romantic relationship or lack thereof. She's lucky Altina is a very gentle and kind soul, as had Narissa taunted any other royal, she could easily have been killed, legally.
- Genius Ditz: She's a total master when it comes to sailing and navigation. She's completely clueless in just about everything else, including proper etiquette when dealing with Royalty.
- The Nick Namer: Loves to shorten people's names for her own convenience.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Immediately clings to Regis's arm when Altina arrives, much to his chagrin.
Jean Roland de Tiraso Laverde:A "liberal" aristocrat encountered by Bastian while recouperating from the wounds he received in Volume 4.
- Actual Pacifist: He doesn't raise a weapon, even in self-defense.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Averted for himself, but he clearly believes this for the caste system, as a whole.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Combined with literally Taking the Bullet. He dives in front of Elizabeth to save her life from a gun-toting, self righteous thug out to kill Belgarians purely out of Fantastic Racism.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: To fit with the stereotypical view of liberalism, he's an intellectual that wears glasses.
- Take Me Instead: He tries this tactic to stall "Loyal Soldiers," a self-righteous gang of bullying thugs so the rest of the Belgarian civilians (and Princess Elizabeth) can flee to safety. Bastian vetoes that idea.
- Take Up My Sword: In a sense. He hands off a book where he wrote his theories and governmental policy ideas to Bastian before he dies.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed off in the same chapter as he was introduced.
Marabella Tiraso Laverde:The matron of the trading house where Bastian finds himself recuperating from the events of Volume 4.
- An Entrepreneur Is You: She runs a merchant house and trading company.
- A Friend in Need: She is ultimately responsible for Bastian and Princess Elizabeth being fished out of the Grey River, and loaned him a bed where he could recover from his wounds.
- Secret Test of Character: She gives a few to Elizabeth and Bastian, knowing full well they're royalty, but pretending she doesn't. Bastian manages to see through one of them.