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  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: They have bioluminescent patches used to communicate in their own special language that no other dragon can duplicate and allegedly find mates, though the latter might have been a lie.
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  • Deadly Decadent Court: The queen's council is this.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Most members of the royal family are shown wearing some piece of jewelry on their bodies, necklaces for most of them & armbands for Moray and Turtle. note 
  • Making a Splash: While they don't possess water-related Breath Weapons, they can use their powerful tails to douse opponents in water.
  • Royalty Superpower: Royal SeaWings have extra bioluminescent scales and often have animus powers.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: They can live under water due to possessing gills.
  • Super Senses: Have enhanced night vision.
  • Tail Slap: They have a very powerful tail that can be used in battle, either for sheer force or spraying large amounts of water on enemies.
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  • Underwater City: They live in one.

    Coral 

Queen Coral

  • Beware My Stinger Tail: She wears a spike on her tail as an intimidating decoration, which she accidentally impaled Orca with during their fight for the throne.
  • Blind Obedience: Most of her council acts like this to her, especially Moray.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Does this to any hatchery guard who lets her eggs be killed. She also finds out about the dragonflame cactus by torturing a SkyWing.
  • It's All Junk: Throws away her scrolls to prevent dragons from dying when they are burned up by the SkyWings' bombs at the end of book 2.
  • Knight Templar Parent: She's willing to torture and execute any guard for her eggs who failed to protect them from being killed, or anyone she suspects of being the murderer, including one she suspects just because of Blister's manipulations and for being the son of the dragon who kidnapped one of her daughters.
  • My Beloved Smother: Has Anemone attached to her by a harness at all times to prevent assassination attempts. As of the second series, she's improved...a little. Enough to send her to school.
    Coral: But you can come home anytime, you understand? If you feel lonely, or overworked, or tired-
  • Offing the Offspring: Killed her oldest daughter, Orca, in a challenge for the throne, which she still grieves about. She's also one of the suspects for killing her other daughters though it turns out she was not responsible.
  • Ruling Couple: With her husband, King Gill.
  • Self-Made Myth: She actually wrote the history books that portray her as such a benevolent queen.
  • The Uriah Gambit: How she has Webs' wife killed.
  • Written by the Winners: While she isn't nearly as horrible a queen as some of the other queens, she's much more morally ambiguous than the scrolls that she herself wrote would suggest.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Her experience writing murder mysteries allows Blister to manipulate her into thinking her own plight must be just like one.

    Anemone 

Princess Anemone

  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally knocks Whirlpool into the electric eel-infested SeaWing prison, killing him. She is horrified at what she is done, but by book 6 she is proud of her actions.
  • Alpha Bitch: Shows herself to be one upon attending Jade Academy.
  • Badass Gay: Not only does she pull back from the edge of the Moral Event Horizon with the help of Turtle, but she also helps make peace between the IceWings and NightWings by helping both tribes know what the other is feeling for basically a minute and a half before teleporting them back to their respective kingdoms, as well as removing the love spell she had put on Kinkajou to make her love Turtle. By the end of The Darkness of Dragons, she also is following a crush she has on blind RainWing dragon and fellow female student, Tamarin. While unknown if the feelings are reciprocated, Anemone fits this trope well at least by the end.
  • Black Magician Girl: She's a one-year old dragonet with a strong personality and animus powers that she's already killed a dragon with.
  • Cain and Abel: She is driven to insanity by her magic, and attempts to murder her brother Turtle. Anemone is also willing to kill Auklet and Tsunami. However, Turtle talks her out of it, showing that she isn't as far gone as one might assume.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Starts out as Tsunami's cute (though defiant) little sister. By book 6, she seems to have changed a lot for the worse, though whether she was corrupted by her animus powers or not remains to be seen. Taken to sad extremes in Talons of Power, courtesy of Darkstalker.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's a Little Miss Snarker, just like her big sister Tsunami.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: [[spoiler:Becomes jealous of Moonwatcher's (complicated) relationship with Darkstalker, and treats her horribly as a result.
  • Incoming Ham: "DARKSTALKER!" Said while Using her animus powers to create a dramatic thunderstorm.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: About killing Whirlpool. At least until Book 6.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: She has unusual partially pink scales, and is a princess.
  • Royal Brat: Moon's peek into Anemone's mind reveals that she's entitled and arrogant, believing that others should kowtow to her whims. In Talons of Power, Anemone is shown complaining about having to clean her new room, because she never had to in the Kingdom of the Sea. Meanwhile, Kinkajou comments that she never even had a room of her own, and it wasn't a big deal. When Moonwatcher refuses to do it for her, Anemone enchants a broom to ''hit and abuse Moon until she's satisfied''. Ouch.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: How she justifies trying to kill her family with her powers. She says that all animus dragons are destined to become evil anyway, so there's no point in trying to be cowardly about it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Moon Rising. It is still ambiguous whether she was always like this when not around Tsunami or if it is because of her animus powers.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: What she's worried will happen to her since she's an animus dragon.

    Riptide 

Riptide

  • Declaration of Protection: He teaches Tsunami the phrase "I will protect you" in aquatic, which Tsunami mistakes for this and is predictably enraged by.
  • Loser Son of Loser Dad: Isn't very respected considering his father is Webs.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Tends to be Coral's scapegoat thanks to being Webs' son. This leads to Blister manipulating Coral into thinking he is part of a conspiracy to kill her female dragonets along with his father just because of their relationship, and she nearly has him executed.
  • Young and in Charge: Leads the Talons of Peace at seven years old.

    Whirlpool 

Whirlpool

  • Armored Dragons: Wears armor when he tries to kill Tsunami.
  • The Bore: He's an incredibly boring dragon, so Tsunami can't stand spending time with him.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: He's not the one killing all of Coral's children, but no one expected him of all dragons to be the one who tries to kill Tsunami halfway through the book.
  • Evil Mentor: Teaches Anemone to use her animus powers, despite knowing the consequences, as well as teaching Tsunami aquatic. Ends up wanting Tsunami dead so he can marry one of her sisters.
  • Green and Mean: He has green scales and tries to kill Tsunami because he doesn't want to marry her.
  • High-Voltage Death: Falls into Coral's pit of eels and is shocked to death.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Turtle describes him as this.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: He tries to kill Tsunami so she can't get in the way of him marrying Anemone or Auklet, both of whom can give him power but he doesn't hate.
  • Old Man Marrying a Child: He's supposed to be married to Tsunami, though he's an adult dragon. He doesn't want to marry her but one of her even younger sisters, the one-year old Anemone or the newborn Auklet.
  • Prince Charmless: Tsunami is supposed to marry him, but given that he's a textbook example of this trope, she's not so happy about it. Neither is he.
  • Wife Husbandry: He wants to raise either Anemone or Auklet (a one-year old dragonet and a newborn, respectively to be his future wife.
  • Windbag Politician: He's one of Coral's counselors, and he is very long-winded - he recites a large part of a whole book in aquatic to Tsunami, who is supposed to be just learning the basics of the language.
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    Shark 

Commander Shark

  • Commanding Coolness
  • Evil Uncle: Is Tsunami's uncle, and is aggressive towards her and the other dragonets, to the point of Locking all of them except Tsunami in a prison and not caring that they might drown when a storm comes. He also might be responsible for the deaths of Tsunami's sisters though it turns out he isn't, and he turns out to be genuinely loyal to the Sea Wings and even, in Coral's view, too compassionate towards the dragons guarding her eggs.
  • Last Stand: Holds one against The SkyWings when they bomb the Summer Palace.
  • Noble Demon: He's a very aggressive and murderous dragon who has moments of more compassion and heroism than he'd like to admit.
  • Warrior Prince: He's Queen Coral's brother and commands the SeaWing army.

    Moray 

Moray

    Orca 

Princess Orca

    Gill 

King Gill

  • The Atoner: He intends to make up for how he berated Turtle for letting his sisters, Abalone and Snapper die, especially when he finds out that Snapper was outside the Deep Palace all along. Unfortunately, he gets captured before he has a chance to ever do so.
  • Badass Pacifist: He competently manages the war though refuses to fight himself and is a very successful and persuasive negotiator.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: He was originally a competent leader who preferred peace. When we meet him in The Dragonet Prophecy, he has been deprived of water by the SkyWings and as a results has turned insane and is perfectly willing to kill Tsunami in the arena.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Is introduced as a random SeaWing that Tsunami fights in the arena. in The Lost Heir, he is revealed to be Coral's husband and Tsunami's father, and he later gets an appearance in Assassin.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: He wanted peace, even when he was imprisoned and forced to fight to the death. It doesn't end well for him.
  • Fallen Hero: He was once the heroic king of the SeaWings.
  • Please Wake Up: Tries to wake up Tempest after Deathbringer kills her.
  • Ruling Couple: His wife is Queen Coral, and he's given a lot of responsibility as a general and a diplomat.

    Tempest 

Commander Tempest

  • Commanding Coolness
  • Doomed by Canon: In "Assassin", we see that her competence means that Blister's side is almost winning the war, and Deathbringer is assigned to kill her to stop that from happening. Predictably, he succeeds.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is described as being both as intelligent as Blister and a large and powerful dragon.
  • Large and in Charge

    Squid 

Squid

  • Attack Hello: Greets Winter this way in Winter Turning.
  • Butt-Monkey: He spends much of The Dark Secret getting humiliated in various ways and complaining about it.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's Tsunami's replacement and is much more cowardly and selfish.
  • Nepotism: Is only the alternate SeaWing dragonet of destiny because he is Nautilus' son.
  • Non-Action Guy: He's pretty pathetic in a fight and spends most of his time complaining.
  • Only In It For The Treasure: However much Nautilus wants him to be high-minded.
  • Left for Dead: By Morrowseer. He's not injured, but he's alone in enemy territory and it is presumed that he couldn't possibly live. He gets discovered by a Talons of Peace spy and rescued.

    Turtle 

Prince Turtle

  • Above the Influence: G-rated example. He feels very uncomfortable whenever Kinkajou shows any affection toward him and tries to avoid her, given that Anemone enchanted her to be in love with him.
  • Always Save the Girl: When Darkstalker threatens to kill Kinkajou if he doesn't reveal himself, he gives up his stick to save Kinkajou, though he does manage to give Anemone the stick instead in the process.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Darkstalker takes away his animus powers once he reveals his existence by giving his stick to Anemone.
  • Cain and Abel and Seth: He's Tsunami's brother, introduced after The Lost Heir has already shown her and her three siblings, plus Orca.
  • The Cassandra: He's one of the only dragons who suspects Darkstalker isn't what he seems. It turns out that it's because Darkstalker enchanted himself to make everyone enamored with him, and Turtle enchanted himself to not be affected by Darkstalker's spells.
  • Commonality Connection: With Peril. He notes that he's not scared of her because they both have dangerous powers.
  • Create Your Own Villain: He was responsible for giving Anemone animus powers, leading him to think it's his responsibility to stop her.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Still remains his usual calm when talking about Coral torturing a SkyWing, and even seems excited about the affects of dragon flame cactus. Tsunami and Sunny are somewhat creeped out by this.
  • Emerald Power: He is green and has greenish bioluminescent scales, and he's the protagonist of the book titled "Talons of Power" and an animus.
  • Force and Finesse: exaggerated with him and Peril. He's helpless in close combat and gets tired easily from just flying, but has the very rare and powerful animus magic, while Peril can kill anyone she touches, has Nigh-Invulnerability, and is helpless in long-range fights where her opponent isn't tied down.
  • Genre Savvy: He reads lots of fiction scrolls and is consequentially always treating his life like a work of fiction and trying to figure out what genre he's in so he can act like this. It leads to him immediately figuring out that Kinkajou's plan to save Jade Mountain won't work.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: He really doesn't take being alone well. Eventually leading to him using his powers to make his siblings stop ignoring his existence as retribution for him failing to save his sisters.
  • Heir Club for Men: A gender-inverted example. Because Turtle's male, he will never inherit the SeaWing throne. That is why he wasn't assassinated like Coral's daughters.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He risks his life by throwing away the stick concealing him from Darkstalker in order to save Kinkajou and Anemone. He doesn't die, but ends up imprisoned and drained of his powers.
  • His Code Name Was "Gary Stu": He used to write stories in his spare time about him being an awesome hero who was respected by the whole tribe.
  • Identical Grandson: He looks exactly like his distant ancestor Fathom.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He wants to be a badass hero, but over time he's started thinking it is useless trying to be that way.
  • It's All Junk: He destroyed all of the wish fulfillment scrolls he wrote after failing to be heroic enough in real life.
  • The Load: He sees himself as this.
    "He wasn't the hero, and he wasn't the storyteller. He was the idiot who fell over his claws in the first chapter, had to be rescued in the fourth, ruined the whole plan in the ninth, and ran away at the end, or died, if he were really stupid."
  • Lovable Coward: He's grown up sheltered (if not always favored) as a SeaWing prince and doesn't have a particularly dynamic personality, so he'd prefer to stay in Jade Mountain Academy than go on scary and life-threatening adventures. He's still a friendly and likable character who will always help the other dragons if it's necessary.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: Has thirty-one brothers. A justified trope, as Coral was trying to birth an heir.
  • Mellow Fellow: Is unfailingly nice and kind but rather detached and unwilling to take action. His mellowness is ultimately hiding his crippling fear of actually doing something heroic, though.
  • Moment Killer: Peril gets quite annoyed when he shows up once in Escaping Peril just when she and Clay were finally alone and she was fantasizing about a romantic moment.
  • My Greatest Failure: He once had a chance to prove himself as a hero but failed, and it still haunts him.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He becomes this accidentally, due to one of his spells he used to protect himself from Anemone that ends up being unexpectedly permanent.
  • Non-Action Guy: He can barely even stand flying for a day, let alone epic battles and adventures, though his animus powers are certainly helpful.
  • Nice Guy: Is generally mild and polite. Even when Moon reveals her powers, his first priority is to help heal her injuries.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He fakes being useless and boring so no one will try to take advantage of his animus powers.
  • Parental Neglect: Is ignored by Queen Coral because he isn't in the line of succession.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Moonwatcher can't read his mind at all - it's completely static. this is because he is wearing skyfire.
  • Small Steps Hero: Embraces this at the end of Talons of Power - he realizes he can't do something dramatic and save the world, fighting for the greater good even if it means sacrificing Kinkajou and potentially Anemone's lives, but he can still save them both.
  • Spanner in the Works: The other dragonets of Jade Mountain Academy want him to be this, since he has made his existence completely invisible to the otherwise-omniscient Darkstalker.
  • Stopped Caring: After his greatest failure above, he stopped trying to stand out or do anything important with his life and just tried to get by.
  • Squishy Wizard: He's horrible at any physical task though he's an animus dragon.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He wants to get attention from his mother, particularly for his writing skills.
  • The Watson: He briefly thinks of himself as this to Qibli when comparing himself to characters in stories he has read.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He's half-convinces that this will be his fate, especially when Darkstalker shows up.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Perks: How does he use his animus powers? To stop his wings from being sore when he flies too much.

    Pike 

Pike

A minor character who's part of Anemone's posse.
  • The Champion: Is obsessed with protecting Anemone, and Moon thinks he might be sent to Jade Mountain Academy by Coral for that.

    Fathom 

Fathom

  • Babies Ever After: This can't really happen to him since he's not allowed to have dragonets but he does eventually get to have them, breaking his oath to Pearl.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: When he was young, he wanted to be an animus. He soon regrets ever wanting that.
  • Blood Oath: He makes his oaths to Pearl by slashing his palm with a sword. He mostly does this as a method of self-harm due to his grief at losing his whole family, though, rather than Pearl requiring it.
  • Break the Cutie: Starts out as an enthusiastic young dragonet who loves hanging out with his friend and using his animus powers. It doesn't last that long.
  • Celibate Hero: He swore an oath to never have dragonets so they wouldn't inherit his animus powers. At the end of the book, he decides to have dragonets anyway.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Indigo.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: He decides early on that he would break his oath to his sister to never use his magic if Indigo's life depends on it, to avoid this kind of issue. This comes up when he has to free Indigo from the dragon carving.
  • Court Mage: Was supposed to be this to Queen Lagoon. It didn't end well.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Gets a POV in Darkstalker.
  • Emerald Power: Has green scales and is an animus.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: When he questions his grandfather on how Albatross discovered he was an animus, Albatross casually reveals that it was while being teased his sister, Sapphire. Fathom mentally goes over that while he's heard an "Aunt Sapphire" mentioned once or twice, it sure is weird that he knows nothing about her. He knows everything about the rest of the Royal Family, but was never told anything even about her current status. Not even if....she's...alive... She is alive, but Albatross was so angry at her teasing that he used his nascent powers to maim her until the pain drove her insane.
  • Friendless Background: He never had any friends after the massacre, because they were all scared of his powers.
  • Heroic Team Revolt: He and Clearsight team up to betray Darkstalker after he kills his father and tries to become king.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He wanted to have animus powers so he's stand out, because his sister was always the one who was going to be queen and he was just a minor prince who got little attention.
  • Kid Hero: He's the oldest out of the three protagonists of Darkstalker, but is still only 5-7 years old throughout most of the story.
  • Morality Pet: Was supposed to be one for Darkstalker, helping him gain humility, but however friendly they were it didn't work out.
  • One-Person Birthday Party: No one ever attended his sixth hatching day.
  • Posthumous Character: Presumably died 2000 years ago.
  • Power Trio: With Clearsight and Darkstalker, who made the dreamvisitors for them so they could always contact each other.
  • Properly Paranoid: He correctly guesses that it might not be a good idea to use Darkstalker's scroll because Darkstalker might have cast a spell on it that would alert him.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: He's not supposed to be with Indigo, first because she comes from a lower-class family and then because Pearl doesn't want to risk him having animus dragonets.
  • Survivor Guilt: He, his sister and Current were the only members of the Royal Family to survive Albatross' rampage. It tears him apart inside. Especially because he's the one who ultimately stopped his grandfather, leaving him convinced that it's all his fault things got so bad. And since he blames himself for hiding when Albatross started killing his family, because he was the only one who could have saved them.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: He can't go back to the Sea Kingdom because of how ostracized he is and breaking both of his oaths.

    Indigo 

Indigo

  • Action Survivor: But she first becomes renowned to how she fought Albatross in the Royal SeaWing massacre, before she got that training.
  • Babies Ever After: She's not allowed to have this with Fathom thanks to the oath he swore to Pearl. They do get to have dragonets at the end, though.
  • Becoming the Mask: She is allowed to be a royal guard because of her heroism in supposedly killing Albatross, and offers to be Fathom's bodyguard to be with him. Over time, she becomes an actually skilled bodyguard.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Fathom.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She faces Albatross on her own to save Fathom's life, knowing it could kill her. She is horribly injured and only survives due to Fathom using his powers to heal her.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She was scared of the idea of having animus power, even before she knew how they could make you lose your soul. Fortunately, she gets her wish and doesn't end up with powers.
  • Legendary in the Sequel: In the present day she's one of the famed heroes of the Seawings.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: When she switches into bodyguard mode, her stance changes, her voice deepens, and she holds up her spear like it's more than just a prop.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: Out of Fathom's three bodyguards, she's the one always doing the actual protecting. Lampshaded by several characters, who start to suspect from this that her relationship with Fathom might be more than it seems.
  • Naughty Is Good: As a dragonet she's disobedient and tends to earn the ire of the queen. Bt she's a very good dragon, and Darkstalker's soul reader even shows that she's almost entirely good.
  • Properly Paranoid: She always suspects Darkstalker of trying to enchant dragons around him. This leads to her stopping Fathom from drinking a goblet, which really was enchanted - to make him forget his oath and Indigo, and use magic all of the time.
  • Rags to Riches: She goes from a lower-class dragon who the queen thinks will never amount to anything and likes to treat as a servant to the most respected of the new queen's personal guard and a renowned hero throughout the kingdom.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Darkstalker seals her in one of Fathom's carvings, while enchanted a note in her handwriting to be written that says she has left.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Fathom. First they're not supposed to be together because of her coming from a lower-class family while he's a prince, and then because of Pearl not wanting them to have dragonets who might have animus powers.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After becoming part of the royal guard, and later Fathom's personal bodyguard.

    Albatross 

Albatross

  • Court Mage: To Queen Lagoon.
  • The Dog Bites Back: He does this inadvertently to Sapphire when she teases him, telling a shell he was paying for to rip her claws out. Then later, Lagoon telling him that he'll never escape what he did to Sapphire drives him into his murderous rampage.
  • Fallen Hero: Was once considered a heroic dragon until his animus powers drove him insane.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He's jealous of Fathom for being the second animus in his tribe, especially giving the effect his animus powers are having on his soul.
  • Knife Nut: He uses his animus powers and a knife to kill a lot of dragons.
  • The Mentor: To Fathom. He teaches him how to use his animus powers.
  • Offing the Offspring: He kills his own daughter Manta during his attack.
  • Pater Familicide: His animus power-driven insanity leads him to slaughter nearly his entire family.
  • Posthumous Character
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity

    Pearl 

Queen Pearl

  • 100% Adoration Rating: She was loved by all of the SeaWings to the point of being the only SeaWing queen to die of old age.
  • Playing Possum: She survived the Royal SeaWing massacre by cutting herself with glass to make her look injured and then pretending to be dead.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Starts out as an immature, envious dragonet, but after her family's massacre, she becomes a strong queen at only five years old.
  • Young and in Charge: Becomes queen when she's only five years old.
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