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  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Rayden is set up as a big threat to Clayton's group and a lot of emphasis is put on how he is The Dreaded to Clayton, who was previously set up as The Dreaded to Kersea. He is then killed unceremoniously in the middle of the next chapter, without putting up any fight at all and reduced to begging for his life.
    • Ser Rodrik Stone is introduced as a big threat, being The Heavy for Edward Anturion. He suffers a couple of devastating and humiliating defeats and is killed off in Chapter 8 without having succeeded at anything, save for killing two secondary characters.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Jenna Harking started off as a Scrappy, but her recent character development has changed this. There are still some who dislike her a lot, but others came around and started to enjoy her and her parts.
    • Harpy is another example. Some readers like her, especially because of her romance with Jaron and for being A Lighter Shade of Grey in Oldtown, but others dislike her for being vengeful, aggressive and for causing a lot of problems with her actions. Her role in the Chapter 6 finale was generally seen positively though.
    • Lord Donnel Selwyn is yet another base-breaker, which is to be expected, given that his creator has explicitly based him on Donald Trump. While some readers don't mind him and others have remarked positively on his later development, many are not fond of the idea of a character based on a real life personality in general, especially one as divisive as Trump. The author himself has stated that he is not too fond of a character essentially copying a real life personality either, so he has made it a point to make sure that Lord Selwyn will behave as different from Trump as possible while still sharing some of the man's mannerisms, in an effort to eventually turn him into an overall well-liked character. It should be noted that his family subvert this, as they are more or less entirely their own characters.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Dimitri the Wise, from start to finish. In a cast filled with colourful characters, he manages to be by far the most bizzare, seemingly not fully fitting in with the other characters. Maya just randomly meets him in Raylansfair's forest and the fact that he has virtually no importance for the main plot, nor is he even mentioned after his brief appearance qualifies him as this. The author himself has even stated that he finds Dimitri's antics to be almost too bizarre to work in a mostly serious story such as Forum of Thrones. Despite this, Dimitri remains a reader's favourite, despite or particularly because these traits.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: In the earlier chapters, several readers responded positively to Clayton, for being a smart, calm and level-headed man with shades of being a Punch-Clock Villain. Later chapters have ruined this picture by making his less likeable traits more prominent.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The many characters of Forum of Thrones have several among them that are particularly well-loved by the readers.
    • A large number of readers has Leonard among their favourite characters. Aside from being a more rough and pragmatic counterpart to the generally heroic Lucas, his loyalty and determination are often stated as reasons for his popularity.
    • Torvin is also often stated to be among many readers' favourite characters, especially for offering an interesting viewpoint onto a faction that is otherwise mostly portrayed as antagonistic.
    • In the same line, his brother Garthon has grown to be even more popular, especially once Torvin started to receive less screentime from Chapter 6 onwards.
    • Raenna is certainly not liked by everyone, but she still is highly popular and generally seen as a favourite by many.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Nymeria's War, also published on the Tellale forums. The authors are both active readers of the other story and a large portion of the readerbase overlaps. WildingKing, the author of Nymeria's War has done a large number of character drawings for Forum of Thrones, whereas LiquidChicagoTed, the author of Forum of Thrones, has created the page for Nymeria's War on this very wiki.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Maron Mullendore turns out to be one in the Chapter 4 finale.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Quite a number of villains crosses this over the course of the story.
    • Maron Mullendore crosses it in the scene that reveals his identity as Butterfly and cements his status as the stories Big Bad. He rapes, mutilates and murders Lunett, almost for no reason at all, while being smug about it and taunting Lucas in front of his dying girlfriend.
    • Wolfius crosses it so hard that he doesn't even try to hide it. If he ever wasn't way beyond saving, he has crossed the line long before the story even starts.
    • Clayton has been a abusive Jerkass even before, but his worst action is arguably the murder of an innocent girl to sever her hand, so that he could trick Kersea into believing that he ordered the mutilation of her sister.
  • No Yay: Clayton has a huge crush on Kersea and his worst actions are fuelled by her constant rejection of his feelings. As a result of his abus towards her, the thought of her developing feelings for him can be downright revolting.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Dimitri the Wise only appears in a single part in Chaptr 4 before vanishing, but even many chapters later, he is regarded fondly for his ridiculous Cloud Cuckoolander levels of craziness.
    • Roach only appeared in a single chapter, but has been seen as a very memorable character, for being one of the most eccentric characters in the entire story.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Jenna has become a much more popular character after taking several levels in badass. It helps that she starts to contribute to the goal of stopping Maron Mullendore from taking over Raylansfair.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Wolfius Woodbark is this for a majority of readers, who don't consider his violently evil tendencies to be terrifying. His lack of depth, especially compared to more compelling villains, such as Mullendore, Petyr Vyrwel or even Harren Hoare, who all have some humanizing traits to them, is often pointed out, as well as the fact that he survives situations he, by all means, shouldn't have.
    • Vaasrand of Lys might not be universally hated, but the best he seems to be able to achieve is indifference. As a near-carbon copy of Geralt of Rivia, he might be a deep and interesting character, but the differences between the two settings means that his inclusion in the story is often accompanied by notable problems.
  • Too Cool to Live: Terroma and Marak are arguably this. Both die in the same part and at the hands of each other on top of that.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Lucas is a Hero with Bad Publicity in the story, having been banished from his home for the alleged murder of his father (of which his brother framed him) and being seen as inexperienced and naive by many of the more experienced characters. However, he is one of the main Point of View characters and one of the most popular ones at that.

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