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  • Jerkass Woobie: Alec. He does some pretty awful things (like picking fights with other swordsmen so he can watch Richard kill them) and he's regularly sarcastic, bitter, and cruel, even to people he loves—but once you've gotten a sense of just how screwed up he is and why, it's hard not to feel sorry for him in spite of his behavior.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Tremontaines are a family of these. Some of them are more successful at it than others.
    • Diane in Tremontaine and Swordspoint.
    • Alec in Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword.
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    • Jessica in The Fall of the Kings.
    • Katherine is implied to be this in The Fall of the Kings, though we haven't directly seen her in action yet.
    • Lord Arlen in The Fall of the Kings, who appears to be Katherine's Worthy Opponent, is also one.
    • Ferris attempts to be this in both Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword, but underestimates Diane, Alec and Katherine.
  • Moral Event Horizon: What Diane does to Will in Tremontaine.
    • Lord Horn raping Alec in Swordspoint.
    • Diane trying to manipulate the truth around Alec by telling him Richard left him once it was known Alec was a Tremontaine, until Alec cuts his own hand open to remember what was true and what was a lie. He leaves and never sees her again.
    • What Ferris does to Artemisia in The Privilege of the Sword as well as his threats to Alec regarding Katherine in the end. Alec kills him for it.
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