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  • Adaptation Displacement: More people follow the Drizzt novels than the Forgotten Realms, though there is a considerable overlap.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The Spine of the World is as much the story of a village girl's unwanted pregnancy and Arranged Marriage as anything else.
  • Complete Monster: Akar Kessell; Matron Yvonnel Baenre; Arklem Greeth; Sylora Salm and Herzgo Alegni.
    • Tiago Baenre, who appears throughout the series, is considered one of Menzoberranzan's most promising young males. A ruthless, capable fighter obsessed with rising high in the storied Baenre family and becoming a legend to his people, Tiago dreams of destroying the legendary renegade Drizzt Do'Urden. Leading attacks on dwarves that kill multiple innocents, Tiago also ruins Drizzt's reputation by framing him for demon attacks, and also helps to manipulate the orcs into savagery by having the peaceful King Lorgru deposed and replaced with a brutal warlord. Tiago leads his new army in an attack on Sundabar, killing massive amounts of civilians, and personally beheads the king before turning his forces to attack the city of Nesme, resulting in the butchering of countless innocents. Tiago interrogates a survivor by threatening to kill a child, and when the survivor gives in, he has the child killed because she took too long to answer. Tiago has the duke of Nesme crucified and amuses himself by "allowing" knights to escape before hunting them down and torturing them to death, in one case having his dragon ally swallow one alive to digest him slowly. Tiago, named as Weapons Master to the restored House Do'Urden, frequently rapes the brainwashed elf Dahlia Sin'Felle who has been installed as the puppet leader of the House, and also rapes a half-drow ally to demonstrate his power over her. His obsession with Drizzt eventually leads him to hunt down the older drow to become a legend by killing him. Tiago stands apart as the single most evil male Drow in the setting, his crimes fueled by nothing more than his own ego and attempts to amuse himself.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: The Drow would be a highly offensive Straw Feminist Lady Land if not for the fact it's such an incredibly over-the-top society that both male and female fans love it.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Drizzt is this, himself, since the books were originally supposed to center around Wulfgar, but the books could also be said to be one for Forgotten Realms as a whole.
  • Evil Is Sexy: RA Salvatore helped solidify the trope of drow women as sexy evil.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Drizzt and Alustriel. The reason they never hooked up is probably because the latter is a major character of the Forgotten Realms canon and not a creation of R.A. Salvatore.
  • Fountain of Expies: Not in fiction per se, but Drizzt is infamous for being copied by players hoping to imitate his success.
  • Growing the Beard / Seasonal Rot: With a series this long, it's almost inevitable. When this happens depends on the reader, of course.
    • For some, the Dark Elf Trilogy (i.e., the prequels to the first novels), showing more of dark elf society and giving a real look inside Drizzt's head with the first essays, were Growing the Beard. For others, the loss of the more devil-may-care attitude from the Icewind Dale Trilogy in favor of what they saw as Wangst was early-onset Seasonal Rot.
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    • Legacy of the Drow seemed to be more of a downer than the other books, featuring the first death of a Companion, a lot of tension between the characters and years-long separations, while at the same time putting characters in holding patterns for long stretches (for example, Catti-Brie and Drizzt, the resolution of which wouldn't even occur until the end of the trilogy after the next one). But the characters seemed to behave with more maturity, and the implications of some relationships were explored in-depth.
    • Paths of Darkness continues the trend of dealing with darker and more mature topics in a more ambiguous fashion, allowing yet more arguments from people who prefer different spots on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism...
    • And so on down the line.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Catti-Brie and Drizzt struck many fans as this due to the fact the latter had known her since she was a child. Quite a few thought she was closer to being Drizzt's daughter, rather than lover.
  • Strawman Has a Point: The parallel between the bigotry Drizzt suffers and the bigotry people of color in real life suffer doesn't quite hang together. While the racial stereotypes (of savagery, sadism, demon worship, etc.) attributed to real-life people of color are bullshit, 99.9% of all drow really are malicious, sadistic, demon-worshipping sociopaths who will enslave, sacrifice and kill any non-drow they can get their hands on. In this context, the nasty reactions Drizzt encounters from humans and many other races is at least understandable, considering that they don't know him and initially have little to no reason to assume he's different from his kin. Once Drizzt starts proving himself, however, the humans and others start treating him better.
    • It could, however, be said that the discrimination Drizzt faces is more akin to that against dissidents from countries with tyrannical and xenophobic regimes, such as Nazi Germany, if said dissident leaves for a country that has been in some way targeted by his nation's regime.
  • Stupid Evil: The drow really come across as this what with numerous instances of their greed and ambition coming back to bite them, their inability to band together at critical moments disrupting any important venture and their constant feuding getting so close to endangering their race that Lloth herself had to come in and force them to stop. (It is lampshaded in many supplements that deal with the topic that drow society as it is would collapse and render them extinct if Lolth didn't step in now and again, but she prefers it to operate on that knife edge as long as possible.) It also doesn't help that the more successful (and alive) drow tend to avert the Chaotic Evil alignment if they aren't outright good.
  • Word of God: Ed Greenwood has mentioned Artemis and Drizzt are two of the Realm's top ten swordsmen despite their relatively modest (By Realm's standards) character levels. (Greenwood has noted it's largely impossible to do a proper ranked top 10, because the rarefied skill they display is so fine that even a tiny change in one character's ability could send them plummeting off the list or rocketing to the top.) It should be noted, however, that there's no indication R.A. Salvatore had anything to do with Drizzt's or Entreri's stats in the sourcebooks. If anything, Salvatore's depictions of Drizzt and Entreri in the novels dovetails nicely with Greenwood's declaration.

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