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  • Canon Sue: Arguably, Rebecca Abrabanel Stearns. Everyone notices her beauty and presence, and she is always "right".
    • Most of the women in the first book fall into this. See below
  • Crazy Awesome: It's a contest between Harry Lefferts and Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Richelieu, Wallenstein, Micheal Stearns, Gustavus Adolphus; let's just say the series is full of them and leave it at that.
  • Positive Discrimination: Rebecca is a near genius and stunningly beautiful, Gretchen is practically The Messiah and stunningly beautiful, and Julie is an amazing sniper and stunningly beaut-- well good looking at least.
    • Gretchen is far too bloody-minded to be anything like The Messiah. Messianic Archetype, maybe.... She is, however, certainly beautiful and a forcefully charismatic leader.
    • From the way Flint describes Julie Sims, she's the kind of woman Rubens - who is quite active in the 1632verse as both diplomat and artist - would be wild to paint.