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Character sheet for ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. '''WARNING!''' All spoilers for ''Literature/{{Steelheart}}'', and ''Literature/{{Firefight}}''. are '''UNMARKED!'''

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10th Sep '16 11:07:07 AM Discar
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Character sheet for ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. '''WARNING!''' All spoilers for ''Literature/{{Steelheart}}'', ''Literature/{{Firefight}}'' and ''Literature/{{Calamity}}'' are 'UNMARKED!'''

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Character sheet for ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. '''WARNING!''' All spoilers for ''Literature/{{Steelheart}}'', ''Literature/{{Firefight}}'' and ''Literature/{{Calamity}}'' ''Literature/{{Firefight}}''. are 'UNMARKED!'''
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14th Aug '16 12:30:49 PM Gregzilla
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* ClimaxBoss: [[spoiler:After three books of buildup, from the start of his beginning to use his powers openly again, to his WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity FaceHeelTurn, to his attempt to destroy the Reckoners once and for all, Prof has a very climactic battle with first Cody, then the combined forces of [[BattleCouple David and Megan]], culminating in a heart-wrenching TalkingTheMonsterToDeath.]]
14th Aug '16 12:26:48 PM Gregzilla
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Almost certainly had one in the past related to being an Epic. And, judging by his hatred of his own powers, he seems to exist in a near-constant state of this.
** Another one when [[spoiler:Tia gets shot]] on his own orders. [[spoiler:Not enough to turn him back, unfortunately.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Almost certainly had one in the past related to being an Epic. And, judging by his hatred of his own powers, he seems to exist in a near-constant state of this.
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this. Another one when [[spoiler:Tia gets shot]] on his own orders. [[spoiler:Not enough to turn him back, unfortunately.unfortunately... [[MyGreatestFailure though he seems to have a significant amount of guilt over it when he frees himself of Calamity's corruption]].]]


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* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:His fear is not his powers: it's failure. The powers are just a representation of how if he does not use them to their fullest, he is not required to take responsibility for his actions and their potential failures. In hindsight, it explains his whole modus operandi of never facing High Epics until David came by.]]
-->'''Megan:''' [[spoiler:Weíve been beaten, yes. But we havenít failed, Jonathan. Failure is refusing to fight. [[BystanderSyndrome Failure is remaining quiet and hoping someone else will fix the problem.]]]]\\
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'''David:''' [[spoiler:The powers are a part of it, but not the whole story. Why ''do'' you fear them?]]\\
'''Megan:''' [[spoiler:Because if you are so powerful, if you have all of these resources, then you don't have any excuses left for failing.]]
14th Aug '16 12:15:57 PM Gregzilla
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* ThePowerOfLove: '''Hates''' this trope. She's worried that her ability to resist TheCorruption and the key to getting permanent [[CharacterAlignment good-aligned Epics]] is this trope.
** While it may have helped her resist small doses of the corruption, it's not the key to becoming immune to it completely, fortunately for her. That's [[FaceYourFears facing your worst fear.]]
** [[spoiler:Finally becomes this, in a way, when she expresses her doubts to David of her insecurities of whether she's still the same Megan or if her repeated dying and reviving means a different Megan is there instead. David, in a incredibly rare moment of actually giving brilliant, awesome and heartwarming analogies, likens her to a sunrise after he recalls often seeing them with his dad every morning in his childhood. He explains she's constantly changing like he and everyone else is and that he is grateful for that as he has found a future beyond vengeance and hatred and has now come to hope for real heroes. Finally he finishes by saying that he hopes she continues to change and grow as a person and tells her she'll be beautiful to him no matter how many times it happens. Brought to tears, Megan kisses him right before David messes up the moment by saying a characteristically weird analogy. This conversation eventually convinces Megan to accept her powers and truly claim them from Calamity, and in addition to continually facing her fear and weakness of fire, is freed from the corrupting influence]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: '''Hates''' this trope. She's worried that her ability to resist TheCorruption and the key to getting permanent [[CharacterAlignment good-aligned Epics]] is this trope.
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trope. While it may have helped her resist small doses of the corruption, it's not the key to becoming immune to it completely, fortunately for her. That's [[FaceYourFears facing your worst fear.]]
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]] [[spoiler:Finally becomes this, in a way, when she expresses her doubts to David of her insecurities of whether she's still the same Megan or if her repeated dying and reviving means a different Megan is there instead. David, in a incredibly rare moment of actually giving brilliant, awesome and heartwarming analogies, likens her to a sunrise after he recalls often seeing them with his dad every morning in his childhood. He explains she's constantly changing like he and everyone else is and that he is grateful for that as he has found a future beyond vengeance and hatred and has now come to hope for real heroes. Finally he finishes by saying that he hopes she continues to change and grow as a person and tells her she'll be beautiful to him no matter how many times it happens. Brought to tears, Megan kisses him right before David messes up the moment by saying a characteristically weird analogy. This conversation eventually convinces Megan to accept her powers and truly claim them from Calamity, and in addition to continually facing her fear and weakness of fire, is freed from the corrupting influence]]influence forever, and even [[EleventhHourSuperpower gains control of her powers to the point of being able to do pretty much anything with them]]]]



* [[spoiler: SensoryOverload: Calamity comes from another dimension, one that lacks the extreme stimuli found in David's world. This makes it difficult for Calamity to adjust to the stimuli that most people would take for granted. Ceiling lights are blinding to him, while normal speech sounds like booming shouts to him. He spends much of his time wearing noise-canceling headphones, with his eyes closed, to deal with the constant assault to his senses.]]

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* [[spoiler: SensoryOverload: Calamity [[spoiler:Calamity comes from another dimension, one that lacks the extreme stimuli found in David's world. This makes it difficult for Calamity to adjust to the stimuli that most people would take for granted. Ceiling lights are blinding to him, while normal speech sounds like booming shouts to him. He spends much of his time wearing noise-canceling headphones, with his eyes closed, to deal with the constant assault to his senses.]]
14th Aug '16 12:10:11 PM Gregzilla
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* PlanetLooter: Of a sort. He mentions that [[spoiler: his species has destroyed countless worlds by empowering Epics among their populations.]]

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* PlanetLooter: PlanetLooters: Of a sort. He mentions that [[spoiler: his species has destroyed countless worlds by empowering Epics among their populations.]]
14th Aug '16 12:09:45 PM Gregzilla
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* [[spoiler: EmpoweredBadassNormal: Received an Epic power during the final showdown with Calamity, though we don't know what it was.]]

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* [[spoiler: EmpoweredBadassNormal: Received [[spoiler:Received an Epic power during the final showdown with Calamity, though we don't know what it was.]]



* AlienNonInterferenceClause: Appears to be banned by some kind of rule among his kind from interfering with humanity except by providing us with Epic powers.

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: Appears to be banned by some kind of rule among his kind from interfering with humanity except by providing us with Epic powers. [[spoiler:Actually, he's not supposed to even ''be'' in humanity's dimension anymore, and should have left after giving the powers.]]



* [[spoiler: AntiClimaxBoss: David brings Calamity to Firefight's dimension, showing him that without his influence, there are Epics that will fight for good. Calamity realizes that the Epics that have faced their fears and freed themselves from his corruption have all done it to protect someone else. He fades away, realizing that he was wrong about humanity all along.]]

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* [[spoiler: AntiClimaxBoss: David brings AFormYouAreComfortableWith: [[spoiler:Played with. We are unclear on what exactly Calamity to Firefight's dimension, showing him that without his influence, there are Epics that will fight for good. Calamity realizes that the Epics that have faced their fears and freed themselves really looks like, but judging from his corruption have all done it to protect someone else. He fades away, realizing the fact that he was wrong about humanity all along.considered existence in our dimension to be horrifying, it's likely [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm we cannot fathom his real form]]. Instead, he takes on the body of a teenaged boy.]]



* [[spoiler: HumanAliens: Calamity is from another dimension, but had taken a human form when assigned to Earth. Calamity's people have visited many worlds in order to give its inhabitants superpowers, usually resulting in the extinction of those inhabitants. Why they do this or what their ultimate goals are is unknown.]]

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* [[spoiler: HumanAliens: [[spoiler:SubvertedTrope. Calamity is from another dimension, but had taken a human form when assigned to Earth. Calamity's people have visited many worlds in order to give its inhabitants superpowers, usually resulting in the extinction of those inhabitants. Why they do this or what their ultimate goals are is unknown.Earth.]]



* [[spoiler: GodWasMyCopilot: While not a god, per se, Calamity is pretty close to one. He hides in plain sight as the Epic Larcener, the ruler of Ildithia. He spends much of the third book lazing around the Reckoners' base, right in front of their noses the whole time.]]
* [[spoiler: ManChild: Despite looking like a teenager, he acts like a spoiled, sullen child. He's extremely lazy and self-centered, preferring to let other people do the work for him.]]
* NoSell: [[spoiler: A bomb created from part of Obliteration's body that would have destroyed a city has no effect on him because he can easily cancel the effects of the powers that he's gifted.]]

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* [[spoiler: GodWasMyCopilot: While [[spoiler:While not a god, per se, Calamity is pretty close to one. He hides in plain sight as the Epic Larcener, the ruler of Ildithia. He spends much of the third book lazing around the Reckoners' base, right in front of their noses the whole time.]]
* [[spoiler: ManChild: Despite [[spoiler:Despite looking like a teenager, he acts like a spoiled, sullen child. He's extremely lazy and self-centered, preferring to let other people do the work for him.]]
* NoSell: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A bomb created from part of Obliteration's body that would have destroyed a city has no effect on him because he can easily cancel the effects of the powers that he's gifted.]]
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: [[spoiler:If someone takes ownership of their powers, claiming them to be their own and resolving their weakness, he can no longer control their powers or [[PowerParasite steal them back]]. Even [[AntiVillain Prof]], who had been BroughtDownToNormal, manages to get his powers ''back'' by doing this, [[ThisCannotBe completely dumbfounding Calamity]].
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* PhysicalGod: He has all Epic powers, and on top of that implies he has complete control over how others use them. His power level is more or less incomprehensible.
** Though David flat out tells him that clearly Godlike Powers don't make you a God.

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* PhysicalGod: He has all Epic powers, and on top of that implies he has complete control over how others use them. His power level is more or less incomprehensible.
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incomprehensible. Though David flat out tells him that clearly Godlike Powers don't make you a God.



* SuperEmpowering: Calamity creates Epics by giving them powers that will be "thematically appropriate," along with weaknesses based on their nightmares. David wonders if he is just an insanely powerful Transference Epic, and all the other "Epics" merely normal people playing with his toys.
** Every Transference Epic can use the powers they gift to other people. This would mean that if David's right, [[AllYourPowersCombined Calamity would have every single power seen in the series so far.]] [[spoiler: He is.]]

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* SuperEmpowering: Calamity creates Epics by giving them powers that will be "thematically appropriate," along with weaknesses based on their nightmares. David wonders if he is just an insanely powerful Transference Epic, and all the other "Epics" merely normal people playing with his toys.
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toys. Every Transference Epic can use the powers they gift to other people. This would mean that if David's right, [[AllYourPowersCombined Calamity would have every single power seen in the series so far.]] [[spoiler: He is.]]
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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: Intentionally invoked by Regalia and Calamity. When forcing David to become an Epic, Regalia promises that his new powers will be "thematically appropriate". It turns out, David received Steelheart's powerset. In another touch of irony, in another dimension where David's father lived, ''he'' became Steelheart (albeit a heroic version).]]



* SensoryOverload: Calamity comes from another dimension, one that lacks the extreme stimuli found in David's world. This makes it difficult for Calamity to adjust to the stimuli that most people would take for granted. Ceiling lights are blinding to him, while normal speech sounds like booming shouts to him. He spends much of his time wearing noise-canceling headphones, with his eyes closed, to deal with the constant assault to his senses.

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* [[spoiler: SensoryOverload: Calamity comes from another dimension, one that lacks the extreme stimuli found in David's world. This makes it difficult for Calamity to adjust to the stimuli that most people would take for granted. Ceiling lights are blinding to him, while normal speech sounds like booming shouts to him. He spends much of his time wearing noise-canceling headphones, with his eyes closed, to deal with the constant assault to his senses.]]
7th Jul '16 10:38:06 AM SwirlySquirrely
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--> '''David:''' Youíre a sunrise. I spent ten years without sunrises, but I always remembered what they looked like. Back before we lost our home, and Dad still had a job, a friend would let us come up to the observation deck of a skyscraper in the morning. It had a dramatic view of the city and lake. Weíd watch the sun come up. I would watch the sun rise, and wish I could capture the moment. I never could. Pictures didnít workóthe sunrises never looked as spectacular on film. And eventually I realized, a sunrise isnít a moment. Itís an event. You canít capture a sunrise because it changes constantlyóbetween eyeblinks the sun moves, the clouds swirl. Itís continually something new. Weíre not moments, Megan, you and me. Weíre events. You say you might not be the same person you were a year ago? Well, who is? Iím sure not. We change, like swirling clouds and a rising sun. The cells in me have died, and new ones were born. My mind has changed, and I donít feel the thrill of killing Epics I once did. Iím not the same David. Yet I am. Iím glad youíre not the same Megan. I donít want you to be the same. My Megan is a sunrise, always changing, but beautiful the entire time.

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--> '''David:''' Youíre a sunrise. I spent ten years without sunrises, but I always remembered what they looked like. Back before we lost our home, and Dad still had a job, a friend would let us come up to the observation deck of a skyscraper in the morning. It had a dramatic view of the city and lake. Weíd watch the sun come up. I would watch the sun rise, and wish I could capture the moment. I never could. Pictures didnít workóthe sunrises never looked as spectacular on film. And eventually I realized, a sunrise isnít a moment. Itís an event. You canít capture a sunrise because it changes constantlyóbetween eyeblinks the sun moves, the clouds swirl. Itís continually something new. Weíre not moments, Megan, you and me. Weíre events. You say you might not be the same person you were a year ago? Well, who is? Iím sure not. We change, like swirling clouds and a rising sun. The cells in me have died, and new ones were born. My mind has changed, and I donít feel the thrill of killing Epics I once did. Iím I’m not the same David. Yet I am. Iím glad youíre not the same Megan. I donít want you to be the same. My Megan is a sunrise, always changing, but beautiful the entire time.



* [[spoiler: AntiClimaxBoss]]

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* [[spoiler: AntiClimaxBoss]]AntiClimaxBoss: David brings Calamity to Firefight's dimension, showing him that without his influence, there are Epics that will fight for good. Calamity realizes that the Epics that have faced their fears and freed themselves from his corruption have all done it to protect someone else. He fades away, realizing that he was wrong about humanity all along.]]



* HumanAliens: Calamity is from another dimension, but had taken a human form when assigned to Earth. Calamity's people have visited many worlds in order to give its inhabitants superpowers, usually resulting in the extinction of those inhabitants.

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* [[spoiler: HumanAliens: Calamity is from another dimension, but had taken a human form when assigned to Earth. Calamity's people have visited many worlds in order to give its inhabitants superpowers, usually resulting in the extinction of those inhabitants. Why they do this or what their ultimate goals are is unknown.]]



* GodWasMyCopilot: While not a god, per se, Calamity is pretty close to one. He hides in plain sight as the Epic Larcener, the ruler of Ildithia. He spends much of the book lazing around the Reckoners' base, right in front of their noses.
* ManChild: Despite looking like a teenager, he acts like a spoiled, sullen child. He's extremely lazy and self-centered, preferring to let other people do the work for him.

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* [[spoiler: GodWasMyCopilot: While not a god, per se, Calamity is pretty close to one. He hides in plain sight as the Epic Larcener, the ruler of Ildithia. He spends much of the third book lazing around the Reckoners' base, right in front of their noses.
noses the whole time.]]
* [[spoiler: ManChild: Despite looking like a teenager, he acts like a spoiled, sullen child. He's extremely lazy and self-centered, preferring to let other people do the work for him. ]]
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* HumanAliens: Calamity is from another dimension, but had taken a human form when assigned to Earth. Calamity's people have visited many worlds in order to give its inhabitants superpowers, usually resulting in the extinction of those inhabitants.


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* GodWasMyCopilot: While not a god, per se, Calamity is pretty close to one. He hides in plain sight as the Epic Larcener, the ruler of Ildithia. He spends much of the book lazing around the Reckoners' base, right in front of their noses.


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* SensoryOverload: Calamity comes from another dimension, one that lacks the extreme stimuli found in David's world. This makes it difficult for Calamity to adjust to the stimuli that most people would take for granted. Ceiling lights are blinding to him, while normal speech sounds like booming shouts to him. He spends much of his time wearing noise-canceling headphones, with his eyes closed, to deal with the constant assault to his senses.
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