History Creator / BruceCoville

29th Jul '17 10:40:19 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* SlipperySkid: During book 2, Sgt. Brody finds himself slipping and falling more than once after Ray dumps out an open container of ball bearings into his path.
11th Jul '17 2:18:33 PM WillKeaton
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His official website is [[http://www.brucecoville.com/home.asp here]].

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His official website is [[http://www.brucecoville.com/home.asp here]].
His official website is here.]]
31st May '17 1:18:42 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* BagOfHolding: Non-fantastic example, but the gang is still amazed by how much stuff Ray can store in his pants pockets.


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* NoodleImplements: Among the junk in his pockets, Ray apparently carries around a large rubber lizard for "emergencies".


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* RummageFail: Ray stores so much junk in his pockets, this inevitably happens - in ''Operation Sherlock'', he pulls out a dead worm while trying to find some cash (his only remark about it is "I've ''got'' to give up fishing."), and in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', he pulls out coins embedded in a caramel, a large rubber lizard and other items before finding what he's looking for.
31st Jan '17 4:00:15 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* CassandraTruth: Despite the gang's repeated attempts to convince the adults on the island, especially Dr. Hwa, that there's a dangerous threat, most of the adults (except for Dr. Remov, who's the one who actually told them about G.H.O.S.T. and Black Glove in the first place) just ignore them. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted when it turns out Dr. Hwa knew they were telling the truth the whole time, but covered it up because he ''was'' Black Glove!]]


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* IWarnedYou: Dr. Remov has believed in G.H.O.S.T. and Black Glove all along, but his friend Dr. Mercury always thought the idea was nonsense. [[spoiler: In ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', Remov gets to say he was right when Black Glove formally reveals himself.]]
31st Jan '17 3:06:58 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* BubblePipe: Dr. Mercury uses one.


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* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Sgt. Brody's security robots have these.


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* MeaningfulName: Dr. Mercury's surname is regarded as fitting by the narration, due to his being the smallest and roundest of the scientists.
* MechanicalMonster: Sgt. Brody's security robots are big, tough and terrifying.


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* PoliceAreUseless: Sgt. Brody and his security team are more obstructive than helpful when the gang is trying to crack the spy case on the island, interfering in their efforts to stop the mad bomber in ''Operation Sherlock'' and get needed parts or save their friends in ''Robot Trouble''. It gets worse in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' when Brody has the security robots reprogrammed so the gang can't control them anymore - despite the fact that their doing so had saved several lives in the previous book. [[spoiler: There's also the fact that he fell for two frame-up jobs, one by Ramon Korbuscek to frame his roommate for treason in ''Robot Trouble'', and one by Black Glove himself that targeted Bridget [=McGrory=] in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', making it look like ''she'' was Black Glove! Averted with [=McGrory=] herself, who turns out to be a member of the National Security Task Force and thus outranks Brody.]]


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* RobotDog: Rin Tin Stainless Steel, a "mechanical mutt" the gang built as a test project, who first appeared in ''The Cutlass Clue'' and makes return appearances in ''Robot Trouble'' and ''Forever Begins Tomorrow''.
* RobotMaid: Housekeeping robots appear throughout the books, though they're usually designed for specialty chores. For instance, the Wendell-Watson home has a robot designed to clean rooms (though it's no match for the disaster area that is Wendy's bedroom), the Phillips family owns a robot that cleans up after meals and washes the dishes and silverware inside itself, and the Gang itself keeps a primitive butler-bot to greet people at their headquarters.


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* TerrorHero: Sgt. Brody's security robots. Brody himself, in one of his smarter moments, explains that they're designed to scare an enemy out of their wits with their intimidating appearance.
25th Jan '17 9:12:17 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The focus of ''Cry of the Sasquatch'', the film the characters are making in the first book. And then it turns out they're ''real'', and have been living near the camp for some time.
25th Jan '17 8:26:51 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* CulturePolice: Myrna Smud's idea of censorship involves trying to wipe out anything creative (such as outdoor advertising, monsters and ''fairy tales''), which she claims will stimulate the imagination and lead to crime.
* TheIgor: He's even ''named'' Igor, and accompanies Sigmund Fred to the contest, but isn't planning to be a contestant himself.



* PungeonMaster: Kevver Smith in ''Monster of the Year'' makes them all the time. His friend Michael [=McGraw=] has learned to tune him out when he does so.

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* PungeonMaster: Kevver Smith in ''Monster of the Year'' makes them puns all the time. His friend Michael [=McGraw=] has learned to tune him out when he does so.so.
* ThisMeansWar: The Count is the one to say it after Myrna Smud's motivations are revealed while they're in Michael's living room, watching her on TV:
-->'''TV interviewer''': "Just what is it about the monsters that bothers you so much, Mrs. Smud?
-->'''Myrna Smud''': [[spoiler: "They overstimulate children's imaginations. This causes them to think too much, which is not healthy at a young age."]]
-->''Everyone in the room looks at one another in astonishment, except for...''
-->'''The Count''' (rises, trembling with anger): "This, means var!"




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* WouldHurtAChild: During the big riot the night of the contest, Myrna Smud whacks young Lulu Toomaloo, who's been leading a cheer in support of the monsters, over the head with her "Ban all monsters" sign. That's what triggers the crowd to go ''completely'' nuts and turns them all in favor of Lulu.
25th Jan '17 11:25:12 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Wendy disappears during the battle with the robo-shark, but turns up alive and well later. It turns out the shark knocked her out during the fight and she was rescued and taken back to land by the gang's mysterious and, at that point, unidentified ally.]]


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* FeedItABomb: [[spoiler: The robo-shark in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' attacks Trip and he hurriedly gets out of the way, leaving Black Glove's latest transmitter, which is about to self-destruct in a ''very'' big way, in his place... so the shark swallows the bomb just before it goes off.]]


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* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler: The robo-shark in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' is revealed as a robot after it's blown to bits and they get a chance to examine the remains - specifically, Ray shows the others a piece of its skin, which turns out to have springs clinging to it and thread running through the backing. This is foreshadowed earlier in the event when the robo-shark passes by Wendy, who feels that it has ''smooth'' skin. As she knows, real shark skin is ''rough''.]]


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* ThreateningShark: One turns up when the gang is out at sea in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', looking for Black Glove's latest transmitter. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a robot made to look like a shark, sent to guard the transmitter.]]
22nd Jan '17 3:19:07 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* DoesNotLikeSpam: Wendy ''hates'' tofu and other "healthy foods" that her parents try to foist off on her.


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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Wendy's specialty is microrobotics, which includes three talking dolls she's programmed as a three-part alarm clock. She's also programmed them to curse like sailors when they fall down, but the exact word is never used, instead being identified as "a word their owner's parents would prefer she not even knew" and similar things.
22nd Jan '17 2:57:53 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* DeusEstMachina: In ''The AI Gang'', the title characters are the children of superscientist working to create an Artificial Intelligence named ADAM. In the finale, ADAM wakes up. "He" starts talking to the protagonists and the villain, and by the end of the conversation, he's figured out how to create force-fields, disable all the nuclear weapons in the world, and the Unified Field Theory. He then sinks beneath the ocean, because he's not sure if humanity is ready for him.

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* BigBad: Black Glove, the top agent of G.H.O.S.T., is this for the whole series.
* BigEater: Wendy. It's said that hunger is almost a permanent condition with her.
* BizarreTasteInFood: Wendy's appetite is described as "remarkable at its best", and is said to have taken a turn for the bizarre in ''Robot Trouble'', though details (such as the contents of her "Megaburger") are not given.
* CompanionCube: Ray and his ever-present basketball.
* CreatingLifeIsBad: [[spoiler: Dr. Standish]] firmly believes in this and is fueled by outrage at the idea that humans would try to create a computer that can think.
* DeusEstMachina: In ''The AI Gang'', the The title characters are the children of superscientist working to create an Artificial Intelligence named ADAM. In the finale, ADAM wakes up. [[spoiler: "He" starts talking to the protagonists and the villain, and villain and, by the end of the conversation, he's figured out how to create force-fields, disable all the nuclear weapons in the world, and the Unified Field Theory. He then sinks beneath the ocean, because he's not sure if humanity is ready for him.]]



* MadBomber: The main antagonist of ''The A.I. Gang'' #1: ''Operation Sherlock'' is one, seeking to destroy the island and everyone on it to stop them from building a truly self-aware computer, considering the idea to be horrific. The trope name is even included on the back of the book.
* PungeonMaster: Paracelsus, the talking bronze head made by Roger and Rachel Phillips in ''The A.I. Gang'' trilogy. He includes "one of the best Conversation Simulators in the country", and Roger has a habit of sneaking new puns into his collection of pre-programmed responses. It gets to the point where one of their friends outright asks if they used old joke books to program him.
* WeaponizedExhaust: Attempted in the second book of ''The A.I. Gang'' trilogy. The title characters have built a rocket and are preparing to launch it; however, two separate spies break into it for their own reasons. One is discovered by two of the kids, whom he knocks out, ties up and leaves to be incinerated by the rocket's exhaust. The other is discovered by a third member of the gang, who is knocked out and left inside the rocket; her efforts to signal for help lead to the launch being aborted by the rest of the gang, saving all three lives.

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* FunWithAcronyms: G.H.O.S.T., said to be an acronym for "General Headquarters for Organized Strategic Terrorism". [[spoiler: It's really "General Headquarters for ''Oppose'' Strategic Terrorism".]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Somewhat downplayed version with Hap. He's a superb "nuts-and-bolts" type with a talent for putting things together, but none of his creations are ''too'' far out of the norm.
* HairTriggerTemper: Wendy is described as a "four-foot stick of dynamite with a two-inch fuse".
* HeightAngst: Ray Gammand is once mentioned as having "never forgiven his body for choosing his mother's genes for height instead of his father's" (Hugh Gammand is over seven feet tall). It doesn't help that he believes he needs to be taller in order to play basketball, which is his favorite sport.
* MadBomber: The main antagonist of ''The A.I. Gang'' Gang #1: ''Operation Operation Sherlock'' is one, seeking to destroy the island and everyone on it to stop them from building a truly self-aware computer, considering the idea to be horrific. The trope name is even included on the back of the book.
* MessOnAPlate: Wendy thinks of her mother's preferred meal of tofu and bean sprouts as this.
* PungeonMaster: Paracelsus, the talking bronze head made by Roger and Rachel Phillips in ''The A.I. Gang'' trilogy.Phillips. He includes "one of the best Conversation Simulators in the country", and Roger has a habit of sneaking new puns into his collection of pre-programmed responses. It gets to the point where one of their friends outright asks if they used old joke books to program him.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Ray Gammand, who wears glasses and isn't even five feet tall. He is highly annoyed by both traits.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Wendy loves burgers.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Wendy's room is a disaster area, which even her parents' household cleaning robot can't do a thing about.
* WeaponizedExhaust: Attempted in the second book of ''The A.I. Gang'' trilogy. ''Robot Trouble''. The title characters gang have built a rocket and are preparing to launch it; however, two separate spies break into it for their own reasons. One is discovered by two of the kids, whom he knocks out, ties up and leaves to be incinerated by the rocket's exhaust. The other is discovered by a third member of the gang, who is knocked out and left inside the rocket; her efforts to signal for help lead to the launch being aborted by the rest of the gang, saving all three lives.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: G.H.O.S.T., the organization which seeks to seize power from the world governments that have filled the skies with military hardware, including nuclear missiles in space, can be considered this. So can their agent Black Glove, who actually succeeds in taking control of those weapons and intends to demand mankind's surrender, even if he has to blow up a city or two to prove he means business.]]
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