History Creator / BruceCoville

15th Oct '17 3:19:04 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''Diary of a Terrible Troll''/''Trolled'' (2017)



* MarsWantsChocolate: The aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.

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* MarsWantsChocolate: The aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it [[LovePotion supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.drives]].



* FreudianExcuse: Discussed at one point, shortly before the book's ThisMeansWar moment, when the characters are watching Myrna Smud on TV and wonder if one of these (such as her having seen a monster movie as a child and being terrified by it) is why she hates monsters so much.



* IHaveManyNames: In ''Monster of the Year'', the Frankenstein monster has at least four names. According to Igor, the man who made the monster named him Sigmund, but used a brain from a man named Fred. So sometimes they call him Sigmund (or "Siggie" for short), sometimes they call him Fred, and sometimes they call him Sigmund Fred. But usually Igor doesn't call him anything, since it just upsets him.

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* IHaveManyNames: In ''Monster of the Year'', the The cast includes a Frankenstein monster has with at least four names. According to Igor, the man who made the monster named him Sigmund, but used a brain from a man named Fred. So sometimes they call him Sigmund (or "Siggie" for short), sometimes they call him Fred, and sometimes they call him Sigmund Fred. But usually Igor doesn't call him anything, since it just upsets him.him (and indeed, he's starting to growl at this point in the conversation).



* TheMaidenNameDebate: ''Monster of the Year'' has Michael [=McGraw=], whose mother (Elsa Adams) changed her name to her husband's when she got married, changed back after they divorced, and said she'd stay with her maiden name for the rest of her life. Michael, on the other hand, had his name changed to match his stepfather's. As he puts it, "This confuses outsiders, since they can't figure out who I really belong to, but it suits the three of us just fine."
* MonsterMash: ''Monster of the Year'' includes a Frankenstein's monster, a vampire, a gill man, a wolfman, a mummy, two hunchbacks (Quasimodo and Igor), a Godzilla expy, and a Phantom of the Opera in a "Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It" cameo.
* MoralGuardians: Myrna Smud, the antagonist of ''Monster of the Year''.

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* MadScientist: "The doctor" who created Sigmund Fred and whom Igor mentions having previously worked for.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: ''Monster of the Year'' has Protagonist Michael [=McGraw=], whose [=McGraw=] reveals through narration that his mother (Elsa Adams) changed her name to her husband's when she got married, changed back after they divorced, and said she'd stay with her maiden name for the rest of her life. Michael, on the other hand, had his name changed to match his stepfather's. As he puts it, "This confuses outsiders, since they can't figure out who I really belong to, but it suits the three of us just fine."
* MonsterMash: ''Monster of the Year'' The cast includes a Frankenstein's monster, a vampire, a gill man, a wolfman, a mummy, two hunchbacks (Quasimodo and Igor), a miniature Godzilla expy, and a Phantom of the Opera in a "Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It" cameo.
* MoralGuardians: Myrna Smud, who serves as the antagonist of ''Monster of the Year''.antagonist.



* PunnyName: Sigmund Fred, an obvious take on UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud. Kevver, naturally, makes a remark about the name and how "That's what happens when you let some psycho analyze things."



* VampireVords: Used by the Count in ''Monster of the Year''.
* VegetarianVampire: ''Monster of the Year'' features The Count, who drinks only "the elixir of life": V8 juice. Through a straw. He says it feels more natural if he can suck it.

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* VampireVords: Used by the The Count in ''Monster of the Year''.always replaces his Ws with Vs.
* VegetarianVampire: ''Monster of the Year'' features Literal example with The Count, who drinks only "the elixir of life": V8 juice. Through a straw. He says it feels more natural if he can suck it.
12th Oct '17 11:07:28 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* MarsWantsChocolate: In ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'', the aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
* SquareCubeLaw: In one of the ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'' books the characters are shrunk to about seven inches and quickly discover that this has not affected their strength or mass; after trying to get off a desk they attempt jumping down onto a open drawer and snap right through it.
* StayWithTheAliens: In the ''Sixth Grade Alien'' series, Linnsy chooses not to return to Earth after undergoing MentalFusion with an alien symbiont, deciding instead to travel the galaxy.

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* MarsWantsChocolate: In ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'', the The aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: Protagonist Tim Tompkins mentions in the first book that he's been waiting for aliens to contact Earth since the first time he saw ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', and that he's seen it 47 times by that point.
* SquareCubeLaw: In one of the ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'' books book the characters are shrunk to about seven inches and quickly discover that this has not affected their strength or mass; after trying to get off a desk they attempt jumping down onto a open drawer and snap right through it.
* StayWithTheAliens: In the ''Sixth Grade Alien'' series, Linnsy Vanderhof chooses not to return to Earth after undergoing MentalFusion with an alien symbiont, deciding instead to travel the galaxy.
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.]]
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