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16th Mar '16 12:26:49 PM cwickham
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* MythologyGag: The series' long-retired original tagline, "Alex Rider - the reluctant teenage spy" is quoted by a character near the end of ''Scorpia Rising''.
11th Mar '16 12:18:21 PM cwickham
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* SymbolSwearing: In ''Scorpia Rising'', Alex tells Lewinsky, his [[spoiler:accidental]] abductor, to "go and F[[SymbolSwearing -----]] yourself".

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* SymbolSwearing: In ''Scorpia Rising'', Alex tells Lewinsky, his [[spoiler:accidental]] abductor, to "go and F[[SymbolSwearing [[SymbolSwearing -----]] yourself".yourself"[[note]]Likely a reference to the original ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels, which would censor swearing in the same way[[/note]].
6th Mar '16 2:05:51 AM foxley
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* HeroStoleMyBike: In ''Skeleton Key'', Alex snatches a skateboard from a group of teenagers and uses it in an attempt to catch a yacht that is pulling away from the dock. He ramps of the jetty and manages to land on the yacht, but the skateboard plunges into the ocean.



* LeeroyJenkins: Alex sometimes veers into this, especially in between missions. It's lampshaded in book two when he causes a lot of damage with a crane. Albeit because he didn't finish what he planned and things gust [[IncrediblyLamePun fell out of shape.]]

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* LeeroyJenkins: Alex sometimes veers into this, especially in between missions. It's lampshaded in book two when he causes a lot of damage with a crane. Albeit because he didn't finish what he planned and things gust just [[IncrediblyLamePun fell out of shape.]]
5th Mar '16 6:37:26 AM ClydeCoupe
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**[[spoiler:At the climax of Skeleton Key, Sarov pulls the trigger. We then find Sarov [[DrivenToSuicide shot himself]]]]
26th Feb '16 9:51:27 PM foxley
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* ForkliftFu: A triad member attempts to kill Alex with a forklift in ''Skeleton Key''.



* RoadSignReversal: : In ''Stormbreaker'', a new sign is posted on the footpath to Port Tallon to send Alex into an ambush.

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In ''Stormbreaker'', a new sign is posted on the footpath to Port Tallon to send Alex into an ambush.ambush.
** In ''Skeleton Key'', General Sarov rigs a second set of runway lights, which causes a plane to crash into a swamp while attempting to take off.
16th Feb '16 1:27:46 PM foxley
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* ShieldSurf: In ''Point Blanc'', Alex escapes from the school by snowboarding down the mountain on a cut-down ironing board.
16th Feb '16 1:23:49 PM foxley
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* TheSociopath: [[LackOfEmpathy Abdul-Aziz]] [[ManipulativeBastard Al]]-[[TheChessmaster Rahim]] ("[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Razim]]"), and ''how''. He has all the telltale symptoms of a bona fide psychopath - particularly his utter lack of emotions or [[LackOfEmpathy empathy]] - and has committed various acts of evil from the day he took his first steps. As a toddler, he stabbed one of his nannies in the thigh [[DisproportionateRetribution because she told him off for teasing his sister]]. At the age of 12 he nonchalantly [[KickTheDog strangled his own dog]]. At fourteen he arranged the death of his own parents, who were conspiring against Saddam Hussein. Now, after spending time in Al Qaeda, in his spare time he inflicts unbearable amounts of pain upon random people in an attempt to create a measurable unit of pain, using a variety of horrific instruments like scalpels and syringes. Possibly his worst act of evil involves this, [[spoiler:as he blows up Jack Starbright right in front of Alex's eyes, in an experiment concerning emotional, rather than physical, pain. Afterwards, he nonchalantly notes that the pain meter rose higher than he had thought possible, and that he would possibly have to create a ''second'' scale of measurement.]]
** [[spoiler: Julius Grief]] is a much more unfortunate case. He was raised and conditioned by a father with a sick mind, and as a result had absolutely no morals.



* TrainEscape: ''Point Blanc'' combines Type 1 and Type 2. Snowboarding down the mountain towards the railroad tracks, Alex uses a passing freight train to block enemy guards on the other side of the track with a machine gun (Type 1), then jumps on to the top of the train to get away (Type 2).
* TraumaCongaLine: Alex's entire life, especially after becoming a spy. By the end of Scorpia Rising [[spoiler:he has lost the only adult he truly trusted]] and is unlikely to ever really recover.



* TheSociopath: [[LackOfEmpathy Abdul-Aziz]] [[ManipulativeBastard Al]]-[[TheChessmaster Rahim]] ("[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Razim]]"), and ''how''. He has all the telltale symptoms of a bona fide psychopath - particularly his utter lack of emotions or [[LackOfEmpathy empathy]] - and has committed various acts of evil from the day he took his first steps. As a toddler, he stabbed one of his nannies in the thigh [[DisproportionateRetribution because she told him off for teasing his sister]]. At the age of 12 he nonchalantly [[KickTheDog strangled his own dog]]. At fourteen he arranged the death of his own parents, who were conspiring against Saddam Hussein. Now, after spending time in Al Qaeda, in his spare time he inflicts unbearable amounts of pain upon random people in an attempt to create a measurable unit of pain, using a variety of horrific instruments like scalpels and syringes. Possibly his worst act of evil involves this, [[spoiler:as he blows up Jack Starbright right in front of Alex's eyes, in an experiment concerning emotional, rather than physical, pain. Afterwards, he nonchalantly notes that the pain meter rose higher than he had thought possible, and that he would possibly have to create a ''second'' scale of measurement.]]
** [[spoiler: Julius Grief]] is a much more unfortunate case. He was raised and conditioned by a father with a sick mind, and as a result had absolutely no morals.
* TraumaCongaLine: Alex's entire life, especially after becoming a spy. By the end of Scorpia Rising [[spoiler:he has lost the only adult he truly trusted]] and is unlikely to ever really recover.
12th Feb '16 5:05:45 PM Joe32
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* BlofeldPloy: In "Eagle Strike", Damian Cray orders Yassen to kill Alex and Sabina. Yassen refuses, saying he "does not kill children". Flustered, Damian snatches his gun, and instead of shooting Alex and Sabina, turns the gun on Yassen.

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* BlofeldPloy: In "Eagle Strike", Damian Cray orders Yassen to kill Alex and Sabina. Yassen refuses, saying he "does not kill children". [[spoiler: Flustered, Damian snatches his gun, and instead of shooting Alex and Sabina, turns the gun on Yassen.]]



** Dr. Grief wants to perform an unanesthesized vivisection on Alex. In layman's terms, he wants to ''[[{{Squick}} give his class a biology lesson]]'' using Alex ''while he's still awake''. You may now vomit and shudder. [[invoked]]

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** Dr. Grief wants to perform an unanesthesized anaesthetized vivisection on Alex. In layman's terms, he wants to ''[[{{Squick}} give his class a biology lesson]]'' using Alex ''while he's still awake''. You may now vomit and shudder. [[invoked]]



* {{Expy}}: The series contains several expies (ranging from thinly-veiled to better concealed) of various celebrities and politicians. It can be said that Damian Cray is basically an evil Elton John. Due to his penchant for vivisection and his admiration of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], [[CloningBlues Dr]]. [[MadDoctor Grief]] may be an expy of [[ThoseWackyNazis Josef]] [[MadDoctor Mengele]].

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* {{Expy}}: The series contains several expies (ranging from thinly-veiled to better concealed) of various celebrities and politicians. It can be said that Damian Cray is basically an evil Elton John. [CompositeCharacter: or one of those vegans [[RuleOfCautiousEditingAndJudgment (the unbearably self-righteous kind though.)]]]], Due to his penchant for vivisection and his admiration of [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]], [[CloningBlues Dr]]. [[MadDoctor Grief]] may be an expy of [[ThoseWackyNazis Josef]] [[MadDoctor Mengele]].



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Not uncommon for the bad guys in the series.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Not uncommon for the bad guys antagonists in the series.
12th Feb '16 3:22:25 PM Joe32
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** And in ''Scorpia Rising'', the BP Oil spill is mentioned, bringing it around to 2010. He also has an iPhone 3GS.

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** And in ''Scorpia Rising'', the BP Oil spill is mentioned, bringing it around to 2010. He also has an iPhone 3GS. They also mention the London Olympics setting it around 2011-2012.
** Alex's canonical birth date is 15th of Febuary 1996.
10th Feb '16 4:29:53 PM Joe32
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