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30th Nov '17 5:17:19 PM Generality
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* NowWhatEnding: After [[spoiler:stopping the war between the gods and exposing Hinzellman as a murderer]], Shadow doesn't know what to do with himself. [[spoiler:He decides to travel, starting with a trip to Iceland.]]

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* NowWhatEnding: NowWhat: After [[spoiler:stopping the war between the gods and exposing Hinzellman as a murderer]], Shadow doesn't know what to do with himself. [[spoiler:He decides to travel, starting with a trip to Iceland.]]


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* SignatureScene: An early vignette features a goddess named Bilquis consuming a man by absorbing him into her vagina during sex. The author put it in as a kind of content gate, saying if people got past that scene they'd be prepared for the further bizarre events to follow.
29th Oct '17 5:59:03 PM Actua11y
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* TimmyInAWell: {{{{Lampshaded}}}} with a raven

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* TimmyInAWell: {{{{Lampshaded}}}} {{Lampshaded}} with a raven
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* BattleInterruptingShout: Although he doesn't shout, [[spoiler: this is how Shadow defuses the impending war between the gods]].

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* BattleInterruptingShout: Although he doesn't shout, [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this is how Shadow defuses the impending war between the gods]].



* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler: Low-Key Lyesmith is Mr World/Loki.]]
** [[spoiler: Hinzelmann]] to a lesser extent.

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* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler: Low-Key [[spoiler:Low-Key Lyesmith is Mr World/Loki.]]
** [[spoiler: Hinzelmann]] [[spoiler:Hinzelmann]] to a lesser extent.



* BookEnds: The plot truly begins when Shadow meets Mr Wednesday, the declining incarnation of Odin in the New World. [[spoiler: The last scene has him meet Iceland's Odin, an example of a god in an old country who has moved well with the times.]]

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* BookEnds: The plot truly begins when Shadow meets Mr Wednesday, the declining incarnation of Odin in the New World. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The last scene has him meet Iceland's Odin, an example of a god in an old country who has moved well with the times.]]



* CanonName: Shadow is very clearly stated to be a nickname, and although the book drops hints, it never reveals the character's real name. It is eventually revealed [[spoiler: to be Baldur]] in the follow-up novella ''The Monarch of the Glen''.

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* CanonName: Shadow is very clearly stated to be a nickname, and although the book drops hints, it never reveals the character's real name. It is eventually revealed [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to be Baldur]] in the follow-up novella ''The Monarch of the Glen''.



** The mad-eyed hawk Shadow sees briefly in Cairo. [[spoiler: It is, of course, the Egyptian deity Horus, and it's the one who finds him on the tree and brings Easter to him.]]

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** The mad-eyed hawk Shadow sees briefly in Cairo. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is, of course, the Egyptian deity Horus, and it's the one who finds him on the tree and brings Easter to him.]]



** Similarly, Bilquis [[spoiler: curses the Technical Boy as she lays dying after he hit her with his limo. It's ambiguous whether the curse stuck or he's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone just really traumatized]] or both.]]

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** Similarly, Bilquis [[spoiler: curses [[spoiler:curses the Technical Boy as she lays dying after he hit her with his limo. It's ambiguous whether the curse stuck or he's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone just really traumatized]] or both.]]



* DealWithTheDevil: One of them, anyway. [[spoiler: The truth about the town of Lakeside.]]
* DeathOfTheOldGods: [[spoiler: All of the ancient deities who were forgotten completely by mankind.]]

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* DealWithTheDevil: One of them, anyway. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The truth about the town of Lakeside.]]
* DeathOfTheOldGods: [[spoiler: All [[spoiler:All of the ancient deities who were forgotten completely by mankind.]]



* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Wednesday uses magic to charm girls into having sex with him. This ''does'' make Shadow uncomfortable (especially when he finds out [[spoiler: that he is the ChildByRape of one such girl]]), and Wednesday ''is'' eventually [[spoiler: regarded as an out-and-out villain]], but it's not treated as any kind of MoralEventHorizon in the way you'd usually expect more mundane forms of sexual assault to be. Also, see below about Bast.

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* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Wednesday uses magic to charm girls into having sex with him. This ''does'' make Shadow uncomfortable (especially when he finds out [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that he is the ChildByRape of one such girl]]), and Wednesday ''is'' eventually [[spoiler: regarded [[spoiler:regarded as an out-and-out villain]], but it's not treated as any kind of MoralEventHorizon in the way you'd usually expect more mundane forms of sexual assault to be. Also, see below about Bast.



* DyingCurse: [[spoiler: Bilquis lays one on Technical Boy when he kills her. [[TakeOurWordForIt We never get the specifics, but it's apparently pretty awful.]] In the Hotel at the Center of America, he can be seen suffering from it, although this could just be withdrawal due to it being a dead zone with no wifi or cell signal.]]

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* DyingCurse: [[spoiler: Bilquis [[spoiler:Bilquis lays one on Technical Boy when he kills her. [[TakeOurWordForIt We never get the specifics, but it's apparently pretty awful.]] In the Hotel at the Center of America, he can be seen suffering from it, although this could just be withdrawal due to it being a dead zone with no wifi or cell signal.]]



-->'''Shadow:''' Jesus, [[spoiler: Low-Key Lyesmith... Oh, Jesus. Loki. Loki Lie-Smith.]]

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-->'''Shadow:''' Jesus, [[spoiler: Low-Key [[spoiler:Low-Key Lyesmith... Oh, Jesus. Loki. Loki Lie-Smith.]]



** In one of Shadow's dreams, the people who had been hung in sacrifice to Odin smelled of the alcohol they had drunk beforehand. [[spoiler: Mr. Wednesday's corpse smelled of Jack Daniels, hinting that he was a sacrifice to himself - which is actually accurate to Myth/NorseMythology.]]
** Wednesday tells Shadow that he reminds him of [[spoiler: Thor, who is a son of Odin. [[LukeIAmYOurFather Guess who Shadow's father is]]? Additionally there are many associations of Shadow with thunder and lightning]].
*** Towards the end of the book, [[spoiler: Loki]] makes a comment about sticking a spear of mistletoe into Shadow's eye. [[spoiler: In the Norse myths, Loki killed Baldur, another son of Odin, with mistletoe; the follow-up novella reveals that Shadow's birth name is Baldur.]]

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** In one of Shadow's dreams, the people who had been hung in sacrifice to Odin smelled of the alcohol they had drunk beforehand. [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Wednesday's corpse smelled of Jack Daniels, hinting that he was a sacrifice to himself - which is actually accurate to Myth/NorseMythology.]]
** Wednesday tells Shadow that he reminds him of [[spoiler: Thor, [[spoiler:Thor, who is a son of Odin. [[LukeIAmYOurFather Guess who Shadow's father is]]? Additionally there are many associations of Shadow with thunder and lightning]].
*** Towards the end of the book, [[spoiler: Loki]] [[spoiler:Loki]] makes a comment about sticking a spear of mistletoe into Shadow's eye. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the Norse myths, Loki killed Baldur, another son of Odin, with mistletoe; the follow-up novella reveals that Shadow's birth name is Baldur.]]



** When Shadow has been captured by the Spookshow, the goons tell each other a joke about the CIA. ("How do you know the CIA wasn't involved in the Kennedy assassination? Well, he's dead, isn't he?") Later, Easter is about to tell the same joke, but Wednesday says he's heard it. [[spoiler: This is because Wednesday is working with Loki, who runs the Spookshow.]]

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** When Shadow has been captured by the Spookshow, the goons tell each other a joke about the CIA. ("How do you know the CIA wasn't involved in the Kennedy assassination? Well, he's dead, isn't he?") Later, Easter is about to tell the same joke, but Wednesday says he's heard it. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is because Wednesday is working with Loki, who runs the Spookshow.]]



* GodWasMyCopilot: Wednesday was a god all along. [[spoiler: So was Shadow.]]

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* GodWasMyCopilot: Wednesday was a god all along. [[spoiler: So [[spoiler:So was Shadow.]]



* JediMindTrick: Wednesday claims to know a couple charms that work like this, he mostly uses them to [[ThePornomancer get laid]]. While helping with one of Wednesday's cons Shadow actually wills a police officer into believing his story. [[spoiler: And in the epilogue Shadow not only talks down a suicidal man, but alters his memories as well.]]

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* JediMindTrick: Wednesday claims to know a couple charms that work like this, he mostly uses them to [[ThePornomancer get laid]]. While helping with one of Wednesday's cons Shadow actually wills a police officer into believing his story. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And in the epilogue Shadow not only talks down a suicidal man, but alters his memories as well.]]



* LateToTheTragedy: Shadow arrives at Rock City only after [[spoiler: the war between the gods had already begun. Thankfully, he manages to end it just in time to keep Loki and Wednesday from achieving the power levels they craved.]]

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* LateToTheTragedy: Shadow arrives at Rock City only after [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the war between the gods had already begun. Thankfully, he manages to end it just in time to keep Loki and Wednesday from achieving the power levels they craved.]]



* LouisCypher: Low-Key Lyesmith = [[spoiler: Loki Lie-Smith]].

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* LouisCypher: Low-Key Lyesmith = [[spoiler: Loki [[spoiler:Loki Lie-Smith]].



** Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis? [[spoiler: Anubis and Thoth, a jackal-headed Egyptian god and an ibis-headed Egyptian god.]]

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** Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis? [[spoiler: Anubis [[spoiler:Anubis and Thoth, a jackal-headed Egyptian god and an ibis-headed Egyptian god.]]



* MessianicArchetype: Shadow. He is TheChosenOne, even if for all the wrong reasons. Then there is the crucifixion scene complete with resurrection. [[spoiler: Then it is revealed that he is actually the son of Odin, and his real name is Baldur Moon.]]

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* MessianicArchetype: Shadow. He is TheChosenOne, even if for all the wrong reasons. Then there is the crucifixion scene complete with resurrection. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then it is revealed that he is actually the son of Odin, and his real name is Baldur Moon.]]



* PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler: Wednesday and Loki are manipulating both the old and new Gods so they can draw power from the resulting battle.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:The real reason why Lakeside is prospering compared to the economically depressed surrounding towns is because Hinzelmann is an old god who keeps the town thriving through murdered children without the townspeople's knowledge.]] This is also [[spoiler: Hinzelmann's own backstory, as a cobold.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: Laura to [[spoiler: Mr. Town.]]

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* PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler: Wednesday [[spoiler:Wednesday and Loki are manipulating both the old and new Gods so they can draw power from the resulting battle.]]
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:The real reason why Lakeside is prospering compared to the economically depressed surrounding towns is because Hinzelmann is an old god who keeps the town thriving through murdered children without the townspeople's knowledge.]] This is also [[spoiler: Hinzelmann's [[spoiler:Hinzelmann's own backstory, as a cobold.]]
* PreMortemOneLiner: Laura to [[spoiler: Mr.[[spoiler:Mr. Town.]]



** It's revealed that Mr. Wednesday [[spoiler: doesn't just "charm" young women. He ''casts'' a charm on them, specifically on teenaged virgins, making them magically attracted to him and destroying their ability to ever love anyone else for the rest of their lives.]]

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** It's revealed that Mr. Wednesday [[spoiler: doesn't [[spoiler:doesn't just "charm" young women. He ''casts'' a charm on them, specifically on teenaged virgins, making them magically attracted to him and destroying their ability to ever love anyone else for the rest of their lives.]]



* RegularlyScheduledEvil: In Lakeside, Shadow discovers that the disappearance of teenagers over the course of several years are actually [[spoiler: sacrifices to Heinzelmann, one of the old gods.]] Not even the people in the town know about [[TownWithADarkSecret the dark secret]].

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* RegularlyScheduledEvil: In Lakeside, Shadow discovers that the disappearance of teenagers over the course of several years are actually [[spoiler: sacrifices [[spoiler:sacrifices to Heinzelmann, one of the old gods.]] Not even the people in the town know about [[TownWithADarkSecret the dark secret]].



* SpannerInTheWorks: Shadow, naturally and to a lesser extent Horus, [[spoiler: who fetches Easter in order to bring Shadow back to life.]] Also Laura, although she is also partly Shadow's fault for accidentally reanimating her; [[spoiler: she derails Wednesday and Mr World's plans more than once.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Shadow, naturally and to a lesser extent Horus, [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who fetches Easter in order to bring Shadow back to life.]] Also Laura, although she is also partly Shadow's fault for accidentally reanimating her; [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she derails Wednesday and Mr World's plans more than once.]]



* StandingBetweenTheEnemies: [[spoiler: Shadow manages to stop the battle between the Old and New Gods by telling them both how they were [[PlayingBothSides manipulated into fighting by Mr. Wednesday and Loki]] so that they could gain power from the deaths of the other gods.]]
* StealthPun: Shadow is the book's protagonist, and one of the most morally 'good' characters present. He's TheHero, in other words. Mythologically speaking, what does 'Hero' usually imply? [[spoiler: He's the half-mortal son of a god]].

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* StandingBetweenTheEnemies: [[spoiler: Shadow [[spoiler:Shadow manages to stop the battle between the Old and New Gods by telling them both how they were [[PlayingBothSides manipulated into fighting by Mr. Wednesday and Loki]] so that they could gain power from the deaths of the other gods.]]
* StealthPun: Shadow is the book's protagonist, and one of the most morally 'good' characters present. He's TheHero, in other words. Mythologically speaking, what does 'Hero' usually imply? [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's the half-mortal son of a god]].



* TakeThatKiss: [[spoiler: Sam]] to [[spoiler: Shadow]], as a TakeThat against [[spoiler: everybody else in the bar at that point, but [[CountryMatters especially Audrey]].]]
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Wednesday arranges his own assassination in order to convince a lot of reluctant Old Gods to join the war.]]

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* TakeThatKiss: [[spoiler: Sam]] [[spoiler:Sam]] to [[spoiler: Shadow]], [[spoiler:Shadow]], as a TakeThat against [[spoiler: everybody [[spoiler:everybody else in the bar at that point, but [[CountryMatters especially Audrey]].]]
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Wednesday [[spoiler:Wednesday arranges his own assassination in order to convince a lot of reluctant Old Gods to join the war.]]



* TimmyInAWell: {{Lampshaded}} with a raven

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* TimmyInAWell: {{Lampshaded}} {{{{Lampshaded}}}} with a raven



* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Laura is brought back from the dead by a magic coin, but she's still gradually decaying and it's a minor plot point that she will continue to fall apart until restored to either full life or full death. [[spoiler: In the end, she accepts the latter]].

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* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Laura is brought back from the dead by a magic coin, but she's still gradually decaying and it's a minor plot point that she will continue to fall apart until restored to either full life or full death. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, she accepts the latter]].



** Not made a big deal of at the time (because the person thinking it doesn't realize the significance), but [[spoiler: "It had amused [Mr World] to play chauffeur, in Kansas, after all"]] confirms the Foreshadowed identity of a major player in the game.
** "Shadow found that he was completely unsurprised when he recognized the man who dances with her. He had not changed that much in thirty-three years." [[spoiler: "Her" is Shadow's mother. "He" is Wednesday.]]

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** Not made a big deal of at the time (because the person thinking it doesn't realize the significance), but [[spoiler: "It [[spoiler:"It had amused [Mr World] to play chauffeur, in Kansas, after all"]] confirms the Foreshadowed identity of a major player in the game.
** "Shadow found that he was completely unsurprised when he recognized the man who dances with her. He had not changed that much in thirty-three years." [[spoiler: "Her" [[spoiler:"Her" is Shadow's mother. "He" is Wednesday.]]
27th Oct '17 9:01:19 AM cordychase
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Because Shadow is big and doesn't talk much, people assume he's stupid, and he's just fine with letting them.



* UnfazedEveryman: Shadow

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* UnfazedEveryman: ShadowShadow. A sad example, as the reason he's unfazed is because Laura's unfaithfulness and death hurt him so badly that his emotions basically shut down in self-defense.
15th Sep '17 4:52:04 PM Dereks
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** Sitting by mother's bed in the hospital Shadow is reading Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow"
15th Sep '17 7:00:51 AM cordychase
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** When Shadow has been captured by the Spookshow, the goons tell each other a joke about the CIA. ("How do you know the CIA wasn't involved in the Kennedy assassination? Well, he's dead, isn't he?") Later, Easter is about to tell the same joke, but Wednesday says he's heard it. [[spoiler: This is because Wednesday is working with Loki, who runs the Spookshow.]]



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:When the cop who kills Hinzelmann feels guilty and talks of committing suicide, Shadow removes his memory of the event.]]

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:When the cop who kills Hinzelmann feels guilty and talks of committing suicide, possibly due to Hinzelmann's psychic influence before he died, Shadow removes his memory of the event.]]
10th Sep '17 11:06:40 AM cordychase
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* PreMortemOneLiner: Laura to [[spoiler: Mr. Town.]]
-->'''Laura:'''"You must really want to know what happened to those friends of yours? Woody and Stone. Do you?"
9th Sep '17 6:44:01 AM cordychase
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** Similarly, Bilquis [[spoiler: curses the Technical Boy as she lays dying after he hit her with his limo. It's ambiguous whether the curse stuck or he's [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone just really traumatized]] or both.]]
4th Sep '17 8:24:50 PM PaulA
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** In one of Shadow's dreams, a brief mention is given to an "[[Creator/HPLovecraft octopus-faced]]" god.

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** In one of Shadow's dreams, a brief mention is given to an "[[Creator/HPLovecraft "[[Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu octopus-faced]]" god.
16th Jul '17 11:27:19 AM MasterFuzzy
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** And then, of course, there's Loki's little joke.

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** And then, of course, there's Loki's little joke.[[IncrediblyLamePun alias]].
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