History Literature / AnansiBoys

3rd Jun '17 12:53:23 AM Hashil
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* {{Animorphism}}: [[spoiler: Grahame Coats by the end of the novel.]]


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* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler: Grahame Coats by the end of the novel.]]


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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: A mermaid mentioned in a story near the beginning of the book shows up again near the end of it.]]


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* IronicFear: Fat Charlie is phenomenal singer, even when he's barely trying, but has such severe performance anxiety that [[spoiler: the powers he possesses never have an opportunity to manifest until late into the book.]]


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* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler: The spirit of the deceased Maeve Livingston.]]
13th May '17 8:01:49 AM Yozzy
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** The quartet of grumpy old women Charlie knew as a boy, one he was certain was a witch. He was right, but they didn't use magic until he needed them to, and they were grumpy and disapproving, but ultimately friendly and sympathetic to his cause.



* LadykillerInLove: Spider with Rosie, leading to some confusion on his part, as this usually doesn't happen to him.

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* KnowsAGuyWhoKnowsAGuy: When Charlie asks the old women from home to help him rid him off his brother, [[{{Foreshadowing}} they tell him they did something that worked once]] that can't be done again. But they knew someone who could help, and sent him to the land of the Gods (more or less that of the African pantheon.
* LadykillerInLove: Spider with Rosie, leading to some confusion on his part, as this usually doesn't happen happen) to him.ask the Gods to catch a deal for assistance.


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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Charlie, at first. He thought he was an otherwise normal guy and a single child with an embarrassing father. Turns out his dad was a god, he has a brother with supernatural powers, and things just get weirder from there.


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* ThirdWheel: In Charlie and Rose's relationship, Spider "insists" on taking over the duties of being Rose's boyfriend, even taking on Charlie's identify. A second one is introduced at the same time when Charlie meets Daisy, and maybe, maybe-not slept with her during a night of revelry in mourning for Anansi.
* TheOldGods: Since ''Homo Sapiens'' weren't the first species to talk about deities and tell stories, there is at least one pantheon that predates human gods. Charlie had to cut a deal with a deity (the "Bird Woman") who had apparently risen from a non-human species.
26th Apr '17 5:44:53 AM C105
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** More subtly, Fat Charlie's bad luck disappears when he's an usually cheerful mood, [[spoiler:hinting that his emotions also influence the world around him, like his brother]].
1st Nov '16 7:45:13 PM Hashil
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* AnimalMotifs: Grahame Coats' is a weasel. [[spoiler:He even takes that form when he gets sealed away with Tiger.]]

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* AnimalMotifs: Grahame Coats' is a weasel. [[spoiler:He even takes that form when he gets sealed away with Tiger.]]]] Anansi and Spider's are the latter's namesake.



** Anansi himself is either this or a FunnyAnimal, whichever he needs. It's all in how you tell the story.

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** Anansi himself is either this this, completely human, or a FunnyAnimal, whichever he needs. It's all in how you tell the story.



* RealityWarper: Spider. He claims all one has to do is "Show Reality who's boss".

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* RealityWarper: Spider. He claims all one has to do is "Show Reality who's boss". His father is the same, teleporting an entire marching band to his dying wife's hospital room to cheer up.
9th Sep '16 4:30:31 PM Jayalaw
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* AbusiveParents: Mr. Nancy strides the line between this and AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents. It's one thing to play little pranks on your child; it's quite another to use your powers to give him a nickname and InformedAttribute to make him the world's ButtMonkey. [[spoiler:Charlie only grows out of it when he has to fight.]]



* CallingTheOldManOut: Fat Charlie does this to Mrs. Higgler.

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* CallingTheOldManOut: Fat Charlie does this to Mrs. Higgler. [[spoiler:He also does this to his father, though his father refuses to answer why he spent his whole life making fun of Charlie.]]



* KarmaHoudini: Mr. Nancy for his antics and RealityWarper powers in turning Charlie into a ButtMonkey for a good portion of his life. [[spoiler:When Charlie asks him why he spent all his time making fun of him, Mr. Nancy says that they don't have time to be arguing.]]



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: right up to the point when Fat Charlie [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadass figures out his powers]]. From the next sentence, the narration and the other characters just call him 'Charlie'.]]

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: right Right up to the point when Fat Charlie [[spoiler:[[TookALevelInBadass figures out his powers]]. From the next sentence, the narration and the other characters just call him 'Charlie'.]]


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* TookALevelInKindness: Spider after [[spoiler:his tongue gets stolen and he becomes a BadassinDistress.]]
7th Aug '16 7:47:37 PM Divra
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* WrongGenreSavvy: When Fat Charlie is arrested, he expects GoodCopBadCop interrogation, and tells the Good Cop as much. The Good Cop informs him that there is no Bad Cop in the wings and the police are already pretty sure he's innocent.
31st Jul '16 8:57:31 AM narm00
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** [[spoiler: Maeve Livingstone]] might also qualify

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** [[spoiler: Maeve Livingstone]] might also qualifyqualify.



* ButtMonkey: Fat Charlie though it wears off by the end.

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* ButtMonkey: Fat Charlie Charlie, though it wears off by the end.



* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Spider uses his supernatural powers to convince Rosie that he's her fiance and has sex with her when she believes he's someone else. [[spoiler: They end up together in the end.]] Of course, all he really did was tell him he was Fat Charlie. [[TheCasanova She slept with him entirely for his own qualities]]. [[spoiler:She does feel confused and conflicted about it when she finds out the truth, especially since she really did fall in love with him, and his feelings of guilt about the matter are what drives him to confess.]]

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* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Spider uses his supernatural powers to convince Rosie that he's her fiance and has sex with her when she believes he's someone else. [[spoiler: They end up together in the end.]] Of course, all he really did was tell him he was Fat Charlie. [[TheCasanova She slept with him entirely for his own qualities]]. [[spoiler:She does feel confused and conflicted about it when she finds out the truth, especially since she really did fall in love with him, and his feelings of guilt about the matter are what drives drive him to confess.]]



* InformedAttribute: Fat Charlie was never actually fat or even very chubby but merely a little bit pudgy. By the time the story started, he hasn't been like that for years but the nickname stuck anyway.

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* InformedAttribute: In-universe. Fat Charlie was never actually fat or even very chubby but merely a little bit pudgy. By the time the story started, he hasn't been like that for years but the nickname stuck anyway.



* LittleBitBeastly
** The gods of the animal pantheon all have characteristics of the animals they're based on, such as tails, whiskers -- and extra nipples.

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* LittleBitBeastly
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The gods of the animal pantheon all have characteristics of the animals they're based on, such as tails, whiskers -- and extra nipples.



* TheTrickster: Anansi, ever so much. So was Charlie, until he got split. Then Spider got all the tricksiness and Charlie was left as the responsible one.

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* TheTrickster: Anansi, ever so much. So was Charlie, until he [[spoiler:he got split. Then Spider got all the tricksiness and Charlie was left as the responsible one.one]].
27th Oct '15 2:46:51 PM LahmacunKebab
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* AMythologyIsTrue: While it is [[AllMythsAreTrue part]] of the same universe as ''Literature/AmericanGods'', this story deals exclusively with West African and Carribean mythology.

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* AMythologyIsTrue: While it is [[AllMythsAreTrue part]] of the same universe as ''Literature/AmericanGods'', this story deals exclusively with West African and Carribean Caribean mythology.
10th Jun '15 8:58:53 AM Black_Diesel
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8th Jun '15 2:06:18 AM Eagal
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* BlackAndGreyMorality: To be honest, Tiger and the Bird Woman have pretty good reasons to be upset. Anansi can be a righteous asshole and is known for tormenting them and many other gods, who merely refuse to help Fat Charlie, rather than actively seek revenge. Of course, they are just as liberal in their own JerkassGods tendencies, and they're targeting Anansi's sons for RevengeByProxy, so any sympathy points they may have dry up pretty quickly.
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