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16th Jun '18 6:37:40 AM RedScharlach
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* AKA47: The infamous Glock 9, though this was an author mistake instead of being on purpose

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* AKA47: The infamous Glock 9, though this was an author mistake instead of being on purposepurpose.



* BecomingTheMask: Defied in ''Divine Madness'' - James, Lauren and Dana start to infiltrate a cult and, once they've left, immediately realize that they were enjoying themselves way too much. The expert they talk to reassures them that now they've seen how it works and can recognize the techniques, it'll be much easier to not succumb in the future.

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* BecomingTheMask: Defied in ''Divine Madness'' - -- James, Lauren and Dana start to infiltrate a cult and, once they've left, immediately realize that they were enjoying themselves way too much. The expert they talk to reassures them that now they've seen how it works and can recognize the techniques, it'll be much easier to not succumb in the future.



* BigBadWannabe: Leon Tarasov from ''The Killing'' is a small time crook who got a lucky break. He finds himself out of his depth in the big leagues, [[HarmlessVillain which means he poses little threat by CHERUB standards]].

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* BigBadWannabe: Leon Tarasov from ''The Killing'' is a small time small-time crook who got a lucky break. He finds himself out of his depth in the big leagues, [[HarmlessVillain which means he poses little threat by CHERUB standards]].



* CIAEvilFBIGood: Inverted. Intelligence agents tend to be brave heroes doing a tough job with minimal causalities. Regular police - except those who work with the Intelligence Services of course - are usually stupid, arrogant, [[PoliceBrutality violent]] and [[PoliceAreUseless generally in need of a good kicking]].

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* CIAEvilFBIGood: Inverted. Intelligence agents tend to be brave heroes doing a tough job with minimal causalities. casualties. Regular police - -- except those who work with the Intelligence Services of course - -- are usually stupid, arrogant, [[PoliceBrutality violent]] and [[PoliceAreUseless generally in need of a good kicking]].



* LowerClassLout: Quite a few of the teens display chavlike characteristics.

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* LowerClassLout: Quite a few of the teens display chavlike chav-like characteristics.



* RedPillBluePill: Discussed- James says to Dante that as much as cherubs love going on missions, he thinks that if they were given the choice to return to their normal lives, most of them would go for it. (Depressingly, one has to remember that their normal lives would probably involve having living parents/families again.)

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* RedPillBluePill: Discussed- Discussed -- James says to Dante that as much as cherubs love going on missions, he thinks that if they were given the choice to return to their normal lives, most of them would go for it. (Depressingly, one has to remember that their normal lives would probably involve having living parents/families again.)



* TheYardies: The Slasher Boys, a Jamaican gang, in featured in ''Mad Dogs'', though the term "Yardies" is never used.

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* TheYardies: The Slasher Boys, a Jamaican gang, in is featured in ''Mad Dogs'', though the term "Yardies" is never used.



** James and a number of other character do this, sometimes more than once. In fact, James is almost (but not quite) qualifies as a KidAnova, in that he hooks up with a different girl almost every mission, in spite of having a girlfriend back on Campus.

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** James and a number of other character characters do this, sometimes more than once. In fact, James is almost (but not quite) qualifies as a KidAnova, in that he hooks up with a different girl almost every mission, in spite of having a girlfriend back on Campus.
28th Dec '17 5:39:32 PM Actua11y
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* AlternateTimeline: Robert Muchamore wrote three possible futures for James (available on [[http://www.cherubcampus.com/extras/bonus-stories.aspx the website]]). They consist of James becoming either TheCasanova, a family man, or [[spoiler: the Chairman of CHERUB.]] Given the fact that [[spoiler: James returns to CHERUB as a mission controller in ''Black Friday'', the third option is the most likely]].

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* AlternateTimeline: Robert Muchamore wrote three possible futures for James (available on [[http://www.cherubcampus.com/extras/bonus-stories.aspx the website]]). They consist of James becoming either TheCasanova, a family man, or [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Chairman of CHERUB.]] Given the fact that [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James returns to CHERUB as a mission controller in ''Black Friday'', the third option is the most likely]].



* BittersweetEnding: ''The Sleepwalker''. The bad guy is killed, but his son [[spoiler: lost his mother, and it turns out that he can't join CHERUB because he sleepwalks and sleeptalks, so he ends up living with Mac, who lost his wife, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in the plane crash.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: ''The Sleepwalker''. The bad guy is killed, but his son [[spoiler: lost [[spoiler:lost his mother, and it turns out that he can't join CHERUB because he sleepwalks and sleeptalks, so he ends up living with Mac, who lost his wife, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in the plane crash.]]



* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: James returns in ''Black Friday''.]]

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* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James returns in ''Black Friday''.]]



** Kazakov seems to have taken over the role, especially [[spoiler: after Mr. Large is forced to resign]]. Unlike Large, though, Kazakov actually knows when enough is enough.

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** Kazakov seems to have taken over the role, especially [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Mr. Large is forced to resign]]. Unlike Large, though, Kazakov actually knows when enough is enough.



* [[spoiler: FirstGirlWins: At the end of the series, James and Kerry wind up together, and it's implied he even gets his act together, as although Kerry thinks he cheated on her during college, he never did]]. Seemingly enforced, too. [[spoiler: They break up about four times in the first few books, and ''The General'' begins with James and Dana as a couple and Kerry is together with Bruce. Of course, Dana actually cheated on James, leaving him single. And Bruce and Kerry's break-up is shown in only a single throwaway line at the end. Geez, Muchamore, way to show subtlety.]]

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* [[spoiler: FirstGirlWins: [[spoiler:FirstGirlWins: At the end of the series, James and Kerry wind up together, and it's implied he even gets his act together, as although Kerry thinks he cheated on her during college, he never did]]. Seemingly enforced, too. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They break up about four times in the first few books, and ''The General'' begins with James and Dana as a couple and Kerry is together with Bruce. Of course, Dana actually cheated on James, leaving him single. And Bruce and Kerry's break-up is shown in only a single throwaway line at the end. Geez, Muchamore, way to show subtlety.]]



* FunWithAcronyms: CHERUB stands for [[spoiler: Charles Henderson's Espionage Research Unit B]].

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* FunWithAcronyms: CHERUB stands for [[spoiler: Charles [[spoiler:Charles Henderson's Espionage Research Unit B]].



* GayAesop: James gradually learns to become more tolerant of [[spoiler: Kyle's homosexuality.]]

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* GayAesop: James gradually learns to become more tolerant of [[spoiler: Kyle's [[spoiler:Kyle's homosexuality.]]



** The closest we get is [[spoiler: Gabrielle]], who is stabbed in ''Mad Dogs'' and nearly dies.

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** The closest we get is [[spoiler: Gabrielle]], [[spoiler:Gabrielle]], who is stabbed in ''Mad Dogs'' and nearly dies.



* KilledOffForReal: The first (and only) protagonist death in the series: [[spoiler: Kazakov, shot in ''Black Friday'']].

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* KilledOffForReal: The first (and only) protagonist death in the series: [[spoiler: Kazakov, [[spoiler:Kazakov, shot in ''Black Friday'']].



** Michael Patel from book 4, ''The Killing''. He is the first antagonist not to be portrayed in a sympathetic or likeable light, and is therefore lacking in any redeeming qualities. [[spoiler: He is also a corrupt police officer who can and will murder anyone who is on to him.]]
** Hassam Bin Hassam from ''The Sleepwalker'' is abusive towards his wife and son [[spoiler:murdering the former]] and makes a fortune from reselling shoddy plane parts, which can cause plane crashes. He is also a hypocrite who preaches that his son must respect his heritage, but is happy to ignore it himself. [[spoiler: Hassam is one of the few villains to be killed off instead of arrested, pulling a SuicideByCop after [[MoralEventHorizon taking his son hostage and having him subsequently freed by a CHERUB agent]].]]

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** Michael Patel from book 4, ''The Killing''. He is the first antagonist not to be portrayed in a sympathetic or likeable light, and is therefore lacking in any redeeming qualities. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He is also a corrupt police officer who can and will murder anyone who is on to him.]]
** Hassam Bin Hassam from ''The Sleepwalker'' is abusive towards his wife and son [[spoiler:murdering the former]] and makes a fortune from reselling shoddy plane parts, which can cause plane crashes. He is also a hypocrite who preaches that his son must respect his heritage, but is happy to ignore it himself. [[spoiler: Hassam [[spoiler:Hassam is one of the few villains to be killed off instead of arrested, pulling a SuicideByCop after [[MoralEventHorizon taking his son hostage and having him subsequently freed by a CHERUB agent]].]]



* MurderDotCom: In ''Man vs Beast'', an [[AnimalWrongsGroup extremist animal rights group]] attempts to kill a TV chef by making him drink a very dangerous cleaning liquid and then broadcasting that over the Internet for everyone to watch. [[spoiler: The chef lives, but it's a very close thing and he's got lasting damage from the effects.]]

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* MurderDotCom: In ''Man vs Beast'', an [[AnimalWrongsGroup extremist animal rights group]] attempts to kill a TV chef by making him drink a very dangerous cleaning liquid and then broadcasting that over the Internet for everyone to watch. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The chef lives, but it's a very close thing and he's got lasting damage from the effects.]]



* QuestionableConsent: [[spoiler: James ends up sleeping with the daughter of one of the villains in ''Mad Dogs''. While he normally wouldn't turn down an attractive, willing girl, he wasn't particularly keen on sleeping with this one in particular, and the circumstances make it worse- he's having a bath, and she walks in, starts taking her clothes off and makes it clear that no is not one of his options]].

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* QuestionableConsent: [[spoiler: James [[spoiler:James ends up sleeping with the daughter of one of the villains in ''Mad Dogs''. While he normally wouldn't turn down an attractive, willing girl, he wasn't particularly keen on sleeping with this one in particular, and the circumstances make it worse- he's having a bath, and she walks in, starts taking her clothes off and makes it clear that no is not one of his options]].



* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: Bruce to Kerry. They get together, only to enforce FirstGirlWins with James, they break up off-screen and James is only told of this in the last, throwaway line of ''The General''.]]
* RRatedOpening: ''Brigands M.C.'' so very much. The prologue has [[spoiler: a younger Dante witness his entire family being brutally murdered in front of him, barely managing to escape with his baby sister, who hits her head and almost dies herself.]] There's so much {{gorn}}, it's a wonder Muchamore got away with it.

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* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler: Bruce [[spoiler:Bruce to Kerry. They get together, only to enforce FirstGirlWins with James, they break up off-screen and James is only told of this in the last, throwaway line of ''The General''.]]
* RRatedOpening: ''Brigands M.C.'' so very much. The prologue has [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a younger Dante witness his entire family being brutally murdered in front of him, barely managing to escape with his baby sister, who hits her head and almost dies herself.]] There's so much {{gorn}}, it's a wonder Muchamore got away with it.



* TeamMom: Because of the young age of the agents, most of the female staff has to play this role at one point or another, particularly Zara Asker, who starts out the series as [[TheHandler a CHERUB mission controller]] and [[spoiler: is later promoted to [[TheSpymaster CHERUB Chairwoman]].]]

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* TeamMom: Because of the young age of the agents, most of the female staff has to play this role at one point or another, particularly Zara Asker, who starts out the series as [[TheHandler a CHERUB mission controller]] and [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is later promoted to [[TheSpymaster CHERUB Chairwoman]].]]



* WesternTerrorists: All the actual terrorists depicted in the series are Western terrorists, including the eco-terrorist group Help Earth! (FictionalCounterpart to Earth First!) and the Animal Freedom Militia (FictionalCounterpart to the Animal Liberation Front). [[spoiler: In ''The Sleepwalker'' it appears that a plane might have been destroyed by Muslim terrorists, however it turns out that the real villain is really just a CorruptCorporateExecutive that was selling shoddy parts to the airliners.]]

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* WesternTerrorists: All the actual terrorists depicted in the series are Western terrorists, including the eco-terrorist group Help Earth! (FictionalCounterpart to Earth First!) and the Animal Freedom Militia (FictionalCounterpart to the Animal Liberation Front). [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In ''The Sleepwalker'' it appears that a plane might have been destroyed by Muslim terrorists, however it turns out that the real villain is really just a CorruptCorporateExecutive that was selling shoddy parts to the airliners.]]



* WitnessProtection: [[spoiler: Dante joins CHERUB in part as a means of witness protection, though instead of just living his life in fear and hiding, CHERUB turns him into a TeenSuperspy]].

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* WitnessProtection: [[spoiler: Dante [[spoiler:Dante joins CHERUB in part as a means of witness protection, though instead of just living his life in fear and hiding, CHERUB turns him into a TeenSuperspy]].



** [[spoiler: Michael and Dana cheat on Gabrielle and James respectively in ''The General''. James is particularly pissed off because he did his best to be a good boyfriend, and Gabrielle's heart is basically broken into a billion pieces. Dana points out later that James hardly has room to talk, but even so, one has to feel sorry for Gabrielle, especially given how close she and Michael were.]]

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** [[spoiler: Michael [[spoiler:Michael and Dana cheat on Gabrielle and James respectively in ''The General''. James is particularly pissed off because he did his best to be a good boyfriend, and Gabrielle's heart is basically broken into a billion pieces. Dana points out later that James hardly has room to talk, but even so, one has to feel sorry for Gabrielle, especially given how close she and Michael were.]]
10th Dec '17 1:09:33 PM miraculous
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* BittersweetEnding: ''The Sleepwalker''. The bad guy is sent to prison, but his son [[spoiler: lost his mother, and it turns out that he can't join CHERUB because he sleepwalks and sleeptalks, so he ends up living with Mac, who lost his wife, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in the plane crash.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: ''The Sleepwalker''. The bad guy is sent to prison, killed, but his son [[spoiler: lost his mother, and it turns out that he can't join CHERUB because he sleepwalks and sleeptalks, so he ends up living with Mac, who lost his wife, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in the plane crash.]]
17th Sep '17 10:50:24 AM nombretomado
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* AuthorAppeal: UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball is frequently mentioned, and even plays a central roll in ''Mad Dogs.'' Several characters, including the main character James, are huge fans of [[BritishFootyTeams Arsenal]], reflecting Robert Muchamore's own personal fanaticism for the Gunners. At one point, James almost [[FootballHooligans starts a fight with fans of an opposing team.]]

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* AuthorAppeal: UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball is frequently mentioned, and even plays a central roll in ''Mad Dogs.'' Several characters, including the main character James, are huge fans of [[BritishFootyTeams [[UsefulNotes/BritishFootyTeams Arsenal]], reflecting Robert Muchamore's own personal fanaticism for the Gunners. At one point, James almost [[FootballHooligans starts a fight with fans of an opposing team.]]
25th Aug '17 6:17:06 PM nombretomado
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* TheNewRussia: Featured in the ''The Fall'', complete with crumbling infrastructure, unemployment, epic-sized corruption, etc. TheMafiya and FormerRegimePersonnel play an important role.
24th May '17 12:45:56 PM Xtifr
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* AnimalWrongsGroup: Help Earth (in ''The Recruit'' and ''Divine Madness'') and the AFM (in ''Man vs Beast'').

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* AnimalWrongsGroup: Help Earth (in ''The Recruit'' and ''Divine Madness'') and the The AFM (in ''Man vs Beast'').


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* EcoTerrorist: The Help Earth! group, which first appears in ''The Recruit'' where they plan to make an attack on a conference between several major oil executives. They return in ''Divine Madness'' where they destroy Natural Gas facilities for ChurchOfHappyology The Survivors.
2nd Jan '17 3:38:19 PM Xtifr
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* {{Reconstruction}}: Of the child spy genre after AlexRider [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] it. Every mission is approved by an ethics board, and most of them are monitored by an adult mission controller who comes with the spies as supervision.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: Of the child spy genre after AlexRider ''Literature/AlexRider'' [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] it. Every mission is approved by an ethics board, and most of them are monitored by an adult mission controller who comes with the spies as supervision.
29th Dec '16 8:40:18 AM hullflyer
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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. James sees therapists on a regular basis (though usually off screen) to deal with some of traumatic experiences and some of his [[HairTriggerTemper anger management issues]]. Other characters are sometime sent to counseling.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. James sees therapists on a regular basis (though usually off screen) to deal with some of the traumatic experiences he goes through, and some of his [[HairTriggerTemper anger management issues]]. Other characters are sometime sent to counseling.
17th Jul '16 10:11:32 AM nombretomado
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* KungFuKid: All CHERUB agents train in advanced martial arts and many would qualify, though [[BruceLee Bruce]] [[ChuckNorris Norris]] is the one most noted for his martial arts talent.

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* KungFuKid: All CHERUB agents train in advanced martial arts and many would qualify, though [[BruceLee [[Creator/BruceLee Bruce]] [[ChuckNorris [[Creator/ChuckNorris Norris]] is the one most noted for his martial arts talent.



* MeaningfulName and MeaningfulRename: Justified because CHERUB agents get to pick their own new name when they become agents and again when they leave CHERUB. For example, Mr. Large is very tall and muscular, and the CHERUB agent most obsessed with martial arts in the series is named [[BruceLee Bruce]] [[ChuckNorris Norris]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Shadow Wave'' by journalist Hugh Verhoeven who, after seeing Bruce's combat capabilities, remarks "Bruce Norris, eh? I take it that name's no coincidence?"

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* MeaningfulName and MeaningfulRename: Justified because CHERUB agents get to pick their own new name when they become agents and again when they leave CHERUB. For example, Mr. Large is very tall and muscular, and the CHERUB agent most obsessed with martial arts in the series is named [[BruceLee [[Creator/BruceLee Bruce]] [[ChuckNorris [[Creator/ChuckNorris Norris]]. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Shadow Wave'' by journalist Hugh Verhoeven who, after seeing Bruce's combat capabilities, remarks "Bruce Norris, eh? I take it that name's no coincidence?"
9th May '16 8:48:34 PM TrollMan
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* ShaggyDogStory: The plot of ''Maximum Security'' was started by the theft of a shipment of experimental Buddy missiles, which were linked to the antagonist of the story. While the antagonist ''is'' captured in the end, it's not clear if she did steal them and they are never recovered.
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