History Literature / Chrestomanci

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!!Tropes featured include:


%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
%%* BewilderingPunishment

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!!Tropes !! Tropes featured include:


in this series include:
* AccidentalKidnapping: The title character in "Warlock at the Wheel" steals a car without realising until too late that there's a small girl and her dog in the back seat.
* AdultsAreUseless: Let's say played with in ''The Magicians of Caprona'', as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Uncle Ralph in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]
* AllJustADream: Christopher at first thinks that his trips to 'The Place Between' are this. He discovers later that he is actually spirit-travelling to other worlds.
* AuthorTract: The thinly veiled {{Aesop}} in ''The Pinhoe Egg'' about Christianity turning the Pinhoes, Farleighs and Cleeves into fanatics.
* AchillesHeel: Each Chrestomanci has their own individual one. [[spoiler:For Christopher, it's silver.]]
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
ActionGirl
* AdultFear: Loads of it. In all books the main characters, who are just children, get entangled in some major problems.
** In ''Charmed Life'', [[spoiler:the protagonist Cat is being used by his older sister, who is stealing his magic for herself. This even kills him at one point.]]
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', [[spoiler:Christopher is unknowingly roped into helping a group of smugglers with their business. Near the end of the novel, this comes into full effect, as the employees of the Castle discuss what should happen to Christopher as he was (knowingly or not) participating in illegal smuggling across the Related Worlds. He also dies quite a few times during the course of the story.]]
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'' [[spoiler:Tonino and Angelica are abducted by the Duke's wife, who is secretly the White Witch who wants to destroy Caprona. They are completely at her mercy for a while and are even turned into Punch and Judy puppets which are used to entertain the Duke.]]
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: It's stated that the reason the "Related Worlds" are referred to as such is because they all share the same languages, but the people Christopher encounters in his travels often speak English. Particularly glaring in Asheth's city, which is in the desert and has something of an Indo-Arabic culture.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel[=/=]BowtiesAreCool: Chrestomanci's dressing gowns.
* AwfulTruth:
** Young Christopher realizes that [[spoiler: his uncle Ralph has been killing and selling off the body parts of mythical creatures. Several of them being mermaids who had been Christopher's friends.]]
** The Goddess finds out [[spoiler: every old Living Asheth gets killed to make way for the new one. Slightly subverted in that Mother Proudfoot secretly saves most of them. Keyword being "most".]]
* BadassBookworm: Because he's not good with magic, Tonino is always reading about science and history instead. His family has come to be proud of his studiousness by the time the main plot of ''The Magicians of Caprona'' starts, however, and it's thought that he'll eventually succeed his great-uncle at the university.
%%* BewilderingPunishmentBecauseDestinySaysSo
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler: Mordecai and Miss Rosalie]]. And by watching them, Christopher realizes it's the same case with his forever quarreling parents.
%%* BerserkButton
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The Goddess seems like a very nice, innoccent young girl to Christopher. [[spoiler: Then when he refuses to help her escape her own world and live in another one, she traps him in the wall of her room in Asheth's Temple, only meaning to release him when he's agreed to help her run away.]]
* BewilderingPunishment: Chrestomanci's treatment of Gwendolen in ''Charmed Life'' is this to Cat (and Gwendolen as well). Cat doesn't understand why Chrestomanci just chooses to ignore Gwendolen, since that seems to make her act even worse.



* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Dright of Series Eleven in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: Christopher and the Goddess.
--> '''The Goddess:''' Thank you for telling me about yourself. I think you've had a rotten life, even worse than mine. People only want either of us for what use we are to them -- you for your nine lives and me for my Goddess attributes. And both of us are caught and stuck and trapped in a life with a future all planned out by someone else -- like a long, long tunnel with no way out!



%%* ColdFlames
%%* ContrivedCoincidence
* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] was five when she started hijacking her brother's magic and put his lives into a matchbook, something that ''killed him'' once.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Janet. Well, it's an alternate dimension that closely resembles the past, anyway.
%%* FriendlessBackground
%%* IAmWho
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Janet and all the other alternate versions of Gwendolen.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] receives no comeuppance for her cruelty and malice, and ends up royalty.
* KissingCousins: Cat and Gwendolen's parents were both born Chants and cousins.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Cat has no idea [[spoiler:he's an enchanter]]; Gwendolen doesn't tell him because [[spoiler:she's using his magic]], and Chrestomanci doesn't tell him because he's unsure of Cat's motives.
* LonersAreFreaks: Cat sometimes has difficulty interacting with other people, which gets him in trouble the more his sister stirs up. WordOfGod is that he is autistic.
* ReplacementSibling: Janet for Gwendolen, to Cat.
* ScreeningTheCall: Gwendolen's actions had this effect on Cat.
* ServileSnarker: Mary and Euphemia, the two particular maids who serve the children, grow more and more snarky as Gwendolen shows more and more of her bitchy side.
* TookALevelInBadass: Cat, when he finally [[spoiler:tells Gwendolen where she can shove it.]]
* TranquilFury: Chrestomanci.
--> ''There was a moment of ice-cold silence. It was a moment such as Cat hoped never to live through again. “Bless my soul!” Chrestomanci said, gently as frost freezes a window. [...] Cat wondered how such a mild voice could send the hair prickling upright at the back of his head.''
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Gwendolen's behavior runs the gamut from just [[SpoiledBrat bratty]] to [[EnfantTerrible downright evil]].
* TwoActStructure: Act I ends with [[spoiler:Gwendolen losing her magic,]] and Act II begins with Janet's arrival.


* AdultsAreUseless: Let's say played with in ''The Magicians of Caprona'', as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.
* BadassBookworm: Because he's not good with magic, Tonino is always reading about science and history instead. His family has come to be proud of his studiousness by the time the main plot of ''The Magicians of Caprona'' starts, however, and it's thought that he'll eventually succeed his great-uncle at the university.

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%%* ColdFlames
%%* ContrivedCoincidence
* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] was five BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: In ''Witch Week''. And not just for the pupils. [[spoiler: Turns into TheGoodOldBritishComp when she started hijacking her brother's magic and put his lives into a matchbook, something that ''killed him'' once.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Janet. Well, it's an alternate dimension that closely resembles
the past, anyway.
%%* FriendlessBackground
%%* IAmWho
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Janet and all
worlds merge at the other alternate versions of Gwendolen.end.]]
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] receives no comeuppance for her cruelty BadassTeacher: Michael Saunders, who is a powerful magician in charge of tutoring Chrestomanci's children and malice, and ends up royalty.
wards.
* KissingCousins: Cat and Gwendolen's parents were both born Chants and cousins.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Cat has no idea [[spoiler:he's an enchanter]]; Gwendolen doesn't tell him because [[spoiler:she's using his magic]], and
BattleButler: All of the Castle staff are government employees, meaning they're trained mages who can back Chrestomanci doesn't tell him because he's unsure of Cat's motives.
* LonersAreFreaks: Cat sometimes has difficulty interacting with other people, which gets him
up in trouble the more his sister stirs up. WordOfGod is that he is autistic.
a fight.
* ReplacementSibling: Janet for Gwendolen, to Cat.
* ScreeningTheCall: Gwendolen's actions had this effect on Cat.
* ServileSnarker: Mary and Euphemia, the two particular maids who serve the children, grow more and more snarky as Gwendolen shows more and more of her bitchy side.
* TookALevelInBadass: Cat, when he finally [[spoiler:tells Gwendolen where she can shove it.]]
* TranquilFury: Chrestomanci.
--> ''There was a moment of ice-cold silence. It was a moment such as Cat hoped never to live through again. “Bless my soul!”
BoardingSchool:
**
Chrestomanci said, gently as frost freezes a window. [...] Cat wondered how such a mild voice could send the hair prickling upright Castle winds up serving this function for young enchanters at the back of his head.''
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Gwendolen's behavior runs the gamut from just [[SpoiledBrat bratty]] to [[EnfantTerrible downright evil]].
* TwoActStructure: Act I ends with [[spoiler:Gwendolen losing her magic,]] and Act II begins with Janet's arrival.


* AdultsAreUseless: Let's say played with
times.
** ''Witch Week'' is set at a pretty dreadful one.
** Subverted
in ''The Magicians of Caprona'', as Jones discussed Lives Of Christopher Chant'' where Christopher dreads going to school, but when he gets there loves it. He makes friends, excels at most lessons, and quickly grows into a more healthy person than he had been cooped up in several lectures how she hated his family home with no company. Unfortunately for him, fate - and more pointedly, the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, his life - have designs on his future, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, the Duke turns out to be he is quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even quickly whisked away from the actual children dismiss him--and school.
** In ''Conrad's Fate'' [[spoiler:Millie]] ends up ''running away'' to stop going to her awful boarding school.
* BuildingOfAdventure:
Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.
* BadassBookworm: Because he's not good with magic, Tonino is always reading about science and history instead. His family has come to be proud of his studiousness by the time the main plot of ''The Magicians of Caprona'' starts, however, and it's thought that he'll eventually succeed his great-uncle at the university.
Castle in ''Charmed Life'', Stallery Manor in ''Conrad's Fate''.



* BurnTheWitch: In the setting of ''Witch Week'', this is very common and avoiding it is a main focus of the plot of the book.
* TheButlerDidIt: It turns out that [[spoiler:Mordecai Roberts]] was working for the Wraith for years.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: Although he wasn't bothered by it in the least, destiny didn't catch up with Christopher until that fateful moment when Dr. Pawson took all of his silver away, and Christopher [[spoiler:accidentally blew the roof of the house off.]]
* CatStereotype: Throgmorton is a loveable rogue orange cat (although "loveable" often spills over into "evil-tempered").
* CorruptionOfAMinor: [[spoiler:Those "experiments" Christopher does for his uncle?]] Aren't quite legal.
* CassandraTruth: Poor Marianne tries desperately to let people know that [[spoiler:Gammer has gone insane and is cursing the Farleighs,]] but everyone either has been bespelled not to believe her, or just won't listen.



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Christopher and Millie in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* ColdFlames: During the climax of ''Charmed Life'', the dragon reappears, and bounds up to Cat to greet him, accidentally blowing fire onto Cat's face in its excitement. The only reason Cat isn't burnt by the flames is that he remembers to tell the flames to be cool.
* CallOnMe: Any Chrestomanci whenever his title is spoken thrice. Several times, Christopher's in a dressing gown because he doesn't always have time to get dressed up.
* CatsAreMagic:
** The Goddess's sacred cats in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' literally have nine lives.
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'', the Casa Montana cats help in spellcasting, and some of them can speak mind-to-mind.
* CatsHaveNineLives: Referenced in ''Charmed Life'' (the protagonist's nickname is Cat because he has nine lives); used literally in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.
* ContinuityNod: A lot of them are scattered throughout the series.
** The tan, fair-haired aide of Gabriel De Witt's at the end of ''Conrad's Fate''.
** Millie's cats in ''The Pinhoe Egg''. [[spoiler:They are all descended from Throgmorten and Bethi's kitten who came to live with the Goddess in Chrestomanci Castle.]]
** Elizabeth, one of the students mentioned at the end of ''Conrad's Fate'', is Paolo and Tonino Montana's mother in ''The Magicians of Caprona''.
** Jason the boot boy from ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is featured a lot in ''The Pinhoe Egg'' as a powerful magic-user who is tasked with finding exotic plants from other worlds to bring back to the Castle.
** O'Neir, one of Christopher's childhood friends is the father of the female protagonist featured in "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream".
** Millie's throwaway line in ''Charmed Life'' about someone bullying her is central to the plot in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Chrestomanci tries to made his sudden appearances after people call his name look like this.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tacroy and Christopher both. Wonder who the latter learned it from?
* DimensionLord: The Dright of Series Eleven.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Wraith in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.
* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler: Tacroy]] is an unwilling ''triple'' agent.
* DreamWeaver:
** "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream" is about a girl who can control her dreams (to an extent) and siphon them off for commercial reproduction.
** As a child Christopher believes that he is some version of this, once he's old enough to know they're a little odd (at first he thinks everyone can visit the Place Between in their sleep). Turns out he's not exactly, or at least, entirely, sleeping.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* TheEdwardianEra: Sort of. It's in another world, there's obviously no King Edward, and the books are set in modern-ish times, but 12-A bears quite a strong resemblance to the era of Edward's reign.
* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] was five when she started hijacking her brother's magic and put his lives into a matchbook, something that ''killed him'' once.
* EggMacGuffin: The Pinhoe Egg, which hatches out [[spoiler:a griffin]]. Apart from the inherent awesomeness, this is a key plot point because they're supposed to be extinct, if they ever existed in the first place.
* EvilMatriarch: Gammer Pinhoe.
* EvilUncle:
** [[spoiler: Uncle Ralph]] in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.
** In ''Conrad's Fate'', [[spoiler:Conrad has one on each side of the family!]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Cat, and Marianne, at first.
* TheFairFolk: The people of Series Eleven are implied to be the inspiration behind the myths of elves.
* FantasyKitchenSink: By the end of ''The Pinhoe Egg'', you not only have witches, wizards, magicians, sorcerers, and enchanters all in the same world, but now there are griffins, unicorns, and all sorts of hidden mythical beasts in the world. Expanding it to the rest of the Related Worlds includes the Lords of Karma (in ''Conrad's Fate''), mermaids, dragons, TheFairFolk, and the sort-of Indian-ish Goddess Asheth (in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''), and the Myth/ClassicalMythology-ish gods and goddesses in ''The Sage of Theare''.



* IneptMage: Angelica Petrocchi. Being tone-deaf in a family of [[MagicMusic singing magicians]] can have... mixed results.
* LethalJokeCharacter: [[spoiler:The White Devil]] assumes that Tonino and Angelica are perfect pawns in its plot, since one is no good at making his own spells and the latter is a notorious screw-up. [[spoiler:Both of them ruin her day, with Tonino turning her own magic against her to nearly strangle her to death, and Angelica using her power to do weird-but-effective things to summon help.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Parodied with [[spoiler:Marco and Rosa]], who find that falling in love and deciding to get married is the easy part, "over in minutes." The ''tricky'' part is doing it around both their families' feud.
* MagicMusic: The Montanas and Petrocchis prefer to sing their spells, most notably ''the Angel of Caprona''.
* MuggleBornOfMages: Tonino seems to have no magical aptitude whatsoever, aside from talking to cats, to the point of turning into a sci-fi nerd instead. [[spoiler:He ''does'' have some power... [[SupportPartyMember it just tends to be better suited to working with other people's magic rather than creating his own]].]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Duke, who finds he can only really get things done around [[spoiler:his evil wife's enchantments]] is by pretending to be silly and childlike... leaving aside the things about him that really ''are'' silly and childlike.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The "White Devil's" nature is never explained, [[spoiler:but her true form is that of a rat, and her intentions are as malevolent as her machinations are subtle. And the spell that should keep her away isn't working because the descendants of the two families that warded her off are feuding.]]
* PuppetPermutation: When [[spoiler:Tonino and Angelica]] get too close to the truth, they're shrunk to doll size and forced to perform in the Duke's Theatre/PunchAndJudy theater.
* StarCrossedLovers: Amusingly subverted and parodied in ''The Magicians of Caprona''. [[spoiler:Marco]] Petrocchi and [[spoiler:Rosa]] Montana successfully marry under both of their warring family's noses and [[HappilyMarried live through the end]].
* SuperEmpowering: A unique quality of [[spoiler:Tonino Montana]]'s magic is that he can greatly enhance any spell he takes part in or, in a pinch, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turn it against the caster]].

* BurnTheWitch: In the setting of ''Witch Week'', this is very common and avoiding it is a main focus of the plot of the book.

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* IneptMage: Angelica Petrocchi. Being tone-deaf in a family of [[MagicMusic singing magicians]] can have... mixed results.
* LethalJokeCharacter: [[spoiler:The White Devil]] assumes that Tonino and Angelica are perfect pawns in its plot, since one is no good at making his own spells
** Also the Pinhoes and the latter is a notorious screw-up. [[spoiler:Both of them ruin her day, with Tonino turning her own magic against her to nearly strangle her to death, and Angelica using her power to do weird-but-effective things to summon help.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Parodied with [[spoiler:Marco and Rosa]], who find that falling in love and deciding to get married is the easy part, "over in minutes." The ''tricky'' part is doing it around both their families' feud.
* MagicMusic: The Montanas and Petrocchis prefer to sing their spells, most notably ''the Angel of Caprona''.
* MuggleBornOfMages: Tonino seems to have no magical aptitude whatsoever, aside from talking to cats, to the point of turning into a sci-fi nerd instead. [[spoiler:He ''does'' have some power... [[SupportPartyMember it just tends to be better suited to working with other people's magic rather than creating his own]].]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Duke, who finds he can only really get things done around [[spoiler:his evil wife's enchantments]] is by pretending to be silly and childlike... leaving aside the things about him that really ''are'' silly and childlike.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The "White Devil's" nature is never explained, [[spoiler:but her true form is that of a rat, and her intentions are as malevolent as her machinations are subtle. And the spell that should keep her away isn't working because the descendants of the two families that warded her off are feuding.]]
* PuppetPermutation: When [[spoiler:Tonino and Angelica]] get too close to the truth, they're shrunk to doll size and forced to perform in the Duke's Theatre/PunchAndJudy theater.
* StarCrossedLovers: Amusingly subverted and parodied
Farleighs in ''The Magicians of Caprona''. [[spoiler:Marco]] Petrocchi Pinhoe Egg''.
* FireForgedFriends: Cat
and [[spoiler:Rosa]] Montana successfully marry under both of their warring family's noses and [[HappilyMarried live through the end]].
Janet in ''Charmed Life''.
* SuperEmpowering: A unique quality of [[spoiler:Tonino Montana]]'s magic is FirstGirlWins: Millie. You can't win anymore than HappilyMarried with two kids.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Janet. Well, it's an alternate dimension
that he can greatly enhance any spell he takes part in or, in a pinch, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turn it against closely resembles the caster]].

* BurnTheWitch: In the setting of ''Witch Week'', this is very common and avoiding it is a main focus of the plot of the book.
past, anyway.



* MergedReality: [[spoiler:Happens at the end of ''Witch Week''.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: In ''Witch Week'', witches are universally feared and persecuted despite nearly everyone being a witch.]]
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: In ''Witch Week''. And not just for the pupils. [[spoiler: Turns into TheGoodOldBritishComp when the worlds merge at the end.]]
%%* SwitchingPOV

* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Uncle Ralph in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]
%%* AllJustADream
* AwfulTruth:
** Young Christopher realizes that [[spoiler: his uncle Ralph has been killing and selling off the body parts of mythical creatures. Several of them being mermaids who had been Christopher's friends.]]
** The Goddess finds out [[spoiler: every old Living Asheth gets killed to make way for the new one. Slightly subverted in that Mother Proudfoot secretly saves most of them. Keyword being "most".]]
%%* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler: Mordecai and Miss Rosalie.]] And by watching them, Christopher realizes it's the same case with his forever quarreling parents.
%%* BerserkButton
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Dright of Series Eleven in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: Christopher and the Goddess.
--> '''The Goddess:''' Thank you for telling me about yourself. I think you've had a rotten life, even worse than mine. People only want either of us for what use we are to them -- you for your nine lives and me for my Goddess attributes. And both of us are caught and stuck and trapped in a life with a future all planned out by someone else -- like a long, long tunnel with no way out!
* TheButlerDidIt: It turns out that [[spoiler:Mordecai Roberts]] was working for the Wraith for years.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: Although he wasn't bothered by it in the least, destiny didn't catch up with Christopher until that fateful moment when Dr. Pawson took all of his silver away, and Christopher [[spoiler:accidentally blew the roof of the house off.]]
* CatStereotype: Throgmorton is a loveable rogue orange cat (although "loveable" often spills over into "evil-tempered").
* CorruptionOfAMinor: [[spoiler:Those "experiments" Christopher does for his uncle?]] Aren't quite legal.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tacroy and Christopher both. Wonder who the latter learned it from?
* DimensionLord: The Dright of Series Eleven.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Wraith.
* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Tacroy]] is an unwilling ''triple'' agent.
* TheFairFolk: The people of Series Eleven are implied to be the inspiration behind the myths of elves.

to:

* MergedReality: [[spoiler:Happens at the end of ''Witch Week''.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:
FlyingBroomstick: In ''The Pinhoe Egg'', women ride broomsticks and men ride bicycles. In ''Witch Week'', witches are universally feared and persecuted despite nearly everyone being a witch.]]
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: In ''Witch Week''. And not just for the pupils. [[spoiler: Turns into TheGoodOldBritishComp when the worlds merge at the end.]]
%%* SwitchingPOV

* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Uncle Ralph in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]
%%* AllJustADream
* AwfulTruth:
** Young Christopher realizes that [[spoiler: his uncle Ralph has been killing and selling off the body parts of mythical creatures. Several of them being mermaids who had been Christopher's friends.]]
** The Goddess finds out [[spoiler: every old Living Asheth gets killed to make way for the new one. Slightly subverted in that Mother Proudfoot secretly saves most of them. Keyword being "most".]]
%%* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler: Mordecai and Miss Rosalie.]] And by watching them, Christopher realizes
Week'' it's the same case with his forever quarreling parents.
%%* BerserkButton
%%* BewareTheNiceOnes
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Dright of Series Eleven in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: Christopher and the Goddess.
--> '''The Goddess:''' Thank you for telling me about yourself. I think you've had a rotten life, even worse than mine. People only want either of us for what use we are to them -- you for your nine lives and me for my Goddess attributes. And both of us are caught and stuck and trapped in a life with a future all planned out by someone else -- like a long, long tunnel with no way out!
* TheButlerDidIt: It turns out that [[spoiler:Mordecai Roberts]] was working for the Wraith for years.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: Although he wasn't bothered by it in the least, destiny didn't catch up with Christopher until that fateful moment when Dr. Pawson took all of his silver away, and Christopher [[spoiler:accidentally blew the roof of the house off.]]
* CatStereotype: Throgmorton is a loveable rogue orange cat (although "loveable" often spills over into "evil-tempered").
* CorruptionOfAMinor: [[spoiler:Those "experiments" Christopher does for his uncle?]] Aren't quite legal.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tacroy and Christopher both. Wonder who the latter learned it from?
* DimensionLord: The Dright of Series Eleven.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The Wraith.
* DoubleAgent: [[spoiler:Tacroy]] is an unwilling ''triple'' agent.
* TheFairFolk: The people of Series Eleven are implied to be the inspiration behind the myths of elves.
uni.



%%* FriendlessBackground

to:

** Christopher, of all people, has a minor one in ''Conrad's Fate'' when [[spoiler: he can't find Millie]].
* FriendlessBackground: Christopher has no friends to play with before he goes to boarding school. The reason Cat clings to Gwendolen so much is that he has no-one else.
%%* FriendlessBackgroundFunctionalMagic
* GentlemanSnarker: Chrestomanci (aka Christopher). Three guesses where he got it from...
* GentlemanWizard: Chrestomanci. Quite a few other characters too.
%%* GiantFlyer



* GoodParents: Millie and Christopher. Cat and Gwendolen's parents were hinted to be this, but they died too quickly to get a good impression.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Cat and Christopher burn through their nine lives at an alarming rate.
* HappilyMarried:
** Christopher and Millie.
** Cat is confused about [[spoiler: Miss Rosalie and Mordecai]] as they certainly ''act'' HappilyMarried, and she wears a gold wedding ring, but also insists on being called [[spoiler:''Miss'' Rosalie]].
* HealingFactor: The nine lives that Chrestomancis have are a form of this.
* HiddenDepths: In ''Charmed Life'' Millie is introduced as Chrestomanci's plain, proper wife. She is perceived as nothing more than a motherly figure until Janet lets Cat know that Millie has magic as well. Cat shrugs this off as paranoia, but by the end of the story it's apparent that Millie is one of the most powerful magic-users in the Castle.



%%* IAmWho
* IChooseToStay: [[spoiler:Janet and all the other alternate versions of Gwendolen.]]
** [[spoiler: Also the Goddess in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', after she runs away from Series Ten.]]
* ImmunityDisability: At birth, it was foretold that Christopher Chant's weakness would be silver, so his father cast his strongest spells against silver affecting him. The result is that being in contact with silver causes him to be BroughtDownToNormal; when Christopher isn't touching it, he's the most powerful enchanter in the worlds.
* IneptMage: Angelica Petrocchi. Being tone-deaf in a family of [[MagicMusic singing magicians]] can have... mixed results.
* InSpiteOfANail: Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world. More generally, it's mentioned several times, and a major plot point in ''Charmed Life'', that any given person will almost always have an AlternateSelf in at least eight nearby worlds no matter how different those worlds' histories are.
* InconvenientSummons: Chrestomanci finds himself summoned to deal with magical catastrophes at the most inconvenient times, often while in the middle of important state functions or while he's in his dressing gown.
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: For the Chrestomanci's home world.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Magic, particularly enchanter-strength magic, in the Chant family. When two cousins get married, the chance of them having magical kids quadruples.



** Christopher has shades of this as an adult as well, but it's his job to be more diplomatic about it, and Millie helps.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] receives no comeuppance for her cruelty and malice, and ends up royalty.



* KissingCousins: Cat and Gwendolen's parents were both born Chants and cousins.
* LastGirlWins: Marianne, in all likelihood.
* LethalJokeCharacter: [[spoiler:The White Devil]] assumes that Tonino and Angelica are perfect pawns in its plot, since one is no good at making his own spells and the latter is a notorious screw-up. [[spoiler:Both of them ruin her day, with Tonino turning her own magic against her to nearly strangle her to death, and Angelica using her power to do weird-but-effective things to summon help.]]
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''The Pinhoe Egg'' is extremely guilty of this. So is ''The Magicians of Caprona''.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Cat has no idea [[spoiler:he's an enchanter]]; Gwendolen doesn't tell him because [[spoiler:she's using his magic]], and Chrestomanci doesn't tell him because he's unsure of Cat's motives.
* LonersAreFreaks: Cat sometimes has difficulty interacting with other people, which gets him in trouble the more his sister stirs up. WordOfGod is that he is autistic.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Parodied with [[spoiler:Marco and Rosa]], who find that falling in love and deciding to get married is the easy part, "over in minutes." The ''tricky'' part is doing it around both their families' feud.
%%* MagicalGirl
* MagicalLand: "The distance", where all of the mythical creatures are sealed.
* MagicMirror:
** The parlor mirror through which Christopher's mother contacts Uncle Ralph
** The mirror in [[spoiler:Gwendolen/Janet's room]] has a one-way spell that allows the person who cast it to watch what goes on there.
* MagicMusic: The Montanas and Petrocchis prefer to sing their spells, most notably ''the Angel of Caprona''.
* {{Magitek}}: Roger and Joe's inventions.
* MaliciousMisnaming:
** "Accidentally" getting a person's name wrong, in a way that implies that he just doesn't consider them important enough to remember it properly, is one of Chrestomanci's weapons against people who annoy him.
** Janet does the same to Mr. Balsam in ''Charmed Life''. At first she's genuinely having trouble remembering his name, but when Cat corrects her she declares that he doesn't deserve to have his name got right, and thereafter makes a point of getting it wrong a different way every time she says it.
* TheMasquerade: The Pinhoes, Farleighs and Cleeves pretend to not have magic so that Chrestomanci won't police them.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Cat" Chant.
** DreamWeaver Carol O'Neir; "oneiric" means having to do with dreams.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[spoiler:Ralph Argent.]]

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* MergedReality: [[spoiler:Happens at the end of ''Witch Week''.]]
* MerlinSickness: "The Sage of Theare", though it's more that his life has been running backwards to catch up with him.
* ModernMayincatecEmpire: Apparently America is called Atlantis and ruled by the Incas.
* TheMultiverse: The Series of Related Worlds.
* MuggleBornOfMages: Tonino seems to have no magical aptitude whatsoever, aside from talking to cats, to the point of turning into a sci-fi nerd instead. [[spoiler:He ''does'' have some power... [[SupportPartyMember it just tends to be better suited to working with other people's magic rather than creating his own]].]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[spoiler:Ralph [[spoiler: Ralph Argent.]]]]
* {{Nephewism}}: A year after Cat and Gwendolen's parents die, they're sent to live with their previously-unknown cousin on... [[KissingCousins both sides of the family]]. He didn't take them in out of filial obligation, though.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Made most explicit in ''Charmed Life''.



* OfficialCouple: Christopher and Millie.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Duke, who finds he can only really get things done around [[spoiler: his evil wife's enchantments]] is by pretending to be silly and childlike... leaving aside the things about him that really ''are'' silly and childlike.
* OfficialCouple: [[HappilyMarried Christopher and Millie.Millie]], [[BelligerentSexualTension Mordecai and Rosalie]], Rosa and Marco...



* OnlySaneMan: Conrad, especially when he's with Christopher. Gabriel De Witt even lampshades it.
-->''He also said he was sorry to lose me, because I seemed to be the only person who could make Christopher see sense. I am not sure anyone can do that, but Christopher seems to think so too.''
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The "White Devil's" nature is never explained, [[spoiler:but her true form is that of a rat, and her intentions are as malevolent as her machinations are subtle. And the spell that should keep her away isn't working because the descendants of the two families that warded her off are feuding.]]
%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PalsWithJesus:
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', a young Christopher Chant (the Chrestomanci of ''Charmed Life'') meets and befriends a young girl who is the Living Aspect of the Goddess Asheth. Fast-forward ten years and they're married.
** Conrad to Christopher, too, considering Christopher is basically a RealityWarper.
* ParentalAbandonment: Par for the course for a DWJ novel. Christopher's mother is a ControlFreak social climber and his father a {{Workaholic}} who blew all his money, both of whom, though they do love him, [[MeddlingParents want to dictate his life]] for personal gain. Cat and Gwendolen's parents are both implied to have been very kind, but they die within the first two pages.
** On the other hand, Christopher and Millie subvert this, both being very loving and attentive parents to not only their biological children, but to their growing number of adopted children and students.
** The protagonists of ''Witch Week'' are all missing at least one parent, except for Charles, whose parents sent him off to a school he hates so they wouldn't have to deal with him.
** [[spoiler:Conrad Tesdinic's]] father is dead, and his unbelievably neglectful mother lets him be manipulated by his EvilUncle who lives with them. She's fully aware that her brother is a ManipulativeBastard, but she simply doesn't care enough to take an active role in his life. It's implied she herself was manipulated, reinforced with just a hint of magic.
* ParentalSubstitute: Christopher and Millie for Cat and Janet.



* ProperlyParanoid: The Goddess is very concerned about [[spoiler:what happened to all the other Living Asheths]]. Christopher thinks she's being silly. [[AwfulTruth Christopher is wrong.]]

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* PowerLimiter[=/=]PowerNullifier: Every nine-lived enchanter has some sort of AchillesHeel. For Christopher, it's silver: being in contact with it in any way renders him completely incapable of using magic. In Cat's case, he's left handed and thus has to use it to cast magic; any magic cast with his right will either be very weak or not work at all.
* ProperLady: Irene Yeldham, nee Pinhoe.
* ProperlyParanoid: The Goddess is very concerned about [[spoiler:what [[spoiler: what happened to all the other Living Asheths]]. Christopher thinks she's being silly. [[AwfulTruth Christopher is wrong.]]



* PuppetPermutation: When [[spoiler:Tonino and Angelica]] get too close to the truth, they're shrunk to doll size and forced to perform in the Duke's Theatre/PunchAndJudy theater.



* RealityWarper: Enchanters. Before receiving formal training in magic, Christopher and Cat warped reality without even realizing it.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Conrad's uncle tells him he has 'bad karma' because of something he did in a past life. [[spoiler:Turns out he's lying, and Conrad is brand new.]]
* ReplacementSibling: Janet for Gwendolen, to Cat.
* ScreeningTheCall: Gwendolen's actions had this effect on Cat.



* ServileSnarker: Mary and Euphemia, the two particular maids who serve the children, grow more and more snarky as Gwendolen shows more and more of her bitchy side.
* ShipTease: Christopher and Millie, by the bucket loads, in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* StarCrossedLovers: Amusingly subverted and parodied in ''The Magicians of Caprona''. [[spoiler:Marco]] Petrocchi and [[spoiler:Rosa]] Montana successfully marry under both of their warring family's noses and [[HappilyMarried live through the end]].
* StrawFeminist: Conrad and Anthea's mother, who writes books about female enslavement that few people buy. A hypocritical version, since she exploits Anthea and later Conrad to do household chores she won't do herself and her reaction to learning that Anthea has secretly gotten herself accepted to a college is to protest that she's not clever enough.
* TheScottishTrope: Because of what happens [[CallOnMe when someone says "Chrestomanci"]], criminals go out of their way to use euphemisms to refer to him, such as "Eminent Personage".
* SoulJar: Millie's wedding band for Christopher, the matchbook for Cat.
* SuperEmpowering: A unique quality of [[spoiler:Tonino Montana]]'s magic is that he can greatly enhance any spell he takes part in or, in a pinch, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turn it against the caster]].
* SustainedMisunderstanding: One of Christopher's favorite discussion tactics.
%%* SwitchingPOV



* TeamMom: Millie for the Chrestomanci Castle residents.
* TookALevelInBadass: Cat, when he finally [[spoiler: tells Gwendolen where she can shove it]].
* TranquilFury: Chrestomanci.
--> ''There was a moment of ice-cold silence. It was a moment such as Cat hoped never to live through again. “Bless my soul!” Chrestomanci said, gently as frost freezes a window. [...] Cat wondered how such a mild voice could send the hair prickling upright at the back of his head.''
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Gwendolen's behavior runs the gamut from just [[SpoiledBrat bratty]] to [[EnfantTerrible downright evil]].
* TrueSight: Witch Sight.
* TwoActStructure: Act I ends with [[spoiler:Gwendolen losing her magic,]] and Act II begins with Janet's arrival.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: "Don't Notice" spells deliberately invoke this, and are undetectable by weaker mages.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Christopher and Millie]] get married at the end of ''Conrad's Fate''. Though [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready this should come as no surprise]] if you've read any of the other books.
* VillainEpisode: The story "Warlock at the Wheel" focuses on a minor villain from ''Charmed Life''.




* AccidentalKidnapping: The title character in "Warlock at the Wheel" steals a car without realising until too late that there's a small girl and her dog in the back seat.
* MerlinSickness: "The Sage of Theare", though it's more that his life has been running backwards to catch up with him.
* VillainEpisode: The story "Warlock at the Wheel" focuses on a minor villain from ''Charmed Life''.

* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Christopher and Millie in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* FreakOut: Christopher, of all people, has a minor one in ''Conrad's Fate'' when [[spoiler:he can't find Millie]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Christopher has shades of this, but it's his job to be more diplomatic about it, and Millie helps.
* OnlySaneMan: Conrad, especially when he's with Christopher. Gabriel De Witt even lampshades it.
-->''He also said he was sorry to lose me, because I seemed to be the only person who could make Christopher see sense. I am not sure anyone can do that, but Christopher seems to think so too.''
* {{Reincarnation}}: Conrad's uncle tells him he has 'bad karma' because of something he did in a past life. [[spoiler:Turns out he's lying, and Conrad is brand new.]]
* ShipTease: Christopher and Millie, by the bucket loads, in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* StrawFeminist: Conrad and Anthea's mother, who writes books about female enslavement that few people buy. A hypocritical version, since she exploits Anthea and later Conrad to do household chores she won't do herself and her reaction to learning that Anthea has secretly gotten herself accepted to a college is to protest that she's not clever enough.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Christopher and Millie]] get married at the end of ''Conrad's Fate''. Though [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready this should come as no surprise]] if you've read any of the other books.

* AuthorTract: The thinly veiled {{Aesop}} in ''The Pinhoe Egg'' about Christianity turning the Pinhoes, Farleighs and Cleeves into fanatics.
* CassandraTruth: Poor Marianne tries desperately to let people know that [[spoiler:Gammer has gone insane and is cursing the Farleighs,]] but everyone either has been bespelled not to believe her, or just won't listen.
* EggMacGuffin: The Pinhoe Egg, which hatches out [[spoiler:a griffin]]. Apart from the inherent awesomeness, this is a key plot point because they're supposed to be extinct, if they ever existed in the first place.
* EvilMatriarch: Gammer Pinhoe.
* FeudingFamilies: The Pinhoes and the Farleighs.
* LastGirlWins: Marianne, in all likelihood.
* MagicalLand: "The distance", where all of the mythical creatures are sealed.
* {{Magitek}}: Roger and Joe's inventions.
* TheMasquerade: The Pinhoes, Farleighs and Cleeves pretend to not have magic so that Chrestomanci won't police them.
* ProperLady: Irene Yeldham, nee Pinhoe.




* AchillesHeel: Each Chrestomanci has their own individual one. [[spoiler:For Christopher, it's silver.]]
%%* ActionGirl
* AdultFear: Loads of it. In all books the main characters, who are just children, get entangled in some major problems.
** In ''Charmed Life'', [[spoiler:the protagonist Cat is being used by his older sister, who is stealing his magic for herself. This even kills him at one point.]]
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', [[spoiler:Christopher is unknowingly roped into helping a group of smugglers with their business. Near the end of the novel, this comes into full effect, as the employees of the Castle discuss what should happen to Christopher as he was (knowingly or not) participating in illegal smuggling across the Related Worlds. He also dies quite a few times during the course of the story.]]
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'' [[spoiler:Tonino and Angelica are abducted by the Duke's wife, who is secretly the White Witch who wants to destroy Caprona. They are completely at her mercy for a while and are even turned into Punch and Judy puppets which are used to entertain the Duke.]]
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: It's stated that the reason the "Related Worlds" are referred to as such is because they all share the same languages, but the people Christopher encounters in his travels often speak English. Particularly glaring in Asheth's city, which is in the desert and has something of an Indo-Arabic culture.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel[=/=]BowtiesAreCool: Chrestomanci's dressing gowns.
* BadassTeacher: Michael Saunders, who is a powerful magician in charge of tutoring Chrestomanci's children and wards.
* BattleButler: All of the Castle staff are government employees, meaning they're trained mages who can back Chrestomanci up in a fight.
* BoardingSchool:
** Chrestomanci Castle winds up serving this function for young enchanters at times.
** ''Witch Week'' is set at a pretty dreadful one.
** Subverted in ''The Lives Of Christopher Chant'' where Christopher dreads going to school, but when he gets there loves it. He makes friends, excels at most lessons, and quickly grows into a more healthy person than he had been cooped up in his family home with no company. Unfortunately for him, fate - and more pointedly, the adults in his life - have designs on his future, and he is quite quickly whisked away from the school.
** In ''Conrad's Fate'' [[spoiler:Millie]] ends up ''running away'' to stop going to her awful boarding school.
* BuildingOfAdventure: Chrestomanci Castle in ''Charmed Life'', Stallery Manor in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* CallOnMe: Any Chrestomanci whenever his title is spoken thrice. Several times, Christopher's in a dressing gown because he doesn't always have time to get dressed up.
* CatsAreMagic:
** The Goddess's sacred cats in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' literally have nine lives.
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'', the Casa Montana cats help in spellcasting, and some of them can speak mind-to-mind.
* CatsHaveNineLives: Referenced in ''Charmed Life'' (the protagonist's nickname is Cat because he has nine lives); used literally in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.
* ContinuityNod: A lot of them are scattered throughout the series.
** The tan, fair-haired aide of Gabriel De Witt's at the end of ''Conrad's Fate''.
** Millie's cats in ''The Pinhoe Egg''. [[spoiler:They are all descended from Throgmorten and Bethi's kitten who came to live with the Goddess in Chrestomanci Castle.]]
** Elizabeth, one of the students mentioned at the end of ''Conrad's Fate'', is Paolo and Tonino Montana's mother in ''The Magicians of Caprona''.
** Jason the boot boy from ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is featured a lot in ''The Pinhoe Egg'' as a powerful magic-user who is tasked with finding exotic plants from other worlds to bring back to the Castle.
** O'Neir, one of Christopher's childhood friends is the father of the female protagonist featured in "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream".
** Millie's throwaway line in ''Charmed Life'' about someone bullying her is central to the plot in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* DreamWeaver:
** "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream" is about a girl who can control her dreams (to an extent) and siphon them off for commercial reproduction.
** As a child Christopher believes that he is some version of this, once he's old enough to know they're a little odd (at first he thinks everyone can visit the Place Between in their sleep). Turns out he's not exactly, or at least, entirely, sleeping.
%%* EarnYourHappyEnding
* TheEdwardianEra: Sort of. It's in another world, there's obviously no King Edward, and the books are set in modern-ish times, but 12-A bears quite a strong resemblance to the era of Edward's reign.
* EvilUncle:
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.
** In ''Conrad's Fate'', [[spoiler:Conrad has one on each side of the family!]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Cat, and Marianne, at first.
* FantasyKitchenSink: By the end of ''The Pinhoe Egg'', you not only have witches, wizards, magicians, sorcerers, and enchanters all in the same world, but now there are griffins, unicorns, and all sorts of hidden mythical beasts in the world. Expanding it to the rest of the Related Worlds includes the Lords of Karma (in ''Conrad's Fate''), mermaids, dragons, TheFairFolk, and the sort-of Indian-ish Goddess Asheth (in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''), and the Myth/ClassicalMythology-ish gods and goddesses in ''The Sage of Theare''.
%%* FireForgedFriends
* FirstGirlWins: Millie. You can't win anymore than HappilyMarried with two kids.
* FlyingBroomstick: In ''The Pinhoe Egg'', women ride broomsticks and men ride bicycles. In ''Witch Week'' it's uni.
%%* FunctionalMagic
%%* GentlemanSnarker
* GentlemanWizard: Chrestomanci. Quite a few other characters too.
%%* GiantFlyer
* GoodParents: Millie and Christopher. Cat and Gwendolen's parents were hinted to be this, but they died too quickly to get a good impression.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Cat and Christopher burn through their nine lives at an alarming rate.
* HappilyMarried:
** Christopher and Millie.
** Cat is confused about [[spoiler:Miss Rosalie and Mordecai]] as they certainly ''act'' HappilyMarried, and she wears a gold wedding ring, but also insists on being called [[spoiler:''Miss'' Rosalie]].
* HealingFactor: The nine lives that Chrestomancis have are a form of this.
* HiddenDepths: In ''Charmed Life'' Millie is introduced as Chrestomanci's plain, proper wife. She is perceived as nothing more than a motherly figure until Janet lets Cat know that Millie has magic as well. Cat shrugs this off as paranoia, but by the end of the story it's apparent that Millie is one of the most powerful magic-users in the Castle.
* ImmunityDisability: At birth, it was foretold that Christopher Chant's weakness would be silver, so his father cast his strongest spells against silver affecting him. The result is that being in contact with silver causes him to be BroughtDownToNormal; when Christopher isn't touching it, he's the most powerful enchanter in the worlds.
* InSpiteOfANail: Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world. More generally, it's mentioned several times, and a major plot point in ''Charmed Life'', that any given person will almost always have an AlternateSelf in at least eight nearby worlds no matter how different those worlds' histories are.
* InconvenientSummons: Chrestomanci finds himself summoned to deal with magical catastrophes at the most inconvenient times, often while in the middle of important state functions or while he's in his dressing gown.
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: For the Chrestomanci's home world.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Magic, particularly enchanter-strength magic, in the Chant family. When two cousins get married, the chance of them having magical kids quadruples.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''The Pinhoe Egg'' is extremely guilty of this. So is ''The Magicians of Caprona''.
%%* MagicalGirl
* MagicMirror:
** The parlor mirror through which Christopher's mother contacts Uncle Ralph
** The mirror in [[spoiler:Gwendolen/Janet's room]] has a one-way spell that allows the person who cast it to watch what goes on there.
* MaliciousMisnaming:
** "Accidentally" getting a person's name wrong, in a way that implies that he just doesn't consider them important enough to remember it properly, is one of Chrestomanci's weapons against people who annoy him.
** Janet does the same to Mr. Balsam in ''Charmed Life''. At first she's genuinely having trouble remembering his name, but when Cat corrects her she declares that he doesn't deserve to have his name got right, and thereafter makes a point of getting it wrong a different way every time she says it.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Cat" Chant.
** DreamWeaver Carol O'Neir; "oneiric" means having to do with dreams.
* ModernMayincatecEmpire: Apparently America is called Atlantis and ruled by the Incas.
* TheMultiverse: The Series of Related Worlds.
* {{Nephewism}}: A year after Cat and Gwendolen's parents die, they're sent to live with their previously-unknown cousin on... [[KissingCousins both sides of the family]]. He didn't take them in out of filial obligation, though.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Made most explicit in ''Charmed Life''.
* OfficialCouple: [[HappilyMarried Christopher and Millie]], [[BelligerentSexualTension Mordecai and Rosalie]], Rosa and Marco...
%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PalsWithJesus:
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', a young Christopher Chant (the Chrestomanci of ''Charmed Life'') meets and befriends a young girl who is the Living Aspect of the Goddess Asheth. Fast-forward ten years and they're married.
** Conrad to Christopher, too, considering Christopher is basically a RealityWarper.
* ParentalAbandonment: Par for the course for a DWJ novel. Christopher's mother is a ControlFreak social climber and his father a {{Workaholic}} who blew all his money, both of whom, though they do love him, [[MeddlingParents want to dictate his life]] for personal gain. Cat and Gwendolen's parents are both implied to have been very kind, but they die within the first two pages.
** On the other hand, Christopher and Millie subvert this, both being very loving and attentive parents to not only their biological children, but to their growing number of adopted children and students.
** The protagonists of ''Witch Week'' are all missing at least one parent, except for Charles, whose parents sent him off to a school he hates so they wouldn't have to deal with him.
** [[spoiler:Conrad Tesdinic's]] father is dead, and his unbelievably neglectful mother lets him be manipulated by his EvilUncle who lives with them. She's fully aware that her brother is a ManipulativeBastard, but she simply doesn't care enough to take an active role in his life. It's implied she herself was manipulated, reinforced with just a hint of magic.
* ParentalSubstitute: Christopher and Millie for Cat and Janet.
* PowerLimiter[=/=]PowerNullifier: Every nine-lived enchanter has some sort of AchillesHeel. For Christopher, it's silver: being in contact with it in any way renders him completely incapable of using magic. In Cat's case, he's left handed and thus has to use it to cast magic; any magic cast with his right will either be very weak or not work at all.
* RealityWarper: Enchanters. Before receiving formal training in magic, Christopher and Cat warped reality without even realizing it.
* TheScottishTrope: Because of what happens [[CallOnMe when someone says "Chrestomanci"]], criminals go out of their way to use euphemisms to refer to him, such as "Eminent Personage".
* SoulJar: Millie's wedding band for Christopher, the matchbook for Cat.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: One of Christopher's favorite discussion tactics.
* TeamMom: Millie for the Chrestomanci Castle residents.
* TrueSight: Witch Sight.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: "Don't Notice" spells deliberately invoke this, and are undetectable by weaker mages.
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\n* AchillesHeel: Each Chrestomanci has their own individual one. [[spoiler:For Christopher, it's silver.]]
%%* ActionGirl
* AdultFear: Loads of it. In all books the main characters, who are just children, get entangled in some major problems.
** In ''Charmed Life'', [[spoiler:the protagonist Cat is being used by his older sister, who is stealing his magic for herself. This even kills him at one point.]]
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', [[spoiler:Christopher is unknowingly roped into helping a group of smugglers with their business. Near the end of the novel, this comes into full effect, as the employees of the Castle discuss what should happen to Christopher as he was (knowingly or not) participating in illegal smuggling across the Related Worlds. He also dies quite a few times during the course of the story.]]
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'' [[spoiler:Tonino and Angelica are abducted by the Duke's wife, who is secretly the White Witch who wants to destroy Caprona. They are completely at her mercy for a while and are even turned into Punch and Judy puppets which are used to entertain the Duke.]]
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: It's stated that the reason the "Related Worlds" are referred to as such is because they all share the same languages, but the people Christopher encounters in his travels often speak English. Particularly glaring in Asheth's city, which is in the desert and has something of an Indo-Arabic culture.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel[=/=]BowtiesAreCool: Chrestomanci's dressing gowns.
* BadassTeacher: Michael Saunders, who is a powerful magician in charge of tutoring Chrestomanci's children and wards.
* BattleButler: All of the Castle staff are government employees, meaning they're trained mages who can back Chrestomanci up in a fight.
* BoardingSchool:
** Chrestomanci Castle winds up serving this function for young enchanters at times.
** ''Witch Week'' is set at a pretty dreadful one.
** Subverted in ''The Lives Of Christopher Chant'' where Christopher dreads going to school, but when he gets there loves it. He makes friends, excels at most lessons, and quickly grows into a more healthy person than he had been cooped up in his family home with no company. Unfortunately for him, fate - and more pointedly, the adults in his life - have designs on his future, and he is quite quickly whisked away from the school.
** In ''Conrad's Fate'' [[spoiler:Millie]] ends up ''running away'' to stop going to her awful boarding school.
* BuildingOfAdventure: Chrestomanci Castle in ''Charmed Life'', Stallery Manor in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* CallOnMe: Any Chrestomanci whenever his title is spoken thrice. Several times, Christopher's in a dressing gown because he doesn't always have time to get dressed up.
* CatsAreMagic:
** The Goddess's sacred cats in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' literally have nine lives.
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'', the Casa Montana cats help in spellcasting, and some of them can speak mind-to-mind.
* CatsHaveNineLives: Referenced in ''Charmed Life'' (the protagonist's nickname is Cat because he has nine lives); used literally in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.
* ContinuityNod: A lot of them are scattered throughout the series.
** The tan, fair-haired aide of Gabriel De Witt's at the end of ''Conrad's Fate''.
** Millie's cats in ''The Pinhoe Egg''. [[spoiler:They are all descended from Throgmorten and Bethi's kitten who came to live with the Goddess in Chrestomanci Castle.]]
** Elizabeth, one of the students mentioned at the end of ''Conrad's Fate'', is Paolo and Tonino Montana's mother in ''The Magicians of Caprona''.
** Jason the boot boy from ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is featured a lot in ''The Pinhoe Egg'' as a powerful magic-user who is tasked with finding exotic plants from other worlds to bring back to the Castle.
** O'Neir, one of Christopher's childhood friends is the father of the female protagonist featured in "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream".
** Millie's throwaway line in ''Charmed Life'' about someone bullying her is central to the plot in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* DreamWeaver:
** "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream" is about a girl who can control her dreams (to an extent) and siphon them off for commercial reproduction.
** As a child Christopher believes that he is some version of this, once he's old enough to know they're a little odd (at first he thinks everyone can visit the Place Between in their sleep). Turns out he's not exactly, or at least, entirely, sleeping.
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* TheEdwardianEra: Sort of. It's in another world, there's obviously no King Edward, and the books are set in modern-ish times, but 12-A bears quite a strong resemblance to the era of Edward's reign.
* EvilUncle:
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.
** In ''Conrad's Fate'', [[spoiler:Conrad has one on each side of the family!]]
* ExtremeDoormat: Cat, and Marianne, at first.
* FantasyKitchenSink: By the end of ''The Pinhoe Egg'', you not only have witches, wizards, magicians, sorcerers, and enchanters all in the same world, but now there are griffins, unicorns, and all sorts of hidden mythical beasts in the world. Expanding it to the rest of the Related Worlds includes the Lords of Karma (in ''Conrad's Fate''), mermaids, dragons, TheFairFolk, and the sort-of Indian-ish Goddess Asheth (in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''), and the Myth/ClassicalMythology-ish gods and goddesses in ''The Sage of Theare''.
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* FirstGirlWins: Millie. You can't win anymore than HappilyMarried with two kids.
* FlyingBroomstick: In ''The Pinhoe Egg'', women ride broomsticks and men ride bicycles.
YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: In ''Witch Week'' it's uni.
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* GentlemanWizard: Chrestomanci. Quite a few other characters too.
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* GoodParents: Millie
Week'', witches are universally feared and Christopher. Cat and Gwendolen's parents were hinted to be this, but they died too quickly to get a good impression.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Cat and Christopher burn through their nine lives at an alarming rate.
* HappilyMarried:
** Christopher and Millie.
** Cat is confused about [[spoiler:Miss Rosalie and Mordecai]] as they certainly ''act'' HappilyMarried, and she wears a gold wedding ring, but also insists on
persecuted despite nearly everyone being called [[spoiler:''Miss'' Rosalie]].
* HealingFactor: The nine lives that Chrestomancis have are
a form of this.
* HiddenDepths: In ''Charmed Life'' Millie is introduced as Chrestomanci's plain, proper wife. She is perceived as nothing more than a motherly figure until Janet lets Cat know that Millie has magic as well. Cat shrugs this off as paranoia, but by the end of the story it's apparent that Millie is one of the most powerful magic-users in the Castle.
* ImmunityDisability: At birth, it was foretold that Christopher Chant's weakness would be silver, so his father cast his strongest spells against silver affecting him. The result is that being in contact with silver causes him to be BroughtDownToNormal; when Christopher isn't touching it, he's the most powerful enchanter in the worlds.
* InSpiteOfANail: Chrestomanci's world diverged from ours centuries ago when magic gained ascendancy over science, so it's really remarkable how similar it is to our world. More generally, it's mentioned several times, and a major plot point in ''Charmed Life'', that any given person will almost always have an AlternateSelf in at least eight nearby worlds no matter how different those worlds' histories are.
* InconvenientSummons: Chrestomanci finds himself summoned to deal with magical catastrophes at the most inconvenient times, often while in the middle of important state functions or while he's in his dressing gown.
* IstanbulNotConstantinople: For the Chrestomanci's home world.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Magic, particularly enchanter-strength magic, in the Chant family. When two cousins get married, the chance of them having magical kids quadruples.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''The Pinhoe Egg'' is extremely guilty of this. So is ''The Magicians of Caprona''.
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* MagicMirror:
** The parlor mirror through which Christopher's mother contacts Uncle Ralph
** The mirror in [[spoiler:Gwendolen/Janet's room]] has a one-way spell that allows the person who cast it to watch what goes on there.
* MaliciousMisnaming:
** "Accidentally" getting a person's name wrong, in a way that implies that he just doesn't consider them important enough to remember it properly, is one of Chrestomanci's weapons against people who annoy him.
** Janet does the same to Mr. Balsam in ''Charmed Life''. At first she's genuinely having trouble remembering his name, but when Cat corrects her she declares that he doesn't deserve to have his name got right, and thereafter makes a point of getting it wrong a different way every time she says it.
* MeaningfulName:
** "Cat" Chant.
** DreamWeaver Carol O'Neir; "oneiric" means having to do with dreams.
* ModernMayincatecEmpire: Apparently America is called Atlantis and ruled by the Incas.
* TheMultiverse: The Series of Related Worlds.
* {{Nephewism}}: A year after Cat and Gwendolen's parents die, they're sent to live with their previously-unknown cousin on... [[KissingCousins both sides of the family]]. He didn't take them in out of filial obligation, though.
* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Made most explicit in ''Charmed Life''.
* OfficialCouple: [[HappilyMarried Christopher and Millie]], [[BelligerentSexualTension Mordecai and Rosalie]], Rosa and Marco...
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* PalsWithJesus:
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', a young Christopher Chant (the Chrestomanci of ''Charmed Life'') meets and befriends a young girl who is the Living Aspect of the Goddess Asheth. Fast-forward ten years and they're married.
** Conrad to Christopher, too, considering Christopher is basically a RealityWarper.
* ParentalAbandonment: Par for the course for a DWJ novel. Christopher's mother is a ControlFreak social climber and his father a {{Workaholic}} who blew all his money, both of whom, though they do love him, [[MeddlingParents want to dictate his life]] for personal gain. Cat and Gwendolen's parents are both implied to have been very kind, but they die within the first two pages.
** On the other hand, Christopher and Millie subvert this, both being very loving and attentive parents to not only their biological children, but to their growing number of adopted children and students.
** The protagonists of ''Witch Week'' are all missing at least one parent, except for Charles, whose parents sent him off to a school he hates so they wouldn't have to deal with him.
** [[spoiler:Conrad Tesdinic's]] father is dead, and his unbelievably neglectful mother lets him be manipulated by his EvilUncle who lives with them. She's fully aware that her brother is a ManipulativeBastard, but she simply doesn't care enough to take an active role in his life. It's implied she herself was manipulated, reinforced with just a hint of magic.
* ParentalSubstitute: Christopher and Millie for Cat and Janet.
* PowerLimiter[=/=]PowerNullifier: Every nine-lived enchanter has some sort of AchillesHeel. For Christopher, it's silver: being in contact with it in any way renders him completely incapable of using magic. In Cat's case, he's left handed and thus has to use it to cast magic; any magic cast with his right will either be very weak or not work at all.
* RealityWarper: Enchanters. Before receiving formal training in magic, Christopher and Cat warped reality without even realizing it.
* TheScottishTrope: Because of what happens [[CallOnMe when someone says "Chrestomanci"]], criminals go out of their way to use euphemisms to refer to him, such as "Eminent Personage".
* SoulJar: Millie's wedding band for Christopher, the matchbook for Cat.
* SustainedMisunderstanding: One of Christopher's favorite discussion tactics.
* TeamMom: Millie for the Chrestomanci Castle residents.
* TrueSight: Witch Sight.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: "Don't Notice" spells deliberately invoke this, and are undetectable by weaker mages.
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* AdultsAreUseless: Let's say played with, as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.
* BadassBookworm: Because he's not good with magic, Tonino is always reading about science and history instead. His family has come to be proud of his studiousness by the time the main plot starts, however, and it's thought that he'll eventually succeed his great-uncle at the university.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Let's say played with, with in ''The Magicians of Caprona'', as Jones discussed in several lectures how she hated the trope in children's literature, and was very careful to give the characters good reasons. The adult Montanas and Petrochis are fairly unhelpful, yes, but it's because their prejudice against each other blinds them to any other possible explanation, not just because they are adults (the children start off with the same perspective). They don't so much ignore what's happen as go very determinedly in the wrong direction, and only get their act together at the very end. Marco and Rosa meanwhile are rather too aware for the children's comfort, the Duke turns out to be quite canny--despite childish qualities which at first made even the actual children dismiss him--and Chrestomanci was on the right track the whole time, but just too busy to be helpful until the end.
* BadassBookworm: Because he's not good with magic, Tonino is always reading about science and history instead. His family has come to be proud of his studiousness by the time the main plot of ''The Magicians of Caprona'' starts, however, and it's thought that he'll eventually succeed his great-uncle at the university.



* CatsAreMagic: Both families have magical cats that serve them, and are sapient and able to talk to some magicians. Amusingly, they still have [[MyInstinctsAreShowing some cat-like qualities]].

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* CatsAreMagic: Both the Montana and Petrocchi families have magical cats that serve them, and are sapient and able to talk to some magicians. Amusingly, they still have [[MyInstinctsAreShowing some cat-like qualities]].



* StarCrossedLovers: Amusingly subverted and parodied. [[spoiler:Marco]] Petrocchi and [[spoiler:Rosa]] Montana successfully marry under both of their warring family's noses and [[HappilyMarried live through the end]].

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* StarCrossedLovers: Amusingly subverted and parodied.parodied in ''The Magicians of Caprona''. [[spoiler:Marco]] Petrocchi and [[spoiler:Rosa]] Montana successfully marry under both of their warring family's noses and [[HappilyMarried live through the end]].



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[[folder: Witch Week]]
* BurnTheWitch: In this world's setting, this is very common and avoiding it is a main focus of the plot.
* FiveManBand: Witch Week's [[spoiler:witches]].

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* BurnTheWitch: In this world's setting, the setting of ''Witch Week'', this is very common and avoiding it is a main focus of the plot.
plot of the book.
* FiveManBand: Witch Week's [[spoiler:witches]].''Witch Week'''s [[spoiler: witches]].



* MergedReality: [[spoiler:At the end.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Witches are universally feared and persecuted despite nearly everyone being a witch.]]
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: and not just for the pupils. [[spoiler:turns into TheGoodOldBritishComp when the worlds merge at the end.]]

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* MergedReality: [[spoiler:At [[spoiler:Happens at the end.end of ''Witch Week''.]]
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Witches [[spoiler: In ''Witch Week'', witches are universally feared and persecuted despite nearly everyone being a witch.]]
* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: and In ''Witch Week''. And not just for the pupils. [[spoiler:turns [[spoiler: Turns into TheGoodOldBritishComp when the worlds merge at the end.]]



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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Uncle Ralph.]]

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Uncle Ralph.Ralph in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]



** Christopher realizes [[spoiler:his uncle Ralph has been killing and selling off the body parts of mythical creatures. Several of them being mermaids who had been Christopher's friends.]]
** The Goddess finds out [[spoiler:every old Living Asheth gets killed to make way for the new one. Slightly subverted in that Mother Proudfoot secretly saves most of them. Keyword being "most".]]

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** Young Christopher realizes [[spoiler:his that [[spoiler: his uncle Ralph has been killing and selling off the body parts of mythical creatures. Several of them being mermaids who had been Christopher's friends.]]
** The Goddess finds out [[spoiler:every [[spoiler: every old Living Asheth gets killed to make way for the new one. Slightly subverted in that Mother Proudfoot secretly saves most of them. Keyword being "most".]]



* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler:Mordecai and Miss Rosalie.]] And by watching them, Christopher realizes it's the same case with his forever quarreling parents.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler:Mordecai [[spoiler: Mordecai and Miss Rosalie.]] And by watching them, Christopher realizes it's the same case with his forever quarreling parents.



* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Dright.]]

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* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The Dright.Dright of Series Eleven in ''The Lives of Christopher Chant''.]]



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* MerlinSickness: ''The Sage of Theare'', though it's more that his life has been running backwards to catch up with him.

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* MerlinSickness: ''The "The Sage of Theare'', Theare", though it's more that his life has been running backwards to catch up with him.



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[[folder: Conrad's Fate]]
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Christopher and Millie.
* FreakOut: Christopher, of all people, has a minor one when [[spoiler:he can't find Millie]].

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* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Christopher and Millie.
Millie in ''Conrad's Fate''.
* FreakOut: Christopher, of all people, has a minor one in ''Conrad's Fate'' when [[spoiler:he can't find Millie]].



* ShipTease: Christopher and Millie, by the bucket loads.

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* ShipTease: Christopher and Millie, by the bucket loads.loads, in ''Conrad's Fate''.



* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Christopher and Millie]] get married in the end. Though [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready this should come as no surprise]] if you've read any of the other books.
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* AuthorTract: The thinly veiled {{Aesop}} about Christianity turning the Pinhoes, Farleighs and Cleeves into fanatics.

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* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Christopher and Millie]] get married in at the end. end of ''Conrad's Fate''. Though [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready this should come as no surprise]] if you've read any of the other books.
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[[folder: The Pinhoe Egg]]
books.

* AuthorTract: The thinly veiled {{Aesop}} in ''The Pinhoe Egg'' about Christianity turning the Pinhoes, Farleighs and Cleeves into fanatics.



* MagicalLand: "The distance," where all of the mythical creatures are sealed.

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* MagicalLand: "The distance," distance", where all of the mythical creatures are sealed.



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[[folder: Tropes Found In All Series]]
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* BewitchedAmphibians: [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] turns Euphemia the maid into a frog, having previously claimed that her bulging eyes made her look like one already.

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* BewitchedAmphibians: [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] turns Euphemia the maid into a frog, having previously claimed that her bulging eyes made her look like one already.



* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] was five when she started hijacking her brother's magic and put his lives into a matchbook, something that ''killed him'' once.

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* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] was five when she started hijacking her brother's magic and put his lives into a matchbook, something that ''killed him'' once.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] receives no comeuppance for her cruelty and malice, and ends up royalty.

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Gwendolen]] [[spoiler:Gwendolen]] receives no comeuppance for her cruelty and malice, and ends up royalty.



* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Cat has no idea [[spoiler: he's an enchanter]]; Gwendolen doesn't tell him because [[spoiler: she's using his magic]], and Chrestomanci doesn't tell him because he's unsure of Cat's motives.

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* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Cat has no idea [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's an enchanter]]; Gwendolen doesn't tell him because [[spoiler: she's [[spoiler:she's using his magic]], and Chrestomanci doesn't tell him because he's unsure of Cat's motives.



* TookALevelInBadass: Cat, when he finally [[spoiler: tells Gwendolen where she can shove it.]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: Cat, when he finally [[spoiler: tells [[spoiler:tells Gwendolen where she can shove it.]]



* TwoActStructure: Act I ends with [[spoiler: Gwendolen losing her magic,]] and Act II begins with Janet's arrival.

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* TwoActStructure: Act I ends with [[spoiler: Gwendolen [[spoiler:Gwendolen losing her magic,]] and Act II begins with Janet's arrival.



* FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi have been fighting for years. [[spoiler: They ''used'' to be great friends... and, ultimately, it is only a Montana and a Petrocchi singing the song together in perfect harmony that can drive out the White Devil again.]]

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* FeudingFamilies: Casa Montana and Casa Petrocchi have been fighting for years. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They ''used'' to be great friends... and, ultimately, it is only a Montana and a Petrocchi singing the song together in perfect harmony that can drive out the White Devil again.]]



* LethalJokeCharacter: [[spoiler: The White Devil]] assumes that Tonino and Angelica are perfect pawns in its plot, since one is no good at making his own spells and the latter is a notorious screw-up. [[spoiler: Both of them ruin her day, with Tonino turning her own magic against her to nearly strangle her to death, and Angelica using her power to do weird-but-effective things to summon help.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Parodied with [[spoiler: Marco and Rosa]], who find that falling in love and deciding to get married is the easy part, "over in minutes." The ''tricky'' part is doing it around both their families' feud.

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* LethalJokeCharacter: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The White Devil]] assumes that Tonino and Angelica are perfect pawns in its plot, since one is no good at making his own spells and the latter is a notorious screw-up. [[spoiler: Both [[spoiler:Both of them ruin her day, with Tonino turning her own magic against her to nearly strangle her to death, and Angelica using her power to do weird-but-effective things to summon help.]]
* LoveAtFirstSight: Parodied with [[spoiler: Marco [[spoiler:Marco and Rosa]], who find that falling in love and deciding to get married is the easy part, "over in minutes." The ''tricky'' part is doing it around both their families' feud.



* MuggleBornOfMages: Tonino seems to have no magical aptitude whatsoever, aside from talking to cats, to the point of turning into a sci-fi nerd instead. [[spoiler: He ''does'' have some power... [[SupportPartyMember it just tends to be better suited to working with other people's magic rather than creating his own]].]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Duke, who finds he can only really get things done around [[spoiler: his evil wife's enchantments]] is by pretending to be silly and childlike... leaving aside the things about him that really ''are'' silly and childlike.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The "White Devil's" nature is never explained, [[spoiler: but her true form is that of a rat, and her intentions are as malevolent as her machinations are subtle. And the spell that should keep her away isn't working because the descendants of the two families that warded her off are feuding.]]

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* MuggleBornOfMages: Tonino seems to have no magical aptitude whatsoever, aside from talking to cats, to the point of turning into a sci-fi nerd instead. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ''does'' have some power... [[SupportPartyMember it just tends to be better suited to working with other people's magic rather than creating his own]].]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Duke, who finds he can only really get things done around [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his evil wife's enchantments]] is by pretending to be silly and childlike... leaving aside the things about him that really ''are'' silly and childlike.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The "White Devil's" nature is never explained, [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but her true form is that of a rat, and her intentions are as malevolent as her machinations are subtle. And the spell that should keep her away isn't working because the descendants of the two families that warded her off are feuding.]]



* SuperEmpowering: A unique quality of [[spoiler: Tonino Montana]]'s magic is that he can greatly enhance any spell he takes part in or, in a pinch, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turn it against the caster]].

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* SuperEmpowering: A unique quality of [[spoiler: Tonino [[spoiler:Tonino Montana]]'s magic is that he can greatly enhance any spell he takes part in or, in a pinch, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard turn it against the caster]].



* FiveManBand: Witch Week's [[spoiler: witches]].

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* FiveManBand: Witch Week's [[spoiler: witches]].[[spoiler:witches]].



* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: and not just for the pupils. [[spoiler: turns into TheGoodOldBritishComp when the worlds merge at the end.]]

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: and not just for the pupils. [[spoiler: turns [[spoiler:turns into TheGoodOldBritishComp when the worlds merge at the end.]]



** Christopher realizes [[spoiler: his uncle Ralph has been killing and selling off the body parts of mythical creatures. Several of them being mermaids who had been Christopher's friends.]]
** The Goddess finds out [[spoiler: every old Living Asheth gets killed to make way for the new one. Slightly subverted in that Mother Proudfoot secretly saves most of them. Keyword being "most".]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler: Mordecai and Miss Rosalie.]] And by watching them, Christopher realizes it's the same case with his forever quarreling parents.

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** Christopher realizes [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his uncle Ralph has been killing and selling off the body parts of mythical creatures. Several of them being mermaids who had been Christopher's friends.]]
** The Goddess finds out [[spoiler: every [[spoiler:every old Living Asheth gets killed to make way for the new one. Slightly subverted in that Mother Proudfoot secretly saves most of them. Keyword being "most".]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: [[spoiler: Mordecai [[spoiler:Mordecai and Miss Rosalie.]] And by watching them, Christopher realizes it's the same case with his forever quarreling parents.



* TheCallPutMeOnHold: Although he wasn't bothered by it in the least, destiny didn't catch up with Christopher until that fateful moment when Dr. Pawson took all of his silver away, and Christopher [[spoiler: accidentally blew the roof of the house off.]]

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* TheCallPutMeOnHold: Although he wasn't bothered by it in the least, destiny didn't catch up with Christopher until that fateful moment when Dr. Pawson took all of his silver away, and Christopher [[spoiler: accidentally [[spoiler:accidentally blew the roof of the house off.]]



--> '' "Christopher," said the Goddess, obviously trying to sound calm, "Bethi's dead. That means [[spoiler: I'm going to die when they get a new Living Asheth]]." Kneeling by the dead cat, she screamed and screamed and screamed. ''
* GodInHumanForm: The Living Asheth, a human girl who is chosen to represent the Living Aspect of the Goddess Asheth and who apparently gains some degree of supernatural ability (or at least an extra set of arms) from the position. The subversion is that [[spoiler: Asheth doesn't really share her powers and the Living Asheth is an enchantress who is just that powerful on her own without realizing it.]]

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--> '' "Christopher," said the Goddess, obviously trying to sound calm, "Bethi's dead. That means [[spoiler: I'm [[spoiler:I'm going to die when they get a new Living Asheth]]." Kneeling by the dead cat, she screamed and screamed and screamed. ''
* GodInHumanForm: The Living Asheth, a human girl who is chosen to represent the Living Aspect of the Goddess Asheth and who apparently gains some degree of supernatural ability (or at least an extra set of arms) from the position. The subversion is that [[spoiler: Asheth [[spoiler:Asheth doesn't really share her powers and the Living Asheth is an enchantress who is just that powerful on her own without realizing it.]]



* HostageSituation: Towards the end [[spoiler: Gabriel De Witt is captured by the Dright of Series Eleven and Christopher travels there to negotiate for his release]].

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* HostageSituation: Towards the end [[spoiler: Gabriel [[spoiler:Gabriel De Witt is captured by the Dright of Series Eleven and Christopher travels there to negotiate for his release]].



* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: The Goddess]] renames herself Millie.

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* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Goddess]] renames herself Millie.



* ProperlyParanoid: The Goddess is very concerned about [[spoiler: what happened to all the other Living Asheths]]. Christopher thinks she's being silly. [[AwfulTruth Christopher is wrong.]]

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* ProperlyParanoid: The Goddess is very concerned about [[spoiler: what [[spoiler:what happened to all the other Living Asheths]]. Christopher thinks she's being silly. [[AwfulTruth Christopher is wrong.]]



* RageAgainstTheMentor: Christopher towards Gabriel De Witt, which lessens considerably when [[spoiler: Christopher realizes De Witt had hated becoming Chrestomanci just as much as he does]]. But that doesn't stop it from rising up whenever they butt heads, like in ''Conrad's Fate''.

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* RageAgainstTheMentor: Christopher towards Gabriel De Witt, which lessens considerably when [[spoiler: Christopher [[spoiler:Christopher realizes De Witt had hated becoming Chrestomanci just as much as he does]]. But that doesn't stop it from rising up whenever they butt heads, like in ''Conrad's Fate''.



* FreakOut: Christopher, of all people, has a minor one when [[spoiler: he can't find Millie]].

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* FreakOut: Christopher, of all people, has a minor one when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he can't find Millie]].



* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Christopher and Millie]] get married in the end. Though [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready this should come as no surprise]] if you've read any of the other books.

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* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler: Christopher [[spoiler:Christopher and Millie]] get married in the end. Though [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready this should come as no surprise]] if you've read any of the other books.



* CassandraTruth: Poor Marianne tries desperately to let people know that [[spoiler: Gammer has gone insane and is cursing the Farleighs,]] but everyone either has been bespelled not to believe her, or just won't listen.

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* CassandraTruth: Poor Marianne tries desperately to let people know that [[spoiler: Gammer [[spoiler:Gammer has gone insane and is cursing the Farleighs,]] but everyone either has been bespelled not to believe her, or just won't listen.



* AchillesHeel: Each Chrestomanci has their own individual one. [[spoiler: For Christopher, it's silver.]]

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* AchillesHeel: Each Chrestomanci has their own individual one. [[spoiler: For [[spoiler:For Christopher, it's silver.]]



** In ''Charmed Life'', [[spoiler: the protagonist Cat is being used by his older sister, who is stealing his magic for herself. This even kills him at one point.]]
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', [[spoiler: Christopher is unknowingly roped into helping a group of smugglers with their business. Near the end of the novel, this comes into full effect, as the employees of the Castle discuss what should happen to Christopher as he was (knowingly or not) participating in illegal smuggling across the Related Worlds. He also dies quite a few times during the course of the story.]]
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'' [[spoiler: Tonino and Angelica are abducted by the Duke's wife, who is secretly the White Witch who wants to destroy Caprona. They are completely at her mercy for a while and are even turned into Punch and Judy puppets which are used to entertain the Duke.]]

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** In ''Charmed Life'', [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the protagonist Cat is being used by his older sister, who is stealing his magic for herself. This even kills him at one point.]]
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', [[spoiler: Christopher [[spoiler:Christopher is unknowingly roped into helping a group of smugglers with their business. Near the end of the novel, this comes into full effect, as the employees of the Castle discuss what should happen to Christopher as he was (knowingly or not) participating in illegal smuggling across the Related Worlds. He also dies quite a few times during the course of the story.]]
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'' [[spoiler: Tonino [[spoiler:Tonino and Angelica are abducted by the Duke's wife, who is secretly the White Witch who wants to destroy Caprona. They are completely at her mercy for a while and are even turned into Punch and Judy puppets which are used to entertain the Duke.]]



** In ''Conrad's Fate'' [[spoiler: Millie]] ends up ''running away'' to stop going to her awful boarding school.

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** In ''Conrad's Fate'' [[spoiler: Millie]] [[spoiler:Millie]] ends up ''running away'' to stop going to her awful boarding school.



** Millie's cats in ''The Pinhoe Egg''. [[spoiler: They are all descended from Throgmorten and Bethi's kitten who came to live with the Goddess in Chrestomanci Castle.]]

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** Millie's cats in ''The Pinhoe Egg''. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They are all descended from Throgmorten and Bethi's kitten who came to live with the Goddess in Chrestomanci Castle.]]



** [[spoiler: Conrad Tesdinic's]] father is dead, and his unbelievably neglectful mother lets him be manipulated by his EvilUncle who lives with them. She's fully aware that her brother is a ManipulativeBastard, but she simply doesn't care enough to take an active role in his life. It's implied she herself was manipulated, reinforced with just a hint of magic.

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** [[spoiler: Conrad [[spoiler:Conrad Tesdinic's]] father is dead, and his unbelievably neglectful mother lets him be manipulated by his EvilUncle who lives with them. She's fully aware that her brother is a ManipulativeBastard, but she simply doesn't care enough to take an active role in his life. It's implied she herself was manipulated, reinforced with just a hint of magic.
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* HostageSituation: Towards the end [[spoiler:Gabriel De Witt is captured by the Dright of Series Eleven and Christopher travels there to negotiate for his release]].

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* HostageSituation: Towards the end [[spoiler:Gabriel [[spoiler: Gabriel De Witt is captured by the Dright of Series Eleven and Christopher travels there to negotiate for his release]].


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Christopher. Though he's insufferably self-absorbed and can act like a total jerkass, he does have a good heart and good intentions.
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* AchillesHeel: Each Chrestomanci has their own individual one.

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* AchillesHeel: Each Chrestomanci has their own individual one. [[spoiler: For Christopher, it's silver.]]
* AdultFear: Loads of it. In all books the main characters, who are just children, get entangled in some major problems.
** In ''Charmed Life'', [[spoiler: the protagonist Cat is being used by his older sister, who is stealing his magic for herself. This even kills him at one point.]]
** In ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'', [[spoiler: Christopher is unknowingly roped into helping a group of smugglers with their business. Near the end of the novel, this comes into full effect, as the employees of the Castle discuss what should happen to Christopher as he was (knowingly or not) participating in illegal smuggling across the Related Worlds. He also dies quite a few times during the course of the story.]]
** In ''The Magicians of Caprona'' [[spoiler: Tonino and Angelica are abducted by the Duke's wife, who is secretly the White Witch who wants to destroy Caprona. They are completely at her mercy for a while and are even turned into Punch and Judy puppets which are used to entertain the Duke.]]



* BadassTeacher: Michael Saunders

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* BadassTeacher: Michael SaundersSaunders, who is a powerful magician in charge of tutoring Chrestomanci's children and wards.



** Millie's cats in ''The Pinhoe Egg''.

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** Millie's cats in ''The Pinhoe Egg''. [[spoiler: They are all descended from Throgmorten and Bethi's kitten who came to live with the Goddess in Chrestomanci Castle.]]



** Jason the boot boy from ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is featured a lot in ''The Pinhoe Egg''
** O'Neir, one of Christopher's childhood friends is the father of the girl featured in "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream"

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** Jason the boot boy from ''The Lives of Christopher Chant'' is featured a lot in ''The Pinhoe Egg''
Egg'' as a powerful magic-user who is tasked with finding exotic plants from other worlds to bring back to the Castle.
** O'Neir, one of Christopher's childhood friends is the father of the girl female protagonist featured in "Carol O'Neir's Hundredth Dream"Dream".
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** SelfFulfillingProphecy: Concerned by the potential threat, Christopher's father casts his strongest spells to make silver neutral to Christopher. The effect of this is that silver cancels out Christopher's magic, which is at best inconvenient and at worst life-threatening.


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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: After Christopher's father predicts that Christopher will be threatened by silver, he casts his strongest spells to make silver neutral to Christopher. The effect of this is that silver cancels out Christopher's magic, which is at best inconvenient and at worst life-threatening.
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