History Literature / Goosebumps

8th Aug '16 12:07:40 AM YpsiFang
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* MadScientist: Almost too many to count; Margaret and Casey's dad (and the clones he made) in "Stay Out of the Basement," Evan's cousin Kermit in ''Monster Blood III'', Larry's "doctor"[[note]]who turns out to be a scientist who tried to make a serum that turns dogs into kids, only to find that it's a failure[[/note]] in ''My Hairiest Adventure'', Sam's parents in ''My Best Friend is Invisible'', and Erin's father/creator in ''A Shocker on Shock Street''. Often the mad scientist (or some sort of researcher who, if not specifically "Mad", is at least a jerk who does his job due to promises of money and prestige) will prove to the ''real'' villain of the story instead of the comparably harmless "monster". See: ''Curse of the Mummy's Tomb'', ''How I Got My Shrunken Head'', ''Deep Trouble'' (parts one and two and the TV version that had part two's plot and part one's title), and ''Egg Monsters from Mars''.

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* MadScientist: Almost too many to count; Margaret and Casey's dad (and the clones he made) in "Stay Out of the Basement," Evan's cousin Kermit in ''Monster Blood III'', Larry's "doctor"[[note]]who turns out to be a scientist who tried to make a serum that turns dogs into kids, only to find that it's a failure[[/note]] in ''My Hairiest Adventure'', Sam's parents in ''My Best Friend is Invisible'', and Erin's father/creator father in ''A Shocker on Shock Street''. Often the mad scientist (or some sort of researcher who, if not specifically "Mad", is at least a jerk who does his job due to promises of money and prestige) will prove to the ''real'' villain of the story instead of the comparably harmless "monster". See: ''Curse of the Mummy's Tomb'', ''How I Got My Shrunken Head'', ''Deep Trouble'' (parts one and two and the TV version that had part two's plot and part one's title), and ''Egg Monsters from Mars''.
31st Jul '16 9:44:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: The witch in "Be Careful What You Wish For" gives Samantha three wishes after a samaritan deed, but [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor they all end up backfiring on her]] in increasingly worse ways, including one where ''everyone on the world disappears'' (or turned to flies) because of a poorly-worded wish. The witch claims that the girl should choose her words carefully, but her behavior makes it hard to tell if she's a LiteralGenie who couldn't grand the wish any other way and just hopes Sam does it right, or a JackassGenie who's just messing with Sam for kicks by hiding behind the ExactWords excuse.

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: The witch in "Be Careful What You Wish For" gives Samantha three wishes after a samaritan deed, but [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor they all end up backfiring on her]] in increasingly worse ways, including one where ''everyone on in the world disappears'' (or turned to flies) flies in the tv version) because of a poorly-worded wish. The witch claims that the girl should choose her words carefully, but her behavior makes it hard to tell if she's a LiteralGenie who couldn't grand the wish any other way and just hopes Sam does it right, or a JackassGenie who's just messing with Sam for kicks by hiding behind the ExactWords excuse.
31st Jul '16 9:17:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheGamePlaysYou: In the story "The Haunted House Game", a group of children play a board game of the same name where each command they land on becomes true. [[spoiler:It turns out that they're all ghosts who died playing the original game and are reliving the same events over and over again.]]
31st Jul '16 8:12:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* XMeetsY: Series/TheTwilightZone meets Creator/StephenKing for kids.
20th Jul '16 7:23:49 PM stuffedninja
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Wilson in ''How I Learned To Fly''. In fact, a lot of the Goosebumps stories usually have the antagonist as someone who is better than the protagonist at almost everything (cf. Judith in ''Be Careful What You Wish For'', Sari in ''The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb''/''Return of the Mummy'' and Courtney in ''You Can't Scare Me!'')



* AlienBlood: Dr. Brewer's plant clone from ''Stay Out Of The Basement'', which leads to his downfall.



* AlienBlood: Dr. Brewer's plant clone from ''Stay Out Of The Basement'', which leads to his downfall.


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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: A lot of the Goosebumps stories usually have the antagonist as someone who is better than the protagonist at almost everything. (ex: Judith in ''Be Careful What You Wish For'', Sari in ''The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb''/''Return of the Mummy'', Courtney in ''You Can't Scare Me!'', Wilson in ''How I Learned To Fly'')
12th Jul '16 4:35:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheAce / AlwaysSomeoneBetter / TheRival: Wilson in ''How I Learned To Fly''. In fact, a lot of the Goosebumps stories usually have the antagonist as someone who is better than the protagonist at almost everything (cf. Judith in ''Be Careful What You Wish For'', Sari in ''The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb''/''Return of the Mummy'' and Courtney in ''You Can't Scare Me!'')

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* TheAce / AlwaysSomeoneBetter / TheRival: AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Wilson in ''How I Learned To Fly''. In fact, a lot of the Goosebumps stories usually have the antagonist as someone who is better than the protagonist at almost everything (cf. Judith in ''Be Careful What You Wish For'', Sari in ''The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb''/''Return of the Mummy'' and Courtney in ''You Can't Scare Me!'')
12th Jul '16 2:27:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Crystal, the protagonist in ''Chicken Chicken'' has red hair.
29th Jun '16 3:48:17 PM Megachamp
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* EvilTwin: ''I Am Your Evil Twin''.

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* EvilTwin: ''I Am Your Evil Twin''.Twin'', enough said.
29th Jun '16 1:32:08 PM Megachamp
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* GreyandGrayMorality: Surprisingly. Quite a few of the protagonists (Evan, Sarah, etc.) can be insufferably selfish assholes, while some of the monsters and antagonists have sympathetic motivations for their evil.

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* [[GreyGoo Green Goo]]: Monster Blood, especially since it's constantly growing and will eat pretty much anything.
* GreyandGrayMorality: Surprisingly. Quite a few of the protagonists (Evan, Sarah, etc.) can be insufferably selfish assholes, while some of the monsters and antagonists have sympathetic motivations for their evil.
15th Jun '16 12:32:14 PM Morgenthaler
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: ''Welcome to Camp Nightmare'''s twist.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: ''Welcome to Camp Nightmare'''s twist. [[spoiler:The protagonist is actually a human-looking alien who was being prepared for an infiltration mission on the savage planet Earth.]]
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