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29th Apr '16 2:56:13 AM enitharmon
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* FurryConfusion: Aside from some odd moments involving the Dæmons and their interactions with real animals, there is a scene early on where Mrs. Coulter tells Lyra that it isn't safe to eat polar bear liver, but the rest of the animal is edible. Unless there are non-Panserbjørne polar bears (we never see any), [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman this raises some very awkward questions...]]

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* FurryConfusion: Aside from some odd moments involving the Dæmons and their interactions with real animals, there is a scene early on where Mrs. Coulter tells Lyra that it isn't safe to eat polar bear liver, but the rest of the animal is edible. Unless there are non-Panserbjørne polar bears (we never see any), any although it is implied that they exist), [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman this raises some very awkward questions...]]
13th Mar '16 8:03:27 PM somebob
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* StayWithTheAliens: Averted. No one can stay in any universe that is not their home without aging rapidly.


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* UndeadTaxExemption: Lord Boreal was a rich man in Lyra's world and, as Sir Charles Latrom in Will's world, he also became rich.
** John Parry, Will's father, proved himself through scientific debate to make a name for himself as Stanislaus Grumman. It was noted that people knew he came out of nowhere and couldn't find any past for him.
22nd Dec '15 1:59:19 PM Ciara25
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* YouAreWorthHell: [[spoiler: Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter's mutual fling into the abyss.]]

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* YouAreWorthHell: [[spoiler: Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter's mutual fling into the abyss.abyss, for Lyra's sake.]]
22nd Dec '15 11:58:46 AM Ciara25
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* AdultFear: People's kids are being kidnapped and no one knows where they're going. Think about it.

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* AdultFear: People's kids are being kidnapped and no one knows where they're going. Think about it. Worse still, the first book actually shows us an abduction as it happens, in which Mrs. Coulter reels in Tony Makarios.
16th Dec '15 2:20:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* LikeABadAssOutOfHell: [[spoiler:Lee and Grumman]]
14th Dec '15 11:36:20 AM Discar
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* MacGuffinSuperPerson: Lyra Belaqua is the "involved in a prophecy version." [[spoiler: To be precise, she is the new "Eve" and thus her destiny is to end destiny, ''without knowing what she's doing''. Needless to say, the bad guys do '''not''' want to this to happen, while her allies do their best to protect her until her moment comes.]]
29th Nov '15 11:58:29 AM morenohijazo
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* NeverLand: Cittagazze. The Spectres suck the soul out of anyone who has hit puberty.
6th Nov '15 11:12:05 AM vifetoile
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* YaoiGuys: Balthamos and Baruch; one an angel, the other a human uplifted to that status.
** Well, angels are commonly portrayed as either genderless or as Hermaphrodites.
*** It was never stated they ''weren't'' of a different sex at some point in the past.
**** "Man" can refer to humankind, but it's getting a little silly after all these years to deny that Baruch was not a male when he was a human. There's also the implication that Metatron took issue with Baruch for his sexuality while they were both humans. Balthamos is a "nothing", Baruch was a male human.
**** To bolster the above, 'Baruch' is an explicitly gendered name in Hebrew -- he's male.

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* YaoiGuys: Balthamos and Baruch; one an angel, who is constantly referred to as male, the other a human former mortal man, uplifted to that status.
** Well, angels are commonly portrayed as either genderless or as Hermaphrodites.
*** It was never stated they ''weren't'' of a different sex at some point in the past.
**** "Man" can refer to humankind, but it's getting a little silly after all these years to deny that Baruch was not a male when he was a human. There's also the implication that Metatron took issue with Baruch for his sexuality while they were both humans. Balthamos is a "nothing", Baruch was a male human.
**** To bolster the above, 'Baruch' is an explicitly gendered name in Hebrew -- he's male.
angelic status.
18th Oct '15 12:59:34 AM Raincoat
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** Iorek claims that tricking a bear is impossible, and invites Lyra to try. She fails miserably. But Lyra notes that Iofur wants to be human; he rejects his birthright as a bear. So when Lyra says Iofur can gain a daemon for himself, he ''wants'' to believe her, and his blind focus on this goal leads him to fall for Iorek's WoundedGazelleGambit during the duel, too.
17th Oct '15 6:03:16 PM nombretomado
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* ChristianityIsCatholic: In Lyra's world John Calvin, instead of being excommunicated, somehow was elected ''[[ThePope Pope]]'', and then abolished the Papacy upon his death. Thus, the Protestant Reformation never happened, leaving a Church that has unquestioned power over all of Europe. The trope applies, however, not because only Catholicism exists in Lyra's world but because what is meant to parallel Christianity only parallels Catholicism with no attempt to differentiate.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: In Lyra's world John Calvin, instead of being excommunicated, somehow was elected ''[[ThePope ''[[UsefulNotes/ThePope Pope]]'', and then abolished the Papacy upon his death. Thus, the Protestant Reformation never happened, leaving a Church that has unquestioned power over all of Europe. The trope applies, however, not because only Catholicism exists in Lyra's world but because what is meant to parallel Christianity only parallels Catholicism with no attempt to differentiate.



* ThePope: ''Joan Calvin'' managed somewhat to be elected Pope, and was the last because, after his death, an hodge-podge of Councils and Boards replaced Papacy.
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