History Literature / KittyNorville

2nd Apr '17 10:15:24 PM Ingonyama
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* HunterOfMonsters: Cormac, who has actually made this his life's work after being trained in the role by his father (a long tradition in the Bennett family), and it adds to the drama when [[ConflictingLoyalty he must choose between this and his friendship with Kitty]], resolved initially by him only continuing to hunt the truly inhuman and dangerous supernaturals but not truly dealt with until he can lay his father's spirit to rest. [[spoiler: Ben became one too, though only to help Cormac.]]
22nd Mar '17 2:43:07 AM Ingonyama
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** [[spoiler:After going the whole series being this, Mercedes finally has karma catch up with her in the last book.]]

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** [[spoiler:After going the whole series being this, Mercedes [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty finally has karma catch up with her in the last book.book]].]]
17th Feb '17 3:22:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHunter: Cormac! [[spoiler: And Ben, sort of.]]
26th Nov '16 3:25:10 PM nombretomado
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** When Kitty is hidden in Grant's magic cabinet and discovers it leads to [[spoiler:the world of an EldritchAbomination]], she thinks she was "[[ChroniclesOfNarnia half expecting to see a snow-covered forest and a lamppost]]".

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** When Kitty is hidden in Grant's magic cabinet and discovers it leads to [[spoiler:the world of an EldritchAbomination]], she thinks she was "[[ChroniclesOfNarnia "[[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe half expecting to see a snow-covered forest and a lamppost]]".
4th Nov '16 11:08:52 AM dlchen145
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* CatsAreMean: Subverted with Luis, but played depressingly straight with Balthasar and Nick. Played with at first but finally subverted again with Sakhmet [[spoiler:(Samira)]], the {{Badass}} [[PantheraAwesome were-lioness warrior]]. At first she is simply part of the cult-like fanatical group that kidnaps Kitty to complete their ritual, but throughout her captivity [[LimaSyndrome she becomes increasingly solicitous of and sympathetic toward Kitty]]. By the end of the book she's unquestioningly taking battlefield orders from Kitty, and if she does show up again in the series, she'll clearly be a firm ally.

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* CatsAreMean: Subverted with Luis, but played depressingly straight with Balthasar and Nick. Played with at first but finally subverted again with Sakhmet [[spoiler:(Samira)]], the {{Badass}} badass [[PantheraAwesome were-lioness warrior]]. At first she is simply part of the cult-like fanatical group that kidnaps Kitty to complete their ritual, but throughout her captivity [[LimaSyndrome she becomes increasingly solicitous of and sympathetic toward Kitty]]. By the end of the book she's unquestioningly taking battlefield orders from Kitty, and if she does show up again in the series, she'll clearly be a firm ally.



* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Pulled hilariously on Carl by Ben when the two finally meet in book four. [[HotBlooded Carl doesn't take it well]]. Also is starting to happen with people who meet Kitty (and to a lesser extent [[spoiler:Ben]]) and find them to be not as {{Badass}} as they expected.

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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Pulled hilariously on Carl by Ben when the two finally meet in book four. [[HotBlooded Carl doesn't take it well]]. Also is starting to happen with people who meet Kitty (and to a lesser extent [[spoiler:Ben]]) and find them to be not as {{Badass}} badass as they expected.



* HilaritySues: Subverted. Cormac, the resident BadassLongcoat, blows half of an evil [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent skinwalker]]'s face off to [[ShootTheDog put it out of its misery]], after it was already mortally wounded. This saves the pretty heroine, her lover, a police officer, and a couple civilians. [[TemptingFate Traditional end to a werewolf story, right?]] [[SpoiledByTheFormat We're only two-thirds through the book]]; the BadAss has just been arrested for murder because the final bullet constituted excessive force. (Not so much Hollywood Law as a combination of DirtyCop, AmoralAttorney, and FantasticRacism, plus the {{masquerade}} only recently having been broken.)

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* HilaritySues: Subverted. Cormac, the resident BadassLongcoat, blows half of an evil [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent skinwalker]]'s face off to [[ShootTheDog put it out of its misery]], after it was already mortally wounded. This saves the pretty heroine, her lover, a police officer, and a couple civilians. [[TemptingFate Traditional end to a werewolf story, right?]] [[SpoiledByTheFormat We're only two-thirds through the book]]; the BadAss badass has just been arrested for murder because the final bullet constituted excessive force. (Not so much Hollywood Law as a combination of DirtyCop, AmoralAttorney, and FantasticRacism, plus the {{masquerade}} only recently having been broken.)



* TheMole: Darren turns out to be this [[spoiler:for Nasser]], acting to determine whether Kitty is strong enough to face [[spoiler:Roman]] and then, after deciding in his mind that she isn't, undermining her authority so as to set off a coup and replace her as alpha. [[HeroAntagonist Despite this, he remains a good guy]] and may possibly still be an ally in the future, considering how she managed to impress ([[BadAss and scare]]) him.

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* TheMole: Darren turns out to be this [[spoiler:for Nasser]], acting to determine whether Kitty is strong enough to face [[spoiler:Roman]] and then, after deciding in his mind that she isn't, undermining her authority so as to set off a coup and replace her as alpha. [[HeroAntagonist Despite this, he remains a good guy]] and may possibly still be an ally in the future, considering how she managed to impress ([[BadAss and scare]]) scare him.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Break out in hives and die from exposure to sunlight, crosses, and holy water. Wooden stake through the chest kills. Need blood to regenerate injuries, can hypnotize anyone that looks directly into their eyes. The hypnosis can be broken (and they themselves can be paralyzed) if you pray or otherwise speak holy words in their presence, and they cannot speak such words at all. [[spoiler:Unless you have HeroicWillpower, like [[{{Badass}} Rick]].]] If you're drained dry, you come back as a vampire later. Much faster than humans, and can teleport through shadows if the way Mercedes and Ned appear and disappear out of nowhere, and how Ned finds Jan hiding in them, is any indication. [[spoiler: They can show up in mirrors and photos, or decide not to. And much older, more powerful vampires can apparently [[UpToEleven make lesser ones]] ''sweat blood''.]]

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Break out in hives and die from exposure to sunlight, crosses, and holy water. Wooden stake through the chest kills. Need blood to regenerate injuries, can hypnotize anyone that looks directly into their eyes. The hypnosis can be broken (and they themselves can be paralyzed) if you pray or otherwise speak holy words in their presence, and they cannot speak such words at all. [[spoiler:Unless you have HeroicWillpower, like [[{{Badass}} Rick]].Rick.]] If you're drained dry, you come back as a vampire later. Much faster than humans, and can teleport through shadows if the way Mercedes and Ned appear and disappear out of nowhere, and how Ned finds Jan hiding in them, is any indication. [[spoiler: They can show up in mirrors and photos, or decide not to. And much older, more powerful vampires can apparently [[UpToEleven make lesser ones]] ''sweat blood''.]]
17th Sep '16 2:52:11 AM Ingonyama
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* PairTheSpares: In the last book (and [[StrangledByTheRedString rather out of nowhere]]) Tina starts showing interest in Cormac when they finally meet. However this is averted in the end since she isn't really sure he's her type [[spoiler:and he's already in love with Amelia, who is possessing him. Tina is aware of this, and doesn't know if they can share]].

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* PairTheSpares: In the last book (and [[StrangledByTheRedString rather out of nowhere]]) Tina starts showing interest in Cormac when they finally meet. However this is averted in the end since she isn't really sure he's her type [[spoiler:and he's already in love with Amelia, who is possessing him. Tina is aware of this, and doesn't know if they can share]]. Also factoring into the situation is that she is still recovering from the death of Jeffrey Miles, whom she'd gotten involved with in ''House of Horrors'', and so she either might have been seeking SexForSolace or had decided [[YouHaveWaitedLongEnough she has waited long enough]] and [[RomancingTheWidow hopes he will be into romancing her]].
14th Aug '16 3:12:28 AM morenohijazo
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* PrematureEmpowerment: Common practice in UrbanFantasy stories, most notably those dealing with [[WolfMan werewolves]], [[VampireTropes vampires]], or other [[ViralTransformation infectious paranormal]]. These books feature a number of characters to whom this happened, for example.
30th May '16 1:55:39 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Kitty falling into Balthasar's clutches and almost being sacrificed to the Band of Tiamat could have been easily prevented if Odysseus Grant had merely [[PoorCommunicationKills come out and told her the truth]] instead of resorting to VaguenessIsComing pronouncements. To be fair, he was sure [[CassandraTruth she wouldn't have believed him]] and that [[YouAreNotReady she wasn't ready]], but still...
27th May '16 10:30:11 PM merotoker
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** Amazingly, [[spoiler:after going half the series alternately hating and being terrified of him, Kitty ends up feeling sorry for Roman as he lies dying from the backblast of the Manus Herculei. Even as she commiserates with him over how he must have felt after Kumarbis turned him, [[MurderByInaction she can't bring herself to truly do anything to help him]], certainly not to offer him her blood. But she does suggest trying to get him to shelter from the sun so he won't be destroyed by the dawn, and as much as Roman suggests she is simply trying to do the ethical thing to salve her conscience and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood couldn't really want to help him]], that she'd do better to abandon him after all he had done to her and her friends, she still wishes she could save him. She even tries to talk to him about his past, and calls him by his real name as he stakes himself.]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: Or most of them anyway--whenever Kitty hears of a new type of supernatural creature or magic, or encounters a ConspiracyTheorist, inevitably the creature/magic/theory turns out to be real, if not quite what the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]] versions [[MetaphoricallyTrue would make her]] [[SadlyMythtaken believe them to be]]. While the FantasyKitchenSink of the series makes this trope fairly self-evident, a particularly effective and even insightful explanation (aside from the {{masquerade}}) for [[LegendFadesToMyth why this is the case]], yet nobody knows about it, is given in book two when Ahmed explains that [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Daniel of the lion's den was really a werelion]] and Enkidu of ''[[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]]'' was a werecreature as well.

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** Amazingly, [[spoiler:after going half the series alternately hating and being terrified of him, Kitty ends up feeling sorry for Roman as he lies dying from the backblast of the Manus Herculei. Even as she commiserates with him over how he must have felt after Kumarbis turned him, [[MurderByInaction she can't bring herself to truly do anything to help him]], certainly not to offer him her blood. But she does suggest trying to get him to shelter from the sun so he won't be destroyed by the dawn, and as much as Roman suggests she is simply trying to do the ethical thing to salve her conscience and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood couldn't really want to help him]], that she'd do better to abandon him after all he had done to her and her friends, she still wishes she could save him. She even tries to talk to him about his past, and calls him by his real name as he stakes himself.]]
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* AllMythsAreTrue: Or most of them anyway--whenever Kitty hears of a new type of supernatural creature or magic, or encounters a ConspiracyTheorist, inevitably the creature/magic/theory turns out to be real, if not quite what the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bowdlerised]] {{bowdlerise}}d versions [[MetaphoricallyTrue would make her]] [[SadlyMythtaken believe them to be]]. While the FantasyKitchenSink of the series makes this trope fairly self-evident, a particularly effective and even insightful explanation (aside from the {{masquerade}}) for [[LegendFadesToMyth why this is the case]], yet nobody knows about it, is given in book two when Ahmed explains that [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Daniel of the lion's den was really a werelion]] and Enkidu of ''[[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]]'' was a werecreature as well.



* [[BadassArmy Badass Squad]]: In ''Kitty Goes to War'', Captain Gordon and his pack of Special Forces werewolves are these, achieving results far beyond their expectations, but [[spoiler:the pack completely fall apart after Gordon, the alpha, dies.]]

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* [[BadassArmy Badass Squad]]: In ''Kitty Goes to War'', Captain Gordon and his pack of Special Forces werewolves are these, achieving results far beyond their expectations, but [[spoiler:the pack completely fall apart after Gordon, the alpha, dies.]]dies]].



* TheBait: The plan Cormac comes up with to try and flush Roman out so they can assassinate him, involves this: [[spoiler:using Tina to stand in for Amelia, whom Roman had been communicating with via e-mail, so they could get close enough to strike a killing blow.]] Kitty [[GenreSavvy of course]] lampshades how such a plan is a terrible mistake likely to go wrong which Roman will see right through; Cormac counters that even if he does, he'll still be lured in [[spoiler:since he might believe Tina was channeling Amelia]]. Turns out they were both right.

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* TheBait: The plan Cormac comes up with to try and flush Roman out so they can assassinate him, involves this: [[spoiler:using Tina to stand in for Amelia, whom Roman had been communicating with via e-mail, so they could get close enough to strike a killing blow.]] blow]]. Kitty [[GenreSavvy of course]] lampshades how such a plan is a terrible mistake likely to go wrong which Roman will see right through; Cormac counters that even if he does, he'll still be lured in [[spoiler:since he might believe Tina was channeling Amelia]]. Turns out they were both right.



** ''Kitty's Big Trouble'' starts off with Kitty investigating rumors concerning [[spoiler: General Sherman and Wyatt Earp.]] They turn out to be true.
** ''Kitty Steals the Show'' introduces Ned, the Vampire Master of London... better known as [[spoiler: Edward Alleyn]]

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** ''Kitty's Big Trouble'' starts off with Kitty investigating rumors concerning [[spoiler: General Sherman and Wyatt Earp.]] Earp]]. They turn out to be true.
** ''Kitty Steals the Show'' introduces Ned, the Vampire Master of London... better known as [[spoiler: Edward Alleyn]] Alleyn]].



* BiggerBad: Charles Lightman [[spoiler:aka Lucifer]]



** With the ending of the series drawing closer, and due to the nature and far-reaching effects of the London conference, numerous characters from early in the series have reappeared in ''Kitty Steals the Show''. Luis and Emma are back with fairly large roles, as is Dr. Flemming; Alette, Tom, and Mercedes all get TheCameo (the latter, however, acting as a [[TheManBehindTheMan Woman Behind the Man]] for most of the book); and Tyler gets to be the DistressedDude this time. Jules from the Paradox PI crew is also there, though only named as a guest on Kitty's show. The only ones we haven't seen return are Ahmed, Tony, Grant, Peter, Brenda and Evan, and the non-evil members of the Band of Tiamat...and with the way the series is shaping up, it's likely at least some of them will appear too.

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** With the ending of the series drawing closer, and due to the nature and far-reaching effects of the London conference, numerous characters from early in the series have reappeared in ''Kitty Steals the Show''. Luis and Emma are back with fairly large roles, as is Dr. Flemming; Alette, Tom, and Mercedes all get TheCameo (the latter, however, acting as a [[TheManBehindTheMan Woman Behind the Man]] for most of the book); and Tyler gets to be the DistressedDude this time. Jules from the Paradox PI crew is also there, though only named as a guest on Kitty's show. The only ones we haven't seen return are Ahmed, Tony, Grant, Peter, Brenda and Evan, and the non-evil members of the Band of Tiamat...and with the way the series is shaping up, it's likely at least some of them will appear too.



* TheChessmaster: Mercedes, and most definitely [[spoiler:Roman]] And [[BiggerBad his master]] [[spoiler:Lucifer]]: "There's always another time. Always another tool. I'll wait."

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* TheChessmaster: Mercedes, and most definitely [[spoiler:Roman]] [[spoiler:Roman]]. And [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain his master]] [[spoiler:Lucifer]]: "There's always another time. Always another tool. I'll wait."



** ''Kitty in the Underworld'': So the ritual to destroy Dux Bellorum fails, [[spoiler:costing the lives of the entire cult save Sakhmet]], the demon bounty hunter most likely escaped again, and Dux Bellorum has retrieved his ArtifactOfDoom. But Kitty has obtained Zora's Book of Shadows, [[spoiler:and with the help of Cormac/Amelia and people at KNOB she has managed to post its entire contents online--thus exposing Roman even more to the world, and providing anyone who finds and decodes it the means to band together and stop him.]]

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** ''Kitty in the Underworld'': So the ritual to destroy Dux Bellorum fails, [[spoiler:costing the lives of the entire cult save Sakhmet]], the demon bounty hunter most likely escaped again, and Dux Bellorum has retrieved his ArtifactOfDoom. But Kitty has obtained Zora's Book of Shadows, [[spoiler:and with the help of Cormac/Amelia and people at KNOB she has managed to post its entire contents online--thus exposing Roman even more to the world, and providing anyone who finds and decodes it the means to band together and stop him.]]him]].



* CreateYourOwnVillain: This has happened at least twice that we know of among the vampires: Father Columban was the vampire who sired [[spoiler:Fray Juan]], who later underwent a FaceHeelTurn by leaving the Order of St. Lazarus and trying to create his own faction of world-conquerors [[spoiler:with cannibalistic perverted Christian rites]]; he in turn created his own hero, [[spoiler:Rick]]. And it turns out that Kumarbis turned [[spoiler:Roman]], believing him meant for greatness and the one who could unite all vampires. Instead [[spoiler:Roman was [[FantasticRacism horrified]] and [[IHateYouVampireDad enraged]] at being turned against his will, usurped the Long Game, gathered wicked allies and dark powers [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Kumarbis would not employ]], and tried to take over the supernatural world.]]

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: This has happened at least twice that we know of among the vampires: Father Columban was the vampire who sired [[spoiler:Fray Juan]], who later underwent a FaceHeelTurn by leaving the Order of St. Lazarus and trying to create his own faction of world-conquerors [[spoiler:with cannibalistic perverted Christian rites]]; he in turn created his own hero, [[spoiler:Rick]]. And it turns out that Kumarbis turned [[spoiler:Roman]], believing him meant for greatness and the one who could unite all vampires. Instead [[spoiler:Roman was [[FantasticRacism horrified]] and [[IHateYouVampireDad enraged]] at being turned against his will, usurped the Long Game, gathered wicked allies and dark powers [[EvenEvilHasStandards even Kumarbis would not employ]], and tried to take over the supernatural world.]]world]].



** The more literal and explicit example appears in the form of [[spoiler:Charles Lightman's offer to give Kitty the live prime-time TV show she's always wanted, and the fame and accolades to go with it, if she will just leave Denver to do it.]] The fact it occurs in the form of [[spoiler:an actual contract, and that Lucifer poses as a TV executive producer who seems "too good to be true", is both hilarious and absolutely fitting.]] Interestingly, he later claims he expected Kitty to reject it, and the fact she had to debate about it at all [[VillainTakesAnInterest intrigued him]]. Naturally Kitty is very disturbed by this.

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** The more literal and explicit example appears in the form of [[spoiler:Charles Lightman's offer to give Kitty the live prime-time TV show she's always wanted, and the fame and accolades to go with it, if she will just leave Denver to do it.]] it]]. The fact it occurs in the form of [[spoiler:an actual contract, and that Lucifer poses as a TV executive producer who seems "too good to be true", is both hilarious and absolutely fitting.]] fitting]]. Interestingly, he later claims he expected Kitty to reject it, and the fact she had to debate about it at all [[VillainTakesAnInterest intrigued him]]. Naturally Kitty is very disturbed by this.



** ForScience: Thanks to PotentialApplications, HeWhoFightsMonsters, and ScaleOfScientificSins, Flemming's motivation [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil turns into this]] by the end.

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** ForScience: Thanks to PotentialApplications, [[JustThinkOfThePotential Potential Applications]], HeWhoFightsMonsters, and ScaleOfScientificSins, Flemming's motivation [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil turns into this]] by the end.



* TheFinalBattle: Although not quite the battle royale it could have been, it's still fairly impressive, since it involves Kitty and her closest allies [[spoiler:with the assistance of Anastasia, the Monkey King, a pair of angels, and the sudden appearance of Rick and his fellow members of the Order of the Shadows]] facing off with a horde of demons, all so they can prevent Roman from using his ArtifactOfDoom [[spoiler:to set off the Yellowstone caldera]].

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* TheFinalBattle: FinalBattle: Although not quite the battle royale it could have been, it's still fairly impressive, since it involves Kitty and her closest allies [[spoiler:with the assistance of Anastasia, the Monkey King, a pair of angels, and the sudden appearance of Rick and his fellow members of the Order of the Shadows]] facing off with a horde of demons, all so they can prevent Roman from using his ArtifactOfDoom [[spoiler:to set off the Yellowstone caldera]].



* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires : Alette, Rick, Henry, the Boss of San Francisco, Anastasia, Ned, Marid, Antony, and to some degree every good character. Staying sane requires werewolves and vampires to keep some semblance of a normal civilized life.

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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires : FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Alette, Rick, Henry, the Boss of San Francisco, Anastasia, Ned, Marid, Antony, and to some degree every good character. Staying sane requires werewolves and vampires to keep some semblance of a normal civilized life.



* GreaterScopeVillain: Charles Lightman [[spoiler:aka Lucifer]]



* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Most of the plot of the second book is this, after the masquerade is broken. Unfortunately for Kitty, the senator in charge is a MoralGuardian on a WitchHunt (and [[EnemyMine is in bed with]] the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not-so-ethical]] [[ForScience scientist]] who wants supernaturals proven real [[PotentialApplications so he can get funding and study them]]).

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* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Most of the plot of the second book is this, after the masquerade is broken. Unfortunately for Kitty, the senator in charge is a MoralGuardian on a WitchHunt (and [[EnemyMine is in bed with]] the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not-so-ethical]] [[ForScience scientist]] who wants supernaturals proven real [[PotentialApplications [[JustThinkOfThePotential so he can get funding and study them]]).



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Flemming falls into this in the end. As Kitty herself says, "Science can become its own brand of fanaticism."
** Cormac was on the verge of becoming this as well, before he met Kitty, thanks to GoodIsNotNice (or [[GoodIsNotSoft Soft]]). In "God's Creatures" [[NotSoDifferent he explicitly compares himself]] to the werewolf he is hunting, noting how the people he helps are no more comfortable in his presence than they are with the "monsters", that they are [[{{Foil}} two sides]] [[EvilCounterpart of the same coin]], and that while the monster he's hunting hasn't killed anybody (yet), he has killed many times.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Flemming falls into this in the end. As Kitty herself says, "Science can become its own brand of fanaticism."
** Cormac was on the verge of becoming this as well, before he met Kitty, thanks to GoodIsNotNice (or [[GoodIsNotSoft Soft]]). In "God's Creatures" [[NotSoDifferent he explicitly compares himself]] to the werewolf he is hunting, noting how the people he helps are no more comfortable in his presence than they are with the "monsters", that they are [[{{Foil}} two sides]] [[EvilCounterpart of the same coin]], and that while the monster he's hunting hasn't killed anybody (yet), he has killed many times.



* ISurrenderSuckers: How Carl [[spoiler:kills T.J.]]

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* ISurrenderSuckers: How Carl [[spoiler:kills T.J.]]J]].



** Dr. Flemming was also an example until [[spoiler:[[YouHaveFailedMe book 10]].]]

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** Dr. Flemming was also an example until [[spoiler:[[YouHaveFailedMe book 10]].]] 10]]]].



** A less far-reaching (but no less critical, in terms of the series' plot) example occurs in the very first book: Meg goes to Arturo to have Kitty taken out (out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] and fear of her growing independence); he, wishing to maintain the {{masquerade}}, agrees and, using a third party with ties to [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Right Wing Militia Fanatics]], hires Cormac to do the deed (but also [[PlayingBothSides calls the cops so he will take the fall]]). When this is revealed to Cormac and Kitty, it causes the former to change sides and become a firm ally, and causes Kitty herself to stand up to Carl and Meg.
** Incredibly, as of book 11 [[spoiler:Dux Bellorum is actually TheDragon to one of these in turn, a "Caesar" magician and ruler for whom he is the literal general of his armies. It's not clear yet whether this is true, and said villain is actually the BigBad of the setting, or if he is the BiggerBad, or Roman is a DragonInChief.]]

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** A less far-reaching (but no less critical, in terms of the series' plot) example occurs in the very first book: Meg goes to Arturo to have Kitty taken out (out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] and fear of her growing independence); he, wishing to maintain the {{masquerade}}, agrees and, using a third party with ties to [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Right {{Right Wing Militia Fanatics]], Fanatic}}s, hires Cormac to do the deed (but also [[PlayingBothSides calls the cops so he will take the fall]]). When this is revealed to Cormac and Kitty, it causes the former to change sides and become a firm ally, and causes Kitty herself to stand up to Carl and Meg.
** Incredibly, as of book 11 [[spoiler:Dux Bellorum is actually TheDragon to one of these in turn, a "Caesar" magician and ruler for whom he is the literal general of his armies. It's not clear yet whether this is true, and said villain is actually the BigBad of the setting, or if he is the BiggerBad, GreaterScopeVillain, or Roman is a DragonInChief.]]DragonInChief]].



** Kumarbis considers turning [[spoiler:Roman]] to be this, since not only did he end up doing it against his will, but [[spoiler:Roman]] betrayed him, delved into powers and beings he would not dare to consort with, and eventually warped his design into [[spoiler:one to destroy the mortal world, then dominate the supernatural one]]; as a result he is now determined to do anything if it will allow him to kill [[spoiler:Roman]] and [[MustMakeAmends make up for his sins]]. If Kitty's surmise is correct as to [[BiggerBad just where]] Kumarbis's feelings and instincts about [[spoiler:Roman]] being meant for greatness came from, he is [[UnwittingPawn more right than he knows]] in considering this such a terrible act.

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** Kumarbis considers turning [[spoiler:Roman]] to be this, since not only did he end up doing it against his will, but [[spoiler:Roman]] betrayed him, delved into powers and beings he would not dare to consort with, and eventually warped his design into [[spoiler:one to destroy the mortal world, then dominate the supernatural one]]; as a result he is now determined to do anything if it will allow him to kill [[spoiler:Roman]] and [[MustMakeAmends make up for his sins]]. If Kitty's surmise is correct as to [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain just where]] Kumarbis's feelings and instincts about [[spoiler:Roman]] being meant for greatness came from, he is [[UnwittingPawn more right than he knows]] in considering this such a terrible act.



** A major example of this occurs in ''Rocks the House'': Because Father Columban [[YouAreNotReady does not bother to tell Kitty what sort of dark forces are pursuing him]], and [[PoorCommunicationKills neither she nor Rick will inform the police of the Long Game and his role in fighting it]], Hardin acts on the information from Interpol that seems to tell her the priest is a murderer and arsonist, hiring Cormac to break his protective spell so she can arrest him; his recklessness and loathing for vampires, and [[spoiler:Amelia's curiosity about the magic involved]], lead him to agree. The end result? The spell is broken all right, a demon is unleashed, and by the time the dust has settled and she has been banished, [[spoiler:Father Columban has died to save Rick, Rick has nearly killed Cormac for it, Kitty nearly died, and Rick has left town to join the Order of St. Lazarus, leaving Kitty with only Angelo to work with and spearheading the fight against the Long Game on her own]]. Cormac is of course [[GoodIsNotNice completely unrepentant about this]]; the only good to come out of the whole mess is that Kitty now knows [[spoiler:there's a BiggerBad behind Roman]] and Hardin is now fully in the loop and willing to help bring down the Long Game.

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** A major example of this occurs in ''Rocks the House'': Because Father Columban [[YouAreNotReady does not bother to tell Kitty what sort of dark forces are pursuing him]], and [[PoorCommunicationKills neither she nor Rick will inform the police of the Long Game and his role in fighting it]], Hardin acts on the information from Interpol that seems to tell her the priest is a murderer and arsonist, hiring Cormac to break his protective spell so she can arrest him; his recklessness and loathing for vampires, and [[spoiler:Amelia's curiosity about the magic involved]], lead him to agree. The end result? The spell is broken all right, a demon is unleashed, and by the time the dust has settled and she has been banished, [[spoiler:Father Columban has died to save Rick, Rick has nearly killed Cormac for it, Kitty nearly died, and Rick has left town to join the Order of St. Lazarus, leaving Kitty with only Angelo to work with and spearheading the fight against the Long Game on her own]]. Cormac is of course [[GoodIsNotNice completely unrepentant about this]]; the only good to come out of the whole mess is that Kitty now knows [[spoiler:there's a BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain behind Roman]] and Hardin is now fully in the loop and willing to help bring down the Long Game.



* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Many different varieties of werebeasts have been seen so far. In addition to {{werewolves}}, there are also werelions, weretigers, were-jaguars, were-African wild dogs, and ''were-seals''. Kitty says that as far as she knows, no were-varieties exist of herbivorous species, only predators. Werebeasts are infected through bites. They change into human sized animals[[note]]whether they are unusually large or unusually small depends on the animal in question[[/note]], observing conservation of mass. They can change when they want, must force themselves not to change when under enough stress, have to change once a month at the full moon, and don't always remember what they did as an animal. They have a HealingFactor and are pretty much immune to any sort of normal illness. Silver is nasty for 'em, though, and they can die when [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]], their hearts are destroyed, or their bodies suffer extreme major trauma (like [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath explosions]] or [[GuttedLikeAFish evisceration]]). [[spoiler:Female werebeasts can't carry children to term due to the shapeshifting.]]

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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: Many different varieties of werebeasts have been seen so far. In addition to {{werewolves}}, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], there are also werelions, weretigers, were-jaguars, were-African wild dogs, and ''were-seals''. Kitty says that as far as she knows, no were-varieties exist of herbivorous species, only predators. Werebeasts are infected through bites. They change into human sized animals[[note]]whether they are unusually large or unusually small depends on the animal in question[[/note]], observing conservation of mass. They can change when they want, must force themselves not to change when under enough stress, have to change once a month at the full moon, and don't always remember what they did as an animal. They have a HealingFactor and are pretty much immune to any sort of normal illness. Silver is nasty for 'em, though, and they can die when [[OffWithHisHead decapitated]], their hearts are destroyed, or their bodies suffer extreme major trauma (like [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath explosions]] or [[GuttedLikeAFish evisceration]]). [[spoiler:Female werebeasts can't carry children to term due to the shapeshifting.]]



* StagesOfMonsterGrief: Appears at various points throughout the series, with different characters at different stages. Most have reached the Acceptance stage, with people like Kitty, T.J., Alette, Anastasia, Rick, Luis, and so on being FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires (or [[ReluctantMonster werebeasts]]), while those like Carl, Meg, Mercedes, and Roman are clearly {{Fully Embraced Fiend}}s (the latter two being TransHumanTreachery as well). Examples from both sides also exist among Kitty's callers. The two best examples of characters running the whole gamut of stages would be [[spoiler:Emma]], who (although most of this happens off-screen between books two and ten, other than "Life is the Teacher") goes from contemplating SuicideBySunlight to a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire and in many ways a SheepInWolfsClothing, and James, who goes through an accelerated version thanks to his mental instability; [[SympathyForTheDevil it's a sad process to watch]]. [[spoiler:Ben]] goes through this too, of course, though after his initial depression and contemplation of suicide he gets over it and accepts his new life with admirable swiftness.

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* StagesOfMonsterGrief: Appears at various points throughout the series, with different characters at different stages. Most have reached the Acceptance stage, with people like Kitty, T.J., Alette, Anastasia, Rick, Luis, and so on being FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires {{Friendly Neighborhood Vampire}}s (or [[ReluctantMonster werebeasts]]), while those like Carl, Meg, Mercedes, and Roman are clearly {{Fully Embraced Fiend}}s (the latter two being TransHumanTreachery as well). Examples from both sides also exist among Kitty's callers. The two best examples of characters running the whole gamut of stages would be [[spoiler:Emma]], who (although most of this happens off-screen between books two and ten, other than "Life is the Teacher") goes from contemplating SuicideBySunlight to a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire and in many ways a SheepInWolfsClothing, and James, who goes through an accelerated version thanks to his mental instability; [[SympathyForTheDevil it's a sad process to watch]]. [[spoiler:Ben]] goes through this too, of course, though after his initial depression and contemplation of suicide he gets over it and accepts his new life with admirable swiftness.



** [[LaserGuidedKarma Ironically]] [[spoiler:Mercedes herself ends up suffering this fate in the last book when her "having overstepped her bounds in London" causes Roman to abandon her, then allow the bounty hunter to kill her.]]

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** [[LaserGuidedKarma Ironically]] [[spoiler:Mercedes herself ends up suffering this fate in the last book when her "having overstepped her bounds in London" causes Roman to abandon her, then allow the bounty hunter to kill her.]] her]].
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* SignOfTheApocalypse: Kitty twice makes this joke regarding [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} dogs and cats being friendly/lovers]], despite the fact she got along just fine already with Luis and his sister.

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* SignOfTheApocalypse: Kitty twice makes this joke regarding [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} dogs and cats being friendly/lovers]], despite the fact she got along just fine already with Luis and his sister.
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