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21st Jan '16 12:33:22 PM Radhil
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* ReluctantPsycho: Stephen insists that while he may be crazy, he's not insane. He is functional, despite clear issues and outlandish requirements. While refusing to be studied he does try therapy, both with Ivy and someone real.



* WhiteVoidRoom: Stephen has one room in his mansion set up to look like this. The emptiness lets his mind focus on just the aspects and hallucinations, so he can call together a conference of all of them and get them all cracking on a single problem. They even use the walls as a whiteboard.

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* WhiteVoidRoom: Stephen has one room in his mansion set up to look like this. The emptiness lets his mind focus on just the aspects and hallucinations, so he can call together a conference of all of them and get them all cracking on a single problem. They even use the walls as a whiteboard.whiteboard.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Naturally, but the story's ambiguity leaves this [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zagged]] with PowerBornOfMadness - it's never fully clear whether, as Monica suggests, he is inventing people to cope with being too intelligent, or whether he is channeling his mental illness into a constructive form, or [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane something else altogether]].
1st Jan '16 8:21:10 AM Radhil
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** J.C. refuses to believe he's a hallucination and invents wildly outlandish theories for why he can't interact with anything real (parallel universe, and at one point, Time Ranger, complete with future slang)

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** J.C. refuses to believe he's a hallucination and invents wildly outlandish theories for why he can't interact with anything real (parallel (stealth tech, parallel universe, and at one point, Time Ranger, complete with future slang)



** Ivy has trypophobia (fear of holes, usually set off by things that look like bug nests), but [[InformedAttribute she never shows this during the plot]].

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** Ivy has trypophobia (fear of holes, usually set off by things that look like bug nests), but [[InformedAttribute she never shows this other than a brief mention of covering up a wastebasket during the plot]].Stephen's therapy session, it never comes up.
** And finally, Stephen himself, who contains all these other Bunny Ears Lawyers entirely in his head.


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* MrExposition: Tobias often falls into this role. His expertise is never detailed, but he seems well versed in history and philosophy, and he diverts to rambling speeches on the sources of some concepts. Stephen seems to keep him close as a grounding influence against more colorful personalities in his team, and often uses his voice as a calming balm. May cross into MagicalNegro, as the voice and his description brings Morgan Freeman to mind.
23rd Dec '15 6:24:41 AM Radhil
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: As the page quote states, some of Stephen's hallucinations are crazy in their own way:
** Tobias has his own hallucination named Stan, who lives in a satellite and predicts the weather for him.
** Armando styles himself [[CriticalResearchFailure the emperor of Mexico, even after being told Mexico doesn't ''have'' an emperor]].

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: As the page quote states, some all of Stephen's hallucinations are crazy in their own way:
** Tobias has his own hallucination named Stan, who lives in a satellite and predicts the weather for him.
him (often badly).
** Armando styles himself [[CriticalResearchFailure the emperor of Mexico, even after being told Mexico doesn't ''have'' an emperor]]. The megalomania has gotten severe enough that Stephen doesn't use him (photography expert) unless he has to.


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** Ngozi is such an extreme germophobe that she refuses to leave the mansion, without extensive prep (J.C. jokes a hazmat suit, she doesn't contradict him). Standout example, as her expertise is supposed to be forensics, and this cripples her ability to examine a crime scene.
** Ivy has trypophobia (fear of holes, usually set off by things that look like bug nests), but [[InformedAttribute she never shows this during the plot]].
16th Jul '15 7:27:00 AM Radhil
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* ThirdWheel: Skin Deep opens with [[IJustWantToBeNormal Stephen trying out a date]]. Ivy and Tobias are along and hamming up every detail, but he manages to avoid interacting with them (and thus freaking out his date) for a bit. Then he slips up. Then he fumblingly [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity explains what it's like to be nuts]]. Then J.C. [[FromBadToWorse shows up checking the perimiter]]. Turns out the date was [[Epic Fail a plant for a reporter anyway]].

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* ThirdWheel: Skin Deep opens with [[IJustWantToBeNormal Stephen trying out a date]]. Ivy and Tobias are along and hamming up every detail, but he manages to avoid interacting with them (and thus freaking out his date) for a bit. Then he slips up. Then he fumblingly [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity explains what it's like to be nuts]]. Then J.C. [[FromBadToWorse shows up checking the perimiter]]. Turns out the date was [[Epic Fail [[EpicFail a plant for a reporter anyway]].
16th Jul '15 7:26:17 AM Radhil
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** Once he has an aspect, he has to treat them as much like a real person as possible. They get living quarters in his mansion, seats to drive around with him, meals and drinks. Stephen's mind can fill in some gaps, but the more he has to the less stable all the minds are.

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** Once he has an aspect, he has to treat them as much like a real person as possible. They get living quarters in his mansion, seats to drive around with him, meals and drinks. Stephen's mind can fill in some gaps, but the more he has to the less stable all the minds are. Stephen acknowledges they aren't real, and will even tell them so, but otherwise they are as real to him as anyone else is.



** Stephen does have limits, but he's also constantly pushing them. As of the first story he has 45 separate hallucinations, and he has created three more by the end of the second story, and he thinks he's riding his upper limits of what he can do. It also taxes his energy the more of them he has hanging around; his three aspect core crew he seems to keep around constantly, but five or six hallucinations at once becomes draining, and more requires a concentration aid.



* ProperlyParanoid: Played with. Never outright stated, but J.C.'s mental issue seems to be paranoia, and he's constantly referencing conspiracies that everyone else doesn't have clearance to know about. As a (imaginary) former Navy Seal though, it comes off like he would actually know these things, and given Stephen's usually investigating topics of interest to powerful people, he's often right when he sees trouble coming.



* ThirdWheel: Skin Deep opens with [[IJustWantToBeNormal Stephen trying out a date]]. Ivy and Tobias are along and hamming up every detail, but he manages to avoid interacting with them (and thus freaking out his date) for a bit. Then he slips up. Then he fumblingly [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity explains what it's like to be nuts]]. Then J.C. [[FromBadToWorse shows up checking the perimiter]]. Turns out the date was [[Epic Fail a plant for a reporter anyway]].



* TomatoInTheMirror: Most of the hallucinations are aware that they aren't actually there, and Stephen often directly addresses it with them, but they tend to ignore or gloss over it whenever convenient. Breaking the illusion too much means breaking Stephen. The two exceptions are J.C., who refuses that explanation, and Audrey, who embraces being imaginary so much that Stephen concludes that not being real must be her own personal psychosis.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: Most of the hallucinations are aware that they aren't actually there, and Stephen often directly addresses it with them, but they tend to ignore or gloss over it whenever convenient. Breaking the illusion too much means breaking Stephen. The two exceptions are J.C., who refuses that explanation, and Audrey, who embraces being imaginary so much that Stephen concludes that not being real must be her own personal psychosis.psychosis.
* WhiteVoidRoom: Stephen has one room in his mansion set up to look like this. The emptiness lets his mind focus on just the aspects and hallucinations, so he can call together a conference of all of them and get them all cracking on a single problem. They even use the walls as a whiteboard.
9th Jul '15 6:41:17 AM Radhil
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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine:  It's repeatedly mentioned that Stephen's condition is completely unique and makes absolutely no sense when compared to other forms of hallucinations or multiple personality disorders.  One of the ways he makes money is by charging the many many psychologists who want to study him.  He initially did it to get them to stop, but it ended up making him rich.

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* ArtisticLicenseMedicine:  ArtisticLicenseMedicine: It's repeatedly mentioned that Stephen's condition is completely unique and makes absolutely no sense when compared to other forms of hallucinations or multiple personality disorders.  disorders. One of the ways he makes money is by charging the many many psychologists who want to study him.  him. He initially did it to get them to stop, but it ended up making him rich.rich.
* ArtMajorBiology: Skin Deep revolves around an invented tech that uses a virus to store information in DNA, turning the human body into a giant flash drive. Too bad they may have created a cancer-triggering virus in the process.


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* TheReveal:
** The reason the MegaCorp could never get the camera to work properly without the inventor. [[spoiler: The flash the inventor used was the key component to make it work. Stephen grabbed a sample, and one of his aspects is working on recreating the tech to help find Sandra.]]
** What actually happened with the bio-information tech in Skin Deep. [[spoiler: The info was never on Panos' body, and there never was a cancer virus. Panos stole his own virus research from I3 and spliced it into a common harmless skin bacteria, and then made sure to shake a lot of hands, making lots of copies so it couldn't be destroyed. It's encrypted, but Stephen has the key. Panos' little brother had a dream of using the research as a vector for auto-delivering immunizations and eliminating disease wholesale.]]


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* TimeTravel: Only indirectly. The first story is about a camera that can take pictures of the past, it just needs to be in the same location. The MegaCorp that helped build it wants to use it to gain sensitive intel. The inventor who stole it back wants [[spoiler: solid proof of his religion, pictures of the resurrection of Jesus.]]
8th Jul '15 1:50:07 PM Radhil
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: As the page quote states, some of Stephen's hallucinations are crazy in their own way: Tobias has his own hallucination named Stan, Armando styles himself [[CriticalResearchFailure the emperor of Mexico, even after being told Mexico doesn't ''have'' an emperor]], J.C. refuses to believe he's a hallucination and Andrea hallucinates that she's a hallucination.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: As the page quote states, some of Stephen's hallucinations are crazy in their own way: way:
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Tobias has his own hallucination named Stan, who lives in a satellite and predicts the weather for him.
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Armando styles himself [[CriticalResearchFailure the emperor of Mexico, even after being told Mexico doesn't ''have'' an emperor]], emperor]].
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J.C. refuses to believe he's a hallucination and invents wildly outlandish theories for why he can't interact with anything real (parallel universe, and at one point, Time Ranger, complete with future slang)
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Andrea hallucinates believes [[RightForTheWrongReasons that she's a hallucination.hallucination]], to the point that she starts writing words in the air with her finger, just to give Stephen a headache.



* InsistentTerminology: They're aspects, and not split personalities (although hallucination is just as frequently used.



* ThirdPersonPerson: Armando, the photography expert, styles himself the "Emperor of Mexico" and occasionally talks like this.

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* ThirdPersonPerson: Armando, the photography expert, styles himself the "Emperor of Mexico" and occasionally talks like this.this.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Most of the hallucinations are aware that they aren't actually there, and Stephen often directly addresses it with them, but they tend to ignore or gloss over it whenever convenient. Breaking the illusion too much means breaking Stephen. The two exceptions are J.C., who refuses that explanation, and Audrey, who embraces being imaginary so much that Stephen concludes that not being real must be her own personal psychosis.
8th Jul '15 11:14:53 AM Radhil
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** The aspect will have their own personality and background, sometimes even offscreen family, and they will also have their own personalized psychological problem.

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** The aspect will have their own personality and background, sometimes even offscreen family, and they will also have their own personalized psychological problem. They also seem to have their own lives, he finds they head off on trips, or catches them just out of a shower, etc.



** If Stephen is separated from an aspect, he can't use the knowledge it has. It's outright stated that [[NoodleIncident one hallucination actually died]], with permanent memory loss as a result.

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** If Stephen is separated from an aspect, he can't use the knowledge it has.has (although as of Skin Deep, he's started imagining them having cell phones so they can contact each other for quick consults). It's outright stated that [[NoodleIncident one hallucination actually died]], with permanent memory loss as a result.
8th Jul '15 10:57:58 AM Radhil
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%%* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Basically, Stephen.

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%%* * AwesomenessByAnalysis: Basically, Stephen.The reason Stephen keeps getting called on for odd jobs. He can wander through a room and in minutes have detailed information and background on it's occupant, or handle a conversation like he's reading a mind. From his perspective, his hallucinations are poking around with him and feeding him what they notice and their own analysis.



%%* GuileHero: Stephen.

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%%* * GuileHero: Stephen.Since his boisterous backup J.C. is completely in his mind, Stephen is forced to become this. He doesn't always divulge everything he knows, and he's savvy enough to know his employers never tell him everything. Even when not in direct contact with his hallucinations, he shows signs of picking up the more common analysis skills, and he can have get a plan going or have a Eureka Moment without their help.
8th Jul '15 10:28:49 AM Radhil
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** J.C. was able to grab Stephen's hands and [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane use his gun to take out three armed guards that were holding them hostage]].

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** [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane J.C. was able to grab Stephen's hands and [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane and]] [[ImprobableAimingSkills use his gun to take out three armed guards that were holding them hostage]].
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