History Literature / Lensman

29th Jan '16 6:28:59 PM Specialist290
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* HorrifyingHero: The Lensman Nadreck, a Palainian who [[AlienGeometry lives partly in another dimension]] and who "fights" by {{mind rap|e}}ing his enemies into submission. His (relative) altruism and courage make him something of an aberration among his own kind, who are all a species of intrinsically paranoid, ruthless cowards.

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* TerrorHero: Nadreck of Palain's M.O. is to play on his foes' fears and paranoia from the sidelines until they go insane and destroy one another. He's used this technique to wipe out ''entire bases''.
25th Jan '16 10:43:50 AM Antigone3
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* SkipTheAnesthetic: Played with in ''Gray Lensman''. Kinnison has barely survived torture and needs radical surgery. He offers to just keep his mental nerve block up, but the doctors convince him that he needs to be out cold due to possible psychological trauma from what they'll have to do to him. Then the anesthesia only blocks the pain and leaves Kinnison conscious. Worsel has to be brought into the operating room to put Kinnison under via mental powers.
24th Jan '16 1:28:54 PM binaroid
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Misfiled entries; correcting misused tropes
* YouAreNumberSix: In Boskonia proper, the inhabitants have "registry numbers" rather than family names. It's unclear whether this is only true for some of its sub-divisions, or true only for the lower classes; it doesn't seem to apply to the elites.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Helmuth loves this trope.

* DuelingDubs: Both Harmony Gold and Creator/StreamlinePictures released dubbed versions of the anime movie. Harmony Gold also produced a CompilationMovie of the first episodes of the [[RecycledTheSeries series]].

* Creator/StreamlinePictures - Released a dubbed version of the anime movie. Harmony Gold also produced a CompilationMovie of the first episodes of the [[RecycledTheSeries series]]. * SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: Helmuth, oddly enough, in the books he's just a blue skinned humanoid with a machine gun.
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* Creator/StreamlinePictures - Released a dubbed version of the anime movie. Harmony Gold also produced a CompilationMovie of the first episodes of the [[RecycledTheSeries series]]. * SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: StarfishAliens: Helmuth, oddly enough, in the books he's just a blue skinned humanoid with a machine gun.

* YouAreNumberSix: In Boskonia proper, the inhabitants have "registry numbers" rather than family names. It's unclear whether this is only true for some of its sub-divisions, or true only for the lower classes; it doesn't seem to apply to the elites. * YouHaveFailedMe: Helmuth loves this trope.
23rd Jan '16 9:43:19 AM morenohijazo
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* BrainMonster: In the novel ''Galactic Patrol'', Mentor of Arisia is revealed to Kimball Kinnison to be (barring a few minor bits and appendages) "simply and solely a brain." Then in ''Second Stage Lensmen'' the Boskonian Prime Minister Fossten is revealed to be a nearly identical brain, explained by his being a renegade Arisian. [[spoiler:Except that this was a false appearance in both cases, arranged by Mentor to hide from Kinnison that Fossten was really Gharlane of Eddore.]]
24th Dec '15 2:00:54 PM Specialist290
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* BizarreAlienLocomotion: The Zabriskan fontema, which spends its entire life rolling in a straight line across its flat desert homeworld to collect solar energy because it literally cannot do anything else -- it can't turn, and it can't stop itself from trying to roll forward, no matter what gets put in its path. It becomes a contributor to the Lensman 'verse's FutureSlang by being the proverbial most stupid thing in existence that still counts as a living creature.
19th Dec '15 10:15:38 AM Specialist290
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Formatting consistency pass, part two. Also some tweaks and additions.
* TheFederation - A multi-species multi-planet civilization is common these days in science fiction, written and visual (see ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Brin's ''Uplift'' Universe, et cetera) but it had a [[UrExample definite start]], and it was here. Ironically enough, unlike most modern portrayals where the bad guys tend to be a [[PlanetOfHats single species]], both the heroes and the villains were multi-species and multi-planet (the heroes unusually so for the time period and possibly still to this day).
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* TheFederation - TheFederation: A multi-species multi-planet civilization is common these days in science fiction, written and visual (see ''StarWars'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Brin's ''Uplift'' Universe, et cetera) but it had a [[UrExample definite start]], and it was here. Ironically enough, unlike most modern portrayals where the bad guys tend to be a [[PlanetOfHats single species]], both the heroes and the villains were multi-species and multi-planet (the heroes unusually so for the time period and possibly still to this day).

* FlorenceNightingaleEffect - The Chief Surgeon and the Port Admiral try to set this up between Clarissa and Kinnison, only for the two of them to [[BelligerentSexualTension annoy the hell out of each other]] at first. Later, of course, they do fall in love. [[spoiler: As the Arisians had intended them to do all along. They were the penultimates in their breeding program.]] This is lampshaded early on: in the first book ''Triplanetary'' it's mentioned ... and demonstrated ... that [[spoiler:the two breeding lines would instinctively be incompatible with each other until the time was right.]]
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* FlorenceNightingaleEffect - FlorenceNightingaleEffect: The Chief Surgeon and the Port Admiral try to set this up between Clarissa and Kinnison, only for the two of them to [[BelligerentSexualTension annoy the hell out of each other]] at first. Later, of course, they do fall in love. [[spoiler: As the Arisians had intended them to do all along. They were the penultimates in their breeding program.]] This is lampshaded early on: in the first book ''Triplanetary'' it's mentioned ... and demonstrated ... that [[spoiler:the two breeding lines would instinctively be incompatible with each other until the time was right.]]

* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual - The ultra-wave "spy ray."
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* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual - GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: The ultra-wave "spy ray."

* TheHero - Kim Kinnison.
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* TheHero - TheHero: Kim Kinnison.

* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner - With their telepathic powers (and incorruptibility), the Lensmen generally don't bother with trials or due process. That said, quite a few Boskonians Kim Kinnison encounters not only keep their lives but get help to rebuild them.
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* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner - JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: With their telepathic powers (and incorruptibility), the Lensmen generally don't bother with trials or due process. That said, quite a few Boskonians Kim Kinnison encounters not only keep their lives but get help to rebuild them.

* MentalFusion - Mentor of Arisia is actually a fusion of four different Arisian minds, a technique the Children of the Lens later learn for themselves.
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* MentalFusion - MentalFusion: Mentor of Arisia is actually a fusion of four different Arisian minds, a technique the Children of the Lens later learn for themselves.

* OutsideContextVillain - The Nevians in ''Triplanetary'' - when they first show up wreck both the patrol and the pirate fleets. Once the ''Boise'' gets the proper upgrades, however...
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* OutsideContextVillain - OutsideContextVillain: The Nevians in ''Triplanetary'' - when they first show up wreck both the patrol and the pirate fleets. Once the ''Boise'' gets the proper upgrades, however...

* SpaceIsCold - During Virgil Samms's visit to a sub-zero planet, Smith takes pains to explain that vacuum is a very poor conductor. Heat loss to the metallic ground is a much bigger danger, on the other hand. * SpacePirates - The Boskonian empire was mistaken as being merely these at first. Not a hard mistake to make, when it's the only face the enemy shows you. * SpacePolice - The Galactic Patrol serves as Civilization's peacekeeping force, though they're a lot more overtly military than a lot of other examples of the trope. Standard Lensmen serve as special agents and have broad authority to deputize whoever they think is necessary to help them with whatever their mission is; the Grey Lensmen have even more extraordinary powers, both legally and (usually) in terms of abilities, as they have free rein to investigate just about anything that catches their attention with minimal oversight. * TheSpartanWay - Present, though somewhat downplayed. In ''Galactic Patrol'', it's mentioned that out of an initial selection pool of one million, only about one hundred are deemed worthy of receiving a Lens. Given that a typical Lensman is among the most physically, mentally, and morally tough people in the galaxy, it's to be expected that the selection process must be quite demanding. * StalkerWithATestTube - The Arisians have been interfering with most of human history, conducting a breeding program to produce humans with mental powers exceeding their own. The Kinnisons become the end result. * StateSec - The Galactic Patrol in ''First Lensman'' is a heroic example. They function as SecretPolice and spy on Boskone's organization, but also quickly absorb the Triplanetary Service (a regular military outfit) and other military forces of Civilization, as well as building their own fleet. By the time of ''Galactic Patrol'', they have completely subsumed Civilization's government. * StarfishAliens - The Nevians, Palainians and Rigellians, among many others. Thoroughly inhuman and occasionally monstrous aliens who (at least insofar as the named examples are concerned) are either humanity's allies from the start or become so. * StunGuns - The Nevian Paralyzer gun. Most of the other hand weapons don't have this setting as default, although it's implied that they can be tuned or modified in the field to produce it. * SubspaceAnsible - The Lens grants this functionality. If they're advanced enough, Lensmen in different galaxies can communicate with each other with no more difficulty or inconvenience than an online chat room. * SufficientlyAdvancedAliens - Arisians and Eddorians. Arguably the Ploorans. All three races appear to be [[spoiler: naturally evolved Level Three telepaths.]] * SuperBreedingProgram - The Lensmen are the product of an Arisian breeding program to create a race of ultra-powerful telepathic beings to defeat the Eddorian menace. * SuperPrototype - Numerous {{Cool Ship}}s, from the ''Brittania'' to the ''Chicago''. * SupportingLeader - Kinnison's controller, Port Admiral Haynes, doesn't get himself directly involved much unless there's a space battle of stupendous scale to coordinate. Nevertheless, his leadership and support often prove invaluable whenever Kinnison finds himself in a tight spot. * TakingYouWithMe - When fighting a losing battle, Boskonian gun crews purposely overload their weapons. This burns out the gun and kills the gun crews, but the resulting high powered beam is enough to break through the shields of the Patrol's defensive cruisers. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain It backfires when Patrol scientists figure out a way to safely use method]], creating the devastating primary beam.
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* SpaceIsCold - SpaceIsCold: During Virgil Samms's visit to a sub-zero planet, Smith takes pains to explain that vacuum is a very poor conductor. Heat loss to the metallic ground is a much bigger danger, on the other hand. * SpacePirates - SpacePirates: The Boskonian empire was mistaken as being merely these at first. Not a hard mistake to make, when it's the only face the enemy shows you. * SpacePolice - SpacePolice: The Galactic Patrol serves as Civilization's peacekeeping force, though they're a lot more overtly military than a lot of other examples of the trope. Standard Lensmen serve as special agents and have broad authority to deputize whoever they think is necessary to help them with whatever their mission is; the Grey Lensmen have even more extraordinary powers, both legally and (usually) in terms of abilities, as they have free rein to investigate just about anything that catches their attention with minimal oversight. * TheSpartanWay - TheSpartanWay: Present, though somewhat downplayed. In ''Galactic Patrol'', it's mentioned that out of an initial selection pool of one million, only about one hundred are deemed worthy of receiving a Lens. Given that a typical Lensman is among the most physically, mentally, and morally tough people in the galaxy, it's to be expected that the selection process must be quite demanding. * StalkerWithATestTube - StalkerWithATestTube: The Arisians have been interfering with most of human history, conducting a breeding program to produce humans with mental powers exceeding their own. The Kinnisons become the end result. * StateSec - StateSec: The Galactic Patrol in ''First Lensman'' is a heroic example. They function as SecretPolice and spy on Boskone's organization, but also quickly absorb the Triplanetary Service (a regular military outfit) and other military forces of Civilization, as well as building their own fleet. By the time of ''Galactic Patrol'', they have completely subsumed Civilization's government. * StarfishAliens - StarfishAliens: The Nevians, Palainians and Rigellians, among many others. Thoroughly inhuman and occasionally monstrous aliens who (at least insofar as the named examples are concerned) are either humanity's allies from the start or become so. * StunGuns - StunGuns: The Nevian Paralyzer gun. Most of the other hand weapons don't have this setting as default, although it's implied that they can be tuned or modified in the field to produce it. * SubspaceAnsible - SubspaceAnsible: The Lens grants this functionality. If they're advanced enough, Lensmen in different galaxies can communicate with each other with no more difficulty or inconvenience than an online chat room. * SufficientlyAdvancedAliens - SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: Arisians and Eddorians. Arguably the Ploorans. All three races appear to be [[spoiler: naturally evolved Level Three telepaths.]] * SuperBreedingProgram - SuperBreedingProgram: The Lensmen are the product of an Arisian breeding program to create a race of ultra-powerful telepathic beings to defeat the Eddorian menace. * SuperPrototype - SuperPrototype: Numerous {{Cool Ship}}s, from the ''Brittania'' to the ''Chicago''. * SupportingLeader - SupportingLeader: Kinnison's controller, Port Admiral Haynes, doesn't get himself directly involved much unless there's a space battle of stupendous scale to coordinate. Nevertheless, his leadership and support often prove invaluable whenever Kinnison finds himself in a tight spot. * TakingYouWithMe - TakingYouWithMe: When fighting a losing battle, Boskonian gun crews purposely overload their weapons. This burns out the gun and kills the gun crews, but the resulting high powered beam is enough to break through the shields of the Patrol's defensive cruisers. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain It backfires when Patrol scientists figure out a way to safely use method]], creating the devastating primary beam.

* TelepathicSpacemen - The point of the story. * TooAwesomeToUse - Invoked and discussed within the context of the perpetual game of one-upmanship that is the Lensman Arms Race. Every so often, Civilization's scientists will come up with something leaps and bounds ahead of what the Boskonians are capable of dealing with. However, they'll intentionally hold off on using it until a decisive moment or unless they can guarantee no enemy survivors will report back to headquarters because they know that the Boskonians will be able to analyze, reverse-engineer, and develop their own countermeasures for anything wielded against them. * TouchedByVorlons - Several characters are touched by the Arisians to varying degrees, particularly the second-stage Lensmen in the later books. Generally speaking, this is when said humans are in direct opposition to an Eddorian, [[spoiler: specifically Gharlane,]] and require protection. * TractorBeam - They appear here first, as an offshoot of research into anti-inertia forcefields. Interestingly, against negamatter bodies, they behave in the exact opposite fashion, repelling them instead of capturing them. * TrademarkFavoriteFood - Kinnison and his big, thick, rare, beefsteaks. * {{Transhuman}} - The end goal of the Arisians' great eons-long plan, realized by Kim and Clarissa Kinnison's offspring, is the creation of a species of superbeings to whom the powers of even a Second-Stage Lensman are second nature from birth. * TranslatorMicrobes - The Lens of Civilization. * {{Tsundere}} - Clarissa Kinnison (''nee'' [=MacDougall=]) may be one of the prototypes for the "feisty, temperamental redhead that ultimately falls for the hero" archetype that's so prevalent in science fiction. * TwinSwitch - First Lensman Samms does a variation on this so he can [[ReverseMole infiltrate a drug cartel]] while under Patrol protection. The reason he can switch with his cousin is carefully explained. * TypesOfNavalShips - Played with. Speeders are smallest (room for one or two people) and fastest. Covettes, frigates, and destroyers aren't used at all. Cruisers are generally designed for specialized tasks, such as prevent hostile ships from going "free", scouting, or launching negabombs. Battlecruisers are used for commerce raiding (by the Boskonians), or for fighting commerce raiders (by the Patrol). Battleships and super-dreadnoughts are front-lime combat units although we see far more of the later then former. Finally, the slow maulers and super-maulers were designed for planetary bombardment, although thanks to the strength of theater shields they proved more successful in ship to ship combat. * UncannyValley - In-Universe. Both Grey Roger's robot slaves, and Roger himself, receive comments to this effect by various characters. * TheUnfettered - Gray Lensmen, officially called Unattached Lensmen, are free to pursue whatever avenues they desire in pursuit of their moral duty to protect Civilisation, and are given pretty much a blank check to use Civilization's resources as they see fit in that pursuit. Technically they are answerable to the Galactic Council and the Port Admiral of the Galactic Patrol, but in the field they answer only to their own conscience.
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* TelepathicSpacemen - TelepathicSpacemen: The point of the story. * TooAwesomeToUse - TooAwesomeToUse: Invoked and discussed within the context of the perpetual game of one-upmanship that is the Lensman Arms Race. Every so often, Civilization's scientists will come up with something leaps and bounds ahead of what the Boskonians are capable of dealing with. However, they'll intentionally hold off on using it until a decisive moment or unless they can guarantee no enemy survivors will report back to headquarters because they know that the Boskonians will be able to analyze, reverse-engineer, and develop their own countermeasures for anything wielded against them. * TouchedByVorlons - TouchedByVorlons: Several characters are touched by the Arisians to varying degrees, particularly the second-stage Lensmen in the later books. Generally speaking, this is when said humans are in direct opposition to an Eddorian, [[spoiler: specifically Gharlane,]] and require protection. * TractorBeam - TractorBeam: They appear here first, as an offshoot of research into anti-inertia forcefields. Interestingly, against negamatter bodies, they behave in the exact opposite fashion, repelling them instead of capturing them. * TrademarkFavoriteFood - TrademarkFavoriteFood: Kinnison and his big, thick, rare, beefsteaks. * {{Transhuman}} - {{Transhuman}}: The end goal of the Arisians' great eons-long plan, realized by Kim and Clarissa Kinnison's offspring, is the creation of a species of superbeings to whom the powers of even a Second-Stage Lensman are second nature from birth. * TranslatorMicrobes - TranslatorMicrobes: The Lens of Civilization. * {{Tsundere}} - {{Tsundere}}: Clarissa Kinnison (''nee'' [=MacDougall=]) may be one of the prototypes for the "feisty, temperamental redhead that ultimately falls for the hero" archetype that's so prevalent in science fiction. * TwinSwitch - TwinSwitch: First Lensman Samms does a variation on this so he can [[ReverseMole infiltrate a drug cartel]] while under Patrol protection. The reason he can switch with his cousin is carefully explained. * TypesOfNavalShips - TypesOfNavalShips: Played with. Speeders are smallest (room for one or two people) and fastest. Covettes, frigates, and destroyers aren't used at all. Cruisers are generally designed for specialized tasks, such as prevent hostile ships from going "free", scouting, or launching negabombs. Battlecruisers are used for commerce raiding (by the Boskonians), or for fighting commerce raiders (by the Patrol). Battleships and super-dreadnoughts are front-lime combat units although we see far more of the later then former. Finally, the slow maulers and super-maulers were designed for planetary bombardment, although thanks to the strength of theater shields they proved more successful in ship to ship combat. * UncannyValley - UncannyValley: In-Universe. Both Grey Roger's robot slaves, and Roger himself, receive comments to this effect by various characters. * TheUnfettered - TheUnfettered: Gray Lensmen, officially called Unattached Lensmen, are free to pursue whatever avenues they desire in pursuit of their moral duty to protect Civilisation, and are given pretty much a blank check to use Civilization's resources as they see fit in that pursuit. Technically they are answerable to the Galactic Council and the Port Admiral of the Galactic Patrol, but in the field they answer only to their own conscience.

* {{Unobtainium}} - Dureum, a "super-dense" metal which allows it to be used inside of Hypertubes. * UnscrupulousHero: Nadreck of Palain. All Gray Lensmen are expected to be somewhat [[DirtyBusiness pragmatic and utilitarian]]. But Nadreck takes it UpToEleven. * UnusualEuphemism - By Klono's Carballoy Claws! Also a FutureSlang version of CurseOfTheAncients. Klono seems to have whatever alliterative attributes the person swearing by him wants him to have: iridium intestines, gadolinium guts, ''und so weiter.'' Lampshaded as being why he's such a popular space-god. "He's got so much stuff - teeth and horns, claws and whiskers, tail and everything - that he's much more satisfactory to swear by than any other space-god I know of."
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* {{Unobtainium}} - {{Unobtainium}}: Dureum, a "super-dense" metal which allows it to be used inside of Hypertubes. * UnscrupulousHero: Nadreck of Palain. All Gray Lensmen are expected to be somewhat [[DirtyBusiness pragmatic and utilitarian]]. But Nadreck takes it UpToEleven. UpToEleven, in part because Palainian culture [[BlueAndOrangeMorality considers deceit to be a virtue]]. * UnusualEuphemism - UnusualEuphemism: By Klono's Carballoy Claws! Also a FutureSlang version of CurseOfTheAncients. Klono seems to have whatever alliterative attributes the person swearing by him wants him to have: iridium intestines, gadolinium guts, ''und so weiter.'' Lampshaded as being why he's such a popular space-god. "He's got so much stuff - teeth and horns, claws and whiskers, tail and everything - that he's much more satisfactory to swear by than any other space-god I know of."

* WallOfText - It seems [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Talking and Talking and Talking is a free action...]] It's mentioned that telepathic communication is vastly faster than speech. * WeDidntStartTheFuhrer - Or the Kaiser, or Nero, or the Tyrant of Asia... ''Many'' of history's most famous tyrants were actually Eddorian sleeper agents. * WeHaveReserves - When Patrol marines storm a Boskonian battlecruiser, the defending officers have no reservations about tossing armour-piercing grenades into the melee, which kill almost as many of their own forces as they do of the Patrol attackers. * WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture — possibly the TropeCodifier.
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* WallOfText - WallOfText: It seems [[TalkingIsAFreeAction Talking and Talking and Talking is a free action...]] It's mentioned that telepathic communication is vastly faster than speech. * WeDidntStartTheFuhrer - WeDidntStartTheFuhrer: Or the Kaiser, or Nero, or the Tyrant of Asia... ''Many'' of history's most famous tyrants were actually Eddorian sleeper agents. * WeHaveReserves - WeHaveReserves: When Patrol marines storm a Boskonian battlecruiser, the defending officers have no reservations about tossing armour-piercing grenades into the melee, which kill almost as many of their own forces as they do of the Patrol attackers. * WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture — possibly WeWillSpendCreditsInTheFuture: Possibly the TropeCodifier.TropeCodifier. The credit is the base currency of Civilization.

* WorthyOpponent - Kinnison and Helmuth ''deeply'' respect each other's capabilities, which is part of why they each try so hard to kill each other. Two books later, Helmuth is still Kinnison's gold standard for a careful and skilled opponent. * WouldntHitAGirl - Kinnison can mow down ''male'' thugs left and right without batting a lash, but he would never harm a woman if he could help it... which causes him no small headache when he is forced to deal with the genocidally misanthropic matriarchs of Lyrane II. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair - Helmuth is described as having blue hair, blue eyes, and blue-tinted skin. The anime adaptation, for whatever reason, chose to turn him into a forty-foot monstrosity. Something like Leader Desslok of Gamilon, of ''Space Battleship Yamato'' fame, is probably what was intended. * YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle - Except for the two prequels that he is not in, all of the novels end with Kim thinking that [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil THIS time he's finally obliterated Boskone's leadership for sure...]] Although in ''Children...'' he begins to think that "there IS no top."
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* WorthyOpponent - WorthyOpponent: Kinnison and Helmuth ''deeply'' respect each other's capabilities, which is part of why they each try so hard to kill each other. Two books later, Helmuth is still Kinnison's gold standard for a careful and skilled opponent. * WouldntHitAGirl - WouldntHitAGirl: Kinnison can mow down ''male'' thugs left and right without batting a lash, but he would never harm a woman if he could help it... which causes him no small headache when he is forced to deal with the genocidally misanthropic matriarchs of Lyrane II. * YouGottaHaveBlueHair - YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Helmuth is described as having blue hair, blue eyes, and blue-tinted skin. The anime adaptation, for whatever reason, chose to turn him into a forty-foot monstrosity. Something like Leader Desslok of Gamilon, of ''Space Battleship Yamato'' fame, is probably what was intended. * YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle - YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Except for the two prequels that he is not in, all of the novels end with Kim thinking that [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil THIS time he's finally obliterated Boskone's leadership for sure...]] Although in ''Children...'' he begins to think that "there IS no top."

* ConspicuousCG - For several spacecraft, a holographic Helmuth communicating to his minions, an illusionary chase sequence, and the Lens. The anime was one of the first uses of CG for the mass market. * DoomedHometown - Boskone destroys Anime!Kimball's peaceful farm world practically as soon as the Lens is on his hand. * EvilIsVisceral - Boskone ships are purple organic-looking blobs, in contrast with the silver geometric shapes of Galactic Patrol ships. * RecycledSoundtrack - The Harmony Gold dub used part of the score for the unreleased ''{{Anime/Robotech}} II: The Sentinels''.
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* ConspicuousCG - ConspicuousCG: For several spacecraft, a holographic Helmuth communicating to his minions, an illusionary chase sequence, and the Lens. The anime was one of the first uses of CG for the mass market. * DoomedHometown - DoomedHometown: Boskone destroys Anime!Kimball's peaceful farm world practically as soon as the Lens is on his hand. * EvilIsVisceral - EvilIsVisceral: Boskone ships are purple organic-looking blobs, in contrast with the silver geometric shapes of Galactic Patrol ships. * RecycledSoundtrack - InNameOnly: Let's just say that the anime's plot has more in common with ''Franchise/StarWars'' than any of the ''Lensman'' books. The only elements they kept from the novels were the Lens itself and the names. * RecycledSoundtrack: The Harmony Gold dub used part of the score for the unreleased ''{{Anime/Robotech}} II: The Sentinels''.

* TakeUpMySword - Kim is given his lens by a dying Lensman he finds when he saves the ''Britannia'' from crashing. (Of course, Lenses ''just don't work that way'' in the original series.) The anomaly is immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the film. * TronLines - Spreading from the Lens on the back of Kim's hand.
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* TakeUpMySword - TakeUpMySword: Kim is given his lens by a dying Lensman he finds when he saves the ''Britannia'' from crashing. (Of course, Lenses ''just don't work that way'' in the original series.) The anomaly is immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the film. * TronLines - TronLines: Spreading from the Lens on the back of Kim's hand.

* YouHaveFailedMe - Helmuth loves this trope.
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* YouHaveFailedMe - YouHaveFailedMe: Helmuth loves this trope.
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Formatting consistency pass, part one.
* ActionGirl - Clarissa Kinnison is surprisingly badass, given the time period.
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* ActionGirl - ActionGirl: Clarissa Kinnison is surprisingly badass, given the time period.

* AGodAmI - [[spoiler: The Arisians and Eddorians]], and even more so, [[spoiler: Kimball Kinnison's children]].
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* AGodAmI - AGodAmI: [[spoiler: The Arisians and Eddorians]], and even more so, [[spoiler: Kimball Kinnison's children]].

* AlliterativeName - Conway Costigan, Kimball Kinnison. Joan Janowick (in ''Masters of the Vortex''). And it doesn't stop ''there'': Christopher "Kit" Kinnison, Kathryn "Kat" Kinnison, Camilla "Cam" Kinnison, Karen "Kay" Kinnison, Constance "Con" Kinnison... * AlwaysChaoticEvil - Nearly all of Boskone is so evil that virtually no prisoners are ever taken. On ''both'' sides of the war. Several entire Boskonian homeworlds (all of them effectively planet-sized fortresses) are destroyed with no survivors over the course of the series, and no one in Civilization ever thinks twice about it. On at least one occasion, Kinnison notes that the previous life on that planet--which had included a flourishing civilization--had been exterminated to make way for the base; this is hinted at as being standard Boskonian technique. * AlienNonInterferenceClause - The Arisians and Eddorians do not engage in direct conflict with each other or with the lesser races, and instead work through cutouts and manipulation. This is because the Arisians are strong enough to keep the Eddorians more or less bottled up, but not strong enough to kill the Eddorians' elite council members, and too much Arisian meddling with Civilization will hinder the development of the lesser races. * AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome - Played straight by having the Lensmen's lenses amplify their PsychicPowers. [[spoiler: For the Second-Stage Lensmen they turned out just to be [[MagicFeather magic feathers]], as Second-Stage Lensmen are advanced enough to use mind powers on their own.]]
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* AlliterativeName - AlliterativeName: Conway Costigan, Kimball Kinnison. Joan Janowick (in ''Masters of the Vortex''). And it doesn't stop ''there'': Christopher "Kit" Kinnison, Kathryn "Kat" Kinnison, Camilla "Cam" Kinnison, Karen "Kay" Kinnison, Constance "Con" Kinnison... * AlwaysChaoticEvil - AlwaysChaoticEvil: Nearly all of Boskone is so evil that virtually no prisoners are ever taken. On ''both'' sides of the war. Several entire Boskonian homeworlds (all of them effectively planet-sized fortresses) are destroyed with no survivors over the course of the series, and no one in Civilization ever thinks twice about it. On at least one occasion, Kinnison notes that the previous life on that planet--which had included a flourishing civilization--had been exterminated to make way for the base; this is hinted at as being standard Boskonian technique. * AlienNonInterferenceClause - AlienNonInterferenceClause: The Arisians and Eddorians do not engage in direct conflict with each other or with the lesser races, and instead work through cutouts and manipulation. This is because the Arisians are strong enough to keep the Eddorians more or less bottled up, but not strong enough to kill the Eddorians' elite council members, and too much Arisian meddling with Civilization will hinder the development of the lesser races. * AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome - AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome: Played straight by having the Lensmen's lenses amplify their PsychicPowers. [[spoiler: For the Second-Stage Lensmen they turned out just to be [[MagicFeather magic feathers]], as Second-Stage Lensmen are advanced enough to use mind powers on their own.]]

* AnAxeToGrind - The Valerian [[RecycledInSpace space]] axe. The universe's personal battle armour (and its associated energy shield) deflects most hand-held projectile and energy weapons, and the Valerians are fast enough, thanks to their origin on a high-grav world, to close the distance before the few exceptions can do much good. * AncientConspiracy - The Eddorian master plan to dominate all life in the Universe is older than our own solar system. * AncientTradition - The Arisians are committed to guarding every intelligent species' right to determine its own way of life, and are both older and more powerful than even the Eddorians. * AnimalEyeSpy - Kinnison does this mostly, using everything from dogs to worms to infiltrate enemy bases or perform critical tasks. Nadreck takes a hint later. * AnimatedAdaptation - Obscure anime adaptation, ''Lensman Galactic Patrol''. * AnnoyingPatient - The first time Kinnison ends up in Prime Base's hospital, he's one of these, constantly demanding non-hospital food and to be allowed more physical activity than he's capable of doing. Justified by Kinnison's frustration level -- he knows perfectly well that he was injured by being an idiot. When he's injured more severely in a later novel, but without the "I had the IdiotBall" element, he's more reasonable. * AppealToForce - In ''First Lensman'', Roderick Kinnison suggests that the Galactic Patrol simply conquer North America by right of the bigger fleet. First Lensman Samms convinces him to cool his jets and challenge the Morgan political machine through free and fair elections instead, because Virgil Samms believes in the rule of law and seizing power by force would undermine the legitimacy of the Galactic Patrol. (Instead, the Lensmen rewrite the rules so that they are ''legally'' above the law.) * AppliedPhlebotinum - Ultrawaves, good for everything from [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] [[SubspaceAnsible communication]] to XRayVision! * AuthorAvatar - In ''Triplanetary'', Ralph Kinnison is reading a ''Lensman''-like sci-fi story when the news about Pearl Harbor comes on the radio. He comes out of retirement, taking a job in a munitions factory where his training in organic chemistry makes him a useful asset. E.E. "Doc" Smith, SF author, had a [=PhD=] in organic chemistry (although specifically related to foodstuffs rather than explosives). Would be a CanonSue, except that Kinnison is ultimately defeated: ([[spoiler: shells and mines loaded at the factory are going off prematurely, killing good men; Kinnison walks away from the job rather than accept orders to violate quality control and safety standards - orders which could be implied as being issued under Eddorian influence]]). While details are sketchy at this late date, it was well known to fans who knew Smith that the explosives factory section, including the firing, was autobiographical.
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* AnAxeToGrind - AnAxeToGrind: The Valerian [[RecycledInSpace space]] axe. The universe's personal battle armour (and its associated energy shield) deflects most hand-held projectile and energy weapons, and the Valerians are fast enough, thanks to their origin on a high-grav world, to close the distance before the few exceptions can do much good. * AncientConspiracy - AncientConspiracy: The Eddorian master plan to dominate all life in the Universe is older than our own solar system. * AncientTradition - AncientTradition: The Arisians are committed to guarding every intelligent species' right to determine its own way of life, and are both older and more powerful than even the Eddorians. * AnimalEyeSpy - AnimalEyeSpy: Kinnison does this mostly, using everything from dogs to worms to infiltrate enemy bases or perform critical tasks. Nadreck takes a hint later. * AnimatedAdaptation - AnimatedAdaptation: Obscure anime adaptation, ''Lensman Galactic Patrol''. * AnnoyingPatient - AnnoyingPatient: The first time Kinnison ends up in Prime Base's hospital, he's one of these, constantly demanding non-hospital food and to be allowed more physical activity than he's capable of doing. Justified by Kinnison's frustration level -- he knows perfectly well that he was injured by being an idiot. When he's injured more severely in a later novel, but without the "I had the IdiotBall" element, he's more reasonable. * AppealToForce - AppealToForce: In ''First Lensman'', Roderick Kinnison suggests that the Galactic Patrol simply conquer North America by right of the bigger fleet. First Lensman Samms convinces him to cool his jets and challenge the Morgan political machine through free and fair elections instead, because Virgil Samms believes in the rule of law and seizing power by force would undermine the legitimacy of the Galactic Patrol. (Instead, the Lensmen rewrite the rules so that they are ''legally'' above the law.) * AppliedPhlebotinum - AppliedPhlebotinum: Ultrawaves, good for everything from [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL]] [[SubspaceAnsible communication]] to XRayVision! * AuthorAvatar - AuthorAvatar: In ''Triplanetary'', Ralph Kinnison is reading a ''Lensman''-like sci-fi story when the news about Pearl Harbor comes on the radio. He comes out of retirement, taking a job in a munitions factory where his training in organic chemistry makes him a useful asset. E.E. "Doc" Smith, SF author, had a [=PhD=] in organic chemistry (although specifically related to foodstuffs rather than explosives). Would be a CanonSue, except that Kinnison is ultimately defeated: ([[spoiler: shells and mines loaded at the factory are going off prematurely, killing good men; Kinnison walks away from the job rather than accept orders to violate quality control and safety standards - orders which could be implied as being issued under Eddorian influence]]). While details are sketchy at this late date, it was well known to fans who knew Smith that the explosives factory section, including the firing, was autobiographical.

* BadassArmy - The Lensmen may have been SF's first, being equipped with small arms that vaporize a person, personal shields that can survive said small arms, a machine gun equivalent that can boil steel in seconds, 'caterpillars' - giant tanks fitted with starship-grade weaponry... * BadassUnintentional - Nadreck the Palainian kills three of Boskone's highest-ranking leaders in single combat in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome. He considers that mission a fiasco because he failed to get them to kill one another instead, and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality his species values self-preservation as much as those strange, warmblooded Tellurians value courage]]. * BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil - Civilization v. Boskone. That is, initially. Once they [[LetsGetDangerous gear up for total war]], this ceases to apply. * BastardUnderstudy - Among Boskone (and their controllers, e.g. the Eddorians) it is regarded as quite acceptable, [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration even praiseworthy]], for [[TheStarscream an underling to scheme]] to [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt supplant their superior]] – the idea being that if he's successful the superior is no longer fit (e.g. not cunning and ruthless enough) to hold their position anyway.
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* BadassArmy - BadassArmy: The Lensmen may have been SF's first, being equipped with small arms that vaporize a person, personal shields that can survive said small arms, a machine gun equivalent that can boil steel in seconds, 'caterpillars' - giant tanks fitted with starship-grade weaponry... * BadassUnintentional - BadassUnintentional: Nadreck the Palainian kills three of Boskone's highest-ranking leaders in single combat in an OffscreenMomentOfAwesome. He considers that mission a fiasco because he failed to get them to kill one another instead, and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality his species values self-preservation as much as those strange, warmblooded Tellurians value courage]]. * BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil - BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: Civilization v. Boskone. That is, initially. Once they [[LetsGetDangerous gear up for total war]], this ceases to apply. * BastardUnderstudy - BastardUnderstudy: Among Boskone (and their controllers, e.g. the Eddorians) it is regarded as quite acceptable, [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration even praiseworthy]], for [[TheStarscream an underling to scheme]] to [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt supplant their superior]] – the idea being that if he's successful the superior is no longer fit (e.g. not cunning and ruthless enough) to hold their position anyway.

* BeamSpam - on a regular basis, escalating throughout the series. * BeardnessProtectionProgram - Kinnison grows a beard to go undercover as Chester Q. Fordyce. * BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy - Several tyrants throughout Earth history, including Nero, UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, were actually guises used by Gharlane of Eddore. Also, an in-universe example with the scientist Bergenholm. In the second book, he comes up with the breakthrough to make the Inertialess Drive safe and efficient. Later, they find out that [[spoiler:he was an Arisian]]. * BelligerentSexualTension - Kimball Kinnison and Clarissa [=MacDougall's=] first meeting produces some real fireworks, complete with mutual insults and name-calling. Their relationship eventually gets a little less prickly, but Kinnison still finds himself reluctant to admit that he's in love with her because he's done some horrible, horrible things as a Lensman and he's not sure she'd still have him if she knew. Naturally, she does. [[spoiler:It helps that she goes on to become a Lensman herself.]]
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* BeamSpam - BeamSpam: on a regular basis, escalating throughout the series. * BeardnessProtectionProgram - BeardnessProtectionProgram: Kinnison grows a beard to go undercover as Chester Q. Fordyce. * BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy - BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Several tyrants throughout Earth history, including Nero, UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, and UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, were actually guises used by Gharlane of Eddore. Also, an in-universe example with the scientist Bergenholm. In the second book, he comes up with the breakthrough to make the Inertialess Drive safe and efficient. Later, they find out that [[spoiler:he was an Arisian]]. * BelligerentSexualTension - BelligerentSexualTension: Kimball Kinnison and Clarissa [=MacDougall's=] first meeting produces some real fireworks, complete with mutual insults and name-calling. Their relationship eventually gets a little less prickly, but Kinnison still finds himself reluctant to admit that he's in love with her because he's done some horrible, horrible things as a Lensman and he's not sure she'd still have him if she knew. Naturally, she does. [[spoiler:It helps that she goes on to become a Lensman herself.]]

* BewareTheNiceOnes - Lensmen get referred to as "sublimated boy scouts" by one character, but by Klono's amazingly alliterative appendages, don't let them catch you engaging in piracy or dealing drugs. Not to mention that they use planets as strategic weapons. * {{BFG}} - The Standish, the equivalent of a machine gun, and its replacement, the semi-portable. * BigBad - Helmuth, the leader of the Boskone. * BiggerBad - The Eddorians. * TheBigBoard - TropeMaker, to the extent that the [[LifeImitatesArt US Navy borrowed the idea]]. * BizarreAlienBiology - The Palainians' metabolism has to extend into the fourth dimension in order to function in their native environment (Pluto is as far inside Earth's solar system as they feel comfortable living), and there are other races that take this to even greater extremes.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes - BewareTheNiceOnes: Lensmen get referred to as "sublimated boy scouts" by one character, but by Klono's amazingly alliterative appendages, don't let them catch you engaging in piracy or dealing drugs. Not to mention that they use planets as strategic weapons. * {{BFG}} - {{BFG}}: The Standish, the equivalent of a machine gun, and its replacement, the semi-portable. * BigBad - BigBad: Helmuth, the leader of the Boskone. * BiggerBad - BiggerBad: The Eddorians. Eddorians turn out to be directing Boskone from behind the scenes. * TheBigBoard - TheBigBoard: TropeMaker, to the extent that the [[LifeImitatesArt US Navy borrowed the idea]]. * BizarreAlienBiology - BizarreAlienBiology: The Palainians' metabolism has to extend into the fourth dimension in order to function in their native environment (Pluto is as far inside Earth's solar system as they feel comfortable living), and there are other races that take this to even greater extremes.

* BlackAndWhiteMorality - Yes and no. The Arisians [[DefiedTrope defy]] this on numerous occasions, repeatedly stating that good and evil are ultimately relative, and the Arisians and the races of Civilization recognize that different races will have BlueAndOrangeMorality. However, from the perspective of the races of Civilization, personal liberty is recognized as a pole star to be desired by everyone, the rigid fascism and [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]] of Boskone are utterly inimical to this, and the narrator does use "evil" as a shorthand for Boskonian actions.
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality - BlackAndWhiteMorality: Yes and no. The Arisians [[DefiedTrope defy]] this on numerous occasions, repeatedly stating that good and evil are ultimately relative, and the Arisians and the races of Civilization recognize that different races will have BlueAndOrangeMorality. However, from the perspective of the races of Civilization, personal liberty is recognized as a pole star to be desired by everyone, the rigid fascism and [[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]] of Boskone are utterly inimical to this, and the narrator does use "evil" as a shorthand for Boskonian actions.

* BlueAndOrangeMorality - Recognized among the races of Civilization, to the extent that different races' Lensmen have entirely different codes of honor and conduct. However, BlackAndWhiteMorality still applies between Civilization and Boskone. Nadrek, the Palanian Second-Stage Lensman, is regarded as every bit as much a hero by his race's standards as Kinnison is by human standards. The Blue and Orange part comes in because Palanians consider cowardice and guile to be ''virtues''. Nadrek is so thoroughly ashamed of "botching" his ''single-handed'' elimination of a major Boskonian base so badly that three (out of, at the very least, hundreds) of the Boskonians failed to kill each other/themselves and he ''personally'' had to eliminate them using (shudder) physical conflict that he records the details of this operation only under strong protest, and immediately places the recording under "Lensman's Seal", which effectively means "Ain't nobody seeing this never." Kinnison's reaction is pretty similar to the reader's: "Took out an entire base all by himself, something nobody else could have done, heroically risked his own life in personal combat to finish up the job, and he's embarrassed because he thinks it wasn't elegant enough. Palanians are weird." * BoardingParty - many, many times. Justified in that the villains are space pirates by nature, and interested in loot as much as interruption of trade.
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality - BlueAndOrangeMorality: Recognized among the races of Civilization, to the extent that different races' Lensmen have entirely different codes of honor and conduct. However, BlackAndWhiteMorality still applies between Civilization and Boskone. Nadrek, the Palanian Second-Stage Lensman, is regarded as every bit as much a hero by his race's standards as Kinnison is by human standards. The Blue and Orange part comes in because Palanians consider cowardice and guile to be ''virtues''. Nadrek is so thoroughly ashamed of "botching" his ''single-handed'' elimination of a major Boskonian base so badly that three (out of, at the very least, hundreds) of the Boskonians failed to kill each other/themselves and he ''personally'' had to eliminate them using (shudder) physical conflict that he records the details of this operation only under strong protest, and immediately places the recording under "Lensman's Seal", which effectively means "Ain't nobody seeing this never." Kinnison's reaction is pretty similar to the reader's: "Took out an entire base all by himself, something nobody else could have done, heroically risked his own life in personal combat to finish up the job, and he's embarrassed because he thinks it wasn't elegant enough. Palanians are weird." * BoardingParty - many, BoardingParty: Many, many times. Justified in that the villains are space pirates by nature, and interested in loot as much as interruption of trade.

* BreakTheCutie - Herkimer Herkimer III wants Virgilia Samms to tell him the secret of the Lens, and there are no lengths he won't go to in order to make her talk. It ends very badly for him. * BrotherSisterIncest - Never happens in the books themselves, but the five Kinnison kids are the new ultimate beings – a race separate from the rest of humanity and the founding population of a new species of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens. One brother, four sisters, do the math. Vaguely foreshadowed (as strongly as the era would allow, anyway) in the last book. [[spoiler: There are also hints at one point that Christopher Kinnison might harbor a few unfilial feelings for his mother Clarissa... and maybe it's mutual.]]
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* BreakTheCutie - BreakTheCutie: Herkimer Herkimer III wants Virgilia Samms to tell him the secret of the Lens, and there are no lengths he won't go to in order to make her talk. It ends very badly for him. * BrotherSisterIncest - BrotherSisterIncest: Never happens in the books themselves, but the five Kinnison kids are the new ultimate beings – a race separate from the rest of humanity and the founding population of a new species of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens. One brother, four sisters, do the math. Vaguely foreshadowed (as strongly as the era would allow, anyway) in the last book. [[spoiler: There are also hints at one point that Christopher Kinnison might harbor a few unfilial feelings for his mother Clarissa... and maybe it's mutual.]]

* CasualInterstellarTravel - After the Bergenholm drive was created. * TheChosenMany - The Lensmen as a whole. In point of fact, according to some sources, the Lensmen inspired another famous Chosen Many, the Green Lantern Corps. (The Corps' creators deny this, although later they made amends by adding [=GLs=] named after elements of ''Lensman''.)
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* CasualInterstellarTravel - CasualInterstellarTravel: After the Bergenholm drive was created. * TheChosenMany - TheChosenMany: The Lensmen as a whole. In point of fact, according to some sources, the Lensmen inspired another famous Chosen Many, the Green Lantern Corps. (The Corps' creators deny this, although later they made amends by adding [=GLs=] named after elements of ''Lensman''.)

* CigaretteOfAnxiety - Before the final battle in ''Children of the Lens'', one of the Kinnison girls is trying to chain-smoke, but is so wound up that she only manages one or two puffs before stubbing the cigarette out and lighting a new one.
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* CigaretteOfAnxiety - CigaretteOfAnxiety: Before the final battle in ''Children of the Lens'', one of the Kinnison girls is trying to chain-smoke, but is so wound up that she only manages one or two puffs before stubbing the cigarette out and lighting a new one.

* ColonyDrop - One weapon (that eventually becomes standardized for both sides) is the "free planet" - a small, rocky, generally otherwise-useless planetoid given a network of inertialess drives so that it can be dragged off wherever needed, then turned loose to seriously wreck someone's day. Then "weaponized planets" become the norm not so later...
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* ColonyDrop - ColonyDrop: One weapon (that eventually becomes standardized for both sides) is the "free planet" - a small, rocky, generally otherwise-useless planetoid given a network of inertialess drives so that it can be dragged off wherever needed, then turned loose to seriously wreck someone's day. Then "weaponized planets" become the norm not so later...

* CoolStarship - The ''Boise'', the ''Brittania'', and the ''Dauntless'' all come to mind.
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* CoolStarship - CoolStarship: The ''Boise'', the ''Brittania'', ''Brittania'' ''[sic]'', and the ''Dauntless'' all come to mind.

* TheCorrupter - Everyone involved in the galaxy-wide Boskonian thionite smuggling operation is this to some degree or another, working to subvert Civilization from within. In-universe, the Lensmen seem to regard this as an even more insidious danger than the {{Space Pirate}}s attempting to assault them from without.
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* TheCorrupter - TheCorrupter: Everyone involved in the galaxy-wide Boskonian thionite smuggling operation is this to some degree or another, working to subvert Civilization from within. In-universe, the Lensmen seem to regard this as an even more insidious danger than the {{Space Pirate}}s attempting to assault them from without.

* DeceptivelyHumanRobots - Most of [[spoiler:Gray Roger's crew]] look outwardly identical to people, but given the setting's lack of processing power, they're effectively remote-controlled puppets.
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* DeceptivelyHumanRobots - DeceptivelyHumanRobots: Most of [[spoiler:Gray Roger's crew]] look outwardly identical to people, but given the setting's lack of processing power, they're effectively remote-controlled puppets.

* DemocracyIsBad - ''First Lensman'' is ambivalent at best about democracy, as one of the main adversaries is a SleazyPolitician who manages to gather a significant amount of populist support, and a heroic character openly suggests [[AppealToForce resolving the problem with a military coup]] (the Patrol ultimately decide that the rule of law is important enough to let the voters decide, however). Later in the timeline, galactic government is replaced with an unelected Patrol governed by TheChosenMany, who are completely above the law and answer to no one, and this is unambiguously a good thing. When the Patrol moves into the Second Galaxy, they resort to a manipulated Democracy Imposed From Without, in the hope that in time the ex-slaves of Boskone will get used to the idea of real democracy.
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* DemocracyIsBad - DemocracyIsBad: ''First Lensman'' is ambivalent at best about democracy, as one of the main adversaries is a SleazyPolitician who manages to gather a significant amount of populist support, and a heroic character openly suggests [[AppealToForce resolving the problem with a military coup]] (the Patrol ultimately decide that the rule of law is important enough to let the voters decide, however). Later in the timeline, galactic government is replaced with an unelected Patrol governed by TheChosenMany, who are completely above the law and answer to no one, and this is unambiguously a good thing. When the Patrol moves into the Second Galaxy, they resort to a manipulated Democracy Imposed From Without, in the hope that in time the ex-slaves of Boskone will get used to the idea of real democracy.

* DisintegratorRay - Without the later trappings of safety and convenience. The beams used really ''do'' vaporize their targets, with all the attendant thermodynamics, so best wear a shielded suit when firing unless you want your front half to be blackened cajun-style.
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* DisintegratorRay - DisintegratorRay: Without the later trappings of safety and convenience. The beams used really ''do'' vaporize their targets, with all the attendant thermodynamics, so best wear a shielded suit when firing unless you want your front half to be blackened cajun-style.

* EarthShatteringKaboom - In the third volume the bad guys' main base has a scuttling charge that [[ColonyDrop pulverizes the crust of the planet it's on]]. This being the origin of the LensmanArmsRace, they have to find [[SoLastSeason a way to beat that]]. So starting in the forth book, the superweapons of choice are ''planet-sized antimatter bombs'' and planets travelling in opposite directions and smashing the target between them. Yeah, beat that. ([[UpToEleven And they do]], with colliding planets from [[AnotherDimension another universe]] travelling at fifteen times the speed of light.) * EldritchAbomination - Not only are the Eddorians already from a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace horribly different other continuum]], but they have to disguise their appearances or [[PunyEarthlings mere humans]] will [[BrownNote go insane]] upon seeing them. * EmpathicWeapon - The Lens. * EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity - The Arisians serve this role for much of the plot, bestowing Lenses on those they judge worthy of them.
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* EarthShatteringKaboom - EarthShatteringKaboom: In the third volume the bad guys' main base has a scuttling charge that [[ColonyDrop pulverizes the crust of the planet it's on]]. This being the origin of the LensmanArmsRace, they have to find [[SoLastSeason a way to beat that]]. So starting in the forth book, the superweapons of choice are ''planet-sized antimatter bombs'' and planets travelling in opposite directions and smashing the target between them. Yeah, beat that. ([[UpToEleven And they do]], with colliding planets from [[AnotherDimension another universe]] travelling at fifteen times the speed of light.) * EldritchAbomination - EldritchAbomination: Not only are the Eddorians already from a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace horribly different other continuum]], but they have to disguise their appearances or [[PunyEarthlings mere humans]] will [[BrownNote go insane]] upon seeing them. * EmpathicWeapon - EmpathicWeapon: The Lens. Lens functions as a psychic enhancer (for humans, at least) and is attuned to its user in such a way that anyone else who tries to use or handle it is killed instantly. * EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity - EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity: The Arisians serve this role for much of the plot, bestowing Lenses on those they judge worthy of them.

* EternalProhibition - All illegal drugs are still illegal in the far future, [[StatusQuoIsGod as they should be]]; indeed, much of the Galactic Patrol's work is replicating a galactic DEA ([[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner with Judge Dredd's plenipotentiary powers]]). Drug pushing seems to be regarded as the most serious of crimes; the punishment is either death or [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood corrective psychological therapy]]. The Patrol focuses its efforts on thionite, which is really nasty stuff (and more importantly, whose dealers are part of the Boskonian food chain). Bentlam weed, on the other hand, seems to be the equivalent of marijuana - the Patrol doesn't even bother mentioning it. (Not that using it, even for an undercover job, doesn't make Kinnison feel disgusted...) * EverybodySmokes - [[DoubleStandard Even the women]]. Tobacco is never once maligned in the series. Fine brand cigarettes are imported to Tellus all the way from Alsakan, all the way across the galaxy. Society marches on...
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* EternalProhibition - EternalProhibition: All illegal drugs are still illegal in the far future, [[StatusQuoIsGod as they should be]]; indeed, much of the Galactic Patrol's work is replicating a galactic DEA ([[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner with Judge Dredd's plenipotentiary powers]]). Drug pushing seems to be regarded as the most serious of crimes; the punishment is either death or [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood corrective psychological therapy]]. The Patrol focuses its efforts on thionite, which is really nasty stuff (and more importantly, whose dealers are part of the Boskonian food chain). Bentlam weed, on the other hand, seems to be the equivalent of marijuana - the Patrol doesn't even bother mentioning it. (Not that using it, even for an undercover job, doesn't make Kinnison feel disgusted...) * EverybodySmokes - EverybodySmokes: [[DoubleStandard Even the women]]. Tobacco is never once maligned in the series. Fine brand cigarettes are imported to Tellus all the way from Alsakan, all the way across the galaxy. Society marches on...

* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce - Averted. The Arisians point out to Helmuth that there is absolutely no way to defeat them, and that if humanity proves incapable of using the Lens to defeat Boskone, then they'll just let him conquer and corrupt this iteration of Civilization while they wait for another one. Indeed, ''Triplanetary'' reveals how the Eddorians have managed to ruin Earth's civilization more than once in the ancient past, only for humanity to keep evolving anyway. * EvolutionaryLevels - Lensmen are graded on stages from First to Third; only specially bred individuals get past First-Stage Lensman at the time of the story. It is hinted at that humanity would evolve as a whole to the point that achieving Second Stage would be common. * ExplosiveOverclocking - Primary beams, which take the mechanism of a regular beam projector and use it as a one-shot cartridge. * FasterThanLightTravel - The "inertialess drive" and later, [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Hyperspatial tubes]].
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* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce - EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Averted. The Arisians point out to Helmuth that there is absolutely no way to defeat them, and that if humanity proves incapable of using the Lens to defeat Boskone, then they'll just let him conquer and corrupt this iteration of Civilization while they wait for another one. Indeed, ''Triplanetary'' reveals how the Eddorians have managed to ruin Earth's civilization more than once in the ancient past, only for humanity to keep evolving anyway. * EvolutionaryLevels - EvolutionaryLevels: Lensmen are graded on stages from First to Third; only specially bred individuals get past First-Stage Lensman at the time of the story. It is hinted at that humanity would evolve as a whole to the point that achieving Second Stage would be common. * ExplosiveOverclocking - ExplosiveOverclocking: Primary beams, which take the mechanism of a regular beam projector and use it as a one-shot cartridge. * FasterThanLightTravel - FasterThanLightTravel: The "inertialess drive" and later, [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Hyperspatial tubes]].

* FinishHim - Mentor to Kim Kinnison, regarding Gharlane, and with good reason: "Destroy him therefore, forthwith, before he regains consciousness, lest much and grievous harm befall you."
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* FinishHim - FinishHim: Mentor to Kim Kinnison, regarding Gharlane, and with good reason: "Destroy him therefore, forthwith, before he regains consciousness, lest much and grievous harm befall you."

* ForcedIntoEvil - Not all Boskonians are irredeemably evil; in fact, many are as much victims of their oppressive systems as the people the Galactic Patrol tries to protect. The Lensmen try to recover and deprogram the less hardened ones when they can afford to make a distinction. * FriendOrFoe - telling the difference was one of the reasons the Lens became a necessity. * FutureSlang - Lots of it, including "zwilnik" as mentioned above, but the most prevalent is "QX" as a replacement for "OK." And "jets" replace "balls," as in "having the jets to pull this off." * FuturisticSuperhighway - In the BigApplesauce of the future, Lensman Virgil Samms drives his gyro-stabilised two-wheeler onto the Wright Skyway, a limited-access superhighway with a maze of feeder ramps running all the way up the skyscraper he's working in, and higher (presumably exits for {{Flying Car}}s). The only problem is learning to ignore the bombardment of very noisy advertising (which he later discovers is NOT limited to humanity!).
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* ForcedIntoEvil - ForcedIntoEvil: Not all Boskonians are irredeemably evil; in fact, many are as much victims of their oppressive systems as the people the Galactic Patrol tries to protect. The Lensmen try to recover and deprogram the less hardened ones when they can afford to make a distinction. * FriendOrFoe - telling FriendOrFoe: Telling the difference was one of the reasons the Lens became a necessity. necessity. One of the advantages the Lens has over any other badge of office is that it's impossible to fully duplicate one as a counterfeit. * FutureSlang - FutureSlang: Lots of it, including "zwilnik" as mentioned above, but the most prevalent is "QX" as a replacement for "OK." And "jets" replace "balls," as in "having the jets to pull this off." * FuturisticSuperhighway - FuturisticSuperhighway: In the BigApplesauce of the future, Lensman Virgil Samms drives his gyro-stabilised two-wheeler onto the Wright Skyway, a limited-access superhighway with a maze of feeder ramps running all the way up the skyscraper he's working in, and higher (presumably exits for {{Flying Car}}s). The only problem is learning to ignore the bombardment of very noisy advertising (which he later discovers is NOT limited to humanity!).

* GambitRoulette - Not just the Arisian billion year plan ([[CrazyPrepared with redundancies]]!), but many of Kimball Kinnison's infiltration gambits require him to completely assume a new identity, at one point going so far as to systematically (and [[FakeMemories psychically]]) write himself into each and every portion of an enemy soldier's past! To say nothing of the identity that required him to become an [[spoiler:alcoholic drug addict, deflecting attention from himself by getting so smashed and high simultaneously that he could barely move a muscle. His mind, on the other hand...]]
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* GambitRoulette - GambitRoulette: Not just the Arisian billion year plan ([[CrazyPrepared with redundancies]]!), but many of Kimball Kinnison's infiltration gambits require him to completely assume a new identity, at one point going so far as to systematically (and [[FakeMemories psychically]]) write himself into each and every portion of an enemy soldier's past! To say nothing of the identity that required him to become an [[spoiler:alcoholic drug addict, deflecting attention from himself by getting so smashed and high simultaneously that he could barely move a muscle. His mind, on the other hand...]]

* GenericanEmpire - The civilization that the protagonists work for is only referred to as "Civilization." * GladiatorRevolt - In ''Triplanetary'', a small group tries to overthrown Emperor Nero (who is really [[spoiler:Gharlane of Eddore]].)
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* GenericanEmpire - GenericanEmpire: The civilization that the protagonists work for is only referred to as "Civilization." * GladiatorRevolt - GladiatorRevolt: In ''Triplanetary'', a small group tries to overthrown Emperor Nero (who is really [[spoiler:Gharlane of Eddore]].)

* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire - For all the extraordinary powers of enforcement the Galactic Patrol has, the Civilization it protects generally puts a high value on personal freedoms and local governmental autonomy. Boskone, on the other hand, is unapologetically despotic and malevolent. * GreatOffScreenWar - The Jovian Wars. There were at least four of them, they resulted in the Triplanetary League forming from Venus, Tellus, and Mars. * GuileHero - While Kinnison himself is certainly one, and every Lensman is expected to be one to some degree, the real shining example of this trope in the ''Lensman'' 'verse is Nadreck of Palain VII, who prefers to manipulate his enemies into fighting one another by using his powers to amplify their natural flaws, hatreds, and jealousies. He wipes out one Boskonian base that we see using these methods, and there's evidence that he's pulled the same trick on others. * GuiltFreeExterminationWar
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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire - GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: For all the extraordinary powers of enforcement the Galactic Patrol has, the Civilization it protects generally puts a high value on personal freedoms and local governmental autonomy. Boskone, on the other hand, is unapologetically despotic and malevolent. * GreatOffScreenWar - GreatOffScreenWar: The Jovian Wars. There were at least four of them, they resulted in the Triplanetary League forming from Venus, Tellus, and Mars. * GuileHero - GuileHero: While Kinnison himself is certainly one, and every Lensman is expected to be one to some degree, the real shining example of this trope in the ''Lensman'' 'verse is Nadreck of Palain VII, who prefers to manipulate his enemies into fighting one another by using his powers to amplify their natural flaws, hatreds, and jealousies. He wipes out one Boskonian base that we see using these methods, and there's evidence that he's pulled the same trick on others. * GuiltFreeExterminationWar GuiltFreeExterminationWar:

* HarmfulToTouch - Lenses, when not being worn by their proper owners. * {{Heavyworlder}} - The Valerians, who were originally human colonists, evolving into a HumanSubspecies because of it.
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* HarmfulToTouch - HarmfulToTouch: Lenses, when not being worn by their proper owners. * {{Heavyworlder}} - {{Heavyworlder}}: The Valerians, who were originally human colonists, evolving into a HumanSubspecies because of it.

* HeroOfAnotherStory - See the entry for Nadreck the Palainian under MagnificentBastard. * HeroesWantRedheads - Kim and Clarissa. The SF-nal tradition of redheaded heroines may trace back to Heinlein, or it may trace back to Smith. * HiredToHuntYourself - Kinnison, while disguised as Major Gannel, arranged for this to happen to himself. He had the Patrol plant evidence that THE Lensman was tracing Boskonian communication lines, and then as Major Gannel had to show only a slight willingness to investigate before being ordered to do so. [[spoiler:This was set up to let Kinnison go off-planet and join the ''Dauntless'' in investigating a Boskonian ship traveling down a hyperspatial tube.]] * HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure - From a footnote, “Detet: the distance at which one spaceship can detect another.” A useful unit for ensuring there are no gaps in your watch-formation. * HowDoIShotWeb - Lenses do not come with instruction manuals; each Lensman has to learn how to operate their own Lens in the manner they find most intuitive, to the point where almost all Lensmen are told ''never'' to return to Arisia or attempt further contact. Kimball Kinnison is the first (though not by much) to realise that its uses go far beyond what he was initially told about, and will need to approach the Arisians for help in working it out. When his Admiral reminds him of this injunction, he states that he does not recall being given the warning - and [[spoiler:with good reason; Mentor actually tells him that if he lived long enough, he would be bound to realise what he did and return for further training]]. * HumanAliens - Kinnison not only manages to pass as a native on Thrale (a planet Civilization's run of humanity could not ''possibly'' have colonized – [[TransplantedHumans knowingly, anyway]]), but even manages to impersonate one of Boskone's officers there.
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* HeroOfAnotherStory - HeroOfAnotherStory: See the entry for Nadreck the Palainian under MagnificentBastard. * HeroesWantRedheads - HeroesWantRedheads: Kim and Clarissa. The SF-nal tradition of redheaded heroines may trace back to Heinlein, or it may trace back to Smith. * HiredToHuntYourself - HiredToHuntYourself: Kinnison, while disguised as Major Gannel, arranged for this to happen to himself. He had the Patrol plant evidence that THE Lensman was tracing Boskonian communication lines, and then as Major Gannel had to show only a slight willingness to investigate before being ordered to do so. [[spoiler:This was set up to let Kinnison go off-planet and join the ''Dauntless'' in investigating a Boskonian ship traveling down a hyperspatial tube.]] * HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure - HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: From a footnote, “Detet: the distance at which one spaceship can detect another.” A useful unit for ensuring there are no gaps in your watch-formation. * HowDoIShotWeb - HowDoIShotWeb: Lenses do not come with instruction manuals; each Lensman has to learn how to operate their own Lens in the manner they find most intuitive, to the point where almost all Lensmen are told ''never'' to return to Arisia or attempt further contact. Kimball Kinnison is the first (though not by much) to realise that its uses go far beyond what he was initially told about, and will need to approach the Arisians for help in working it out. When his Admiral reminds him of this injunction, he states that he does not recall being given the warning - and [[spoiler:with good reason; Mentor actually tells him that if he lived long enough, he would be bound to realise what he did and return for further training]]. * HumanAliens - HumanAliens: Kinnison not only manages to pass as a native on Thrale (a planet Civilization's run of humanity could not ''possibly'' have colonized – [[TransplantedHumans knowingly, anyway]]), but even manages to impersonate one of Boskone's officers there.

* HumanityIsSuperior - Guess who runs Civilization? There were four species the Arisians selectively bred and eugenically improved for millions of years. The four races were the humans, the Velantians, the Rigellians and the Palainians. Humanity was considered the most desirable candidate of the four races because each of the others, despite being [[PunyEarthlings superior to humanity]] in many qualities, had a [[PlanetOfHats significant flaw]]: the Palainians were intrinsically cowardly and very bad at multitasking, the Rigellians too nonaggressive and unambitious, and the Velantians deficient in resistance to mind control and in attention span. Humanity, on the other hand, while having [[PunyEarthlings the fewest special strengths]], had ''[[JackOfAllStats no specific weaknesses]]''. * IHaveYouNowMyPretty - Gray Roger, like any good SpacePirate, tries to force himself on TheHero's LoveInterest. Subverted in that Roger [[spoiler:is actually an asexual alien who reproduces by binary fission and is mainly just trying to figure out what this "sex" thing is and why other races think it's such a big deal anyway.]] When he says he wants to use her for experiments pertaining to sex, what he means and what she... and TheHero... think he means are two entirely different things. * ImaginationBasedSuperpower - The powers granted by each Lens are limited only by the bearer's ability to perceive what they're doing as possible. Even the ability to withstand another being's telepathic attacks is as much down to willpower as innate ability. [[spoiler:A lucky few -- including Kimball Kinnison -- discover that they've actually had innate powers of their own this whole time, and that the Lens only served to awaken them. This is not coincidental.]]
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* HumanityIsSuperior - HumanityIsSuperior: Guess who runs Civilization? There were four species the Arisians selectively bred and eugenically improved for millions of years. The four races were the humans, the Velantians, the Rigellians and the Palainians. Humanity was considered the most desirable candidate of the four races because each of the others, despite being [[PunyEarthlings superior to humanity]] in many qualities, had a [[PlanetOfHats significant flaw]]: the Palainians were intrinsically cowardly and very bad at multitasking, the Rigellians too nonaggressive and unambitious, and the Velantians deficient in resistance to mind control and in attention span. Humanity, on the other hand, while having [[PunyEarthlings the fewest special strengths]], had ''[[JackOfAllStats no specific weaknesses]]''. * IHaveYouNowMyPretty - IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Gray Roger, like any good SpacePirate, tries to force himself on TheHero's LoveInterest. Subverted in that Roger [[spoiler:is actually an asexual alien who reproduces by binary fission and is mainly just trying to figure out what this "sex" thing is and why other races think it's such a big deal anyway.]] When he says he wants to use her for experiments pertaining to sex, what he means and what she... and TheHero... think he means are two entirely different things. * ImaginationBasedSuperpower - ImaginationBasedSuperpower: The powers granted by each Lens are limited only by the bearer's ability to perceive what they're doing as possible. Even the ability to withstand another being's telepathic attacks is as much down to willpower as innate ability. [[spoiler:A lucky few -- including Kimball Kinnison -- discover that they've actually had innate powers of their own this whole time, and that the Lens only served to awaken them. This is not coincidental.]]

* IncorruptiblePurePureness - Incorruptibility is one of the prerequisites that determines whether or not someone is worthy of becoming a Lensman. It's more emphasized for human recruits, though, as not all non-human beings are subject to the same vices. * InertialDampening - The Bergenholm inertialess drive, which was the [[TropeMaker origin of the trope]]. * InterstellarWeapon - The hyperspatial tube-launched planets are probably one of the more effective examples in play. * JackOfAllStats - Of the five Children of the Lens, Christopher. More generally, humans compared to other races of the Galaxy.
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* IncorruptiblePurePureness - IncorruptiblePurePureness: Incorruptibility is one of the prerequisites that determines whether or not someone is worthy of becoming a Lensman. It's more emphasized for human recruits, though, as not all non-human beings are subject to the same vices. * InertialDampening - InertialDampening: The Bergenholm inertialess drive, which was the [[TropeMaker origin of the trope]]. * InterstellarWeapon - InterstellarWeapon: The hyperspatial tube-launched planets are probably one of the more effective examples in play. * JackOfAllStats - JackOfAllStats: Of the five Children of the Lens, Christopher. More generally, humans compared to other races of the Galaxy.

* KlingonPromotion - Standard operating procedure among the Boskonians, as their hierarchy is built on power and intimidation. If you can't keep your underlings from killing you and taking your job, you clearly weren't doing that well at it in the first place. * LensmanArmsRace - TropeMaker and TropeNamer. To give merely the first incident in a long stream of one-upmanship: Triplanetary's first contact with the Nevians end badly when a single Nevian ship destroys a small fleet of spaceships and the city of Pittsburgh while hardly breaking a sweat. Within weeks, humanity has reverse-engineered their allotropic iron technology, developed an inertialess drive which can outrun anything the Nevians can field, and refitted an existing prototype spaceship, the ''Boise'', to take full advantage of these technologies and repay the Nevians in kind. [[SerialEscalation This trend continues throughout the series]]. * LoyalPhlebotinum - The Lenses, which kill anyone other than their owners who tries to wield them. * LudicrousPrecision - The slang phrase "I check you to nineteen decimals" invokes this for effect, as a rather over-the-top way of saying "Your conclusions / suspicions match up with my own." * MadMathematician - Sir Austin Cardynge. (Not actually insane, just... focused. Or perhaps Heinlein would call him ''un''sane.) And he's not necessarily the worst. Among Tellurians and similar species, it's an accepted fact that high levels of mathematical intellect will lead to a bit of instability, and the exceptions are at least Second Stage. * TheManBehindTheMan - Boskone works like a giant onion around the Eddorians. Each layer plays TheManBehindTheMan to its subordinate group, which in turn has its own subordinate bunch. * MechaMooks - Grey Roger's minions in ''Triplanetary''. Played with in that the escaping heroes unhesitatingly gun down both robots and humans on sight without a moral quiver (they are enemy troops after all).
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* KlingonPromotion - KlingonPromotion: Standard operating procedure among the Boskonians, as their hierarchy is built on power and intimidation. If you can't keep your underlings from killing you and taking your job, you clearly weren't doing that well at it in the first place. * LensmanArmsRace - LensmanArmsRace: TropeMaker and TropeNamer. To give merely the first incident in a long stream of one-upmanship: Triplanetary's first contact with the Nevians end badly when a single Nevian ship destroys a small fleet of spaceships and the city of Pittsburgh while hardly breaking a sweat. Within weeks, humanity has reverse-engineered their allotropic iron technology, developed an inertialess drive which can outrun anything the Nevians can field, and refitted an existing prototype spaceship, the ''Boise'', to take full advantage of these technologies and repay the Nevians in kind. [[SerialEscalation This trend continues throughout the series]]. * LoyalPhlebotinum - LoyalPhlebotinum: The Lenses, which kill anyone other than their owners who tries to wield them. * LudicrousPrecision - LudicrousPrecision: The slang phrase "I check you to nineteen decimals" invokes this for effect, as a rather over-the-top way of saying "Your conclusions / suspicions match up with my own." * MadMathematician - MadMathematician: Sir Austin Cardynge. (Not actually insane, just... focused. Or perhaps Heinlein would call him ''un''sane.) And he's not necessarily the worst. Among Tellurians and similar species, it's an accepted fact that high levels of mathematical intellect will lead to a bit of instability, and the exceptions are at least Second Stage. * TheManBehindTheMan - TheManBehindTheMan: Boskone works like a giant onion around the Eddorians. Each layer plays TheManBehindTheMan to its subordinate group, which in turn has its own subordinate bunch. * MechaMooks - MechaMooks: Grey Roger's minions in ''Triplanetary''. Played with in that the escaping heroes unhesitatingly gun down both robots and humans on sight without a moral quiver (they are enemy troops after all).

** Used heavily by the villains. Also [[WhatTheHellHero occasionally by the heroes]]. Particularly [[MagnificentBastard Nadreck of Palain]], although his entire race's moral philosophy differs radically from that of humans.
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** Used heavily by the villains. Also [[WhatTheHellHero occasionally by the heroes]].heroes]], [[IDidWhatIHadToDo though mainly on villains who have already used it]]. Particularly [[MagnificentBastard Nadreck of Palain]], although his entire race's moral philosophy differs radically from that of humans.

* MinovskyPhysics - Ultra-waves, ether, [[spoiler: thought-waves]], the Bergenholm (extended right to and past to the logical conclusion of "just how big an object can we throw around?").
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* MinovskyPhysics - MinovskyPhysics: Ultra-waves, ether, [[spoiler: thought-waves]], the Bergenholm (extended right to and past to the logical conclusion of "just how big an object can we throw around?").around?"). * MoleInCharge: In a heroic example, Kimball Kinnison goes undercover as "Major Gannel" on Thrale and rises far enough in the ranks during his mission to become the next (and last) Tyrant of the planet.

* MouthOfSauron - Helmuth, "speaking for Boskone," appears to be the BigBad of the series at first (if you read the series in publication order), but he turns out to be only a part of a much vaster scheme orchestrated by the Eddorians themselves. Note that Helmuth actually predates Sauron; ''Galactic Patrol'' was published fifteen years before ''The Fellowship of the Ring''. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone - Played with in ''Masters of the Vortex.''. Medury took great pains to ensure he was doing no harm before he [[spoiler:triggered the first Vortex.]] By the time the Cahuitans realise what [[spoiler:the 'kindling' for their incubators actually was]], they've evolved beyond remorse but they do act immediately to minimise the damage they've caused. * NeverFoundTheBody - The nature of high-energy space warfare means you usually don't have a body to find, which Grey Roger uses –''twice''– to his benefit. * NiceJobBreakingItHero - In ''Masters of the Vortex'', a loose atomic vortex can be destroyed with high explosives if you can match the characteristics of the charge to the activity of the vortex at the time of detonation. If not, you either feed the vortex (and make it larger) or spread it into multiple smaller vortices all over the place. Played straight; it's a mistake of the latter type which costs Neal Cloud his wife and children (though not at Cloud's own hands; the mistake was made by a 'bungling nitwit' who is bluntly stated to have died in the attempt). * NiceToTheWaiter - Even when he's infiltrating the bad guys' organization to work his way up the hierarchy, Virgil Samms refuses to take credit for work those under him did. And when Kim Kinnison sifts through a broken-down, burned-out meteor miner's head to find the information he's looking for, he cures the man's epilepsy and gives him the drive to go back out into space and succeed. In fact, when Kimball uses a ''spider'' as part of his scheme, he makes sure to find a nice, juicy fly for the spider to eat as well, and it's all part of the same thing. * NoConservationOfEnergy - Averted; whether it's ray guns ''[[DisintegratorRay actually]]'' [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath vaporizing people]] or DeflectorShields reradiating energy to their surroundings and setting them on fire, Smith is one rare sci-fi author who understands that not only does energy have to be generated, it also has to ''go somewhere''.
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* MouthOfSauron - MouthOfSauron: Helmuth, "speaking for Boskone," appears to be the BigBad of the series at first (if you read the series in publication order), but he turns out to be only a part of a much vaster scheme orchestrated by the Eddorians themselves. Note that Helmuth actually predates Sauron; ''Galactic Patrol'' was published fifteen years before ''The Fellowship of the Ring''. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone - MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Played with in ''Masters of the Vortex.''. Medury took great pains to ensure he was doing no harm before he [[spoiler:triggered the first Vortex.]] By the time the Cahuitans realise what [[spoiler:the 'kindling' for their incubators actually was]], they've evolved beyond remorse but they do act immediately to minimise the damage they've caused. * NeverFoundTheBody - NeverFoundTheBody: ** The nature of high-energy space warfare means you usually don't have a body to find, which Grey Roger uses –''twice''– to his benefit. ** Helmuth of Boskone is DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to know never to assume NoOneCouldSurviveThat and insists to his mooks that they ''always'' try to find the body. It's not enough to save him in the long run, but it does help make him one of Kinnison's most dangerous opponents. * NiceJobBreakingItHero - NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Masters of the Vortex'', a loose atomic vortex can be destroyed with high explosives if you can match the characteristics of the charge to the activity of the vortex at the time of detonation. If not, you either feed the vortex (and make it larger) or spread it into multiple smaller vortices all over the place. Played straight; it's a mistake of the latter type which costs Neal Cloud his wife and children (though not at Cloud's own hands; the mistake was made by a 'bungling nitwit' who is bluntly stated to have died in the attempt). * NiceToTheWaiter - NiceToTheWaiter: Even when he's infiltrating the bad guys' organization to work his way up the hierarchy, Virgil Samms refuses to take credit for work those under him did. And when Kim Kinnison sifts through a broken-down, burned-out meteor miner's head to find the information he's looking for, he cures the man's epilepsy and gives him the drive to go back out into space and succeed. In fact, when Kimball uses a ''spider'' as part of his scheme, he makes sure to find a nice, juicy fly for the spider to eat as well, and it's all part of the same thing. * NoConservationOfEnergy - NoConservationOfEnergy: Averted; whether it's ray guns ''[[DisintegratorRay actually]]'' [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath vaporizing people]] or DeflectorShields reradiating energy to their surroundings and setting them on fire, Smith is one rare sci-fi author who understands that not only does energy have to be generated, it also has to ''go somewhere''.

* NotTheFallThatKillsYou - Smith was also capable of telling physics to take a hike when it suited the story. For instance, he had characters matching "intrinsic velocities" in ways that conveniently ignored just how astronomical (in the literal sense) those velocity differences must have been, up to and including high fractions of lightspeed. Smith's {{Technobabble}} explanation of the impossibly stormy atmosphere of the planet Trenco pretty much ignores the laws of thermodynamics, and his calculations for the destructive power of his ultimate explosive Duodec are an elaborate joke in the form of a mathematical formula. Smith was reportedly delighted to be called on this, because it meant his fans were paying attention. * NuclearOption - More like CasualNuclearWar, for lack of a better term. Several variants of atomic weapons are used: ''Super-atomic bombs'' which convert their entire rest-mass into energy, and ''duodecaplylatomate'' (or "duodec," for short), an extremely high-yield nuclear explosive described as "the quintessence of atomic destruction" and similar phrases. And of course, the famous ''negabombs'', [[ScienceMarchesOn "antimatter"]] projectiles that come in every size [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill up to planetary mass]]. All are used increasingly liberally as the war escalates; expect no trace of any NuclearWeaponsTaboo.
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* NotTheFallThatKillsYou - NotTheFallThatKillsYou: Smith was also capable of telling physics to take a hike when it suited the story. For instance, he had characters matching "intrinsic velocities" in ways that conveniently ignored just how astronomical (in the literal sense) those velocity differences must have been, up to and including high fractions of lightspeed. Smith's {{Technobabble}} explanation of the impossibly stormy atmosphere of the planet Trenco pretty much ignores the laws of thermodynamics, and his calculations for the destructive power of his ultimate explosive Duodec are an elaborate joke in the form of a mathematical formula. Smith was reportedly delighted to be called on this, because it meant his fans were paying attention. * NuclearOption - NuclearOption: More like CasualNuclearWar, Casual Nuclear War, for lack of a better term. Several variants of atomic weapons are used: ''Super-atomic bombs'' which convert their entire rest-mass into energy, and ''duodecaplylatomate'' (or "duodec," for short), an extremely high-yield nuclear explosive described as "the quintessence of atomic destruction" and similar phrases. And of course, the famous ''negabombs'', [[ScienceMarchesOn "antimatter"]] projectiles that come in every size [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill up to planetary mass]]. All are used increasingly liberally as the war escalates; expect no trace of any NuclearWeaponsTaboo.

* OhMyGods - Spacemen have their own god, named Klono, who shows up in expletives like "Holy Klono's tungsten teeth and curving carballoy claws!" The Valerians prefer Noshabkeming, but quite a few spacemen say prayers to both. * OldSchoolDogfight - Averted - the closest thing they have would be speedsters, used for scouting and transportation. * OmniscientMoralityLicense - The Arisians like to jerk the lesser races' chains a lot, but it's for their own good. (Eventually.) Of course, the Atlanteans, the Romans, and the Americans (and the rest of the modern-day nations of Tellus) might have a different opinion of 'their own good', considering what the Arisians permit to happen to them. And that's just Tellus... The alternative, however, would have been worse. * OneRiotOneRanger - Kinnison frequently takes on Boskonian bases single-handedly and wins. He's rarely far away from backup forces that are ready to move at his signal, but even then, most of the time they only come into play to mop up after he's already dealt the deciding blow. * OurDragonsAreDifferent - The Velantians. * OurNudityIsDifferent - Some physically human societies have either radically different nudity taboos or none at all, and Lensmen are expected to adopt local customs unless some pressing reason not to do so is in play. Most of them are so used to it that they do not even think about it, but Clarissa strongly dislikes working in the nude (though she can and will do it if necessary). A few human races are the opposite, as well, with clothing rules that cover everything, like the Tomingans.
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* OhMyGods - OhMyGods: Spacemen have their own god, named Klono, who shows up in expletives like "Holy Klono's tungsten teeth and curving carballoy claws!" The Valerians prefer Noshabkeming, but quite a few spacemen say prayers to both. * OldSchoolDogfight - OldSchoolDogfight: Averted - the closest thing they have would be speedsters, used for scouting and transportation. * OmniscientMoralityLicense - OmniscientMoralityLicense: The Arisians like to jerk the lesser races' chains a lot, but it's for their own good. (Eventually.) Of course, the Atlanteans, the Romans, and the Americans (and the rest of the modern-day nations of Tellus) might have a different opinion of 'their own good', considering what the Arisians permit to happen to them. And that's just Tellus... The alternative, however, would have been worse. * OneRiotOneRanger - OneRiotOneRanger: Kinnison frequently takes on Boskonian bases single-handedly and wins. He's rarely far away from backup forces that are ready to move at his signal, but even then, most of the time they only come into play to mop up after he's already dealt the deciding blow. * OurDragonsAreDifferent - OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Velantians. Velantians. For one thing, they're incredible telepaths. * OurNudityIsDifferent - OurNudityIsDifferent: Some physically human societies have either radically different nudity taboos or none at all, and Lensmen are expected to adopt local customs unless some pressing reason not to do so is in play. Most of them are so used to it that they do not even think about it, but Clarissa strongly dislikes working in the nude (though she can and will do it if necessary). A few human races are the opposite, as well, with clothing rules that cover everything, like the Tomingans.

* PardonMyKlingon - The Lenses assign random words to alien concepts with no direct human equivalent, and all the Lenses use the same word afterwards.
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* PardonMyKlingon - PardonMyKlingon: The Lenses assign random words to alien concepts with no direct human equivalent, and all the Lenses use the same word afterwards.

* PoweredArmor - According to many, the UrExample, certainly a very early one (decades before Literature/StarshipTroopers). Includes [[DeflectorShields protective force-fields]], [[InertialDampening inertial dampening tech]], [[JetPack rocket thrusters]], a generous [[FrickinLaserBeams heat ray]], and [[ReallyHeavyArmor the multi-kilohorsepower engines required to move it around]]. * PowerOfLove - This is what enables Clarissa to [[spoiler:find and bring back Kinnison after he went through the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Hell Hole]] and was trapped in a far off dimension that not even Mentor and the children could find.]] The chapter's even ''called'' "The Power of Love". * {{Prequel}} - ''First Lensman'', the last Lensman novel written by Smith, which finishes linking ''Triplanetary'' to the rest of the series. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy - Worsel of Velantia, and also the confusingly named (Human) Valerians and their scion, Van Buskirk (who are a HumanSubspecies because of the high gravity of their planet). * PsychicBlockDefense - mechanical thought-screens and their psychically generated equivalents. The former are not always unbreakable, but are in widespread use even among natural telepaths, as they offer the advantage of not requiring any effort from the wearer to maintain his, her or its own psychic shields around the clock. Just make sure the new power-pack is connected in parallel before you slip out the used one... * ThePsychoRangers - By ''Children of the Lens'', the Eddorians have seemingly come up with a way to create Lenses of their own and begin fielding "Black Lensmen" in an attempt to counter Civilization's finest. The results are rather disappointing.
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* PoweredArmor - PoweredArmor: According to many, the UrExample, certainly a very early one (decades before Literature/StarshipTroopers). Includes [[DeflectorShields protective force-fields]], [[InertialDampening inertial dampening tech]], [[JetPack rocket thrusters]], a generous [[FrickinLaserBeams heat ray]], and [[ReallyHeavyArmor the multi-kilohorsepower engines required to move it around]]. * PowerOfLove - PowerOfLove: This is what enables Clarissa to [[spoiler:find and bring back Kinnison after he went through the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace Hell Hole]] and was trapped in a far off dimension that not even Mentor and the children could find.]] The chapter's even ''called'' "The Power of Love". * {{Prequel}} - {{Prequel}}: ''First Lensman'', the last Lensman novel written by Smith, which finishes linking ''Triplanetary'' to the rest of the series. * ProudWarriorRaceGuy - ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Worsel of Velantia, and also the confusingly named (Human) Valerians and their scion, Van Buskirk (who are a HumanSubspecies because of the high gravity of their planet). * PsychicBlockDefense - PsychicBlockDefense: mechanical thought-screens and their psychically generated equivalents. The former are not always unbreakable, but are in widespread use even among natural telepaths, as they offer the advantage of not requiring any effort from the wearer to maintain his, her or its own psychic shields around the clock. Just make sure the new power-pack is connected in parallel before you slip out the used one... * ThePsychoRangers - ThePsychoRangers: By ''Children of the Lens'', the Eddorians have seemingly come up with a way to create Lenses of their own and begin fielding "Black Lensmen" in an attempt to counter Civilization's finest. The results are rather disappointing.

* RaygunGothic - Before it was retro, even. * ARealManIsAKiller - All Tellurian Lensmen are male, because a Lensman must be able to kill without a conscience if the situation calls for it and only men can be natural-born killers like that; women, supposedly, just don't have that kind of sociopathy in them. Virginia Samms is disqualified from being a Lensman for this reason, and she says that there will one day be a woman Lensman, but she'll be an absolute freak of nature. [[spoiler: Actually, Virginia's being fed a crock of bullshit. The Arisians don't want women in the Lensman corps because it might screw up their breeding program.]]
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* RaygunGothic - RaygunGothic: Before it was retro, even. * ARealManIsAKiller - ARealManIsAKiller: All Tellurian Lensmen are male, because a Lensman must be able to kill without a conscience if the situation calls for it and only men can be natural-born killers like that; women, supposedly, just don't have that kind of sociopathy in them. Virginia Samms is disqualified from being a Lensman for this reason, and she says that there will one day be a woman Lensman, but she'll be an absolute freak of nature. [[spoiler: Actually, Virginia's being fed a crock of bullshit. The Arisians don't want women in the Lensman corps because it might screw up their breeding program.]]

* RedOniBlueOni - In ''First Lensman'', Roderick Kinnison and Virgil Samms have this sort of dynamic going, with Rod's impulsive charisma balanced by Samms's methodical cunning. * ReverseMole - one of Kinnison's usual tactics, successful to the point that he eventually ends up running the Evil Empire in time for their (at that stage in the story) climactic battle with Civilization. * RuleOfCool - Averted, surprisingly; the basic fictional scientific principles such as the Bergenholm drive, hyperspatial tubes, force fields, rays etc are all handled with consistency and care. Smith finds new ways to apply these principles, rather than whipping out more AppliedPhlebotinum. Even his predilection for the BoardingParty, and, of course the Valerian Space Axe RecycledInSpace, are solidly justified. Though the Bergenholm drive only averts it in the basic view; in the details it is more an example of playing it straight. "Inertialess" objects still display inertial behaviour in cases where it would be too awkward to behave "realistically". For example, true inertialessness would halt all thermal motion of atoms and molecules, which would wreak lethal havoc on any biological system, far beyond the "space-sickness" which is the worst such effect described (and then only in the case of the first prototype, later developments avoid this). A spaceship going inertialess in a gravity well would instantly, without perceptible time-lapse, fall to the bottom of the well and likely be vaporised in the heart of a star; again this simply does not happen, and the behaviour of the Bergenholm drive in relation to gravitational fields can only be explained by assuming it to also function as a Cavorite-style gravity shield - the first test of the initial prototype inertialess drive indeed does exactly this. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge - Worsel, to avenge the millennia his people suffered at the hands of the Overlords of Delgon (not to mention his own suffering), vows to obliterate the entire species from the universe. Pretty much does. Considers the fact that he has to torture some of them for information to be a bonus. This is a species that tortures its victims slowly to death in order to enjoy their agonies and then consume their life-force as they die. Not because they need to do so to live or anything, they just like it. Little wonder that the Velantians' allies saw fit to help them destroy it. * SaveTheVillain - Lensmen will try to save even Boskonian agents if rehabilitation is at all possible. They have no hesitation about destroying those that prove to be too hardened or indoctrinated to save (which generally translates to pretty much all of the upper echelons of their leadership). * ScaryDogmaticAliens - Boskone is TheEmpire pitted against the benevolent and free [[TheAlliance Civilization]]. Consider the stories were written in the run-up to, and during, WWII and you can see who they stand for. It's probably not coincidence that the title of the Eddorian leader is also one of the titles of the German Kaiser ("All-Highest"). Also Cf. Helmuth von Moltke, German commander at the start of the First World War. * SchematizedProp - any and all weapons, but particularly the [=DeLameter=] blaster. Almost all spaceships. * ScienceHero - Quite often, the tide of the war against Boskone is changed as a result of brilliant scientists whipping up the newest Big Thing just in time to give the {{Space Pirate}}s a thrashing.
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* RedOniBlueOni - RedOniBlueOni: In ''First Lensman'', Roderick Kinnison and Virgil Samms have this sort of dynamic going, with Rod's impulsive charisma balanced by Samms's methodical cunning. * ReverseMole - one ReverseMole: One of Kinnison's usual tactics, successful to the point that he eventually ends up running the Evil Empire in time for their (at that stage in the story) climactic battle with Civilization. * RuleOfCool - RuleOfCool: Averted, surprisingly; the basic fictional scientific principles such as the Bergenholm drive, hyperspatial tubes, force fields, rays etc are all handled with consistency and care. Smith finds new ways to apply these principles, rather than whipping out more AppliedPhlebotinum. Even his predilection for the BoardingParty, and, of course the Valerian Space Axe RecycledInSpace, are solidly justified. Though the Bergenholm drive only averts it in the basic view; in the details it is more an example of playing it straight. "Inertialess" objects still display inertial behaviour in cases where it would be too awkward to behave "realistically". For example, true inertialessness would halt all thermal motion of atoms and molecules, which would wreak lethal havoc on any biological system, far beyond the "space-sickness" which is the worst such effect described (and then only in the case of the first prototype, later developments avoid this). A spaceship going inertialess in a gravity well would instantly, without perceptible time-lapse, fall to the bottom of the well and likely be vaporised in the heart of a star; again this simply does not happen, and the behaviour of the Bergenholm drive in relation to gravitational fields can only be explained by assuming it to also function as a Cavorite-style gravity shield - the first test of the initial prototype inertialess drive indeed does exactly this. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge - RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Worsel, to avenge the millennia his people suffered at the hands of the Overlords of Delgon (not to mention his own suffering), vows to obliterate the entire species from the universe. Pretty much does. Considers the fact that he has to torture some of them for information to be a bonus. This is a species that tortures its victims slowly to death in order to enjoy their agonies and then consume their life-force as they die. Not because they need to do so to live or anything, they just like it. Little wonder that the Velantians' allies saw fit to help them destroy it. * SaveTheVillain - SaveTheVillain: Lensmen will try to save even Boskonian agents if rehabilitation is at all possible. They have no hesitation about destroying those that prove to be too hardened or indoctrinated to save (which generally translates to pretty much all of the upper echelons of their leadership). * ScaryDogmaticAliens - ScaryDogmaticAliens: Boskone is TheEmpire pitted against the benevolent and free [[TheAlliance Civilization]]. Consider the stories were written in the run-up to, and during, WWII and you can see who they stand for. It's probably not coincidence that the title of the Eddorian leader is also one of the titles of the German Kaiser ("All-Highest"). Also Cf. Helmuth von Moltke, German commander at the start of the First World War. * SchematizedProp - any SchematizedProp: Any and all weapons, but particularly the [=DeLameter=] blaster. Almost all spaceships. * ScienceHero - ScienceHero: Quite often, the tide of the war against Boskone is changed as a result of brilliant scientists whipping up the newest Big Thing just in time to give the {{Space Pirate}}s a thrashing.

* ScrewThisImOuttaHere - After [[spoiler:Ploor]] is destroyed, the remnants of the Boskonian fleet flee back to their respective planets. The Patrol, thoroughly sick of killing mooks like shooting fish in barrels, lets them go. * SecretWeapon - Primary beams, kept secret from the Boskonians throughout most of ''Gray Lensman.'' The Galactic Partrol only used them when they knew none of its victims could escape to tell the tale. * SequelReset - Every one of the original four novels ends with the Lensmen thinking they've ''finally'' destroyed the nerve center of Boskone's operations and wrapped things up for good... which means that every sequel has to have a scene establishing that, no, there's still one level higher to go (at least until they finally confront the Eddorians). * SerialEscalation - Goes hand-in-hand with the Lensman Arms Race. Each book introduces at least one superweapon that's ultra-powerful at the moment it's revealed but that becomes so ubiquitous by the sequel that it's practically the new baseline for weapons tech, resulting in scientists on both sides developing still more powerful superweapons in an effort to break the status quo. Wash, rinse, repeat.
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere - ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After [[spoiler:Ploor]] is destroyed, the remnants of the Boskonian fleet flee back to their respective planets. The Patrol, thoroughly sick of killing mooks like shooting fish in barrels, lets them go. * SecretWeapon - SecretWeapon: Primary beams, kept secret from the Boskonians throughout most of ''Gray Lensman.'' The Galactic Partrol only used them when they knew none of its victims could escape to tell the tale. * SequelReset - SequelReset: Every one of the original four novels ends with the Lensmen thinking they've ''finally'' destroyed the nerve center of Boskone's operations and wrapped things up for good... which means that every sequel has to have a scene establishing that, no, there's still one level higher to go (at least until they finally confront the Eddorians). * SerialEscalation - SerialEscalation: Goes hand-in-hand with the Lensman Arms Race. Each book introduces at least one superweapon that's ultra-powerful at the moment it's revealed but that becomes so ubiquitous by the sequel that it's practically the new baseline for weapons tech, resulting in scientists on both sides developing still more powerful superweapons in an effort to break the status quo. Wash, rinse, repeat.

* ShipperOnDeck - After Kinnison's disastrous encounter with the Wheelmen in ''Galactic Patrol'' ends up with him laid up in a hospital, Doctor Lacy and Port Admiral Haynes conspire to set him up with Clarissa [=MacDougall=], an eligible nurse who happens to also be related to the Samms family. The two do eventually fall for one another. [[spoiler:Just as the Arisians intended from the start of their breeding program.]] * ShowDontTell - Smith's character descriptions tend to be "This is what you should think about this character." * ShownTheirWork - For such a dated (and [[UpToEleven often over-the-top]]) series, Lensman can be surprisingly hard science-fiction at times. * SleazyPolitician - In the prequel ''First Lensman'', [[EvilChancellor Senator Morgan]], who mixes shady political dealing and ties with [[EvilInc corrupt corporations]] and [[TheMafia the mob]] with [[ReliableTraitor secret subservience]] to the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien empire]]. His [[TheDragon chief aide]], Herkimer Herkimer III, is probably the closest thing ''Lensman'' has to an utter monster. (Well, [[EldritchAbomination as far as human beings are concerned, at least]].) Morgan can probably also be considered a mild StrawmanPolitical against left-wing economic populism. * SleepCute - Costigan and Clio Marsden share a chaste moment of slumber together after their rescue from Grey Roger's clutches. * TheSoCalledCoward - Nadreck refers to ''himself'' as a DirtyCoward. He's also probably the second most effective Lensman in Civilization, prior to the Children of the Lens; the fact that he doesn't stick his neck out leads him to take no risks and defeat the enemies of Civilization with consummate skill, efficiency and [[GuileHero guile]].
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* ShipperOnDeck - ShipperOnDeck: After Kinnison's disastrous encounter with the Wheelmen in ''Galactic Patrol'' ends up with him laid up in a hospital, Doctor Lacy and Port Admiral Haynes conspire to set him up with Clarissa [=MacDougall=], an eligible nurse who happens to also be related to the Samms family. The two do eventually fall for one another. [[spoiler:Just as the Arisians intended from the start of their breeding program.]] * ShowDontTell - ShowDontTell: Smith's character descriptions tend to be "This is what you should think about this character." * ShownTheirWork - ShownTheirWork: For such a dated (and [[UpToEleven often over-the-top]]) series, Lensman can be surprisingly hard science-fiction at times. * SleazyPolitician - SleazyPolitician: In the prequel ''First Lensman'', [[EvilChancellor Senator Morgan]], who mixes shady political dealing and ties with [[EvilInc corrupt corporations]] and [[TheMafia the mob]] with [[ReliableTraitor secret subservience]] to the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens evil alien empire]]. His [[TheDragon chief aide]], Herkimer Herkimer III, is probably the closest thing ''Lensman'' has to an utter monster. (Well, [[EldritchAbomination as far as human beings are concerned, at least]].) Morgan can probably also be considered a mild StrawmanPolitical against left-wing economic populism. * SleepCute - SleepCute: Costigan and Clio Marsden share a chaste moment of slumber together after their rescue from Grey Roger's clutches. * TheSoCalledCoward - TheSoCalledCoward: Nadreck refers to ''himself'' as a DirtyCoward. He's also probably the second most effective Lensman in Civilization, prior to the Children of the Lens; the fact that he doesn't stick his neck out leads him to take no risks and defeat the enemies of Civilization with consummate skill, efficiency and [[GuileHero guile]].

* SoLastSeason - The powers of Civilization, Boskone, and the Lensmen keep going up and up and up... * SortingAlgorithmOfEvil - Boskone, played to the hilt. * SpaceBattle - While most of the action centered on the larger-than-life heroes as individuals, occasionally the emphasis shifted to the larger-than-life fleets of space battleships they commanded. * SpaceFriction - When you're totally inertialess, running into a hydrogen atom in the almost-perfect vacuum of space actually ''does'' qualify as friction. Friction from the interstellar medium, in fact, is the ''only'' limiting factor on the acceleration of an inertialess drive.
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* SoLastSeason - SoLastSeason: The powers of Civilization, Boskone, and the Lensmen keep going up and up and up... * SortingAlgorithmOfEvil - SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Boskone, played to the hilt. * SpaceBattle - SpaceBattle: While most of the action centered on the larger-than-life heroes as individuals, occasionally the emphasis shifted to the larger-than-life fleets of space battleships they commanded. * SpaceFriction - SpaceFriction: When you're totally inertialess, running into a hydrogen atom in the almost-perfect vacuum of space actually ''does'' qualify as friction. Friction from the interstellar medium, in fact, is the ''only'' limiting factor on the acceleration of an inertialess drive.
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* NoNonsenseNemesis: Since Boskonia cares more about efficiency than [[ForTheEvulz villainy for its own sake]], there are quite a few of these. Helmuth from ''Galactic Patrol'' stands out.
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* NoNonsenseNemesis: Since Boskonia cares more about efficiency than [[ForTheEvulz villainy for its own sake]], there are quite a few of these. Helmuth from ''Galactic Patrol'' stands out.out -- his personal {{catchphrase}}, "Your reports are neither complete nor conclusive," and the fact that he's smart enough to ''never'' assume NoOneCouldSurviveThat (and chews out a group of {{Mooks}} who do) show that he attaches great value on certainty and thoroughness of information.
3rd Dec '15 11:38:34 PM Yalsaris63
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* ColonyDrop - One weapon (that eventually becomes standardized for both sides) is the "free planet" - a small, rocky, generally otherwise-useless planetoid given a network of inertialess drives so that it can be dragged off wherever needed, then turned loose to seriously wreck someone's day.
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* ColonyDrop - One weapon (that eventually becomes standardized for both sides) is the "free planet" - a small, rocky, generally otherwise-useless planetoid given a network of inertialess drives so that it can be dragged off wherever needed, then turned loose to seriously wreck someone's day. Then "weaponized planets" become the norm not so later...
27th Nov '15 10:23:39 AM Specialist290
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* ScienceMarchesOn: Smith invents a collision of galaxies to explain the improbable number of planets in the galaxy. Now that planetary formation is regarded as a typical result of stellar formation, rather than the consequence of a near collision of stars, the explanation is superfluous as well as inaccurate.
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