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2nd Nov '17 8:39:50 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench''. Also Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters'', though it's portrrayed as less unnatural given the very low numbers of surviving Megalodons.

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* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench''. Also Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters'', though it's portrrayed portrayed as less unnatural given the very low numbers of surviving Megalodons.
4th Sep '17 12:19:25 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench''. Also Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters'', though its portrrayed as less unnatural given the very low numbers of surviving Megalodons.

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* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench''. Also Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters'', though its it's portrrayed as less unnatural given the very low numbers of surviving Megalodons.
6th Aug '17 8:59:34 AM Galvatron29
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Angus is a cruel, emotionally abusive ass on his best day and a bitter old drunk on his worst (and admits as much near the end of the novel) - but he's very much not OK with John Cialino's domestic abuse of his wife, is the only one to recognise that Nessie needs to be killed despite his blood oath and escapes prison to help his son when he enters Nessie's lair alone, despite being a total dick to him for most of the book.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Angus is a cruel, emotionally abusive ass on his best day and a bitter old drunk on his worst (and [[LampshadeHanging admits as much near the end of the novel) novel]]) - but he's very much not OK with John Cialino's domestic abuse of his wife, is the only one to recognise that Nessie needs to be killed despite his blood oath and escapes prison to help his son when he enters Nessie's lair alone, despite being a total dick to him for most of the book.
6th Aug '17 8:07:14 AM Galvatron29
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** The original Meg gives birth to Angel and two other offspring (neither of which survive) in the first book before being killed, while Angel gives birth to two male pups at the end of ''The Trench'' - one of whom later impregnates her again in time to have given birth to a new brood for ''Hell's Aquarium''. [[spoiler: This becomes a major plot point in that novel when it turns out that the Megalodon species has evolved to the point where the females inseminate themselves, basically disregarding the males to produce genetic clones of themselves.]]

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** The original Meg gives birth to Angel and two other offspring (neither of which survive) in the first book before being killed, while Angel gives birth to two male pups at the end of ''The Trench'' - one of whom later impregnates her again in time to have given birth to a new brood for ''Hell's Aquarium''. [[spoiler: This becomes a major plot point in that novel when it turns out that the Megalodon species has evolved to the point where the females inseminate themselves, basically disregarding the males to produce genetic clones of themselves.]]
6th Aug '17 8:06:04 AM Galvatron29
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* KarmicDeath: Michael Maren in the third book is ultimately killed by his own pet Megalodon, Scarface.



* LaserGuidedKarma: In ''Primal Waters'' Michael Maren uses an underwater drone discharging special signals in order to lure Angel's son Scarface into attacking. During the final attack sequence (as Maren is provoking Scarface into attacking the reality TV crew and wiping out all witnesses to his crimes) Jonas works out what's going on when he sees the drone, manages to snag it and dumps it in the helicopter cockpit of a very surprised Maren. Scarface attacks almost instantly and drags the entire helicopter underwater, drowning Maren.



* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench''. Also Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters''.

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* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench''. Also Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters''.Waters'', though its portrrayed as less unnatural given the very low numbers of surviving Megalodons.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [Over half of the fourth novel sees David, Jonas's son, try to save/protect his girlfriend from the abyss and their less than scrupulous employers. Near the end it looks like he has succeeded as they narrowly escape the abyss. She is then promptly eaten by the Liopleurodon (by accident no less). It's jarring to say the least.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [Over Over half of the fourth novel sees David, Jonas's son, try to save/protect his girlfriend from the abyss and their less than scrupulous employers. Near the end it looks like he has succeeded as they narrowly escape the abyss. She is then promptly eaten by the Liopleurodon (by accident no less). It's jarring to say the least.
6th Aug '17 7:41:05 AM Galvatron29
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* AntiHero: Angel. She may be TheDreaded to the human characters for her appearances in the series , but she's frequently shown to be the lesser evil against the Kronosaurs (in ''The Trench''), her male offspring (in ''Primal Waters'') and [[spoiler: the Liopleurodon]] (in ''Hell's Aquarium'').

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* AntiHero: Angel. She may be TheDreaded to the human characters for her appearances in the series , but she's frequently shown to be the lesser evil against the Kronosaurs (in ''The Trench''), her male offspring (in ''Primal Waters'') and [[spoiler: the Liopleurodon]] Liopleurodon (in ''Hell's Aquarium'').



* BigBad: Angel's mother could be considered the main villain in the first book, though she wasn't outright evil. Benedict Singer serves as the main antagonist in the second book and [[spoiler:Michael Maren in the third.]]

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* BigBad: Angel's mother could be considered the main villain in the first book, though she wasn't outright evil. Benedict Singer serves as the main antagonist in the second book and [[spoiler:Michael Michael Maren in the third.]]



* CanonWelding: Scientist Barbara Becker debuts in ''Sharkman'' and is subsequently mentioned in ''Meg: Night Stalkers''. The same novel introduces Zachary West (from ''The Loch'') to the main series, paying off the appearances of Jonas, Mac and David in ''Vostok''.

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* CanonWelding: CanonWelding:
** The ''Meg: Origins'' prequel novella does this for the first few books, tying in the concept of the Navy wanting the Manganese ores introduced in ''The Trench'', while featuring an appearance by Michael Maren's father spying for Benedict Singer, establishing how Maren came to be working for Singer in ''The Trench''.
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Scientist Barbara Becker debuts in ''Sharkman'' and is subsequently mentioned in ''Meg: Night Stalkers''. Stalkers''.
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The same novel introduces Zachary West (from ''The Loch'') to the main series, paying off the appearances of Jonas, Mac and David in ''Vostok''.



* CoolVSAwesome: Megalodon vs. Kronosaurus in ''The Trench''. And [[spoiler: a super-sized (read:bigger than a blue whale!) Liopleurodon vs. Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium''.]]

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* CoolVSAwesome: Megalodon vs. Kronosaurus in ''The Trench''. And [[spoiler: a super-sized (read:bigger than a blue whale!) Liopleurodon vs. Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium''.]]



** The [[spoiler: Liopleurodon]] in ''Hell's Aquarium'' is one of the few creatures that can do this to Megalodons due to its size and power - it's shown to easily kill Scarface in the book's opening. Subverted when it faces Angel [[spoiler:Despite the size difference (Angel is 74ft and 50 tons, the Liopleurodon is 122ft and 100 tons) Angel has a significantly more lethal bite and only loses when she's accidentally trapped in the supertanker's netting.]]

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** The [[spoiler: Liopleurodon]] Liopleurodon in ''Hell's Aquarium'' is one of the few creatures that can do this to Megalodons due to its size and power - it's shown to easily kill Scarface in the book's opening. Subverted when it faces Angel [[spoiler:Despite Despite the size difference (Angel is 74ft and 50 tons, the Liopleurodon is 122ft and 100 tons) Angel has a significantly more lethal bite and only loses when she's accidentally trapped in the supertanker's netting.]]



** [[spoiler:David Taylor tries this when he slits his own wrists in the two months after his girlfriend is killed by Liopleurodon. Fortunately, the wounds aren't fatal.]]
** In both ''The Trench'' and ''Night Stalkers'' characters trapped underwater elect to drown themselves rather than be eaten by the Megs.

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** [[spoiler:David David Taylor tries this when he slits his own wrists in the two months after his girlfriend is killed by Liopleurodon. Fortunately, the wounds aren't fatal.]]
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** In both ''The Trench'' and ''Night Stalkers'' characters trapped underwater elect to drown themselves rather than be eaten by the Megs. One luckless character tries it in the original novel when he's trapped in the sinking ''Nautilus'' - unluckily the Meg gets him before he can finish the process.



* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Michael Maren in the third book is ultimately killed by his own pet Megalodon, Scarface.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same Liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. The Liopleurodon then kills Angel's daughters Lizzie and Bela in ''Night Stalkers'', and is subsequently killed by David Taylor, but both the sharks and the Liopleurodon have surviving offspring.]]

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Jonas' first wife Maggie is manipulative, greedy and openly tries to makes Jonas look like a lunatic in order to get a favourable divorce agreement. But she's also canny enough to use Jonas' findings on Megs and studying Great White behavioural patterns to realise the first Meg is heading towards the Farallon islands long before Jonas does.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Michael Michael Maren in the third book is ultimately killed by his own pet Megalodon, Scarface.]]
Scarface.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Angel Angel in ''Hell's Aquarium'', at the jaws of the same Liopleurodon that previously killed her son Scarface. [[spoiler: The Liopleurodon then kills Angel's daughters Lizzie and Bela in ''Night Stalkers'', and is subsequently killed by David Taylor, but both the sharks and the Liopleurodon have surviving offspring.]]



** [[spoiler:The species of the Panthalassa sea can also do this - the escaped Liopleurodon gives birth mid-way through ''Night Stalkers''.]]

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** [[spoiler:The The species of the Panthalassa sea can also do this - [[spoiler: the escaped Liopleurodon gives birth mid-way through ''Night Stalkers''.]]



* OffingTheOffspring: Angel's mother devours one of her own sons moments after birth. Flashbacks in ''Primal Waters'' have another Meg female doing much the same. Near the end of the book, Angel kills her own older son after mating with him.

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* OffingTheOffspring: Angel's mother devours one of her own sons moments after birth. Flashbacks in ''Primal Waters'' have another Meg female doing much the same. Near the end of the that book, Angel kills her own older son after mating with him.



* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench'', Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters''.

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* ParentalIncest: Benedict Singer and his daughter Celeste in ''The Trench'', Trench''. Also Angel and her nameless elder son in ''Primal Waters''.



* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Over half of the fourth novel sees David, Jonas's son, try to save/protect his girlfriend from the abyss and their less than scrupulous employers. Near the end it looks like he has succeeded as they narrowly escape the abyss. She is then promptly eaten by the Liopleurodon (by accident no less). It's jarring to say the least.]]
* StrawCharacter: Both left and right. The [[BlatantLies animal rights]] group in ''Hell's Aquarium'' are the most blatant example.

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Over [Over half of the fourth novel sees David, Jonas's son, try to save/protect his girlfriend from the abyss and their less than scrupulous employers. Near the end it looks like he has succeeded as they narrowly escape the abyss. She is then promptly eaten by the Liopleurodon (by accident no less). It's jarring to say the least.]]
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* StrawCharacter: Both left and right. The [[BlatantLies animal rights]] group in ''Hell's Aquarium'' are the most blatant obvious example.



* AncientConspiracy: One is responsible for trapping the largest beasts in the loch in the first place, [[spoiler:forcing them to serve as guardians of a silver casket containing the heart of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329.]]
* AssholeVictim: David Caldwell, a self-promoting hack who mostly relies on stealing other people's work to advance his own position. [[spoiler:When Nessie eats him, nobody is upset.]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Nessie has grown to over 50 feet long due to [[spoiler:being trapped in the loch for so long, unable to escape, mate and die like her ancestors did.]]

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* AncientConspiracy: One is responsible for trapping the largest beasts in the loch in the first place, [[spoiler:forcing forcing them to serve as guardians of a silver casket containing the heart of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329.]]
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* AssholeVictim: David Caldwell, a self-promoting hack who mostly relies on stealing other people's work to advance his own position. [[spoiler:When When Nessie eats him, nobody is upset.]]
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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Nessie has grown to over 50 feet long due to [[spoiler:being being trapped in the loch for so long, unable to escape, mate and die like her ancestors did.]]



* EveryoneHasStandards: Angus may be an abusive and manipulative alcoholic, but even he draws the line at beating women. This leads him to [[spoiler: confront John Cialino about abusing his wife, ending with Angus punching him into the loch, where he's eaten by Nessie.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: How Nessie dies - Zachary Wallace faces the overgrown Guivre in its own den and stabs through its eye and into its brain with a sword he finds down there. If that didn't finish it off, the creature's flailing, causing it to crush its own skull against the rocky ceiling, did.]]
* GaiasVengeance: The monster goes on a rampage when the vibrations from dynamite, used during construction, set it off. [[spoiler:When oil gets into its brain and damages it, she gets even crazier.]]

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Angus may be an abusive and manipulative alcoholic, but even he draws the line at beating women. This leads him to [[spoiler: confront John Cialino about abusing his wife, ending with Angus punching him into the loch, where he's eaten by Nessie.]]
Nessie.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: How Nessie dies - Zachary Wallace faces the overgrown Guivre in its own den and stabs through its eye and into its brain with a sword he finds down there. If that didn't finish it off, the creature's flailing, causing it to crush its own skull against the rocky ceiling, did.]]
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* GaiasVengeance: The monster goes on a rampage when the vibrations from dynamite, used during construction, set it off. [[spoiler:When When oil gets into its brain and damages it, she gets even crazier.]]



* ImAHumanitarian: Nessie has developed a taste for human flesh, due in part to [[spoiler:its natural food chain being disrupted. Oil is seeping into the Great Glen, and has damaged her brain, causing her to become more violent.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Angus is a cruel, emotionally abusive ass on his best day and a bitter old drunk on his worst (and admits as much near the end of the novel) - but he's very much not OK with John Cialino's [[spoiler: domestic abuse of his wife]], is the only one to recognise that Nessie needs to be killed despite his blood oath and escapes prison to help his son when he enters Nessie's lair alone, despite being a total dick to him for most of the book.

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* ImAHumanitarian: Nessie has developed a taste for human flesh, due in part to [[spoiler:its its natural food chain being disrupted. Oil is seeping into the Great Glen, and has damaged her brain, causing her to become more violent.]]
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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Angus is a cruel, emotionally abusive ass on his best day and a bitter old drunk on his worst (and admits as much near the end of the novel) - but he's very much not OK with John Cialino's [[spoiler: domestic abuse of his wife]], wife, is the only one to recognise that Nessie needs to be killed despite his blood oath and escapes prison to help his son when he enters Nessie's lair alone, despite being a total dick to him for most of the book.



* RealityEnsues: At the conclusion of ''The Loch'' Zach [[spoiler: killed the now-crazed Nessie to save Brandy, True and Angus.]] The start of ''Vostok'' shows that by publicly revealing this he completely tanked Loch Ness' monster-dependent tourism industry, causing severe economic hardship for the locals.

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* RealityEnsues: At the conclusion of ''The Loch'' Zach [[spoiler: killed the now-crazed Nessie to save Brandy, True and Angus.]] Angus. The start of ''Vostok'' shows that by publicly revealing this he completely tanked Loch Ness' monster-dependent tourism industry, causing severe economic hardship for the locals.



** Nessie herself, [[spoiler:revealed as the Guivres, a giant species of eel, kin to the Anguilla, or Conger, eel. Others of her species are known to the public as the Bloop, a mysterious noise initially detected in the Atlantic Ocean by the Navy in 1997.]]

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** Nessie herself, [[spoiler:revealed herself is revealed to be part of a species known by the Black Knights as the Guivres, a giant species of eel, kin to the Anguilla, or Conger, Anguilla (or Conger) eel. Others of her species are known to the public as the Bloop, a mysterious noise initially detected in the Atlantic Ocean by the Navy in 1997.]]



* WifeBasherBasher: [[spoiler: Angus, of all people. Johnny Cialino's death came about when he started getting violent with his wife, and she called Angus for help; in the resulting meeting near Loch Ness, the two men argued until Angus punched him hard enough that Cialino stumbled backward, tripped over a tree root and fell backward into the loch. And then Nessie rose up and killed him.]]

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* WifeBasherBasher: [[spoiler: Angus, of all people. Johnny Cialino's death came about when he started getting violent with his wife, and she called Angus for help; in the resulting meeting near Loch Ness, the two men argued until Angus punched him hard enough that Cialino stumbled backward, tripped over a tree root and fell backward into the loch. And then Nessie rose up and killed him.]]
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31st Jul '17 8:23:18 AM Galvatron29
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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Despite Steve Alten claiming to have done the research, this trope is readily apparent from the first scene of the first novel, where a Megalodon eats a TyrannosaurusRex that waded into a shallow sea chasing prey. Ignoring the bizarre reasoning for this scene, Megalodon didn't exist until tens of millions of years ''after'' the dinosaurs went extinct. They also were ''not'' twice the length of the largest Tyrannosaurs, as the novel claims.

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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
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Despite Steve Alten claiming to have done the research, this trope is was readily apparent from the first opening scene of the first novel, where a Megalodon eats a TyrannosaurusRex that waded into a shallow sea chasing prey. Ignoring the bizarre reasoning for this scene, Megalodon didn't exist until tens of millions of years ''after'' the dinosaurs went extinct. They also were ''not'' twice the length of the largest Tyrannosaurs, as the novel claims.claims.
*** Alten poked fun at himself using this trope in the rewritten version, presenting this chapter as a fictitious "[[CoolVSAwesome clash of the titans]]" affair to give Jonas' lecture audience an idea of the Meg's capabilities, going on to present the correct time period information for both.
24th Jul '17 4:08:55 AM Galvatron29
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* The Alcoholic: Mac has let himself go in a big way by the time of ''Primal Waters'', and spends much of the book in AA after realising the damage its doing to his personal life and relationships.

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* The Alcoholic: TheAlcoholic: Mac has let himself go in a big way by the time of ''Primal Waters'', and spends much of the book in AA after realising Jonas forces him to realise the damage its it's doing to his personal life and relationships.
24th Jul '17 3:47:58 AM Galvatron29
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* The Alcoholic: Mac has let himself go in a big way by the time of ''Primal Waters'', and spends much of the book in AA after realising the damage its doing to his personal life and relationships.



* BadassGrandpa: Jonas and Mac are both in their 60s by the time of ''Primal Water'', and still manage numerous death-defying stunts to save people from the Megs.

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* BadassGrandpa: Jonas and Mac are both in their 60s by the time of ''Primal Water'', Waters'', and still manage numerous death-defying stunts to save people from the Megs.
24th Jul '17 3:36:53 AM Galvatron29
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* BadassGrandpa: Jonas and Mac are both in their 60s by the time of ''Primal Water'', and still manage numerous death-defying stunts to save people from the Megs.
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