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1st May '16 10:14:40 AM StarSword
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* PervyPatdown: Wren boards Harrowbarrow with the intention of meeting Wolf Kobold, and one of his minions insists on searching her for weapons before the meeting takes place. Afterwards, she wonders to herself what sort of weapons he expected her to be concealing in her bra.
25th Feb '16 5:32:54 PM TinyBabyEnemies
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* IndyPloy: Hester confronts Piotr Masard after going back on a bargain she made with him. He's confused about her motivations.

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* IndyPloy: Hester confronts Piotr Masard Masgard after going back on a bargain she made with him. He's confused about her motivations.
11th Feb '16 11:38:00 PM Veralos
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* IndyPloy: Hester confronts Piotr Masard after going back on a bargain she made with him. He's confused about her motivations.
-->'''Masgard''': What are you playing at, aviatrix? You [[spoiler: sell me this city]], then you [[spoiler: try and help them take it back]]. I don't understand! What's your plan?
-->'''Hester''': There isn't one. I'm just making it up as I go along.



* LayeredMetropolis: London has become this, thanks to Quirke, who transformed it into the world's first mobile city. The 7th tier houses the engine district, while St Paul's Cathedral sits on the uppermost tier.
** Later in the series, as we see more and more Traction Cities, we find that they're all layered -- in fact, the number of layers a city has becomes a sort of short-hand for the amount of power and wealth it possesses. Small cities might have just two layers, [[UrbanSegregation with the poor citizens]] sharing the lower tier with the engines and other machinery [[UrbanSegregation while the wealthy live in the fresh air and sunshine above]]. Some of the largest and most powerful cities may have up to a dozen layers (the higher, the more respectable). Only small towns make do with only a single deck.

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* LayeredMetropolis: London has become this, thanks to Quirke, who transformed it into the world's first mobile city. The 7th tier houses the engine district, while St Paul's Cathedral sits on the uppermost tier.
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tier. Later in the series, as we see more and more Traction Cities, we find that they're all layered -- in fact, the number of layers a city has becomes a sort of short-hand for the amount of power and wealth it possesses. Small cities might have just two layers, [[UrbanSegregation with the poor citizens]] sharing the lower tier with the engines and other machinery [[UrbanSegregation while the wealthy live in the fresh air and sunshine above]]. Some of the largest and most powerful cities may have up to a dozen layers (the higher, the more respectable). Only small towns make do with only a single deck.



* LightningGun: Some appear in ''A Darkling Plain'', where they are used as anti-Stalker weapons (mainly Stalker birds).



* MeaningfulName: Anna Fang may be from the German "anfang", meaning "beginning"; some characters' and vehicles' names may be meaningful (such as the airships ''Jenny Hanniver'' and ''Shadow Aspect'', or the steam powered-ram ship ''Supercolider''), but others are just as often meaningless (there's a minor character called Lurpak. Yes, really. And his first name is Cat.)

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Anna Fang may be from the German "anfang", meaning "beginning"; some "beginning"
** Some
characters' and vehicles' names may be meaningful (such as the airships ''Jenny Hanniver'' and ''Shadow Aspect'', or the steam powered-ram ship ''Supercolider''), but others are just as often meaningless (there's a minor character called Lurpak. Yes, really. And his first name is Cat.)



* {{Mundanger}}: Hester Shaw is a Badass ActionGirl who regularly comes out of combat unscathed. At one point she gets incapacitated by books falling on her head.
-->It was a stupid sort of injury, but that didn't make it any less serious.



* ParentalSubstitute: Anna Fang is hinted to be seen as this by Tom and Hester: in the first book, a conversation with Anna reminds Tom of his late mother, and in the second, Tom and Hester put a picture of Anna in an alcove aboard the ''Jenny'' meant for pictures of parents...though this is partially due to neither of them having any pictures of their own.
** Also, Shrike wants to be this for Hester [[spoiler: and often refers to her as "his daughter"]].

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* ParentalSubstitute: ParentalSubstitute:
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Anna Fang is hinted to be seen as this by Tom and Hester: in the first book, a conversation with Anna reminds Tom of his late mother, and in the second, Tom and Hester put a picture of Anna in an alcove aboard the ''Jenny'' meant for pictures of parents...though this is partially due to neither of them having any pictures of their own.
** Also, Shrike wants to be this for Hester [[spoiler: and often refers to her as "his daughter"]].daughter"]].
** Dr. Crumb to Fever. [[spoiler: This is what Crumb tells Fever, at least. It turns out he's her real father.]]



* PocketProtector: Pennyroyal survives being shot because the bullet is stopped by a book he had on him. Of course, the book in question is the Tin Book, a book with pages made out of metal.
* PosthumousCharacter: Auric Godshawk is an important character in ''Fever Crumb'', despite being dead. He's learnt about through flashbacks, other characters' comments and [[spoiler: his own memories which were implanted in Fever.]]



* ProfessionalKiller: Hester has this role at the start of ''A Darkling Plain''.



* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler: After being heavily damaged, the Stalker Fang begins switching between her usual violent self and her pre-resurrection self, Anna Fang]].



* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Tom stops [[spoiler: the Stalker Fang from using ODIN]] by talking.



* TheChick: Tom and Wren Natsworthy, probably the only main characters who aren't happy with theft, violence and casual murder.

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Tom and Wren Natsworthy, probably the only main characters who aren't happy with theft, violence and casual murder.


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* TimeSkip: There's one between each book, but the most significant is the 15 year one between ''Predator's Gold'' and ''Infernal Devices''. During this skip[[spoiler: the teen protagonists grow into adults and end up with their own teenage daughter, the Green Storm takes over the Anti-Traction League, and the traction/anti-traction conflict escalates into an all out war.]]


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* TitleDrop: Done several times in ''Predator's Gold''. The term refers to the money earned by selling the location of a city to a predator city so the predator can hunt it down.
7th Feb '16 5:10:29 AM Veralos
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* ActionGirl: Hester Shaw. Later a DarkActionGirl.
** Also, Anna Fang in the first book. With an equally unclear distinction between ActionGirl and DarkActionGirl.

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* ActionGirl: ActionGirl:
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Hester Shaw. Later a DarkActionGirl.
** Also, Anna Fang in the first book. With an equally unclear distinction between ActionGirl and DarkActionGirl.DarkActionGirl.
* ActionMom: Hester in the later half of the series. She's good at the action part, but not so great with the mom part.



* AerithAndBob: Let's see. There's Freya... Shrike... Gargle... Smew... Fishcake... brothers Lego and Duplo... Oenone Zero... Nabisco Shkin...''Tom''...

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* AerithAndBob: AerithAndBob:
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Let's see. There's Freya... Shrike... Gargle... Smew... Fishcake... brothers Lego and Duplo... Oenone Zero... Nabisco Shkin...''Tom''...



* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Airhaven is an entire floating town, complete with docking for more conventional airships, so it counts.

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Airhaven is an entire floating town, complete with docking for more conventional airships, so it counts.



* ApocalypseHow: Though humanity's back on its feet (15,000 or so years will do that for a civilization) the Sixty Minute War had such massive environmental effects and dumped so many nukes that south China was flooded, Antarctica de-frosted, seas moved around, pretty much everything north of New York City froze solid, Australia seems to have vanished (though WordOfGod says he just never got around to writing anything about it) and ''Panama ceased to exist.'' Not flooded, '' severed and destroyed.'' Class 2, verging on a class 3a.

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* ApocalypseHow: ApocalypseHow:
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Though humanity's back on its feet (15,000 or so years will do that for a civilization) the Sixty Minute War had such massive environmental effects and dumped so many nukes that south China was flooded, Antarctica de-frosted, seas moved around, pretty much everything north of New York City froze solid, Australia seems to have vanished (though WordOfGod says he just never got around to writing anything about it) and ''Panama ceased to exist.'' Not flooded, '' severed and destroyed.'' Class 2, verging on a class 3a.



* BadassLongCoat: Anna Fang.
** Also Tom, as can be seen on the second book cover.
*** And, to a lesser extent, the London Engineers and their white rubber lab coats.

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* BadassLongCoat: BadassLongCoat:
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Anna Fang.
** Also Tom, as can be seen on the second book cover.
*** And, to ** To a lesser extent, the London Engineers and their white rubber lab coats.



* BaseOnWheels: Base? Pff. ''City'' on wheels. Really BIG cities on wheels.

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Base? Pff. ''City'' on wheels. Really BIG cities on wheels.



* {{BFG}}: Hester gets a huge armour-piercing jezail in ''A Darkling Plain'', which also features lightning guns and ''anti-city artillery''.
** And MEDUSA ([[spoiler: a giant laser weapon]]) and ODIN ([[spoiler: a {{KillSat}}]]).

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* {{BFG}}: {{BFG}}:
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Hester gets a huge armour-piercing jezail in ''A Darkling Plain'', which also features lightning guns and ''anti-city artillery''.
** And MEDUSA ([[spoiler: a giant laser weapon]]) and ODIN ([[spoiler: a {{KillSat}}]]).



* BrokenBird: Hester, so much.

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* BrokenBird: Hester, so much.BlindWeaponmaster: [[spoiler: The Stalker Fang]] is blind for the first half of ''A Darkling Plain'', but can still fight people and even stalkers.
* BloodKnight: Hester admits to Tom that she enjoys violence, though it's less about fighting and more about killing.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Stalker Fang.]]



* BrickJoke: At the end of the first book, Tom insists (not convinced himself) that ''someone'' must have survived [[spoiler:the destruction of London]]. About halfway through the fourth, [[spoiler:it turns out he was right.]]

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At the end of the first book, Tom insists (not convinced himself) that ''someone'' must have survived [[spoiler:the destruction of London]]. About halfway through the fourth, [[spoiler:it turns out he was right.]]



* BrokenBird: Hester, so much.



* ChekhovsGun: The seedy in ''Mortal Engines'', which Tom finds at the very beginning of the book and later uses as a payment to be accepted aboard a town.
** Early in the same book, Katherine mentions that her father's copilot during his expedition to America was a woman, [[spoiler:which enables her to figure out the link between her father, Pandora Rae, and Hester Shaw much later]].

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* ChekhovsGun: The seedy in ChekhovsGun:
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''Mortal Engines'', Engines'':
*** The seedy,
which Tom finds at the very beginning of the book and later uses as a payment to be accepted aboard a town.
** *** Early in the same book, Katherine mentions that her father's copilot during his expedition to America was a woman, [[spoiler:which enables her to figure out the link between her father, Pandora Rae, and Hester Shaw much later]].



* CameBackStrong: The typical purpose of Stalkers is to resurrect someone as a super strong warrior.
* CameBackWrong: Stalkers remember little to nothing of their previous life. This doesn't stop people from trying to bring back their loved ones through these methods.



* DaddysGirl: Wren is close with her father, Tom. The same can't be said for her mother.



* DeathEqualsRedemption: Invoked by Hester near the end of ''Predator's Gold''. She expects to die during the book's climax, and figures this will redeem her for [[spoiler: selling Anchorage's course to Arkangel.]] [[DeathSeeker She's actually disappointed when she survives.]]



* FutureImperfect: Plastic idols of Mickey and Pluto, "animal-headed gods of lost America."

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Plastic idols of Mickey and Pluto, "animal-headed gods of lost America."



*** In a play, 'Niall Strong-Arm' is sent by 'Mad King Elvis of America' to the Moon, where the Moon Goddess, (Princess?) Diana falls in love with him.
**** Reeve is just fond of this trope in general - "blog" is adopted as profanity in ''Fever Crumb''.
***** And, of course, in the same book, the "Hari Potter" cult throw away gag.

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*** ** In a play, 'Niall Strong-Arm' is sent by 'Mad King Elvis of America' to the Moon, where the Moon Goddess, (Princess?) Diana falls in love with him.
**** ** Reeve is just fond of this trope in general - "blog" is adopted as profanity in ''Fever Crumb''.
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Crumb''. And, of course, in the same book, the "Hari Potter" cult throw away gag.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: about triples in quantity in the fourth book. Particularly when [[spoiler: Wren is trying to get aboard Harrowbarrow to delay it from eating New London,]] and is caught by some of its soldiers: "One of the men searched her for weapons, more thoroughly than Wren felt was really necessary (surely they must know that you couldn't hide anything ''very'' dangerous inside your bra?)."

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: about GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
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triples in quantity in the fourth book. Particularly when [[spoiler: Wren is trying to get aboard Harrowbarrow to delay it from eating New London,]] and is caught by some of its soldiers: "One of the men searched her for weapons, more thoroughly than Wren felt was really necessary (surely they must know that you couldn't hide anything ''very'' dangerous inside your bra?)."



* HeroesWantRedheads: Tom has had crushes on Katherine Valentine and Freya Rasmussen, but the only one he has ever loved is Hester.

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* HeroesWantRedheads: HeroesWantRedheads:
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Tom has had crushes on Katherine Valentine and Freya Rasmussen, but the only one he has ever loved is Hester.



* HollywoodAtheist: Fever has her moments.
-->'''Fever:''' All right. I'll kneel down and worship your goddess if you'll kneel down and worship my giant hen.
-->'''Orca Mo:''' What giant hen?
-->'''Fever:''' This one here.
-->'''Orca Mo:''' There is no hen here...
-->'''Fever:''' Of course not, I made her up. She's imaginary. So she's worthy of exactly as much respect as your goddess.
* HotGuyUglyWife: Hester is horribly scarred and Tom is considered handsome.



* UglyGuyHotWife: Inverted with Tom and Hester. She's the ugly one and he's considered handsome.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Inverted with Tom Fat Jago and Hester. She's the ugly one Thirza. Thirza is attractive, and he's considered handsome.Fat Jago... Well, they don't call him that for nothing.
29th Nov '15 10:05:19 AM morenohijazo
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* MovingBuildings:
** The ''Mortal Engines'' series is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which entire cities, mounted on tank treads, wander the landscape ''eating each other''. They call it "Municipal Darwinism."
** In his prequel series, which documents the rise of Municipal Darwinism, various smaller-scale variations on the theme can be seen. In ''A Web Of Air'' we see the funicular houses of Mayda, which rise and fall on diagonal tracks up and down the valley the city is set in. In the same book, the previously static city of London lumbers gradually to its, uh, wheels and tracks.
12th Oct '15 9:34:47 AM matteste
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:Cynthia Twite a.k.a Agent 28.]]
20th Sep '15 12:27:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** Mortal Engines comes from ''{{Othello}}.''

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** Mortal Engines comes from ''{{Othello}}.''Theatre/{{Othello}}.''



** A Web of Air comes from CharlotteBronte's poem ''Retrospection.''

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** A Web of Air comes from CharlotteBronte's Creator/CharlotteBronte's poem ''Retrospection.''
26th Aug '15 9:59:46 AM nombretomado
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* LayeredMetropolis: London has become this in MortalEngines thanks to Quirke, who transformed it into the world's first mobile city. The 7th tier houses the engine district, while St Paul's Cathedral sits on the uppermost tier.

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* LayeredMetropolis: London has become this in MortalEngines this, thanks to Quirke, who transformed it into the world's first mobile city. The 7th tier houses the engine district, while St Paul's Cathedral sits on the uppermost tier.
6th Jul '15 6:40:04 AM SniperJ
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The Mortal Engines Quartet is an award-winning, critically acclaimed series of novels by the English author Philip Reeve, marketed (somewhat ridiculously) as ''The Hungry City Chronicles'' in America.[[note]]possibly because of the Creator/StanislawLem anthlogy that was released as ''Mortal Engines'' in the US[[/note]] Four books were written in chronological order: ''Mortal Engines'' (2001), ''Predator's Gold'' (2003), ''Infernal Devices'' (2005), and ''A Darkling Plain'' (2006). Prequel books set many centuries before the first book are currently being published. ''Fever Crumb'' (2009), ''A Web of Air'' (2010) and ''Scrivener's Moon'' (2011) are out so far, with more to come.

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The Mortal Engines Quartet is an award-winning, critically acclaimed series of novels by the English author Philip Reeve, marketed (somewhat ridiculously) as ''The Hungry City Chronicles'' in America.[[note]]possibly because of the Creator/StanislawLem anthlogy that was released as ''Mortal Engines'' in the US[[/note]] Four books were written in chronological order: ''Mortal Engines'' (2001), ''Predator's Gold'' (2003), ''Infernal Devices'' (2005), and ''A Darkling Plain'' (2006). Prequel books set many centuries before the first book are currently being published. ''Fever Crumb'' (2009), ''A Web of Air'' (2010) and ''Scrivener's Moon'' (2011) are out so far, with more to come.
come... [[DevelopmentHell eventually.]]
17th Apr '15 2:15:19 PM TinyBabyEnemies
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: A beautiful example in A Web Of Air. [[spoiler: In the narration Thirza Jago is descried as very beautiful, with thick curly dark red hair. Then Fever 'felt a splinter of Godshawk stir deep down in her mind'. It is then revealed that Godshawk himself was bisexual. Fever's love interest in then next book? A girl with thick, dark red, curly hair, and Fever is revealed as bisexual.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: A beautiful example in A Web Of Air. [[spoiler: In the narration Thirza Jago is descried described as very beautiful, with thick curly dark red hair. Then Fever 'felt a splinter of Godshawk stir deep down in her mind'. It is then revealed that Godshawk himself was bisexual. Fever's love interest in then next book? A girl with thick, dark red, curly hair, and Fever is revealed as bisexual.]]
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