History Literature / TakeshiKovacs

26th Jun '16 6:28:24 PM set-a-rabbit
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* BodyguardBetrayal: At the climax, [[spoiler:Trepp ends up turning on Kawahara]].

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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler: BodyguardBetrayal]]: At the climax, [[spoiler:Trepp ends up turning on Kawahara]].
31st May '16 4:45:14 PM set-a-rabbit
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* PreMortemOneLiner: Right before Kovacs [[KilledOffForReal kills]] [[spoiler: Reileen Kawahara]] with a grenade in ''Altered Carbon'' he quotes a Quellist Black Brigade guerilla who blew herself up while being interrogated:

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* PreMortemOneLiner: Right before Kovacs [[KilledOffForReal kills]] [[spoiler: Reileen Kawahara]] with a grenade in ''Altered Carbon'' he quotes a Quellist Black Brigade guerilla who blew herself up while being interrogated:
31st May '16 4:43:59 PM set-a-rabbit
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30th May '16 6:01:43 PM CharlesPhipps
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* ActionSurvivor: Tanya Wardani of ''Broken Angels''.



* BloodyMurder: Some sleeves have blood loaded with deterrent-toxins. In ''Broken Angels'', Luc Deprez recounts how he successfully assassinated a target, only to die afterwards because the target's blood turned out to be a slow-acting poison.



* DoubleAgent: The epilogue to ''Broken Angels'' reveals that [[spoiler: Kovacs was originally hired by the Quellists to bring Kemp closer to their ideology, but he changed sides a couple times during the war.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: The police in the first book are convinced Laurens Bancroft's prior incarnation vaporized himself, his backup believes his will to live would be too strong for that. [[spoiler: It turns out he did do it, his wife and a rival conspired to make him accidentally kill a Catholic prostitute, and he knew his backup would have none of the guilt if he acted quickly.]]



* ThePoliticalOfficer: Stated to be rife on Sanction Four in ''Broken Angels''. One we meet is Lamont, whose platoon forcibly addicted him to ElectricInstantGratification and use it to ensure he gives them consistently glowing reviews.



* PrisonRape: Tanya Wardani was raped while in an internment camp in ''Broken Angels''.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Both Bancrofts and most other "meths" (slang for very old people) are examples of this.
* RestrainingBolt: The inhibitor units used on prisoners in ''Broken Angels''. They punish signs of stress and physical action by the wearer using an electric shock. This usually ''increases'' the stress and physical activity of the person, with the result that they can and do kill people.



* CowboyCop: Ryker was, by all accounts, one of these. He specifically joined the Organic Damage Division because of their reputation for flexibility. He then became a DirtyCop.

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* CowboyCop: Ryker was, by all accounts, one of these. He specifically joined the Organic Damage Division because of their reputation for flexibility. He then became a DirtyCop. [[spoiler: Actually, he didn't.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: The police in the first book are convinced Laurens Bancroft's prior incarnation vaporized himself, his backup believes his will to live would be too strong for that. [[spoiler: It turns out he did do it, his wife and a rival conspired to make him accidentally kill a Catholic prostitute, and he knew his backup would have none of the guilt if he acted quickly.]]


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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Both Bancrofts and most other "meths" (slang for very old people) are examples of this.


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* BloodyMurder: Some sleeves have blood loaded with deterrent-toxins. In ''Broken Angels'', Luc Deprez recounts how he successfully assassinated a target, only to die afterwards because the target's blood turned out to be a slow-acting poison.


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* DoubleAgent: The epilogue to ''Broken Angels'' reveals that [[spoiler: Kovacs was originally hired by the Quellists to bring Kemp closer to their ideology, but he changed sides a couple times during the war.]]


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* ThePoliticalOfficer: Stated to be rife on Sanction Four in ''Broken Angels''. One we meet is Lamont, whose platoon forcibly addicted him to ElectricInstantGratification and use it to ensure he gives them consistently glowing reviews.
* PrisonRape: Tanya Wardani was raped while in an internment camp in ''Broken Angels''.


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* RestrainingBolt: The inhibitor units used on prisoners in ''Broken Angels''. They punish signs of stress and physical action by the wearer using an electric shock. This usually ''increases'' the stress and physical activity of the person, with the result that they can and do kill people.
30th May '16 5:38:44 PM CharlesPhipps
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[[folder: Broken Angels]]
* ArmiesAreEvil: Takeshi has this sort of attitude, which goes over like a ton of bricks with all the soldiers around him.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Martian [[spoiler: war]]ship turns out to be this.
* BenevolentPrecursors: Tanya Wardani has this view of the Martians. [[spoiler: They're not.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The war between the Kempists and Wedge has resulted in atrocities on both sides.
* DirtyCommunists: Kemp's followers are a 26th century variant.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: Takeshi massacres an entire troop of Wedge soldiers to avenge a friend despite none of them having anything to do with it.]]
** Kemp drops a nuclear bomb on Sauberville [[spoiler: due to Hand's manipulation.]]
* HollywoodVoodoo: Averted. Voodoo is treated as any other religion in the setting.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Takeshi gets called out on his StrawNihilist attitude several times in the book by others who point out it's only made him alone and a murderer for hire.
* NominalHero: Takeshi's motivation in this book is purely financial. He betrays, murders, and worse to achieve his goal with no remorse.
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: The Wedge serves as this.
* PutOnABus: The entirety of the cast from ''Altered Carbon'' but Takeshi fails to make a return.
* RagtagBandOfMisfits: Takeshi and Hand assemble one of these to retrieve the Martian ship.
* RecycledInSpace: The entirety of the war is "Vietnam in Space" with a bit of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' and ''Film/ThreeKings.''
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The Kempist Revolutionaries are less than pleasant in their use of force.
* WarForFunAndProfit: What many accuse the corporations of.
* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Everyone in Takeshi's group has their own agenda.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The Kempist Revolutionaries are an absolutely bunch of these.
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26th May '16 1:24:18 PM CharlesPhipps
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* BigBad: [[spoiler: Reileen Kawahara]] is this. [[spoiler: She arranged for Lauren Bancroft to be drugged so he accidentally killed a prostitute, which led to his suicide, which was all part of an attempt to get him to support legislation preventing Catholics from being interrogated post-mortem.]]


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* YourCheatingHeart: Discussed at length when you have new bodies all the time or someone new is inhabiting your old body.
** Laurens Bancroft constantly cheats on his wife due to his MadonnaWhoreComplex.
25th May '16 10:47:31 PM CharlesPhipps
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25th May '16 10:47:12 PM CharlesPhipps
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[[folder: The series as a whole]]



* AccentRelapse: Reileen Kawahara spends most of ''Altered Carbon'' speaking in a very formal, cultured accent in order to project an air of respectability. When she's under great stress and her facade cracks, however, she reverts to speaking in a vulgar Fission City accent.



* BodyguardBetrayal: At the climax of ''Altered Carbon'', [[spoiler:Trepp ends up turning on Kawahara]].



* MagneticWeapons: Examples are mentioned, such as the Philips Thin Gun in 'Altered Carbon'.



* PreMortemOneLiner: Right before Kovacs [[KilledOffForReal kills]] [[spoiler: Reileen Kawahara]] with a grenade in ''Altered Carbon'' he quotes a Quellist Black Brigade guerilla who blew herself up while being interrogated:
--> That's fucking enough.\\



* PunchClockVillain: Trepp in ''Altered Carbon'' is a pretty decent person who happens to work as an enforcer for a rather awful person. Kovacs acknowledges himself that they are NotSoDifferent.






* YearInsideHourOutside: Simulations are frequently run at several times faster than the real world. This allows psychotherapy courses, or interrogations, to be finished in mere hours of real time. ''Broken Angels'' features the [[YearOutsideHourInside inverse]] with a starship whose passengers are in a simulation that's actually slowed down so their decades-long trip feels like a month.

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* YearInsideHourOutside: Simulations are frequently run at several times faster than the real world. This allows psychotherapy courses, or interrogations, to be finished in mere hours of real time. ''Broken Angels'' features the [[YearOutsideHourInside inverse]] with a starship whose passengers are in a simulation that's actually slowed down so their decades-long trip feels like a month.[[/folder]]

[[folder: Altered Carbon]]
* AccentRelapse: Reileen Kawahara spends most of the book speaking in a very formal, cultured accent in order to project an air of respectability. When she's under great stress and her facade cracks, however, she reverts to speaking in a vulgar Fission City accent.
* BodyguardBetrayal: At the climax, [[spoiler:Trepp ends up turning on Kawahara]].
* BoxedCrook: Takeshi is in this situation with Lauren Bancroft. He can't get off Earth without serving a massive sentence if he doesn't do his bidding.
* CowboyCop: Ryker was, by all accounts, one of these. He specifically joined the Organic Damage Division because of their reputation for flexibility. He then became a DirtyCop.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Miriam Bancroft is one of the beautiful women in the world. She's also as old as Laurens.
* LoopholeAbuse: Cops and criminals both take advantage of Catholic aversion to re-sleeves to get away with murder.
* MagneticWeapons: Examples are mentioned, such as the Philips Thin Gun.
* PunchClockVillain: Trepp is a pretty decent person who happens to work as an enforcer for a rather awful person. Kovacs acknowledges himself that they are NotSoDifferent.
* PreMortemOneLiner: Right before Kovacs [[KilledOffForReal kills]] [[spoiler: Reileen Kawahara]] with a grenade in ''Altered Carbon'' he quotes a Quellist Black Brigade guerilla who blew herself up while being interrogated:
--> That's fucking enough.\\
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Laurens Bancroft has this attitude and he's (largely) correct. Unusually, for FilmNoir, Takeshi has the same attitude since Laurens is his patron.
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25th May '16 2:11:41 PM set-a-rabbit
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It was announced in January of 2016 that Creator/{{Netflix}} will be streaming a 10-episode series based on ''Altered Carbon'' starring [[Film/RoboCop2014 Joel]] [[Film/SuicideSquad Kinnaman]] which will be written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis for Skydance Television. She will also serve as showrunner. No airdate has been announced.

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It was announced in January of 2016 that Creator/{{Netflix}} will be streaming a 10-episode series based on ''Altered Carbon'' starring [[Film/RoboCop2014 Joel]] [[Film/SuicideSquad Kinnaman]] Kinnaman]], which will be written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis for Skydance Television. She will also serve as showrunner. No airdate has been announced.
25th May '16 2:10:00 PM set-a-rabbit
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It was announced in January of 2016 that Creator/{{Netflix}} will be streaming a 10-episode series based on ''Altered Carbon'' which will be written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis for Skydance Television. She will also serve as showrunner. No airdate has been announced.

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It was announced in January of 2016 that Creator/{{Netflix}} will be streaming a 10-episode series based on ''Altered Carbon'' starring [[Film/RoboCop2014 Joel]] [[Film/SuicideSquad Kinnaman]] which will be written and executive produced by Laeta Kalogridis for Skydance Television. She will also serve as showrunner. No airdate has been announced.
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