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7th Jun '16 10:18:43 PM JMQwilleran
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* ArgumentOfContradictions: In ''The Ring of Solomon'', Bartimaeus and Asmira get into this after he insists that her supposed great skill with magic is, in fact, all a bluff. (He's more or less correct.) After a bit of "It is not!" / "Is so too!", he takes the argument itself as another point in favor for his side, commenting "How many ''real'' magicians do you think get involved in stroppy little verbal spats like this? They'd have [[TalkToTheFist hit me with the Dark Scouring]] by now and had done with it? ... You don't even know what a Dark Scouring is, do you?"

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* ArgumentOfContradictions: In ''The Ring of Solomon'', Bartimaeus and Asmira get into this after he insists that her supposed great skill with magic is, in fact, all a bluff. (He's more or less correct.) After a bit of "It is not!" / "Is so too!", he takes the argument itself as another point in favor for his side, commenting "How many ''real'' magicians do you think get involved in stroppy little verbal spats like this? They'd have [[TalkToTheFist hit me with the Dark Scouring]] by now and had done with it? ...it. ... You don't even know what a Dark Scouring is, do you?"
19th May '16 12:45:46 AM Bosco13
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* AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Bartimaeus going back to the Other Place at the end of each book.


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* MageTower: In ''The Ring Of Solomon'', Solomon gives each of his magicians their own tower in his palace.


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* NoOntologicalInertia: Demons disappear back to the Other Place if the magician who summoned them dies.
2nd May '16 2:26:13 AM jbmasta
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Some of the early Nathaniel chapters in ''Amulet'' include lines and scenes from Mr. Underwood's point of view, probably to give backstory that Nathaniel would not be privy to. After [[spoiler:Underwood's death midway through the book]] all chapters (or sections of chapters, in the climaxes of ''Amulet'' and ''Gate'') are told exclusively from the point of view of their title characters (except arguably one brief line before a scene change in one of Kitty's chapters in ''Gate'').

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Some of the early Nathaniel chapters in ''Amulet'' include lines and scenes from Mr. Underwood's point of view, probably to give backstory that Nathaniel would not be privy to. After [[spoiler:Underwood's death midway through the book]] all chapters (or sections of chapters, in the climaxes of ''Amulet'' and ''Gate'') are told exclusively from the point of view of their title characters (except arguably one brief line before a scene change in one of Kitty's chapters in ''Gate'').''Gate'').
** In ''Amulet'' Lovelace is seen using a laptop computer. No one else in the other two books uses any technology more advanced than a telephone. Other means of communication include regular post and messenger Imp.
30th Dec '15 10:47:25 PM jormis29
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** In ''Ptolemy's Gate'', the [[spoiler:Amulet of Samarkand, Gladstone's staff, and the mercenary's seven-league boots all play an important part in the heroes efforts to combat the Demon Rebellion]].

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** In ''Ptolemy's Gate'', the [[spoiler:Amulet of Samarkand, Gladstone's staff, and the mercenary's seven-league boots SevenLeagueBoots all play an important part in the heroes efforts to combat the Demon Rebellion]].



* EleventhHourSuperpower: Subverted in the second book; Nathaniel fails to activate Gladstone's Staff and instead gets knocked out by it. [[spoiler: Not so in the third book, where he gets the seven-league boots from the mercenary, retrieves Gladstone's Staff and is then possessed by Bartimaeus, which enhances his magical aptitude and physical ability enough so that he can go skipping across London, destroying human/spirit hybrids at every turn with the same staff he couldn't use earlier.]]

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* EleventhHourSuperpower: Subverted in the second book; Nathaniel fails to activate Gladstone's Staff and instead gets knocked out by it. [[spoiler: Not so in the third book, where he gets the seven-league boots SevenLeagueBoots from the mercenary, retrieves Gladstone's Staff and is then possessed by Bartimaeus, which enhances his magical aptitude and physical ability enough so that he can go skipping across London, destroying human/spirit hybrids at every turn with the same staff he couldn't use earlier.]]



* LayeredWorld: 7 layers. [[spoiler: Plus a theoretical eighth one that the seven-league boots supposedly operate upon.]]

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* LayeredWorld: 7 layers. [[spoiler: Plus a theoretical eighth one that the seven-league boots SevenLeagueBoots supposedly operate upon.]]
19th Dec '15 7:30:53 AM MarchVee
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* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: The demon/human hybrids in the third book; Nouda becomes more demon than human rather quickly, though.]]

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* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler: The demon/human hybrids in the third book; Nouda [[spoiler: Nouda]] becomes more demon than human rather quickly, though.]]



* {{Muggles}}: "Commoners."

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* {{Muggles}}: "Commoners."All regular, non-magician human beings are called "Commoners", and looked down on by the magical elite.



** If only there was an 'our police officers are different' trope.



* PetTheDog: Nathaniel does so occasionally. Perhaps a much bigger example is Khaba - he treats most spirits absolutely abominably, but [[spoiler:treats Ammet, his marid, with gentle loving care, and as a result has an utterly loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]]. When Bartimaeus tries to rabble-rouse Ammet against Khaba, it backfires on him horribly.]]

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* PetTheDog: Nathaniel does so occasionally. Perhaps a much bigger example is Khaba - he treats most spirits absolutely abominably, but [[spoiler:treats Ammet, his marid, with gentle loving care, and as a result has an utterly loyal [[TheDragon Dragon]].henchman. When Bartimaeus tries to rabble-rouse Ammet against Khaba, it backfires on him horribly.]]
19th Dec '15 7:25:01 AM MarchVee
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* AgeAppropriateAngst: Averted; Nathaniel's reaction to TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive is surprisingly cold for a young boy. Also inverted to an extent. In the first book, he is [[spoiler:devastated at Mrs. Underwood's death]], but by the second, his hair takes top priority. [[spoiler: Though also played straight in the third book where he has complex feelings about the cruelties of the government and his own part in it, culminating in his HeroicSacrifice]].

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* AgeAppropriateAngst: Averted; Nathaniel's reaction to TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive is surprisingly cold for a young boy. Also inverted to an extent. In the first book, he is [[spoiler:devastated at Mrs. Underwood's death]], but by the second, his hair takes top priority. [[spoiler: Though also played straight in the third book where he has complex feelings about the cruelties of the government and his own part in it, culminating in his HeroicSacrifice]].self-sacrifice]].



** The American Revolution has just recently started in modern times. In the third book, the demons are threatened with "being sent to fight in the Colonies". [[spoiler:By the end of the book, Britain is forced to pull of America due to the near-destruction of its government in the demon and commoners' revolt, effectively handing America the win.]]

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** The American Revolution has just recently started in modern times. In the third book, the demons are threatened with "being sent to fight in the Colonies". [[spoiler:By the end of the book, Britain is forced to pull out of America due to the near-destruction of its government in the demon and commoners' revolt, effectively handing America the win.]]



* BigGood: [[spoiler:Solomon in the prequel. He was being duped by the other magicians, most especially the real BigBad Khaba, and is generally a pretty enlightened leader for his time.]]

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* BigGood: [[spoiler:Solomon in the prequel. He was being duped by the other magicians, most especially the real BigBad villain, Khaba, and is generally a pretty enlightened leader for his time.]]
17th Dec '15 6:46:21 PM nombretomado
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** [[MandrakeTheMagician His name is "Mandrake" and he's a "magician."]]

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** [[MandrakeTheMagician [[ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician His name is "Mandrake" and he's a "magician."]]
29th Nov '15 11:56:22 PM JMQwilleran
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** The American Revolution has just recently started in modern times. In the third book, the demons are threatened with "being sent to fight in the Colonies".

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** The American Revolution has just recently started in modern times. In the third book, the demons are threatened with "being sent to fight in the Colonies". [[spoiler:By the end of the book, Britain is forced to pull of America due to the near-destruction of its government in the demon and commoners' revolt, effectively handing America the win.]]
28th Oct '15 12:17:15 AM erforce
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** The most powerful spirits, however, are bona fide [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], on the level of Great Old Ones. They don't usually bother with tentacles, fangs, and other such flash. They simply appear as disturbances on all seven planes, which the human (and even djinni) eye only perceives as utter blackness or shadow. When they do take on physical form, however, they often give [[TheThing1982 The Thing]] a real run for its money, with spikes, eyes, tentacles, etc., as far as the eye can see. Bartimaeus sums it up rather pithily:

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** The most powerful spirits, however, are bona fide [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], on the level of Great Old Ones. They don't usually bother with tentacles, fangs, and other such flash. They simply appear as disturbances on all seven planes, which the human (and even djinni) eye only perceives as utter blackness or shadow. When they do take on physical form, however, they often give [[TheThing1982 [[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]] a real run for its money, with spikes, eyes, tentacles, etc., as far as the eye can see. Bartimaeus sums it up rather pithily:
22nd Sep '15 8:11:50 PM calculator
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*BadassBookworm: Strictly speaking, every magician counts, but Mr. Button takes the cake: A dowdy old fool interested in "knowledge for knowledge's sake," he is nonetheless capable of summoning up a marid singlehandedly, a feat which Bartimaeus claims normally requires at least two magicians working in tandem.
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