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15th Aug '16 1:34:16 PM OddHack
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** All of the various NIGHTMARE cases are "when the unthinkable becomes thinkable."
5th Aug '16 10:53:38 PM JackG
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* SexForSolace: Despite Mhari being portrayed as AllTakeAndNoGive, she turns up to comfort Bob after he has to kill a man after a bungled summoning. It's not so comforting when she offers sex at the end of ''The Rhesus Chart'', as he's HappilyMarried by that point.
5th Aug '16 10:49:39 PM JackG
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* EnemyMine: The Black Chamber is, as discussed above, downright evil. They're still responsible for keeping {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from getting into the world (probably), though, so they have cooperated with The Laundry now and then.

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The Black Chamber is, as discussed above, downright evil. They're still responsible for keeping {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from getting into the world (probably), though, so they have cooperated with The Laundry now and then.then.
** Implied with Angelton [[spoiler:who turns out to be the kind of EldritchAbomination the Laundry was created to fight. Given that there are worse being out there, Angelton is suspected of having joined the side of humanity because it's his only option to survive.]]
5th Aug '16 10:36:02 PM JackG
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* VampireHunter: Deconstructed; anyone willing to track down and kill vampires must by definition be insane -- given that vampires are essentially serial killers with SuperStrength, MindControl and are (usually) powerful sorcerers. As vampire numbers must be kept low to maintain TheMasquerade, the more cunning and long-lived vampires utilize these psychotics to kill off their rivals. In ''The Rhesus Chart'', the vampire hunter is a woman with a '[[RomanticVampireBoy fang fetish]]' who assassinates vampires by seducing them, breaking their neck, [[ComingAndGoing having sex with their paralyzed body]], then [[AndIMustScream leaving them next to an open window so they'll be burnt up come dawn]]. And you thought Spike and {{Buffy}} got up to some twisted shit.

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* VampireHunter: Deconstructed; anyone willing to track down and kill vampires must by definition be insane -- given that vampires are essentially serial killers with SuperStrength, MindControl and are (usually) powerful sorcerers. As vampire numbers must be kept low to maintain TheMasquerade, the more cunning and long-lived vampires utilize these psychotics to kill off their rivals. In ''The Rhesus Chart'', the vampire hunter is a woman with a '[[RomanticVampireBoy fang fetish]]' who assassinates vampires by seducing them, breaking their neck, [[ComingAndGoing having sex with their paralyzed body]], then [[AndIMustScream leaving them next to an open window so they'll be burnt up come dawn]]. And you thought [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Spike and {{Buffy}} Buffy]] got up to some twisted shit.
5th Aug '16 10:33:31 PM JackG
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* YouCanNeverLeave: You ''can'' leave the Laundry, just as long as you don't take a job in any area that might get you into trouble, like computing. Which rules out any job that Bob might be interested in. However by ''The Rhesus Chart'' this policy has changed due to the number of people who now know about TheMasquerade; instead those who are useful to society are inducted, trained, then let back into the workplace as a reserve force to be drawn on in emergencies, as well as providing useful contacts throughout society. Officially their absence is explained by their working part-time for the Territorial Army (aka the Army Reserve).

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* YouCanNeverLeave: You ''can'' leave the Laundry, just as long as you don't take a job in any area that might get you into trouble, like computing. Which rules out any job that Bob might be interested in. However by ''The Rhesus Chart'' this policy has changed due to the number of people who now know about TheMasquerade; instead those who are useful to society are inducted, trained, then let back into the workplace as a reserve force to be drawn on in emergencies, as well as providing useful contacts throughout society. Officially their absence is explained by their working part-time for the Territorial Army (aka (the UK's equivalent of the Army Reserve).
5th Aug '16 10:28:14 PM JackG
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** Ass of ''The Annihilation Score'', cracks are starting to show. By the time of ''The Nightmare Stacks'', someone suggests blaming a supervillain to distract people from the extradimensional invasion.

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** Ass As of ''The Annihilation Score'', cracks are starting to show. By the time of ''The Nightmare Stacks'', someone suggests blaming a supervillain to distract people from the extradimensional invasion.
5th Aug '16 10:26:54 PM JackG
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* ExploitedTrope: When [[TheUnmasquedWorld ordinary people start getting superpowers]], the government creates the expected 'superhero team' as a means of controlling events; those who with magical abilities can be recruited by the government and used to capture those who prefer to use their powers for mischievous or criminal purposes. The public is used to the idea from superhero movies, so everything appears under control as opposed to this being the harbinger for [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN]].
4th Aug '16 12:52:59 PM shawnmstewart
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They're symbiotically fused with extra-dimensional entities. This makes them immune to the brain damage which can affect ritual magicians, making them very powerful. However, the symbiotes feed on the information content in sentient brains, and always result in death - vampires are required to kill several people per year to avoid becoming food for the symbiotes themselves, even if they aren't using their powers. If they exert themselves, the symbiotes need more frequent feeding. Laundryverse vampires aren't susceptible to holy symbols, but will quickly burn to death in sunlight.
4th Aug '16 12:33:23 PM euryale
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* SpaceElves: The Host of Air and Darkness


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** Completely gone by the end of ''The Nightmare Stacks''; even The Laundry can't cover up [[spoiler:an invasion of SpaceElves and the resulting mass casualties in Leeds]].
2nd Aug '16 10:11:11 AM cordychase
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* BecomingTheMask: Agent First of Spies and Liars after she becomes Cassie Brewer, although she was already quite nice for an elf



* BrokenMasquerade: The way CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN works, in which magic becomes so easy that everyone does it and the Great Old Ones might get through, seems to imply that this is inevitable.
**Ass of ''The Annihilation Score'', cracks are starting to show. By the time of ''The Nightmare Stacks'', someone suggests blaming a supervillain to distract people from the extradimensional invasion.



* DiscriminateAndSwitch: When Alex shows up to family dinner in ''The Nightmare Stacks'', his little sister Sarah has brought home her trans girlfriend, and his mother is crying...because Sarah also switched her major to history. Zig-zagged, however, in this his mother is implied to be just as upset about Sarah's coming out, more so because she expected that she ''wouldn't'' be.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The alfar are all known by their job titles--All-Highest, Agent First of Spies and Liars (Cassie), and so on--because their [[IKnowYourTrueName true names]] are used in the mind-control ''geasa'' that are the foundation of their society.



** As did the alfar, triggering their attempt to invade Earth.



** Alfar society runs entirely on these. Everybody is mind-controlled by ''somebody'', except for All-Highest.



* IKnowYourTrueName: The alfar use true names to create their ''geasas'', and as a consequence guard theirs very closely. Cassie's gobsmacked when Alex just gives her his.
* InnocentBigot: Since Cassie is from a society that basically forbids personal expression and regularly castrates its mages, she unfortunately assumes that Mack, a trans woman who is dating Alex's little sister, is a eunuch. Luckily, it's also pretty obvious she's just clueless, so Mack's feelings aren't that hurt.



* PuppeteerParasite / OrificeInvasion: The tongue-eating cymothoans in ''The Apocalypse Codex''.

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* PuppeteerParasite / OrificeInvasion: The tongue-eating cymothoans in ''The Apocalypse Codex''. The alfar use psychic leeches to control their dragons in ''The Nightmare Stacks''.
* PutOnABus: As of ''The Nightmare Stacks'', both Bob and Mo--in Japan and on medical leave, respectively.
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