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* BeYourself: Each of the members of the Mysterious Benedict Society are chosen for their own particular talents and though they may at times wish to be more like each other or doubt themselves, ultimately they can only succeed by being themselves. Used humorously when Constance is lamenting a hastily devised plan that even narration describes as being "bold, ill-formed and likely to fail."
-->''"How are we supposed to do that?" Constance asked, launching into a tirade about how ill-prepared they were, how little time they had, and how this plan was giving her a worse headache than the hidden message broadcasts did. "So I ask you again," she concluded, "exactly how are we supposed to distract the Helpers?" "Just be yourself," Kate said with a sigh.''
6th Jun '17 6:26:09 PM JMQwilleran
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* WorthIt: In ''The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict'', this is Nicholas Benedict's reason for humiliating the orphanage GangOfBullies who try to subject him to an "initiation" likely involving a {{Swirlie}} at the beginning of the book. He knows it's likely just going to make him their enemy for however long they all might remain at the orphanage, but after being the butt of bullies for so long his past orphanages, he decides that this one victory is worth it.
12th Mar '17 2:58:44 PM 8BrickMario
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''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' follows the adventures of {{Child Prodigy}} Reynard "Reynie" Muldoon, [[CircusBrat circus runaway]] Kate Weatherall, [[ImprobableAge Constance]] [[MeaningfulName Contraire]], and George "Sticky" Washington, a nervous boy with a PhotographicMemory. The books feature a mixture of high adventure, philosophy and intellectual challenges, as well as a number of science fiction elements.

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''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' follows the adventures of {{Child Prodigy}} Reynard "Reynie" Muldoon, [[CircusBrat circus runaway]] Kate Weatherall, Wetherall, [[ImprobableAge Constance]] [[MeaningfulName Contraire]], and George "Sticky" Washington, a nervous boy with a PhotographicMemory. The books feature a mixture of high adventure, philosophy and intellectual challenges, as well as a number of science fiction elements.
6th Jan '17 4:19:54 PM JMQwilleran
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: The kids are told that if they bring more than one Number Two pencil to the second exam, or that if they are late, they would automatically fail. Outside the test building is a girl begging for help because she dropped her pencil down a sewer grate. The protagonist [[spoiler: breaks his pencil and gives the girl the other half.]] As an additional test, the girl then claims to have a cheat sheet, which she offers to share.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: SecretTestOfCharacter
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The kids are told that if they bring more than one Number Two pencil to the second exam, or that if they are late, they would automatically fail. Outside the test building is a girl begging for help because she dropped her pencil down a sewer grate. The protagonist [[spoiler: breaks his pencil and gives the girl the other half.]] As an additional test, the girl then claims to have a cheat sheet, which she offers to share.share.
** Additionally, after completing the first test, Reynie wants to call his tutor, Miss Perumal as instructed to let her know everything is okay, but is told there is no phone. After a series of additional deceptions regarding this in which Reynie stands firm, he is informed that Miss Perumal has already been contacted by the instructor, and given a message that could only be from her. It's later revealed that these deceptions were actually a test of his character, to see if he would stand firm, though by the time this is revealed, he had already figured that out on his own anyway.
15th Nov '16 8:02:32 PM JMQwilleran
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' book, Mr. Curtain's Whisperer invention actually provides Reynie with the encouragement he needs to resist it. The Whisperer is designed to soothe fears by simply telling those in it soothing messages. Reynie's fear, however, is of being alone, and of being so because he's betrayed his friends. It tells him that he would never betray his friends, that he's strong enough, which is exactly what Reynie needs to hear to ''not'' betray them by holding out against the Whisperer until help can come.
28th Oct '16 3:24:18 PM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Milligan. [[spoiler: It must run in the family, as Kate is nearing this.]]
22nd Oct '16 11:00:42 PM JMQwilleran
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* NoseTapping: This is a signature gesture of Mr. Benedict throughout the series, however, Mr. Benedict generally taps his nose to indicate that ''someone else'' is right.
-->''"Do you think that's what happens to him, (Mr. Curtain) too? Do you think that's why he's so obsessed with controlling things?" Mr. Benedict tapped his nose. "Very astute, Reynie. I've often wondered that myself."''
14th Oct '16 7:25:39 PM JMQwilleran
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* PaperThinDisguise: In ''The Perilous Journey'', Kate manages one by removing her from its ponytail, wearing Sticky's spectacles, ''not'' wearing her usual red bucket and moving in a shuffling gait that is completely at odds with her normal swiftness. While it ultimately doesn't fool Jillson, it does buy the Mysterious Benedict Society time.

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* PaperThinDisguise: In ''The Perilous Journey'', Kate manages a spur-of-the-moment one by removing her hair from its ponytail, wearing Sticky's spectacles, ''not'' wearing her usual red bucket and moving in a shuffling gait that is completely at odds with her normal swiftness. While it ultimately doesn't fool Jillson, it does buy the Mysterious Benedict Society time.
14th Oct '16 7:23:58 PM JMQwilleran
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* PaperThinDisguise: In ''The Perilous Journey'', Kate manages one by removing her from its ponytail, wearing Sticky's spectacles, ''not'' wearing her usual red bucket and moving in a shuffling gait that is completely at odds with her normal swiftness. While it ultimately doesn't fool Jillson, it does buy the Mysterious Benedict Society time.
17th Sep '16 8:01:13 PM JMQwilleran
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* FunWithAcronyms: The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened becomes L.I.V.E., which becomes, [[SdrawkcabName well... you know.]] In fact, Mr. Curtain seems to be quite fond of acronyms. Had his scheme in the first book succeeded, he would have gotten himself declared "Master and Secretary of All the Earth's Regions," or M.A.S.T.E.R. Additionally, he made up pamphlets describing a supposed "Sudden Amnesia Disease," with sufferers known as "S.A.D. cases." In actuality, S.A.D. was just a smokescreen to attract anyone who was hearing voices from his Whisperer to Nomansan Island, where he would then use the Whisperer to wipe their memories himself, so they wouldn't be a threat.

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* FunWithAcronyms: The Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened becomes L.I.V.E., which becomes, [[SdrawkcabName well... you know.]] In fact, Mr. Curtain seems to be quite fond of acronyms. Had his scheme in the first book succeeded, he would have gotten himself declared "Master "Minister and Secretary of All the Earth's Regions," or M.A.S.T.E.R. Additionally, he made up pamphlets describing a supposed "Sudden Amnesia Disease," with sufferers known as "S.A.D. cases." In actuality, S.A.D. was just a smokescreen to attract anyone who was hearing voices from his Whisperer to Nomansan Island, where he would then use the Whisperer to wipe their memories himself, so they wouldn't be a threat.
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