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* AgonyOfTheFeet: This happens to S.Q. Pedalian in ''Perilous Journey'' when he drops a metal box on his foot after being insulted by [=McCracken=], leader of the Ten Men. Poor guy also closes his huge feet in doors a lot.

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: AgonyOfTheFeet:
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This happens to S.Q. Pedalian in ''Perilous Journey'' when he drops a metal box on his foot after being insulted by [=McCracken=], leader of the Ten Men. Poor guy also closes his huge feet in doors a lot.



* CircusBrat: Kate

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* CircusBrat: KateKate ran away from an orphanage to a circus.



** Kate: "I've always thought that was a funny expression, because how well do people really know the backs of their hands? Honestly, can anyone here tell me exactly what the back of your hand looks like?"

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** Kate: -->'''Kate''': "I've always thought that was a funny expression, because how well do people really know the backs of their hands? Honestly, can anyone here tell me exactly what the back of your hand looks like?"



* FirstNameBasis: Even after Kate learns that Milligan is her father, she still refers to him as "Milligan." This may be either because after so long without him in her life she is just more comfortable referring to him this way, or being Kate, she simply doesn't hold with using appellations like "Dad" or "Daddy."

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* FirstNameBasis: Even after Kate learns that Milligan [[spoiler:Milligan]] is her father, she still refers to him as "Milligan."[[spoiler:Milligan]]." This may be either because after so long without him in her life she is just more comfortable referring to him this way, or being Kate, she simply doesn't hold with using appellations like "Dad" or "Daddy."



* NoTimeToExplain: Reynie uses this Joe "Cannonball" Shooter in ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'' to fend off his questions about why he and the others have shown up at the dock with no adults; it works quite easily since Cannonball is the type that is always on the move and is perfectly happy to not quibble over the finer details.

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* NoTimeToExplain: NoTimeToExplain:
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Reynie uses this Joe "Cannonball" Shooter in ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'' to fend off his questions about why he and the others have shown up at the dock with no adults; it works quite easily since Cannonball is the type that is always on the move and is perfectly happy to not quibble over the finer details.



* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Sticky and Number Two.
** Their real names are George and [[spoiler:Pencilla]], respectively

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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: OnlyKnownByTheirNickname:
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Sticky and Number Two.
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Two. Their real names are George and [[spoiler:Pencilla]], respectively



* PhotographicMemory: Both George "Sticky" Washington and Mr. Benedict possess an eidetic memory and are able to quickly scan through through books and then quote the contents from memory. Mr. Benedict is only shown demonstrating it in the prequel book ''The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict'', but it does bring to mind a scene from the original book. Reynie is in Mr. Benedict's study, admiring all the books there, and asks Mr. Benedict if he's read all the books. Mr. Benedict replies "My dear boy, what do you think?"

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* PhotographicMemory: PhotographicMemory:
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Both George "Sticky" Washington and Mr. Benedict possess an eidetic memory and are able to quickly scan through through books and then quote the contents from memory. Mr. Benedict is only shown demonstrating it in the prequel book ''The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict'', but it does bring to mind a scene from the original book. Reynie is in Mr. Benedict's study, admiring all the books there, and asks Mr. Benedict if he's read all the books. Mr. Benedict replies "My dear boy, what do you think?"



* RedBaron: The various names of the Ten Men, including Sharpe, Garrote and the leader, [=McCracken=]. It's never specified for absolute certain that these aren't their real names, but it seems most likely that they're code names.
** Interestingly and fittingly, many of the Ten Men have names related to pain and torture, such as Hertz and Garrotte. Given that many characters have [[PunnyName punny names]], they may or may not be real names.

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* RedBaron: The various names of the Ten Men, including Sharpe, Garrote and the leader, [=McCracken=]. It's never specified for absolute certain that these aren't their real names, but it seems most likely that they're code names.
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names. Interestingly and fittingly, many of the Ten Men have names related to pain and torture, such as Hertz and Garrotte. Given that many characters have [[PunnyName punny names]], they may or may not be real names.



* {{Room101}}: The Waiting Room, which is so horrible that even those who have never been there cringe in fear of it. [[spoiler: Sticky gets sent there, and it's just a pitch-black room full of mud and insects; nevertheless, he is nearly broken by it. Later, Milligan gets captured and sent to it, and it turns out to work to the party's advantage. He is able to hold his breath, sink down through the mud, and escape.]]
* TheRunaway: Three of the four main characters are runaways. Constance's situation is never explained in detail. Sticky ran away from overbearing parents, and Kate joined the circus after her father disappeared. [[spoiler: In the end, Constance gets adopted, Sticky goes back to his very worried parents, and Kate's DisappearedDad gets a LukeIAmYourFather.]]
** [[spoiler: It's now been revealed that Constance was an orphan who ran away from the orphanage in order to avoid the Ten Men.]]

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* {{Room101}}: {{Room 101}}: The Waiting Room, which is so horrible that even those who have never been there cringe in fear of it. [[spoiler: Sticky gets sent there, and it's just a pitch-black room full of mud and insects; nevertheless, he is nearly broken by it. Later, Milligan gets captured and sent to it, and it turns out to work to the party's advantage. He is able to hold his breath, sink down through the mud, and escape.]]
* TheRunaway: Three of the four main characters are runaways. Constance's situation is never explained Constance [[spoiler:was an orphan who ran away from the orphanage in detail. order to avoid the Ten Men.]] Sticky ran away from overbearing parents, parents and Kate joined the circus after her father disappeared. [[spoiler: In the end, Constance gets adopted, Sticky goes back to his very worried parents, and Kate's DisappearedDad gets a LukeIAmYourFather.]]
** [[spoiler: It's now been revealed that Constance was an orphan who ran away from the orphanage in order to avoid the Ten Men.
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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Sticky is sometimes subject to this and once had a girlfriend break up with him because he remarked upon her pulchritude. (She wouldn't believe him when he said that it means "beauty.")

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
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Sticky is sometimes subject to this and once had a girlfriend break up with him because he remarked upon her pulchritude. (She wouldn't believe him when he said that it means "beauty.")



* TakeAThirdOption: In ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', Milligan is chained to a beam with his only weapon being a laser pointer that has only one shot. He is given the choice of either surrendering peacefully or using his one shot to attack one of the Ten Men. He takes a third option by using the one shot to break the chain holding him.

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* TakeAThirdOption: TakeAThirdOption:
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In ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', Milligan is chained to a beam with his only weapon being a laser pointer that has only one shot. He is given the choice of either surrendering peacefully or using his one shot to attack one of the Ten Men. He takes a third option by using the one shot to break the chain holding him.



* YouRemindMeOfX: In the first book, Mr. Curtain tells Reynie that he reminds him of himself as a child, which can hardly be pleasing for reynie.

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* YouRemindMeOfX: In the first book, Mr. Curtain tells Reynie that he reminds him of himself as a child, which can hardly be pleasing for reynie.Reynie.
26th May '16 2:31:58 PM YpsiFang
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* EvilCripple: Mr. Curtain [[spoiler:Averted because he merely uses the wheelchair to hide his narcolepsy.]]

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* EvilCripple: Mr. Curtain [[spoiler:Averted Curtain. [[spoiler:Subverted because he merely uses the wheelchair to hide his narcolepsy.]]
12th Apr '16 7:29:53 PM JMQwilleran
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* PhonyPsychic: In ''The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict'', Nicholas Benedict uses his prodigious memory and talent for observing human behavior patterns to pass himself off as psychic at the orphanage at Rothschild's Inn. His tricks include quickly memorizing the names of everyone there, memorizing the entire layout of the building and seeming predict future events based on his observations of past behavior. He easily fools the younger children, though the older ones remain skeptical.
23rd Mar '16 12:28:32 AM JMQwilleran
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* HiddenPurposeTest: The second exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that are absurdly complicated and deal with information no child would usually know. [[spoiler: The purpose of the test is not to see what the children know but how well they follow directions. At the beginning they're told to read every question before answering. Reynie takes the instructions literally and reads the whole test before answering any questions, and discovers that the answer to each question is hidden in another question in the same exam. ]]

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* HiddenPurposeTest: The second exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that are absurdly complicated and deal with information no child would usually know. The children are told that they must correctly answer ''every'' question in order to pass the exam. [[spoiler: The purpose of the test is not to see what the children know but how well they follow directions. At the beginning they're told to read every question before answering. Reynie takes the instructions literally and reads the whole test before answering any questions, and discovers that the answer to each question is hidden in another question in the same exam. Sticky passes by shocking the examiner by answering almost all of the questions correctly without figuring out the trick, missing the last few only because he ran out of time and got nervous.]]
22nd Mar '16 9:10:28 AM JMQwilleran
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* FantasticFlora: Unusual plants play a large part in the Mysterious Benedict Society's adventures, thanks in part to Sticky's particular talent for recognizing the obscure plants he's read about in his books. In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' books, he discovers the traps on Nomansan Island thanks to them being hidden by drapeweed, a rare shade loving type of ivy. Later, it's Sticky's having spotted a patch of "wild chuck-root" (Euphorbia upchucuanhae) that helps the group in their plans, when they use it to give a bellyache to pretty much everyone in the Institute so that Reynie and Sticky can get their turns in the Whisperer sooner. The second book is itself focused largely around Mr. Benedict and his evil twin's attempts to acquire another rare plant, duskwort, which has the potential to cure their narcolepsy when mixed when other substances. In its normal form, however, it's an extremely potent plant that, when burned, releases smoke that can put entire villages to sleep, but it only thrives under very specific conditions. However, it it easily overtaken by thwart-wort, a clever mimic that looks just like it, but has none of the same useful chemical properties.

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* FantasticFlora: Unusual plants play a large part in the Mysterious Benedict Society's adventures, thanks in part to Sticky's particular talent for recognizing the obscure plants he's read about in his books. In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' books, book, he discovers the traps on Nomansan Island thanks to them being hidden by drapeweed, a rare shade loving type of ivy. Later, it's Sticky's having spotted a patch of "wild chuck-root" (Euphorbia upchucuanhae) that helps the group in their plans, when they use it to give a bellyache to pretty much everyone in the Institute so that Reynie and Sticky can get their turns in the Whisperer sooner. The second book is itself focused largely around Mr. Benedict and his evil twin's attempts to acquire another rare plant, duskwort, which has the potential to cure their narcolepsy when mixed when other substances. In its normal form, however, it's an extremely potent plant that, when burned, releases smoke that can put entire villages to sleep, but it only thrives under very specific conditions. However, it it easily overtaken by thwart-wort, a clever mimic that looks just like it, but has none of the same useful chemical properties.
22nd Mar '16 9:08:54 AM JMQwilleran
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* EvilCripple: Mr. Curtain [[spoiler:Averted because he merely uses the wheelchair to hide his narcolepsy.]].

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* EvilCripple: Mr. Curtain [[spoiler:Averted because he merely uses the wheelchair to hide his narcolepsy.]].]]
* FantasticFlora: Unusual plants play a large part in the Mysterious Benedict Society's adventures, thanks in part to Sticky's particular talent for recognizing the obscure plants he's read about in his books. In the original ''The Mysterious Benedict Society'' books, he discovers the traps on Nomansan Island thanks to them being hidden by drapeweed, a rare shade loving type of ivy. Later, it's Sticky's having spotted a patch of "wild chuck-root" (Euphorbia upchucuanhae) that helps the group in their plans, when they use it to give a bellyache to pretty much everyone in the Institute so that Reynie and Sticky can get their turns in the Whisperer sooner. The second book is itself focused largely around Mr. Benedict and his evil twin's attempts to acquire another rare plant, duskwort, which has the potential to cure their narcolepsy when mixed when other substances. In its normal form, however, it's an extremely potent plant that, when burned, releases smoke that can put entire villages to sleep, but it only thrives under very specific conditions. However, it it easily overtaken by thwart-wort, a clever mimic that looks just like it, but has none of the same useful chemical properties.
31st Jan '16 11:06:24 PM JMQwilleran
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* AsleepInClass: The plot of the first book of the series revolves around the members of the titular society acting as spies for Mr. Benedict at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. The pressures of this take their toll until one day Sticky, who has been doing very well otherwise, ends up falling asleep in class. For this, he gets teased by the Messenger student Martina Crowe, causing the entire class to laugh at him. In retaliation, Kate uses her feet to tie Martina's shoelaces to her desk, causing her to fall when she tries to get up. Constance also regularly falls asleep in class, though nobody teases her about it because she's not a good student. Also, though nobody knows it at the time, the only reason she does it is because she's [[spoiler:only [[ImprobableAge two years old]] and therefore of course takes regular naps.]]
31st Jan '16 10:50:46 PM JMQwilleran
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* TheInsomniac: When the children first meet Number Two, it's quipped that she "never sleeps." In actuality,, she does sleep, but only a very small amount, like maybe two-three hours a night. She has to compensate for this by eating a lot of snacks, which sometimes leaves her irritable if her blood sugar gets low. In the second book in the series, ''The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey'', it becomes a key plot point. When she and Mr. Benedict are captured and handcuffed in place in a cave on an island, her near-constant wakefulness allows her to work away at the fastening pin on her handcuffs and free herself. Unfortunately, in order to do this, she has to keep hidden the fact that she requires extra food in order to properly maintain her mental state. By the time she actually escapes, she is a state of delirium and no use to anyone.
3rd Jan '16 12:00:30 AM JMQwilleran
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Early on in the first book, Reynie decides when he gets to the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened to give the impression of knowing as little as possible because the less you know, the less people suspect you, and perhaps the more they tell you.
2nd Jan '16 11:34:21 PM JMQwilleran
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* HiddenPurposeTest: The first exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that are absurdly complicated and deal with information no child would usually know. [[spoiler: The purpose of the test is not to see what the children know but how well they follow directions. At the beginning they're told to read every question before answering. Reynie takes the instructions literally and reads the whole test before answering any questions, and discovers that the answer to each question is hidden in another question in the same exam. ]]

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* HiddenPurposeTest: The first second exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions that are absurdly complicated and deal with information no child would usually know. [[spoiler: The purpose of the test is not to see what the children know but how well they follow directions. At the beginning they're told to read every question before answering. Reynie takes the instructions literally and reads the whole test before answering any questions, and discovers that the answer to each question is hidden in another question in the same exam. ]]
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