History Literature / ThePiloFamilyCircus

20th Jan '18 4:15:52 AM RedScharlach
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Jamie has a perfectly ordinary life; he works at a trendy Brisbane hotel as concierge; he lives in a dingy sharehouse alongside various drug dealers and petty thieves; his only goal in life isto romance one of his coworkers; and- up until that fateful evening- he has no enemies to speak of.

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Jamie has a perfectly ordinary life; he works at a trendy Brisbane hotel as concierge; he lives in a dingy sharehouse shared house alongside various drug dealers and petty thieves; his only goal in life isto is to romance one of his coworkers; and- up and--up until that fateful evening- he evening--he has no enemies to speak of.



* BadassBoast: Gonko delivers a doozy after JJ inadvertedly steals his pants.

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* BadassBoast: Gonko delivers a doozy after JJ inadvertedly inadvertently steals his pants.



** The Matter Manipulator, who created the freakshow in the first place, is an easy source of BodyHorror: he can shape flesh and bone at will, [[spoiler: at one point torturing Winston by merging a hot coal with the flesh of his stomach]]. The brief glimpse of his workshop inside the funhouse reveals that he makes furniture and decorations out of the Tricks that the managers donate to him; [[spoiler: when the funhouse is bombed, the walls are seen to ''bleed.'']]

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** The Matter Manipulator, who created the freakshow in the first place, is an easy source of BodyHorror: he can shape flesh and bone at will, [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at one point torturing Winston by merging a hot coal with the flesh of his stomach]]. The brief glimpse of his workshop inside the funhouse reveals that he makes furniture and decorations out of the Tricks that the managers donate to him; [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when the funhouse is bombed, the walls are seen to ''bleed.'']]



* BrickJoke: Late in Part 2, Shalice offhandedly notes that she's still taking revenge on the woodchoppers for their attempted rape. Then, in Part 3, JJ is watching the showgrounds with the stolen crystal ball when he notices that one of the woodchoppers appears to have suffered a near-fatal fall, and notes that the woodchoppers always seem to be suffering some kind of bad luck- tripping over, catching on fire, getting brained by a flying axe-head...

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* BrickJoke: Late in Part 2, Shalice offhandedly notes that she's still taking revenge on the woodchoppers for their attempted rape. Then, in Part 3, JJ is watching the showgrounds with the stolen crystal ball when he notices that one of the woodchoppers appears to have suffered a near-fatal fall, and notes that the woodchoppers always seem to be suffering some kind of bad luck- tripping luck--tripping over, catching on fire, getting brained by a flying axe-head...



* DealWithTheDevil: It's revealed that the Circus itself is based on this. [[spoiler: It's main role is conning its audiences into voluntarily parting with their souls, each exhibit appealing to a certain demographic: the games and shops in Sideshow Alley appeal to the greedy, the Acrobats are intended to tempt the vain and insecure, the Woodchoppers provide offers of strength to the weak, Mugabo's magic show is aimed at the power-hungry, and the Clowns appeal to the cruel and rebellious; the Freak Show is designed to frighten the more resilient Tricks into giving in. In true DealWithTheDevil fashion, the Tricks recieve nothing in return for their souls except for a few subliminal promises that can never come true.]]

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* DealWithTheDevil: It's revealed that the Circus itself is based on this. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:Its main role is conning its audiences into voluntarily parting with their souls, with each exhibit appealing to a certain demographic: the games and shops in Sideshow Alley appeal to the greedy, the Acrobats are intended to tempt the vain and insecure, the Woodchoppers provide offers of strength to the weak, Mugabo's magic show is aimed at the power-hungry, and the Clowns appeal to the cruel and rebellious; the Freak Show is designed to frighten the more resilient Tricks into giving in. In true DealWithTheDevil fashion, the Tricks recieve receive nothing in return for their souls except for a few subliminal promises that can never come true.]]



* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The Circus has actually been built over a prison keeping an entire ''race'' of godlike reptiles in check, and the Pilos are their loyal servants. Everything they've done, from the farming of human souls and the catrastrophes caused in the real world, is performed in the hope that whoever jailed them will eventually be forced to reduce their sentence- or set them free.]]
* EldritchLocation: The Showgrounds, which is essentially a patch of earth [[spoiler: with a magical prison for {{Eldritch Abomination}}s concealed under it]], hovering in an empty void situated outside the universe itself; the only way for employees to enter or exit are through mysterious elevators that lead back into the real world (where they are disguised as portable toilets). Meanwhile, the "tricks" that make up the audience are drawn in when the Show secretely connects its gates to the gates of circuses and fairgrounds in the real world.

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* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The Circus has actually been built over a prison keeping an entire ''race'' of godlike reptiles in check, and the Pilos are their loyal servants. Everything they've done, from the farming of human souls and the catrastrophes catastrophes caused in the real world, is performed in the hope that whoever jailed them will eventually be forced to reduce their sentence- or set them free.]]
* EldritchLocation: The Showgrounds, which is essentially a patch of earth [[spoiler: with a magical prison for {{Eldritch Abomination}}s concealed under it]], hovering in an empty void situated outside the universe itself; the only way for employees to enter or exit are through mysterious elevators that lead back into the real world (where they are disguised as portable toilets). Meanwhile, the "tricks" that make up the audience are drawn in when the Show secretely secretly connects its gates to the gates of circuses and fairgrounds in the real world.



* HolyBurnsEvil: Subverted in the case of Kurt Pilo, who is currently so obsessed with Christianity that he collects bibles and crucifixes as a hobby; for his birthday he recieves a massive wooden crucifix and [[spoiler: a ''live priest'']], both of which utterly delight him.
** Played with in the case of the [[spoiler: Creatures imprisoned beneath the showgrounds.]] They might not actually be injured by holy symbols, but they're definitely ''insulted'' by them, [[spoiler: enough to fatally punish Kurt for daring to bring his giant crucifix into their presence.]]

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* HolyBurnsEvil: Subverted in the case of Kurt Pilo, who is currently so obsessed with Christianity that he collects bibles and crucifixes as a hobby; for his birthday he recieves receives a massive wooden crucifix and [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a ''live priest'']], both of which utterly delight him.
** Played with in the case of the [[spoiler: Creatures [[spoiler:Creatures imprisoned beneath the showgrounds.]] They might not actually be injured by holy symbols, but they're definitely ''insulted'' by them, [[spoiler: enough [[spoiler:enough to fatally punish Kurt for daring to bring his giant crucifix into their presence.]]



* PoweredByAForsakenChild: It's revealed that the Powder that the circus employees are paid in is actually [[spoiler: the souls of the audience, crystalized, broken down into dust, and scattered onto the lawn to be collected by the circus dwarfs. Gonko cheekily compares the process to cows being milked- except the Tricks aren't able to recover what was taken from them.]]

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: It's revealed that the Powder that the circus employees are paid in is actually [[spoiler: the souls of the audience, crystalized, crystallized, broken down into dust, and scattered onto the lawn to be collected by the circus dwarfs. Gonko cheekily compares the process to cows being milked- except the Tricks aren't able to recover what was taken from them.]]



* TheTrickster: Rufshod and JJ

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* TheTrickster: Rufshod and JJJJ.
1st Nov '14 6:23:32 AM LahmacunKebab
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* EverybodysDeadDave:[[spoiler:The book ends with Kurt Pilo killing most of the carnies in his search for traitors before descending into the Funhouse basement where he is presumably punished for bringing a crucifix with him; Gonko is dragged into hell with Kurt, but is heard communicating with Jamie in his dream at the end of the book; JJ and Rufshod are both killed by Kurt; Winston is last seen heading out to stop George Pilo from taking over the Circus; the only confirmed survivors of the massacre are Jamie, Steve, Shalice, and Mugabo.]]

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* EverybodysDeadDave:[[spoiler:The EverybodysDeadDave: [[spoiler:The book ends with Kurt Pilo killing most of the carnies in his search for traitors before descending into the Funhouse basement where he is presumably punished for bringing a crucifix with him; Gonko is dragged into hell with Kurt, but is heard communicating with Jamie in his dream at the end of the book; JJ and Rufshod are both killed by Kurt; Winston is last seen heading out to stop George Pilo from taking over the Circus; the only confirmed survivors of the massacre are Jamie, Steve, Shalice, and Mugabo.]]
14th Nov '13 2:20:03 PM DoctorFluffy
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* [[spoiler: LaserGuidedAmnesia: Jamie burns away all his memories of his time at the Circus, all his memories of JJ, and everything that ever happened while he was there. We really can't blame him.]]
14th Feb '13 8:58:12 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* DirtyCoward: JJ. So long as he's got the upper hand, he's reckless, arrogant and cruel. The moment someone fights back, he bursts into tears and runs off.
1st Sep '12 7:44:50 PM TomNook
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* TheTrickster: Rufshod

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* TheTrickster: RufshodRufshod and JJ
28th Aug '12 9:21:34 PM TomNook
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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Not only does the Clown facepaint create a secondary personality in the wearer, but it also enhances strength and durability, to the extent that Goshy can survive a two-story drop without sustaining injury.

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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Not only does the Clown facepaint create a secondary personality in the wearer, but it also enhances strength and durability, to the extent that Goshy can survive a two-story drop without sustaining injury.injury.
* TheTrickster: Rufshod
9th Feb '12 11:27:40 PM CompletelyDeluded
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* DepravedDwarf: The Circus has a whole legion of these at work throughout the show: their most common duty is to collect the grains of Powder that gather on the lawns. On their days off, they're usually gambling or fighting.

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* DepravedDwarf: George Pilo.
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The Circus has a whole legion of these at work throughout the show: their most common duty is to collect the grains of Powder that gather on the lawns. On their days off, they're usually gambling or fighting.
7th Feb '12 3:44:49 AM CompletelyDeluded
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* DepravedDwarf: The Circus has a whole legion of these at work throughout the show: their most common duty is to collect the grains of Powder that gather on the lawns. On their days off, they're usually gambling or fighting.


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* {{Muggles}}: The "Tricks," the circus' audience.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: It's revealed that the Powder that the circus employees are paid in is actually [[spoiler: the souls of the audience, crystalized, broken down into dust, and scattered onto the lawn to be collected by the circus dwarfs. Gonko cheekily compares the process to cows being milked- except the Tricks aren't able to recover what was taken from them.]]
6th Feb '12 3:33:51 AM CompletelyDeluded
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* FantasticDrug: The Powder that Circus employees are payed in; already bearing a vague resemblance to cocaine, it has to be melted down like heroin before it can be used- though it has to be drunk instead of injected. As it grants wishes to the drinker, the effects vary wildly, but Jamie's use of it to help him sleep or to soothe the pain from being taken over by JJ make the drug parallels very obvious.
2nd Feb '12 1:05:24 AM CompletelyDeluded
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* ClosedCircle: The Showgrounds, which are cut off from the world by a seemingly endless void; it's impossible to leave without a pass from Kurt or George, and the passes are only given in the event that the Clowns have business in the real world- which happens only once in the entire book.



* EldritchLocation: The Showgrounds, which is essentially a patch of earth [[spoiler: with a magical prison for {{Eldritch Abomination}}s concealed under it]], hovering in an empty void situated outside the universe itself; the only way to enter or exit are through mysterious elevators that lead back into the real world (where they are disguised as portable toilets). Meanwhile, the "tricks" that make up the audience are drawn in when the Show secretely connects its gates to the gates of circuses and fairgrounds in the real world.

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* EldritchLocation: The Showgrounds, which is essentially a patch of earth [[spoiler: with a magical prison for {{Eldritch Abomination}}s concealed under it]], hovering in an empty void situated outside the universe itself; the only way for employees to enter or exit are through mysterious elevators that lead back into the real world (where they are disguised as portable toilets). Meanwhile, the "tricks" that make up the audience are drawn in when the Show secretely connects its gates to the gates of circuses and fairgrounds in the real world.
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