History Literature / TheRegulators

9th Nov '17 4:14:48 AM Maniago
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: flashbacks aside, the main story takes place over the course of a single afternoon (of course, Tak tempering with reality screws up time untill his defeat makes reality snap back to normal).
30th Oct '17 12:18:26 AM BoukenDutch
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* LaxativePrank: Since she knows Tak hates to be inside Seth when Seth moves his bowels, and thus always temorarily leaves his host at these times, Audrey puts a laxative in Seth's chocolate milk to force Tak out of Seth.


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* WorthyOpponent: Tak considers Seth to be one.
6th Oct '17 10:50:30 PM BoukenDutch
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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Well, sudden twinner-death syndrome actually. In ''Desperation'' [[spoiler: Mary Jackson and David Carver are two of the only four survivors who make it all the way to the end of the story. In this book however, they are among the first three (four if you include Hannibal the dog) victims to fall to Tak's creations before the end of the fourth chapter]]


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* YourCheatingHeart: Mary Jackson is having an affair with a man named Gene Martin (who, just like her, is already married).
4th Oct '17 11:16:12 PM BoukenDutch
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* GanglandDriveBy: We learn through a news paper clipping that, at some point prior to the story, Seth's entire family was murdered in what is believed to be a gang shooting. An unknown gunman killed them from within a red van with a radar dish on the roof. The plot of the story itself is kicked off when the same van suddenly shows up in Poplar street and the driver kills Cary Ripton and Hannibal (the dog of the Reed twins)
27th Jun '17 9:26:11 PM BradyLady
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** Also, "Hey, Mister, your sign fell down."
28th May '17 11:56:49 PM Baeraad555
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* ParentalFavoritism: David and Kirsten both seem to think that Ralph is the most delightful child who ever lived. Absolutely everyone else - especially [[TheUnfavorite his long-suffering sister]] - can see that he's a loathsome SpoiledBrat.
17th Dec '16 10:30:19 PM EhWhatCanYouDo
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* MauveShirt: Mary Jackson is introduced and given a rather full backstory, such as the fact that she's on her way back from cheating on her husband, and how she realizes she's not wearing any underwear, ''while she's in the act of dying.'' This is done to the point that she even believes that her husband and the neighbors, who are gathered after the death of the paper boy have figured out she is cheating are there to confront her moments before she is killed.

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* MauveShirt: Mary Jackson is introduced and given a rather full backstory, such as the fact that she's on her way back from cheating on her husband, and how she realizes she's not wearing any underwear, ''while she's in the act of dying.'' This is done to the point that she even believes that her husband and the neighbors, who are gathered after the death of the paper boy have figured out she is cheating are there to confront her moments before she is killed. This is especially jarring given in Desperation [[spoiler: she is a much more prominent character who manages to survive, against all odds, to the end of the book.]] This makes sense, considering The Regulators is in many ways an inversion of Desperation.
6th Oct '16 11:31:31 AM Aquila89
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* KitschCollection: Kirstie Carver collects Hummel figurines. Her goal in life is to design one that looks like her son.

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* KitschCollection: Kirstie Carver collects Hummel figurines. Her goal in life is to design one that looks like her son. When Johnny sees them, his first thought is "and the Carvers had seemed so normal in other respects."



* MauveShirt: A character is introduced and given a rather full backstory, such as the fact that she's on her way back from cheating on her husband, and how she realizes she's not wearing any underwear, ''while she's in the act of dying.'' This is done to the point that she even believes that her husband and the neighbors, who are gathered after the death of the paper boy have figured out she is cheating are there to confront her moments before she is killed.

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* MauveShirt: A character Mary Jackson is introduced and given a rather full backstory, such as the fact that she's on her way back from cheating on her husband, and how she realizes she's not wearing any underwear, ''while she's in the act of dying.'' This is done to the point that she even believes that her husband and the neighbors, who are gathered after the death of the paper boy have figured out she is cheating are there to confront her moments before she is killed.


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* OrphanedPunchline: When Mary Jackson is shot to death and falls down, Johnny sees that she's not wearing underwear, and thinks of a punchline of an old joke: "I don't know about the other two, but the guy in the middle looks like Creator/WillieNelson". (The joke itself is never told in the book; [[http://jokes.cc.com/funny-sports/pdautx/the-middle-man it's about a woman]] who has the faces of celebrities tattooed to her thighs.)
6th Oct '16 4:02:34 AM Aquila89
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* EnemyMine: In Seth's favorite show, the heroes team up with their enemy to stop a something from destroying Earth. Tak channels this as the final assault on the protagonists.

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* EnemyMine: In Seth's favorite show, the heroes team up with their enemy to stop a something from destroying Earth. Tak channels this as the final assault on the protagonists.
6th Oct '16 3:59:05 AM Aquila89
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* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Marielle Soderson gets her arm completely blown off by the Regulators]].

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* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler: Marielle Soderson gets her arm almost completely blown off by the Regulators]].
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