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5th Apr '18 12:01:01 AM Grisamentum
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* FateWorseThanDeath: What really happened to [[spoiler: Julian Whittlesey. Imagine being transformed into a horrific monstrosity in a manner that forces you to consume a specific chemical found in a plant in order to not die a slow and agonizing death as the transformation reverses. Now on top of that, imagine that you have to live a lonely existence in a sewer due to your monstrous state, and when you are deprived of the plant that you need the only remaining option you have to keep from being driven insane by unimaginable agony is to brutally murder any human beings you can get your hands on, including small children and your former friends and colleagues, in order to eat their brains.]]
4th Apr '18 11:48:28 PM Grisamentum
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* GoMadFromTheRevelation [[spoiler: Cuthbert goes insane from being trapped with the monster.]]

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* GoMadFromTheRevelation [[spoiler: Cuthbert goes insane from being trapped with the monster.]] This is implied to be at least partially because [[spoiler: some part of him realized [[WasOnceAMan who the monster actually is]].]]
4th Apr '18 11:32:57 PM Grisamentum
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* TheReveal: [[spolier: The monster isn't just some animal that was transformed by eating the Mbwun plant, but was in fact a human being (specifically the missing Julian Whittlesey) that was transformed by the Kothoga tribe and must kill to avoid going mad with pain]]

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* TheReveal: [[spolier: [[spoiler: The monster isn't just some animal that was transformed by eating the Mbwun plant, but was in fact a human being (specifically the missing Julian Whittlesey) that was transformed by the Kothoga tribe and must kill to [[HorrorHunger avoid going mad with pain]]pain]]]].
4th Apr '18 11:28:55 PM Grisamentum
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* TheReveal: [[spolier: The monster isn't just some animal that was transformed by eating the Mbwun plant, but was in fact a human being (specifically the missing Julian Whittlesey) that was transformed by the Kothoga tribe and must kill to avoid going mad with pain]]
13th Dec '17 12:20:40 PM TrollMan
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* CassandraTruth: The idea that the killings may be caused by some inhuman creature is present early on, but most investigators are convinced its probably some deranged serial killer or less likely, an escaped animal. Even as evidence mounts at the killer being unnatural, such as how the blows on the victims could only have been caused by a huge three-clawed slashing utensil (a weapon which Dr. Frock tells the investigators does not exist) swung with the strength of at least two men, only near the end of the novel do they begin to believe a monster really is killing people, and even then Coffey finds the idea incredibly hard to believe.



* MixAndMatchCritters: The Mbwun is part primate ([[spoiler:more specifically, human]]), and part reptile (heavily implied to be dinosaur).



* MixAndMatchCritters: The Mbwun is part primate ([[spoiler:more specifically, human]]), and part reptile (heavily implied to be dinosaur).

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* MixAndMatchCritters: The Mbwun is part primate ([[spoiler:more specifically, human]]), and part reptile (heavily implied NeverMyFault: Agent Coffey refuses to be dinosaur).believe any of the things that go horribly wrong at the museum gala at the climax are the result of his wrongdoing, instead pinning the blame on everyone else, mostly Pendergast.
13th Dec '17 12:10:29 PM TrollMan
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* MixAndMatchCritters: The Mbwun is part primate ([[spoiler: more specifically, human]]), and part reptile (heavily implied to be dinosaur).

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* MixAndMatchCritters: The Mbwun is part primate ([[spoiler: more ([[spoiler:more specifically, human]]), and part reptile (heavily implied to be dinosaur).
13th Dec '17 12:06:36 PM TrollMan
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* RedHerring: Frock speculates that the monster's most vulnerable points are its lower legs, but when they try it on the Mbwun, they don't have enough bullets to do sufficient damage to the creature, and they [[spoiler: kill the Mbwun with a shot through the eye instead]].
30th Nov '17 4:05:59 PM TrollMan
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Dr. Frock is a scientist who creates a hypothesis where occasionally every sixty to seventy million years, evolution creates a grotesque, short-lived superpredator form as a result of a factor in its environment, an idea that others ridicule for lack of physical evidence. By incredible chance, the museum he works as is unknowingly the hunting ground of the sole living example of his theory, a creature that normally lives in South America to boot.


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* KilledOffScreen: Several, but most significantly [[spoiler: the Mbwun]].


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* LightningBruiser: The Mbwun is capable of disemboweling a man in one swipe, has a hide thick enough to deflect bullets, and can reach speeds of over thirty miles an hour.


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* MixAndMatchCritters: The Mbwun is part primate ([[spoiler: more specifically, human]]), and part reptile (heavily implied to be dinosaur).


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* NonMaliciousMonster: At first, the Mbwun only kills the bare minimum it needs to survive, but this is averted near the end, where the characters speculate the Mbwun is sated from feeding, but continues to hunt because it is filled with rage from being shot.


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* TrappedWithMonsterPlot: The last third of the novel has the characters and numerous guests stuck in the museum with the Mbwun, after the security system malfunctions and steel shutters close off all exits.
20th Aug '17 9:25:24 AM nombretomado
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[[caption-width-right:299: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' set in the Museum of Natural History ]]

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[[caption-width-right:299: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' set in the Museum of Natural History ]]
31st May '17 2:37:35 AM Googolplex20
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* TragicMonster: Mbwun, once its full origin is revealed.

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* TragicMonster: Mbwun, once its full origin is revealed. [[spoiler: The monster was the long-missing Whittlesey, transformed into Mbwun by the Kothoga tribe's special plant. Trailing the expedition's crates back home to New York, he was desperate to get at the plant fibers whose hormones he needed to survive (the species was driven extinct and the only remaining specimens in the museum crates), and only resorted to killing humans once these were out of reach. In his lair, he keeps several mementos of his human form and even hangs up the corpses of his victims, rather than strewing them about like the animals he's killed, suggesting perhaps a sort of respect. Margo even remarks that she saw a 'deep sadness' in its eyes before it died]]
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