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14th Oct '17 11:11:38 PM lakingsif
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The original series has a 2008 [[FilmOfTheBook film]].

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The original series has a 2008 [[FilmOfTheBook film]].
film]], with the twins played by Creator/FreddieHighmore.
8th Oct '17 6:29:14 PM Give1Take2
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** The Grace kids were deliberately designed to look like the heroes of classic gothic fairy tales, with RavenHairIvorySkin, and school uniforms that invoke a "classic American hero" look, particularly for the boys. Downplayed for Jared, who has more messy modern hair, and often wears his jeans and hoodie.

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** The Grace kids were deliberately designed to look like the heroes of classic gothic fairy tales, with RavenHairIvorySkin, and old-fashioned hair cuts and school uniforms that invoke a "classic American hero" look, particularly for the boys. look. Downplayed for Jared, who has more messy modern hair, and often wears his jeans and hoodie.hoodies.



** In ''Lucinda's Secret'', where the kids get lost in the woods and come across as trickster phooka that speaks in riddles, very reminiscent of the Cheshire Cat of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
** Invoked in ''The Ironwood Tree,'' where the dwarves put an unconscious [[RavenHairIvorySkin Mallory]] in a glass coffin and white gossamer gown. They even proudly declare that she'll remain this young and beautiful for as long as she sleeps. The twins even wonder if they have to kiss her to wake her up. [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot Simon slaps her awake instead]].]]

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** In ''Lucinda's Secret'', where the kids get lost in the woods and come across as trickster phooka that speaks in riddles, which is very reminiscent of Alice encountering the Cheshire Cat of in ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
** Invoked in ''The Ironwood Tree,'' where the dwarves put an unconscious [[RavenHairIvorySkin Mallory]] Mallory in a glass coffin coffin, and medieval white gossamer gown. They even proudly declare that she'll remain this young also give her makeup to emphasize her [[RavenHairIvorySkin ebony-black hair, snow-white skin,]] [[Literature/SnowWhite and beautiful for as long as she sleeps.rose-red lips]]. The twins even wonder if they have to kiss her to wake her up. [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot Simon slaps her awake instead]].]]
8th Oct '17 5:32:13 PM Give1Take2
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** When Mallory is kidnapped by the dwarves in in exchange for the guide in ''The Ironwood Tree'', the brothers don't even bother coming up with an excuse to their mom. They just go straight to the quarry to rescue her even though it's night. When Simon accidentally drops the flashlight down the bottom of the quarry and suggests going back to get rope, Jared counters that they don't have time, and just jumps to the bottom (scraping up his hands and knees in the process) so he can use the flashlight to help Simon climb the rest of the way down.

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** When Mallory is kidnapped by the dwarves in in exchange for the guide in ''The Ironwood Tree'', the brothers don't even bother coming up with an excuse to their mom. mom or go home to make a plan or find supplies. They just go straight to the quarry to rescue her even though it's night. dark. When Simon accidentally drops the flashlight climbing down the bottom of the quarry and suggests going back to get rope, Jared counters that they don't have time, and just jumps to the bottom of the quarry (scraping up his hands and knees in the process) so he can use the flashlight to help Simon climb the rest of the way down.down. Once they rescue her, [[spoiler:they just keep walking in a straight line down the halls until they find the exit, not stopping to think of a plan or try to retrace their steps]]. Not glamorous, but it works.



* GoOutWithASmile[=/=]DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Arthur Spiderwick at the very end of the ''Spiderwick Chronicles''. Being told all the time withheld from him in the fairy realm will come rushing back the second he steps on mortal ground, he decides to FaceDeathWithDignity, steps off Byron the Gryphon into Lucinda's arms, and crumbles to dust in the air.]]



* IGaveMyWord: The elves. They consider it a point of pride that when they give their word, they ''always'' keep it, no matter how distasteful it is to them. That said, be careful what you make them promise and/or how you get them to word their promise, because they're not above LoopholeAbuse.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Simon's room is filled with little critters he found everywhere, from tadpoles, to mice, to kittens and cats. He also hides a full-grown griffon in the old horse stable. (He also would have gladly taken home the {{Clockwork Creature}}s in the dwarves' quarry.)

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* IGaveMyWord: The elves. They consider it a point of pride that when they give their word, they ''always'' keep it, no matter how distasteful it is to them. That (That said, be careful what you make them promise and/or how you get them to they word their promise, because they're not above LoopholeAbuse.
a little LoopholeAbuse.)
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Simon's room is filled with little critters Simon to every animal he found everywhere, from tadpoles, to mice, to kittens and cats. finds. He also hides even smuggles a full-grown griffon ''griffon'' in the old horse stable. (He also would have gladly taken home the {{Clockwork Creature}}s in the dwarves' quarry.)



* NothingIsScarier: ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' reveals that [=DiTerlizzi=] made complete sketches of Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll out of water, but he and Holly Black figured the readers' imagination would be scarier than any drawing or description.

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* NothingIsScarier: Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll's full out-of-water appearance are never shown in illustrations, nor fully described in the text. ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' reveals that [=DiTerlizzi=] made complete sketches of Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll out of water, sketches, but he and Holly Black figured felt that leaving it to the readers' imagination would be far scarier than any drawing or description.description they could make.



** The elves are beautiful, haughty, immortal, and in sync with nature. However, their regality, BlueAndOrangeMorality, and tendency to hold mortals in their realm where it's a YearOutsideHourInside makes them most like the TheFairFolk of English folklore, or the beautiful godlike Tuatha de Danann of Irish mythology.

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** The elves are beautiful, haughty, immortal, and in sync with nature. However, their regality, BlueAndOrangeMorality, and tendency to hold mortals in their realm where it's a YearOutsideHourInside makes them most like the TheFairFolk of English folklore, or the beautiful and godlike Tuatha de Danann of Irish mythology.



** Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin looks like a cross between a toad and a leaf-nosed bat. Like goblins, he doesn't have teeth, but seems to prefer to use human baby teeth he steals from under pillows. His appearance still invokes "creature of the night" like regular goblins, but he isn't as scary or feral.

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** Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin looks like a cross between a toad and a leaf-nosed bat. Like the goblins, he doesn't have teeth, but seems to prefer to use human baby teeth he steals from under pillows. His appearance still invokes "creature of the night" like regular goblins, but he isn't as scary or feral.



* SelectiveObliviousness: When Jared finally meets [[spoiler:Arthur Spiderwick]], he insists Jared ''can't'' be his great nephew since he's only been with the elves for several months, and his daughter isn't old enough to have children that age. Jared half-suspects that [[spoiler:Arthur]] is choosing not to connect the dots because facing that [[spoiler:it's really been ''decades'' since he was imprisoned by the elves, and his daughter has become an old woman]] would be more than he could bear.

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* SelectiveObliviousness: When Jared finally meets [[spoiler:Arthur Spiderwick]], he the man insists Jared ''can't'' be his great nephew since he's only been with the elves for several months, and his daughter isn't old enough to have children that his age. Jared half-suspects that [[spoiler:Arthur]] is choosing not to connect the dots because facing the fact that [[spoiler:it's really been ''decades'' since he was imprisoned by the elves, and his daughter has become an old woman]] would be more than he could bear.



* TheUnreveal: The kids wonder at a few points why so many fay want the field guide so bad, and why Mulgarath in particular [[spoiler:needs it to TakeOverTheWorld]]. They never really find out why by the end. A Lost Chapter reveals that [[spoiler:while most fay know about their own strengths and weaknesses, they don't know much about each other's. However, since the fay often fight for dominance among each other, many would literally kill for that book. It's also why Mulgarath needs it to ensure his "enslave all other fay and mortals alike" scheme.]]



* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Implied in the last book, when Jared reflects that his dad was always too busy talking about himself and his movies to think about or spend any time with his family. It's implied to be why the Graces divorced, and Jared is filled with anger issues. [[spoiler:It's also why he's able to realize his "dad" in Mulgarath's lair is a fake; much as he ''wishes'' his dad would say that he wants nothing more than to be a family, he knows it's something he would never actually say.]]

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* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Implied in the last book, when Jared reflects that his dad was always too busy talking about himself and his movies to think about or spend any time with his family. It's implied to be why the Graces divorced, and Jared is filled with anger issues. [[spoiler:It's also why he's able to realize his "dad" in Mulgarath's lair is a fake; much fake. Much as he ''wishes'' his dad would say that he wants nothing more than to be a family, he knows it's something he would he'd never actually say.]]
24th Sep '17 10:49:24 PM Give1Take2
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** When Jared is held captive by the elves in exchange for the guide in ''Lucinda's Secret'', rather than Mallory and Simon going through all the trouble of walking home, finding Thimbletack, cajoling him into giving them the guide, walking all the way back to the elves' realm in the woods, and bargaining for the trade, Jared just tricks them into agreeing to let him go with his siblings.

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** When Jared is held captive by the elves in exchange for the guide in ''Lucinda's Secret'', rather than Mallory and Simon going through all the trouble of walking home, finding Thimbletack, cajoling him into giving them the guide, walking all the way back to the elves' realm in the woods, and bargaining for the trade, Jared just tricks them into agreeing to let him go with his siblings.



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Implied to be part of the reason Jared is so upset from his parents' divorce, and taken by Arthur's field guide, while his siblings are pretty indifferent. He notes that Mallory can vent her frustration with fencing, and Simon has his animals to nurture, while Jared himself doesn't really have any clear direction or sense of identity. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, it's implied he'll take up drawing.]]

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Implied to be part Part of the reason why Jared is so upset from his parents' divorce, and taken by with Arthur's field guide, while despite his siblings are being pretty indifferent. He notes that Mallory can vent her frustration Since they both have identity-defining hobbies (Mallory with her fencing, and Simon has with his animals to nurture, while animals), Jared himself doesn't really have any clear direction or sense of identity.purpose, apart from studying and trying to expand on the faerie field guide. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, it's implied he'll take up drawing.]]



** In ''Lucinda's Secret'', where the kids get lost in the woods and come across as trickster fay that speaks in riddles, very reminiscent of the Chesshire Cat of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.

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** In ''Lucinda's Secret'', where the kids get lost in the woods and come across as trickster fay phooka that speaks in riddles, very reminiscent of the Chesshire Cheshire Cat of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.



* IGaveMyWord: The elves. They consider it a point of pride that when they give their word, they ''always'' keep it, no matter how distasteful it is to that. That said, be careful what you make them promise and/or how you get them to word their promise, because they're not above LoopholeAbuse.

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* IGaveMyWord: The elves. They consider it a point of pride that when they give their word, they ''always'' keep it, no matter how distasteful it is to that.them. That said, be careful what you make them promise and/or how you get them to word their promise, because they're not above LoopholeAbuse.



* NothingIsScarier: ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' reveals that [=DiTerlizzi=] made complete sketches of Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll out of water, but he and Holly Black decided against using it, since they figured readers' imagination would be scarier than any drawing or description.

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* NothingIsScarier: ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' reveals that [=DiTerlizzi=] made complete sketches of Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll out of water, but he and Holly Black decided against using it, since they figured the readers' imagination would be scarier than any drawing or description.



* ShownTheirWork: [=DiTerlizzi=] and Black's knowledge of fay for this series is textbook thorough.



* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Mallory [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses hates dresses]] and loves fencing, but she has long hair she pins back with barrettes and ponytails, and she's implied to wear a padded bra during a fencing competition to impress a boy she likes.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Averted, but Jared's mom is often tricked by the fay into thinking this of him, since they often lash out and leave her to think Jared did it. Particularly in ''The Field Guide'', when she thinks Jared killed his brother's mice and froze his tadpoles in ice. It comes to a head in ''The Ironwood Tree'', when [[spoiler:Mulgarath]] tricks her and the school officials into thinking he pulled a ''knife'' on another student.

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* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Mallory [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses hates dresses]] and loves fencing, but she has long hair that she pins back with barrettes and ponytails, barrettes, and she's implied to wear a padded bra during a fencing competition to impress a boy she likes.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Averted, but Jared's mom is often tricked by the fay into thinking this of him, since they often lash out and leave her to think Jared did it. him. Particularly in ''The Field Guide'', when she thinks Jared killed his brother's mice and froze his tadpoles in ice. It comes to a head ice (it was really boggart Thimbletack), and in ''The Ironwood Tree'', when [[spoiler:Mulgarath]] tricks her and the school officials into thinking he pulled a ''knife'' on another student.



* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Implied in the last book, when Jared reflects that his dad was always too busy talking about himself and his movies to think about or spend any time with his family. It's implied to be why the Graces divorced, and Jared is filled with anger issues. [[spoiler:It's also why he's able to realize his "dad" in Mulgarath's lair is a fake; much as he ''wishes'' his dad would say that he wants nothing more than to be a family, he knows it's something would never actually say.]]

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* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Implied in the last book, when Jared reflects that his dad was always too busy talking about himself and his movies to think about or spend any time with his family. It's implied to be why the Graces divorced, and Jared is filled with anger issues. [[spoiler:It's also why he's able to realize his "dad" in Mulgarath's lair is a fake; much as he ''wishes'' his dad would say that he wants nothing more than to be a family, he knows it's something he would never actually say.]]
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* AllLovingHero: Simon, to contrast Jared's HurtingHero. There's not a single animal Simon wouldn't gladly pet, play with, or take home.

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* AllLovingHero: Simon, to contrast Jared's HurtingHero. There's not a single animal Simon wouldn't gladly pet, play with, or take home.home; whether normal or supernatural, organic or clockwork.



* CuttingTheKnot: The Grace siblings do this on more than one occasion.
** When Jared is held captive by the elves in exchange for the guide in ''Lucinda's Secret'', rather than Mallory and Simon going through all the trouble of walking home, finding Thimbletack, cajoling him into giving them the guide, walking all the way back to the elves' realm in the woods, and bargaining for the trade, Jared just tricks them into agreeing to let him go with his siblings.
** When Mallory is kidnapped by the dwarves in in exchange for the guide in ''The Ironwood Tree'', the brothers don't even bother coming up with an excuse to their mom. They just go straight to the quarry to rescue her even though it's night. When Simon accidentally drops the flashlight down the bottom of the quarry and suggests going back to get rope, Jared counters that they don't have time, and just jumps to the bottom (scraping up his hands and knees in the process) so he can use the flashlight to help Simon climb the rest of the way down.



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Implied to be part of the reason Jared is so upset from his parents' divorce, and taken by Arthur's field guide, while his siblings are pretty indifferent. He notes that Mallory can vent her frustration with fencing, and Simon has his animals to nurture, while Jared himself doesn't really have any clear direction or sense of identity. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, it's implied he'll take up drawing.]]



* KindHeartedCatLover: Simon, who's much nicer than Jared, and often taking in stray kittens and cats he finds.



* SelectiveObliviousness: When Jared finally meets [[spoiler:Arthur Spiderwick]], he insists Jared ''can't'' be his great nephew because his daughter isn't old enough to have children that age. Jared half-suspects [[spoiler:Arthur]] is choosing not to connect the dots because facing that [[spoiler:it's really been ''decades'', and his daughter has become an old woman]] would be more than he could bear.

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* SelectiveObliviousness: When Jared finally meets [[spoiler:Arthur Spiderwick]], he insists Jared ''can't'' be his great nephew because since he's only been with the elves for several months, and his daughter isn't old enough to have children that age. Jared half-suspects that [[spoiler:Arthur]] is choosing not to connect the dots because facing that [[spoiler:it's really been ''decades'', ''decades'' since he was imprisoned by the elves, and his daughter has become an old woman]] would be more than he could bear.


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* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Inverted. In ''The Wrath of Mulgarath, [[spoiler:when the Grace siblings encounter their father imprisoned beside their mother, he declares that he never should have left and all he wants is to be a family again. Jared realizes it isn't his dad because, much as he wishes it were otherwise, [[WhenYouComingHomeDad he knows it's something his real dad would never say]].]]


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* WhenYouComingHomeDad: Implied in the last book, when Jared reflects that his dad was always too busy talking about himself and his movies to think about or spend any time with his family. It's implied to be why the Graces divorced, and Jared is filled with anger issues. [[spoiler:It's also why he's able to realize his "dad" in Mulgarath's lair is a fake; much as he ''wishes'' his dad would say that he wants nothing more than to be a family, he knows it's something would never actually say.]]
23rd Sep '17 9:52:13 PM Give1Take2
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* AllThereInTheManual: The Field Guide provides much information about the invisible world not covered in the series.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Alluded to by Arthur Spiderwick, who claims that there are faeries all over the world.

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* AllLovingHero: Simon, to contrast Jared's HurtingHero. There's not a single animal Simon wouldn't gladly pet, play with, or take home.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Alluded to by Arthur Spiderwick, who claims that there are faeries all over the world, but they vary by region, no doubt reflecting how different real-life cultures worldwide have their own versions of supernatural neighbors.
* AllThereInTheManual: The Field Guide provides much information about the invisible world not covered in the series. \n* AllMythsAreTrue: Alluded to by Arthur Spiderwick, who claims that there are faeries all over the world.



* BigSisterBully: Downplayed. Mallory isn't overly mean to the twins, but she's pretty tough with them too.



* DamselInDistress:
** In ''The Ironwood Tree'', Mallory is held hostage by the dwarves.
** In ''The Wrath of Mulgarath'', the kids' mother is held hostage by Mulgarath.
* EvilGloating: Ogres are prone to this, and Mulgarath is no exception.



** Invoked in ''The Ironwood Tree,'' where the dwarves put an unconscious RavenHairIvorySkin Mallory in a glass coffin and white gossamer gown. They even proudly declare that she'll remain this young and beautiful for as long as she sleeps. The twins even wonder if they have to kiss her to wake her up. [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot Simon slaps her awake instead]].]]

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** Invoked in ''The Ironwood Tree,'' where the dwarves put an unconscious RavenHairIvorySkin Mallory [[RavenHairIvorySkin Mallory]] in a glass coffin and white gossamer gown. They even proudly declare that she'll remain this young and beautiful for as long as she sleeps. The twins even wonder if they have to kiss her to wake her up. [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot Simon slaps her awake instead]].]]]]
* FluffyTamer: Simon manages to (mostly) tame a full-grown ''griffon''. [[spoiler:He's unable to tame the dragons in the last book, unfortunately.]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Simon, who loves all animals, great and small. Even {{Clockwork Creature}}s.



* HairTriggerTemper: Jared has had rage issues since his parents' divorce.



* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Simon's room is filled with little critters he found everywhere, from tadpoles, to mice, to kittens and cats. He also hides a full-grown griffon in the old horse stable. (He also would have gladly taken home the {{Clockwork Creature}}s in the dwarves' quarry.)



* JekyllAndHyde: Thimbletack friendly, helpful brownie vs. Thimbletack the house-trashing, prank-playing boggart.

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* JekyllAndHyde: Thimbletack the friendly, helpful brownie vs. Thimbletack the house-trashing, prank-playing prank-pulling boggart.



* NothingIsScarier: ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' reveals that [=DiTerlizzi=] made complete sketches of Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll out of water, but he and Holly Black decided against putting it in the final book, since they figured it would be scarier if readers used their imaginations.

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* NothingIsScarier: ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' reveals that [=DiTerlizzi=] made complete sketches of Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll out of water, but he and Holly Black decided against putting it in the final book, using it, since they figured it readers' imagination would be scarier if readers used their imaginations.than any drawing or description.


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* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Mallory [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses hates dresses]] and loves fencing, but she has long hair she pins back with barrettes and ponytails, and she's implied to wear a padded bra during a fencing competition to impress a boy she likes.
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* AllMythsAreTrue: Alluded to by Arthur Spiderwick, who claims that there are faeries all over the world.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Even the most well-meaning fay don't quite understand mortals' morality and needs.



* BrokenMasquerade: Mulgarath's plan, for when he decides to TakeOverTheWorld. It is broken for their mother, but narrowly averted in full at the end.

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* BrokenMasquerade: Mulgarath's [[spoiler:Mulgarath's plan, for when he decides to TakeOverTheWorld. It is broken for their mother, but narrowly averted in full at the end.]]



* ChangedMyMindKid: Hogsqueal in the last book. He betrays the kids for Mulgarath, yet he's the one who kills the ogre when he turns into a bird.

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* CassandraTruth: Thimbletack warns the Grace children to get rid of Arthur's field guide at the end of the first book, since nothing but misfortune ever fell upon those who owned it. The children (mostly Jared) don't listen, much to their misery.
* ChangedMyMindKid: Hogsqueal in the last book. He [[spoiler:He betrays the kids for Mulgarath, yet he's the one who kills the ogre when he turns into a bird.]]



* FairytaleMotifs: All over the place and deliberate, per WordOfGod.

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* FairytaleMotifs: All over the place and deliberate, place, per WordOfGod.



** The Spiderwick Estate looks like a classic Victorian mansion. [[Justified JustifiedTrope]], in that there are many of those still around in New England.

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** The Spiderwick Estate looks like a classic Victorian mansion. [[Justified JustifiedTrope]], [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in that there are many of those still around in New England.



* IGaveMyWord: The elves. They consider it a point of pride that when they give their word, they ''always'' keep it, no matter how distasteful it is to that. That said, be careful what you make them promise and/or how you get them to word their promise, because they're not above LoopholeAbuse.



* JekyllAndHyde: Thimbletack friendly, helpful brownie vs. Thimbletack the house-trashing, prank-playing boggart.



* LoopholeAbuse: In ''Lucinda's Secret'', the elves hold Jared prisoner and threaten to keep him forever unless his siblings bring the guide, which they don't have. Jared tricks them into thinking he's Simon, and makes them ''swear'' to let Mallory and "Jared" go free. As soon as they're safely out of sight, Jared reveals that he's not Simon, so the elves are honor-bound to let him go. Which they do, ''[[IGaveMyWord very grudgingly]]''.
** This nearly comes back to bite Grace kids in ''The Wrath of Mulgarath'', in which the elves reveal that if the siblings hadn't brought the guide like they promised, the elves would have just held Simon prisoner to force their hand, since they never swore not to hold ''him'' prisoner.
** In ''The Ironwood Tree'', the dwarves kidnap Mallory to trade for the guide. The twins make them promise to give her back to them if they hand it over. The dwarves give her back... and then immediately proceed to lock all three up in a dungeon. What? They never said they'd let the kids go ''free'' after returning the sister to her brothers.



* NothingIsScarier: ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' reveals that [=DiTerlizzi=] made complete sketches of Thimbletack's boggart form and the troll out of water, but he and Holly Black decided against putting it in the final book, since they figured it would be scarier if readers used their imaginations.



** The elves are beautiful, haughty, immortal, and in sync with nature. However, their regality, BlueAndOrangeMorality, and tendency to hold mortals in their realm where it's a YearOutsideHourInside makes them most like the TheFairFolk of English folklore, or the godlike Tuatha de Danann of Irish mythology.
** Sprites are most like the classic "friendly winged pixie" variety of Victorian faeries, often dressed in little leaves and bits of fruit. However, even they can accidentally ruin a human's life without meaning to by offering their heavenly faerie food, which, to them, is just regular food.

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** The elves are beautiful, haughty, immortal, and in sync with nature. However, their regality, BlueAndOrangeMorality, and tendency to hold mortals in their realm where it's a YearOutsideHourInside makes them most like the TheFairFolk of English folklore, or the beautiful godlike Tuatha de Danann of Irish mythology.
** Sprites are most like the classic "friendly winged "tiny, friendly, insect-winged pixie" variety of Victorian faeries, often dressed in little leaves and bits of fruit. However, even they can accidentally ruin a human's life without meaning to by offering their heavenly faerie food, which, to them, is just regular food.



** Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin looks like a cross between a toad and a leaf-nosed bat. Like goblins he doesn't have teeth, but seems to prefer to use human baby teeth he steals from under pillows. His appearance still invokes "creature of the night" like regular goblins, but he isn't as scary or feral.

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** Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin looks like a cross between a toad and a leaf-nosed bat. Like goblins goblins, he doesn't have teeth, but seems to prefer to use human baby teeth he steals from under pillows. His appearance still invokes "creature of the night" like regular goblins, but he isn't as scary or feral.



* SelectiveObliviousness: When Jared finally meets [[spoiler:Arthur Spiderwick]], he insists Jared ''can't'' be his great nephew because his daughter isn't old enough to have children that age. Jared half-suspects [[spoiler:Arthur]] is choosing not to connect the dots because facing that [[spoiler:it's really been ''decades'', and his daughter has become an old woman]] would be more than he could bear.



* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: Averted, but Jared's mom is often tricked by the fay into thinking this of him, since they often lash out and leave her to think Jared did it. Particularly in ''The Field Guide'', when she thinks Jared killed his brother's mice and froze his tadpoles in ice. It comes to a head in ''The Ironwood Tree'', when [[spoiler:Mulgarath]] tricks her and the school officials into thinking he pulled a ''knife'' on another student.



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* UrbanFantasy: The story takes place in a small, modern New England town, where some of the last batches of faeries still reside, hidden in plain sight.
* YearOutsideHourInside: The elves' realm, [[spoiler:much to Arthur and Lucinda's grief]].
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%%* BrokenMasquerade
%%* CallReceivalArea

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%%* BrokenMasquerade
%%* CallReceivalArea
* BrokenMasquerade: Mulgarath's plan, for when he decides to TakeOverTheWorld. It is broken for their mother, but narrowly averted in full at the end.
* CallReceptionArea: The Spiderwick Estate and its surrounding grounds, where many faerie still dwell.



%%* TheFairFolk
%%* FairyTale

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%%* TheFairFolk
%%* FairyTale
* TheFairFolk: The Grace children learn the hard way that the faeries of Arthur's field guide are ''dangerous''.
** Brownies, while kind and well-meaning, will turn into a boggart and trash your house if you piss them off.
** Goblins and trolls will gladly eat you alive if given the chance, and it will be a very FamilyUnfriendlyDeath.
** Sprites, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality while well-meaning]], will offer you food that will taste so heavenly sweet that you'll never be able to stand human food again, and you'll crave faerie food for the rest of your life. If you don't get it, you'll starve to death.
** Aunt Lucinda learned the hard way that some fay will gladly kidnap and torture you, and give you a hunchback for the rest of your life.
** Arthur Spiderwick learned the hard way that elves will abduct you into their realm where [[YearOutsideHourInside time moves more slowly]], and when you leave all the time that didn't affect you while in there will rush at you all at once. [[spoiler:He dies in his elderly daughter's arms as a result.]]
* FairytaleMotifs: All over the place and deliberate, per WordOfGod.
** The Grace kids were deliberately designed to look like the heroes of classic gothic fairy tales, with RavenHairIvorySkin, and school uniforms that invoke a "classic American hero" look, particularly for the boys. Downplayed for Jared, who has more messy modern hair, and often wears his jeans and hoodie.
** The Spiderwick Estate looks like a classic Victorian mansion. [[Justified JustifiedTrope]], in that there are many of those still around in New England.
** In ''Lucinda's Secret'', where the kids get lost in the woods and come across as trickster fay that speaks in riddles, very reminiscent of the Chesshire Cat of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
** Invoked in ''The Ironwood Tree,'' where the dwarves put an unconscious RavenHairIvorySkin Mallory in a glass coffin and white gossamer gown. They even proudly declare that she'll remain this young and beautiful for as long as she sleeps. The twins even wonder if they have to kiss her to wake her up. [[spoiler:[[CuttingTheKnot Simon slaps her awake instead]].]]



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%%* MadLibFantasyTitle* MadLibFantasyTitle: The title of each chapter. "In which [something related to the fay activity of this chapter]"



%%* OurFairiesAreDifferent

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%%* OurFairiesAreDifferent* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Mostly averted, but given how homogynous more dwarves appear in most fairy tales anyway... They're small and thin, with puffy beards that cover most of their bodies, and noses that cover most of their faces. They're ''master'' stone and metal craftsmen that can make intricate metalwork trees and leaves as beautiful as the real thing, and [[ClockworkCreature clockwork animals]] that're as lifelike as organic ones. They're also completely immortal, and want to replace the decaying, dying organic world with their own stone and metal creations of everlasting beauty.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Boy, are they ever! Tony [=DiTerlizzi=] and Holly Black explain in ''The Completely Fantastical Edition'' that they tried to make the faerie species all slightly different from the ones we've seen millions of times before, but still sound like they'd belong in a classic fairy tale.
** Brownies are no bigger than your hand, have faces round and wrinkled like walnuts, and like to dress in musty old doll's clothes.
** The elves are beautiful, haughty, immortal, and in sync with nature. However, their regality, BlueAndOrangeMorality, and tendency to hold mortals in their realm where it's a YearOutsideHourInside makes them most like the TheFairFolk of English folklore, or the godlike Tuatha de Danann of Irish mythology.
** Sprites are most like the classic "friendly winged pixie" variety of Victorian faeries, often dressed in little leaves and bits of fruit. However, even they can accidentally ruin a human's life without meaning to by offering their heavenly faerie food, which, to them, is just regular food.


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* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: They look like they're part toad, part angler-fish, and part bat. They're about the size of small dogs, but run and hunt in packs of ten or less. They're not particularly intelligent and prone to squabbling, but are adept at hunting small animals, particularly dogs, cats, and even human children. They don't have any teeth, and substitute with sharp rocks and bits of glass they find lying around. They're kind of the vermin of the faerie world, but unlike the rest of the fay they're able to thrive in our modern world by sorting through our refuse.
** Hogsqueal the Hobgoblin looks like a cross between a toad and a leaf-nosed bat. Like goblins he doesn't have teeth, but seems to prefer to use human baby teeth he steals from under pillows. His appearance still invokes "creature of the night" like regular goblins, but he isn't as scary or feral.
6th Mar '17 1:16:13 PM Theriocephalus
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* TheFullNameAdventures: "he Spiderwick Chronicles".

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* TheFullNameAdventures: "he "The Spiderwick Chronicles".



* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: The Seeing Stone
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: Every chapter begins with "In Which..."

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* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: The Seeing Stone
Stone -- a flat stone with a hole through its middle that allows humans to see magical beings -- ends up being mounted in an eyepiece, so that the characters can see the creatures they interact with without constantly having to hold the stone up to their eye.
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every chapter begins with "In Which..."



%%* OurGiantsAreBigger

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%%* OurGiantsAreBigger* OurGiantsAreBigger: They're only vaguely humanoid, being hulking, troll-like and apelike beings with heads jutting directly forward from their shoulders and no brain capacity to speak of. They also have seven fingers and hibernate for long periods of time, during which grass and sod grow on their backs. They can also breathe fire, although they need to ingest [[FierySalamander salamanders]] first.
28th Nov '16 3:32:50 PM kataangluvr
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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Simon and Jared

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* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Simon and JaredJared.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Field Guide. When Arthur constructed the book, he had no idea what he had done until it was too late.


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* MadeOfIndestructium: The Field Guide cannot be destroyed no matter what. This and its knowledge of every creature makes it incredibly dangerous to hold on to.
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