History Literature / TheTraitorGame

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* DisappearedDad: Michael's mum appears in a number of scenes, but his dad is never mentioned.


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* ScholarshipStudent: Coming from what's implied to be a fairly low-income household is one of many reasons why Michael has an inferiority complex. Michael's mum had to borrow money from his grandmother so that Michael can attend St. Anselm's. Francis (and his siblings) is also a literal Scholarship Student.
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* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: The Duke promises he'll free the traitors if one of them crosses the Judas Floor without falling. He was lying, of course. Argent succeeds and it [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty doesn't fare well for him]].

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* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: The Duke promises he'll free the traitors if one of them crosses the Judas Floor without falling. He was lying, of course. Argent succeeds and it [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty doesn't fare well for him]].him]].
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* ComingOfAgeStory: for Michael, although he still has some more CharacterDevelopment to go through at the end of the novel.

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* ComingOfAgeStory: for Michael, although he still has some more CharacterDevelopment to go through at the end of the novel. He learns to stand up for himself and begins to resolve his trust issues.



* CoolLoser: Francis, possibly as a result of being friends with Michael.

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* CoolLoser: Francis, possibly as a result of being friends with Michael. Michael says that he doesn't know why Francis hangs out with someone as uncool as him.



* AFriendInNeed: [[spoiler: Subverted. Michael not only causes Francis to get beaten by the school bullies, but also fails to help him.]]

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* AFriendInNeed: [[spoiler: Subverted. [[spoiler:Subverted]]. Michael not [[spoiler:not only causes Francis to get beaten by the school bullies, but also fails to help him.]]him]].



* FriendshipMoment: [[spoiler: Michael giving Evgard's stuff to Francis, and then holding hands with him]].

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* FriendshipMoment: [[spoiler: Michael [[spoiler:Michael giving Evgard's stuff to Francis, and then holding hands with him]].



* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Michael… [[spoiler: while looking into Francis's eyes and holding hands with him]].

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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Michael… [[spoiler: while [[spoiler:while looking into Francis's eyes and holding hands with him]].



* HoldingHands: [[spoiler: Michael and Francis at the end]].

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* HoldingHands: [[spoiler: Michael [[spoiler:Michael and Francis at the end]].



* InsecureLoveInterest: Michael is a platonic ([[ShipTease or not]]) version of this trope for Francis, constantly feeling insecure about their friendship. This is because Michael has trust issues after being bullied at his previous school, and [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe finds it difficult to accept that Francis - who is "cool", "posh" and "handsome" - would genuinely want to be friends with him]].

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* InsecureLoveInterest: Michael is a platonic ([[ShipTease or not]]) version of this trope for Francis, constantly feeling insecure about their friendship. This is because Michael has trust issues after being bullied at his previous school, and [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe finds it difficult to accept accept]] that Francis - who is "cool", "posh" and "handsome" - would genuinely want to be friends with him]].him.



* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Him In A Dice Game]]: The Duke loses Argent to Columen in a game of dice. [[spoiler: Subverted. After Argent confronts him, Columen reveals the die was weighted - he had no intention of really gambling with Argent's life]].

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* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Him In A Dice Game]]: The Duke loses Argent to Columen in a game of dice. [[spoiler: Subverted.[[spoiler:Subverted. After Argent confronts him, Columen reveals the die was weighted - he had no intention of really gambling with Argent's life]].



* MisfitMobilizationMoment: When Michael and Francis finally get around to [[spoiler: get their revenge against Shipley]].
* MoodWhiplash: One of Francis and Michael's most raw, painful interactions[[hottip:*: It's right after Francis crosses the DespairEventHorizon, and the inciting incident for Michael to do the same]] is intercut with a flashback to one of the happiest scenes in the whole book, when the two of them visited a castle together.

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* MisfitMobilizationMoment: When Michael and Francis finally get around to [[spoiler: get [[spoiler:get their revenge against Shipley]].
* MoodWhiplash: One of Francis and Michael's most raw, painful interactions[[hottip:*: It's interactions[[note]]It's right after Francis crosses the DespairEventHorizon, and the inciting incident for Michael to do the same]] same[[/note]] is intercut with a flashback to one of the happiest scenes in the whole book, when the two of them visited a castle together.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: [[spoiler: Followed straight, then subverted magnificently]].

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: [[spoiler: Followed [[spoiler:Followed straight, then subverted magnificently]].magnificently]]. We see how Evgard is pretty awful against the Mereish through the Duke's treatment of the Mereish captives, but [[spoiler:later it's revealed that the Mereish aren't that much better]].



* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Francis]].

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* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Francis]].[[spoiler:Francis]], which is why Michael didn't realise that he's gay. It's implied that he was [[ArmouredClosetGay deliberately acting straight]] - when he thinks Michael outed him, he demands to know how he managed to find out.



* TitleDrop: The game "Trecho" is also called the Traitor Game.

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* TitleDrop: The fictional game "Trecho" is also called the Traitor Game.
14th Mar '13 6:37:15 AM Telcontar
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* BystanderSyndrome: Michael often behaves like this, to Francis' horror.



* SomebodyElsesProblem: Michael often behaves like this, to Francis' horror.
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* AccidentalTruth: [[spoiler:Michael's lies about Francis]].
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Luke, to disastrous consequences.
* ArmouredClosetGay: Michael suggests that Shipley is one of these.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Michael and Argent may both [[spoiler:betray their friends]], but their enemies are a homophobic bully and a sadistic rapist, respectively.

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* AccidentalTruth: [[spoiler:Michael's lies about Francis]].
Francis]]. He only told [[spoiler:Shipley]] that [[spoiler:Francis is gay]] as a revenge, but it turns out to be true.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Luke, Francis's brother who dislikes Michael, to disastrous consequences.
* ArmouredClosetGay: Michael suggests that this is why Shipley is one of these.
likes to pick on gay and effeminate students.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Michael and Argent may both [[spoiler:betray have [[spoiler:betrayed their friends]], but their enemies are a homophobic bully and a sadistic rapist, respectively.



* TheBully: Shipley. He is said to target gay kids specifically.

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* TheBully: Shipley.Shipley, who is first seen cornering a boy several years younger than him and burning him with a cigarette. He is said to target gay kids specifically.



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:lightlead windows]]. They're introduced early in the real world plotline, when Francis tells Michael about it as a new idea for Evgard.It's a type of [[spoiler:glass that slows down light, meaning what you see through a window made of lightlead glass would be what happened 30 minutes ago]]. In the climax of the Evgard plotline, Argent uses [[spoiler:the view of the half an hour late sunset through a lightlead window]] to trick some soldiers into [[spoiler:thinking there is a fire]].
** Also foreshadows the real world climax in which Michael [[spoiler:is pushed out of a window by Shipley]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:lightlead windows]]. They're introduced early in the real world plotline, when Francis tells Michael about it as a new idea for Evgard.It's a type of [[spoiler:glass that slows down light, meaning what you see through a window made of lightlead glass would be what happened 30 minutes ago]]. In the climax of the Evgard plotline, Argent uses [[spoiler:the view of the half an hour late sunset through a lightlead window]] to trick some soldiers into [[spoiler:thinking there is a fire]].
** Also
fire]]. It also foreshadows the real world climax in which Michael [[spoiler:is pushed out of a window by Shipley]]Shipley]].



--> 'Do you always hit people? Is that how you make friends?'
--> 'I don't know. I don't have any.'

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--> 'Do '''Francis:''' Do you always hit people? Is that how you make friends?'
friends?
--> 'I '''Michael:''' I don't know. I don't have any.'


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* InsecureLoveInterest: Michael is a platonic ([[ShipTease or not]]) version of this trope for Francis, constantly feeling insecure about their friendship. This is because Michael has trust issues after being bullied at his previous school, and [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe finds it difficult to accept that Francis - who is "cool", "posh" and "handsome" - would genuinely want to be friends with him]].


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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Some counselling could certainly have been helpful for Michael, given that he was bullied to a point where he stopped attending school and spent his time staring at the bedroom wall in TroubledFetalPosition for hours. However, it is possible that his mother ''had'' tried to bring him to therapists and he had refused to open up to them.
2nd Feb '13 7:52:04 AM Pupa
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** Also foreshadows the real world climax in which Michael [[spoiler:is pushed out of a window by Shipley]]
9th Dec '12 10:52:58 AM nemui10pm
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* BlackAndGrayMorality
* BreakTheCutie
* TheBully: Shipley.
* CharacterDevelopment
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:lightlead windows]].
* ChessMotifs: The eponymous traitor game appears to be similar to chess. Also, Michael is described as "playing a game that no one else knows the rules to" by Francis.
* ComingOfAgeStory

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* BlackAndGrayMorality
BlackAndGrayMorality: Michael and Argent may both [[spoiler:betray their friends]], but their enemies are a homophobic bully and a sadistic rapist, respectively.
** GrayAndGreyMorality: The conflict between [[spoiler:Evgard and the Mereish]]. When the latter takes over the former, [[spoiler:Argent]] is horrified to find that they are NotSoDifferent.
* BreakTheCutie
BreakTheCutie: All four of the main characters goes through a lot of breaking. Michael's experience had already started before the novel begins, when he was bullied in his old school.
* TheBully: Shipley.
Shipley. He is said to target gay kids specifically.
* CharacterDevelopment
CharacterDevelopment: Michael, as seen when he finally [[spoiler:stands up to Shipley]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:lightlead windows]].
windows]]. They're introduced early in the real world plotline, when Francis tells Michael about it as a new idea for Evgard.It's a type of [[spoiler:glass that slows down light, meaning what you see through a window made of lightlead glass would be what happened 30 minutes ago]]. In the climax of the Evgard plotline, Argent uses [[spoiler:the view of the half an hour late sunset through a lightlead window]] to trick some soldiers into [[spoiler:thinking there is a fire]].
* ChessMotifs: The eponymous traitor game appears to be similar to chess. Also, Francis says Michael is described as "playing a game that no one else knows the rules to" by Francis.
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* ComingOfAgeStoryComingOfAgeStory: for Michael, although he still has some more CharacterDevelopment to go through at the end of the novel.



* CoolLoser: Francis.

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* CoolLoser: Francis.Francis, possibly as a result of being friends with Michael.



* DepravedBisexual: Once again, the Duke.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Argent, after helping his people destroy the home of his only friend, and then discovering they were exactly the same kind of evil he thought the Evgard were.]] Michael and Francis dance along it frequently, but Michael crosses it [[spoiler: after he thinks Evgard's been burned]] and Francis seems to cross it [[spoiler: after the beating by Shitley, and realizing Michael just watched.]]

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* DepravedBisexual: Once again, the Duke.
The Duke, who has {{Sex Slave}}s of both gender.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Argent, after helping his people destroy the home of his only friend, and then discovering they were exactly the same kind of evil he thought the Evgard were.]] Michael and Francis dance along it frequently, but Michael crosses it [[spoiler: after he thinks Evgard's been burned]] and Francis seems to cross it [[spoiler: after the beating by Shitley, and realizing Michael just watched.]]watched]].



* DeusAngstMachina: Michael gets it bad, but Argent? Argent [[spoiler: is captured and forced to watch all his friends get killed. He's raped, becomes the Duke's sex slave and is abused by everyone he knows. When he finally makes a friend in Columen, the Duke's son - who looks exactly like him - Argent betrays him to help his people… who turn out to be a bunch of bastards, as evil as the Duke, and who treat him as a traitor just because of his name. Even his childhood friend distrusts him… And then he dies.]]

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* DeusAngstMachina: Michael gets it bad, but Argent? Argent [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is captured and forced to watch all his friends get killed. He's raped, becomes the Duke's sex slave and is abused by everyone he knows. When he finally makes a friend in Columen, the Duke's son - who looks exactly like him - Argent betrays him to help his people… who turn out to be a bunch of bastards, as evil as the Duke, and who treat him as a traitor just because of his name. Even his childhood friend distrusts him… And then he dies.]]dies]].



* DramaticIrony
* DysfunctionJunction
* EarnYourHappyEnding: What Michael and Francis have to go through. A BittersweetEnding in case of Evgard, as [[spoiler: Argent dies protecting Columen, but his death holds the significance that Francis is more important for Michael than Evgard is]].

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* DramaticIrony
DramaticIrony:
** Readers may realise that [[spoiler:Francis is gay]] before Michael finally learns the truth. Those who realise it before the scene where [[spoiler:Michael "[[AccidentalTruth lies]]" to Shipley about Francis being gay]] would cringe while reading it.
** From the start, it is quite obvious that Francis didn't really betray their secret. Michael's actions through the novel, however, are based on his belief that he did.
* DysfunctionJunction
DysfunctionJunction: The main duo consists of a former bullying victim and a [[spoiler:closeted StepfordSmiler]], and their fantasy counterparts don't fare any better at all.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: What Michael and Francis have to go through. A BittersweetEnding in case of Evgard, as [[spoiler: Argent [[spoiler:Argent dies protecting Columen, but his death holds the significance that Francis is more important for Michael than Evgard is]].



* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler: How the Mereish enter Arcaster.]]
* FalseFriend: What Michael believes Francis to be.
* FantasticRacism: The Mereish and the Evgard, about eachother. Argent gets the worst of it, because his name is Evgard, but he's Mereish.

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* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler: How [[spoiler:How the Mereish enter Arcaster.]]
Arcaster]].
* FalseFriend: What Michael believes Francis is this, pretending to be.
like him and Evgard just to laugh at him behind his back.
* FantasticRacism: The Mereish and the Evgard, about eachother.each other. Argent gets the worst of it, because his name is Evgard, but he's Mereish.



* FriendshipMoment: [[spoiler: Michael giving Evgard's stuff to Francis, and then holding hands with him.]]
* GenreBusting

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* FriendshipMoment: [[spoiler: Michael giving Evgard's stuff to Francis, and then holding hands with him.]]
him]].
* GenreBustingGenreBusting: The real world plotline is a ComingOfAgeStory, while Evgard is in a LowFantasy setting.



* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Michael… [[spoiler: while looking into Francis's eyes and holding hands with him.]]

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* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Michael… [[spoiler: while looking into Francis's eyes and holding hands with him.]]him]].



* KickTheMoralityPet: Michael and Argent are masters of this, followed almost immediately by ItsAllMyFault
* KidsAreCruel
* LaResistance: Argent was part of it.
* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Him In A Dice Game]]: The Duke loses Argent to Columen in a game of dice. [[spoiler: Subverted. After Argent confronts him, Columen reveals the die was weighted - he had no intention of really gambling with Argent's life.]]
* MadeASlave: Argent.

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* KickTheMoralityPet: Michael and Argent are masters of this, followed almost immediately by ItsAllMyFault
ItsAllMyFault.
* KidsAreCruel
KidsAreCruel: Both "the comp" that Michael used to go to and St Anselm's have some nasty bullies. There is an offhand reference to a bullying victim at the comp who committed suicide in a stall at the school bathroom.
* LaResistance: Argent was part of it.
the Mereish resistance against the Evgard rule.
* [[LostHimInACardGame Lost Him In A Dice Game]]: The Duke loses Argent to Columen in a game of dice. [[spoiler: Subverted. After Argent confronts him, Columen reveals the die was weighted - he had no intention of really gambling with Argent's life.]]
life]].
* MadeASlave: Argent. He is caught by the Evgard along with other members of the Mereish resistance, and is [[spoiler:the only one who survives long enough to be a slave]].



* OnlyFriend: Francis is Michael's.

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* OnlyFriend: Francis is Michael's. Not the other way round, though; there are mentions of Francis's other friends. They're both a mix of the two types. Michael don't easily make friends (and when he ''does'' form a friendship, [[spoiler:he manages to break it]]), but [[FreudianExcuse that's only because he was bullied at his previous school]]. And while Francis is a NiceGuy and a CoolLoser, he's also a bit of a misfit - possibly because of his friendship with Michael and [[spoiler:his homosexuality]] - and he too sees Evgard as an escape from everything else.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: [[spoiler: Followed straight, then subverted magnificently.]]

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: [[spoiler: Followed straight, then subverted magnificently.]]magnificently]].



* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Francis.]]

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* StraightGay: [[spoiler: Francis.]]Francis]].
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After being bullied, Michael changes schools. The incident - and his mother's inaction in face of it - makes it hard for him to trust in people again, but it all changes when he meets Francis. Francis is the cool and tall redhead who, instead of making fun on him, joins Michael in a game of make-believe, creating a fantasy land called Evgard and its capital, Arcaster. Both boys keep their world hidden safely in a locked box, in the form of maps and poems. Until, of course, Michael gets an anonymous note in his locker saying I KNOW WHERE ARCASTER IS. Fearing that Francis has betrayed him and their secret, Michael decides to take revenge. [[ItGotWorse It gets worse]].

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After being bullied, Michael changes schools. The incident - and his mother's inaction in face of it - makes it hard for him to trust in people again, but it all changes when he meets Francis. Francis is the cool and tall redhead who, instead of making fun on him, joins Michael in a game of make-believe, creating a fantasy land called Evgard and its capital, Arcaster. Both boys keep their world hidden safely in a locked box, in the form of maps and poems. Until, of course, Michael gets an anonymous note in his locker saying I KNOW WHERE ARCASTER IS. Fearing that Francis has betrayed him and their secret, Michael decides to take revenge. [[ItGotWorse It gets worse]].
revenge.
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* OnlyFriend: Francis is Michael's.
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