History Literature / TheUnderneath

5th Apr '16 4:02:27 PM molokai198
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* AfterlifeAntechamber: The hummingbird [[spoiler:AKA Night Song and Hawk Man's daughter]] serves as this, as the messenger to the recently dead who guides them to a vague afterlife.


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* CruellaToAnimals: Gar Face is a bit too happy about abusing and killing various animals.


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* EmergencyTransformation: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when [[spoiler:Hawk Man]] is slowly dying form grandmother's venom, but refuses to shape shift to heal himself because it would ModeLock him into [[spoiler:a hawk]] and thus allow him not to [[spoiler:see Night Song again, since he's still holding out the hope that she will come back.]]
* ExitPursuedByABear: [[spoiler:Gar Face]] ends up [[spoiler:being eaten by the alligator king when he tries to kill him.]]


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* OrphansOrdeal: Very much so. Puck goes through a lot after losing his family [[spoiler:with one of his parents being dead]], as well as [[spoiler:Hawk Man and Night Song's daughter.]]


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* SerpentOfImmortality: Grandmother is a lamia trapped in snake form who is thousands of years old.


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* StrongerWithAge: Why the alligator king is so huge.
7th Mar '16 2:11:29 PM molokai198
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* NearlyNormalAnimals: Most of the cast is this.

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* NearlyNormalAnimals: NearlyNormalAnimal: Most of the cast is this.
7th Mar '16 2:11:16 PM molokai198
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* AbusiveParents: Gar Face's father, who [[spoiler:scarred his face, thus his name.]]
* CuteKitten: Puck and Sabine, though their cute antics don't end well for them.
* DeathByDespair: [[spoiler:Night Song]] after she is [[spoiler:unable to see Hawk Man thanks to ModeLock.]]


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* ModeLock: All shapeshifters can only transform into a human and back once, after which they are stuck in their animal form permanently.
* MutualKill: While not strictly deadly for one side, [[spoiler:Hawk Man]] manages to lock Night Song in a jar while being hit by her venom.
* NearlyNormalAnimals: Most of the cast is this.


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* SealedEvilInACan: Grandmother has been trapped in a jar for a thousand years.
* SnakesAreSinister: Grandmother at times, [[spoiler:tricking her daughter into transforming permanently into her snake form to keep her away from Hawk Man]], though she regrets [[spoiler:her daughter's resulting death]] and ultimately [[spoiler:breaks Ranger's chain.]] Night Song, on the other hand, is clearly not sinister.
* StarCrossedLovers: Night Song and Hawk Man. Grandmother is ''not'' happy with their relationship.
* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: The plot is split between the family at the Underneath, [[spoiler:Puck, while he is alone after Gar face tries to kill him]] and Grandmother's story from a thousand years ago, which only connects to the main plot much later in the story.
14th Feb '16 7:30:27 PM MadMan400096
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* DeathByNewberyMedal: [[spoiler: The kittens' mother.]]
14th Mar '13 6:43:23 PM MadMan400096
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With themes of loss, love, and mystery, the book is filled with {{Tear Jerker}}s all the way though the novel.

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With themes of loss, love, and mystery, the book is filled with {{Tear Jerker}}s all the way though the novel.Jerker}}s.
9th Oct '12 7:21:04 PM Koraki
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* [[spoiler:DeathByNewberyMedal]]: The kittens' mother.
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not much of one, though, because even before that he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother.

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* [[spoiler:DeathByNewberyMedal]]: DeathByNewberyMedal: [[spoiler: The kittens' mother.
mother.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's Gar-Face is somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not much of one, though, because even before that he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother.
31st Aug '12 10:02:16 PM Witchdoctr
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* IronicEcho:Throughout the book, Grandmother Moccasin repeats to herself, "There is a price." [[spoiler:In the end, she realizes the price isn't a punishment for her betrayal. The price was sorrow, sorrow for interfering with love. Before she dies]], she realizes that her words are true, but not in the way she thought.
31st Aug '12 9:56:53 PM Witchdoctr
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* CompleteMonster: Obviously, the guy who [[spoiler:throws two cats in a bag into a river]]. He also abuses and neglects his dog just because of one slip-up.
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not saying much, though, because even before that, he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother.

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* CompleteMonster: Obviously, the guy who [[spoiler:throws two cats in a bag into a river]]. He also abuses and neglects his dog just because of one slip-up.
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not saying much, much of one, though, because even before that, that he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother. mother.
* HeelFaceTurn: A very heartwarming one. [[spoiler:"Grandmother, who had spent a thousand years in a jar, had finally chosen love. This time she did what she could to help it along." She'd broken the chain tying Ranger to the tree.]]
31st Aug '12 9:49:00 PM Witchdoctr
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* CompleteMonster: Obviously, the guy who [[spoiler:throws two cats in a bag into a river]]. He also abuses and neglects his dog just because of one slip-up.
* FreudianExcuse: Not quite an excuse, but he's somewhat sympathetic due to his face being [[spoiler:scarred by his abusive father]]. Not saying much, though, because even before that, he poisons and kills birds just to torment his mother.
30th Nov '11 2:43:11 PM MadMan400096
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Meanwhile, Grandmother Moccasin, a lamia, awakes after a thousand-year rest, and laments her past, involving her only daughter being lost to Hawk Man. All the while, her "brother", the Alligator King, is the prime target of Gar-Face

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Meanwhile, Grandmother Moccasin, a lamia, awakes after a thousand-year rest, and laments her past, involving her only daughter daughter, Night Song, being lost to Hawk Man. All the while, her "brother", the Alligator King, is the prime target of Gar-Face
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