History Literature / Uglies

4th Jun '16 4:52:39 PM Jayalaw
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* AdultsAreUseless:
** Tally's parents are on the vapid side and encourage her to do what Dr. Cable says to get her pretty surgery. [[Justified for most of the adults in the series that come off this way due to [[spoiler:the lesions that make them into vapid Pretties.]]
** The adults that avert this-- [[spoiler:the museum guard, the ones driving the helicopter, are the ones who need their brains for the jobs they have.]]
** Maddy and Az do their best to avert this, since [[spoiler:they studied the lesions and realize what it would mean to forcibly receive said lesions]]. Even so, [[spoiler:they're hampered by Tally accidentally betraying them, Dr. Cable killing Az, and Maddy having to rebuild her research from scratch.]]



* TheCakeIsALie: Inverted; Dr. Cable blackmails Tally to track down Shay and betray the Smoke by withholding the Pretty operation. [[spoiler:As it turns out, she wants ''every'' Ugly to receive the operation, whether or not they want it.]]



** David himself forgives Tally, even when [[spoiler: Tally betrayed the Smoke by accident and she called him ugly to make him leave her and Zane behind in ''pretties''.]]

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** David himself forgives Tally, even when [[spoiler: Tally betrayed the Smoke by accident and she called him ugly to make him leave her and Zane behind in ''pretties''.''Pretties''.]]



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shay in Pretties, though she turns back in ''Specials''. Tally arguably pulls one of these as well, but since it's mind control, it may not count.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shay FaceHeelRevolvingDoor:
** [[spoiler:Through no fault of her own, Shay
in Pretties, though she turns back in ''Specials''. each book. Starts out on the good side, gets forcibly changed into a pretty, which leads to her cutting herself to regain her brainpower after learning Tally gave the cure gave to Zane instead of to her. Then she gets changed into a Special, which puts her on the Face side, and then is forcibly given the cure in ''Specials'' before rescuing Tally in Diego.]]
** [[spoiler:Tally
arguably pulls one of these as well, but since it's mind control, it may not count.]]



** Played straight by the town of Diego, though. They consider [[spoiler: Tally in Special form]] a weapon and even though they'd need her consent to change her mind, her body can be BroughtDownToNormal. [[spoiler: For Tally, though, it would be a FateWorseThanDeath.]] They then heavily drug her when she throws a temper tantrum and is reduced to begging for it not to happen, and would have succeeded if not for [[spoiler: Shay]].

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** Played straight by the town of Diego, though. They consider [[spoiler: Tally in Special form]] a weapon and even though they'd need her consent to change her mind, her body can be BroughtDownToNormal. [[spoiler: For Tally, though, it would be a FateWorseThanDeath.]] They then heavily drug her when she throws a temper tantrum and is reduced to begging for it not to happen, and would have succeeded if not for [[spoiler: Shay]].[[spoiler:Shay]].



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A minor version of this is used as a plot device in the first two books; In the first, Tally is given a medallion to use to signal the specials to come take out the Smoke. [[spoiler:She throws it in the fire once she decides to stay in the Smoke, not knowing that damaging the pendant causes it to automatically send out a signal.]] In the second, she and her new boyfriend find pills to reverse the Pretty brain lesions. [[spoiler:Turns out that the two pills were supposed to be taken by one person. One pill eats the lesions. The second pill stops the first pill from eating the entire brain.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A minor version of this is used as a Happens three times, for plot device in the first two books; reasons:
**
In the first, ''Uglies'', Tally is given a medallion to use to signal the specials to come take out the Smoke. [[spoiler:She throws it in the fire once she decides to stay in the Smoke, not knowing that damaging the pendant causes it to automatically send out a signal.]] ]]
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In the second, ''Pretties'', she and her new boyfriend find pills to reverse the Pretty brain lesions. [[spoiler:Turns out that the two pills were supposed to be taken by one person. One pill eats the lesions. The second pill stops the first pill from eating the entire brain. This leads to Zane becoming paralyzed.]]
** In ''Specials'', she and Shay [[spoiler:break into a museum and accidentally release an old relic that causes a huge fire. This gives Dr. Cable the excuse to blame Diego and declare war on the other city for housing the runaway uglies.
]]



* RightForTheWrongReasons: Shay tells Tally that the latter needs to tell David about the new heart-shaped locket she's acquired, assuming that it's a romantic token from Tally's new partner. [[spoiler:Said locket is a medallion that is meant to track down the Smoke, and David's parents run the smoke. So yes, Tally should have told David about it instead of pitching it in the fire.]]



* ShootTheShaggyDog: This seems to be [[spoiler: Zane's tale]]. First we find out he was responsible for the Specials wanting to track down Shay, then [[spoiler: his brain gets eaten up by nanites, crippling him and his girlfriend is brainwashed into becoming a Special.]] Just when it seems that [[HopeSpot he gets the surgery he needs]], his [[spoiler: brain rejects the new implants, and he becomes a vegetable on life support in the middle of a war. The hospital has to take him off it for the other wounded people coming in.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDog: This seems to be [[spoiler: Zane's [[spoiler:Zane's tale]]. First we find out he was responsible for the Specials wanting to track down Shay, then [[spoiler: his brain gets eaten up by nanites, crippling him and his girlfriend is brainwashed into becoming a Special.]] Just when it seems that [[HopeSpot he gets the surgery he needs]], his [[spoiler: brain rejects the new implants, and he becomes a vegetable on life support in the middle of a war. The hospital has to take him off it for the other wounded people coming in.]]]]
* SpotTheThread: Shay is suspicious in ''Uglies'' that Tally has so much [=SpagBol=] even if she had planned to run away. Tally manages to make up a cover story.



* VillainHasAPoint: Dr. Cable tells Tally in ''Pretties'' that [[spoiler:the reason why the Rusties died out was because they were wasting the resources they had and polluting the earth, though the fuel crisis was a part of it. The Smoke threatened to do that as well by building fires, cutting down trees for rabbit hutches, and other activities that could destroy the planet on a large scale.]] Tally thinks that Dr. Cable is merely trying to test [[spoiler:if she's gotten cured but later on takes these points to heart, and decides with David to monitor the world so that history doesn't repeat.]]



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2nd Mar '16 9:38:33 AM sailoralkaline
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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shay in Pretties, though she turns back in ''Specials''. Tally arguably pulls one of these as well, but since it's mind control, it may not count; while we don't see Shay actually choosing to join the Specials, it's not at all a leap to assume she did so willingly.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shay in Pretties, though she turns back in ''Specials''. Tally arguably pulls one of these as well, but since it's mind control, it may not count; while we don't see Shay actually choosing to join the Specials, it's not at all a leap to assume she did so willingly.count.]]
2nd Mar '16 9:38:33 AM sailoralkaline
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8th Dec '15 9:08:43 AM scionofgrace
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* UnusualUserInterface: Most not [[spoiler: iceable]] in ''Extras'', where the characters could view the in-universe equivalent of internet, television, and video games through screens inside artificial eyeballs.

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* UnusualUserInterface: Most not [[spoiler: iceable]] noticeable in ''Extras'', where the characters could view the in-universe equivalent of internet, television, and video games through screens inside artificial eyeballs.
8th Dec '15 9:07:06 AM scionofgrace
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* UnusualUserInterface: Most not[spoiler: iceable in ''Extras'', where the characters could view the in-universe equivalent of internet, television, and video games through screens inside artificial eyeballs.

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* UnusualUserInterface: Most not[spoiler: iceable not [[spoiler: iceable]] in ''Extras'', where the characters could view the in-universe equivalent of internet, television, and video games through screens inside artificial eyeballs.
6th Dec '15 12:28:31 AM Llygodenfawr
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* UnwittingPawn / SpannerInTheWorks: Yep,Tally again.

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* UnwittingPawn / SpannerInTheWorks: Yep,Tally Yep, Tally again.
6th Dec '15 12:25:12 AM Llygodenfawr
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** Played straight by the town of Diego, though. They consider [[spoiler: Tally in Special form] a weapon and even though they'd need her consent to change her mind, her body can be BroughtDownToNormal. [[spoiler: For Tally, though, it would be a FateWorseThanDeath.]] They then heavily drug her when she throws a temper tantrum and is reduced to begging for it not to happen, and would have succeeded if not for [[spoiler: Shay]].

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** Played straight by the town of Diego, though. They consider [[spoiler: Tally in Special form] form]] a weapon and even though they'd need her consent to change her mind, her body can be BroughtDownToNormal. [[spoiler: For Tally, though, it would be a FateWorseThanDeath.]] They then heavily drug her when she throws a temper tantrum and is reduced to begging for it not to happen, and would have succeeded if not for [[spoiler: Shay]].
22nd Oct '15 2:57:17 PM Jayalaw
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* BittersweetEnding: Once a book.

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* BittersweetEnding: Once a book.book, with the exception of ''Extras''.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Dr. Cable kills [[spoiler: Az, David's father, when trying to surgically give him LaserGuidedAmnesia]].



** After [[spoiler: receiving the surgery that makes her pretty, lesions and all,]] Shay is bubbly with Tally despite their earlier fight over David. This makes Tally [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging feel even worse]].

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** After [[spoiler: receiving the surgery that makes her pretty, lesions and all,]] Shay is bubbly with Tally despite their earlier fight over David. This makes Tally [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging feel even worse]]. Averted later on in the series, though, as Shay remembers [[spoiler: what Tally did and continually does.]]



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shay in Pretties. Tally arguably pulls one of these as well, but since it's mind control, it may not count; while we don't see Shay actually choosing to join the Specials, it's not at all a leap to assume she did so willingly.]]

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* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shay in Pretties.Pretties, though she turns back in ''Specials''. Tally arguably pulls one of these as well, but since it's mind control, it may not count; while we don't see Shay actually choosing to join the Specials, it's not at all a leap to assume she did so willingly.]]



* HeWhoFightsMonsters:
** Defied by Maddy in ''Uglies''; although she wants to try the pretty cure [[spoiler: on Shay]] she won't force it on the latter without "informed consent." As she explains to Tally and David, Specials like Dr. Cable [[spoiler: killed her husband Az by forcing experimental surgery upon him]], and she doesn't want to stoop to that level.
** Played straight by the town of Diego, though. They consider [[spoiler: Tally in Special form] a weapon and even though they'd need her consent to change her mind, her body can be BroughtDownToNormal. [[spoiler: For Tally, though, it would be a FateWorseThanDeath.]] They then heavily drug her when she throws a temper tantrum and is reduced to begging for it not to happen, and would have succeeded if not for [[spoiler: Shay]].



* ShootTheShaggyDog: This seems to be [[spoiler: Zane's tale]]. First we find out he was responsible for the Specials wanting to track down Shay, then [[spoiler: his brain gets eaten up by nanites, crippling him and his girlfriend is brainwashed into becoming a Special.]] Just when it seems that [[HopeSpot he gets the surgery he needs]], his [[spoiler: brain rejects the new implants, and he becomes a vegetable on life support in the middle of a war. The hospital has to take him off it for the other wounded people coming in.]]



* UnusualUserInterface: Most noticeable in ''Extras'', where the characters could view the in-universe equivalent of internet, television, and video games through screens inside artificial eyeballs.

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* UnusualUserInterface: Most noticeable not[spoiler: iceable in ''Extras'', where the characters could view the in-universe equivalent of internet, television, and video games through screens inside artificial eyeballs.
22nd Oct '15 12:08:05 PM Jayalaw
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shay eventually becomes this. The exact point that she does is an exercise left to the reader.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shay eventually becomes this.this, though [[spoiler: in ''Specials'' after receiving the cure she becomes the inversion]]. The exact point that she does is an exercise left to the reader.


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* BittersweetEnding: Once a book.
** In Uglies [[spoiler: David's father Az is dead as a result of Dr. Cable trying to install new lesions, and Maddy may have developed a pretty cure]] but they have no subject on which to test the pills. [[spoiler: Tally decides to perform a HeroicSacrifice in offering herself as a test subject, outing herself as the traitor who destroyed the smoke, and willingly turn herself in to have the operation.]]
** In ''Pretties'' once again [[spoiler: Tally accidentally betrays the New Smoke, this time through Zane's false tooth. She decides to stay with him as the New Smoke members escape, taking the cure with them, and Shay turns her into a brainwashed Special.]]
** Tally [[spoiler: ends the war]] that she and Shay started, but not before [[spoiler: Zane dies and as the only Special]] in existence she has to make sure the new world doesn't destroy itself the way the old world did. [[spoiler: David]] joins her in the wilderness as she vows to keep the world safe.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Specials except for Dr. Cable [[spoiler: are revealed to be this, when Tally gets turned into one against her will courtesy of Shay and suffers MindRape as a result of new lesions]].


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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Dr. Cable [[spoiler: saves Tally from the surgery that would make her normal, since Tally is the last Special in existence.]]


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* EasilyForgiven:
** After [[spoiler: receiving the surgery that makes her pretty, lesions and all,]] Shay is bubbly with Tally despite their earlier fight over David. This makes Tally [[ObliviousGuiltSlinging feel even worse]].
** Subverted with David's mother. She doesn't [[spoiler: forgive Tally for betraying the old Smoke, accidental was it was, and getting her husband killed.]]
** David himself forgives Tally, even when [[spoiler: Tally betrayed the Smoke by accident and she called him ugly to make him leave her and Zane behind in ''pretties''.]]
24th Sep '15 1:08:57 AM Morgenthaler
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