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24th Sep '15 12:53:29 PM Morgenthaler
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A series of TalkingAnimal children's books by Garry Kilworth, which has been compared favourably to ''{{Redwall}}'' and is often read by the same target audience.

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A series of TalkingAnimal children's books by Garry Kilworth, which has been compared favourably to ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' and is often read by the same target audience.
11th Sep '15 5:23:17 AM Raya
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After stopping their ridiculous civil war, Sylver and the crew order the dodos to destroy their weapons and threaten terrible magical deaths for any dodo who carries a weapon. It obviously never occurred to Sylver that the dodos may need to defend themselves from any kind of external threat. Such as, say, ''the rampaging ship of big cats they encountered earlier that admit to attacking settlements and eating the locals'' No wonder the poor birds are extinct!

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After stopping their ridiculous civil war, Sylver and the crew order the dodos to destroy their weapons and threaten terrible magical deaths for any dodo who carries a weapon. It obviously never occurred to Sylver that the dodos may need to defend themselves from any kind of external threat. Such as, say, ''the rampaging ship of big cats they encountered earlier that admit to attacking settlements and eating the locals'' locals''. No wonder the poor birds are extinct!



* WritersCannotDoMath: Flaggatis is mentioned to rule over half a million rats. Even bearing in mind their small size, this is an [i]insane[/i] amount of rats to be living in the marshes (and not even all the marshes, since part is ruled by the toads)- it’s the population of a small city! How on earth are these tribes of rats supporting themselves?

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* WritersCannotDoMath: Flaggatis is mentioned to rule over half a million rats. Even bearing in mind their small size, this is an [i]insane[/i] ''insane'' amount of rats to be living in the marshes (and not even all the marshes, since part is ruled by the toads)- it’s the population of a small city! How on earth are these tribes of rats supporting themselves?
11th Sep '15 5:19:50 AM Raya
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Sheriff Falshed single-handedly slaying the jabjab bird and saving the entire ship and its crew. Sadly, since Falshed is the designated ButtMonkey, it quickly turns into a KickTheDog moment.

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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Sheriff Falshed single-handedly slaying the jabjab bird and saving the entire ship and its crew. Sadly, since Falshed is the designated ButtMonkey, it quickly turns into a KickTheDog moment. He's the dog.
11th Sep '15 5:18:34 AM Raya
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*Anvilicious: When Hare and Berk [[spoiler: get turned into glass statues, you can see all of their internal organs, perfectly made of glass…except for their throat and lungs which are black with tar and nicotine.]] Don’t smoke, kids!

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*Anvilicious: * {{Anvilicious}}: When Hare and Berk [[spoiler: get turned into glass statues, you can see all of their internal organs, perfectly made of glass…except for their throat and lungs which are black with tar and nicotine.]] Don’t smoke, kids!



* ArtisticLicenceBiology: Rats are portrayed as being incredibly stupid and filthy creatures. In reality rats are highly intelligent and obsessively clean animals; certainly a lot more intelligent and clean than weasels!



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler Hare and Berk are built up to be hard-as-nails ruffians who will give our heroes a hard time when they catch up with them. Falshed’s ship makes a stop at an island, Hare and Berk get off and are promptly turned to glass and shattered.]]

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler [[spoiler: Hare and Berk are built up to be hard-as-nails ruffians who will give our heroes a hard time when they catch up with them. Falshed’s ship makes a stop at an island, Hare and Berk get off and are promptly turned to glass and shattered.]]


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: After stopping their ridiculous civil war, Sylver and the crew order the dodos to destroy their weapons and threaten terrible magical deaths for any dodo who carries a weapon. It obviously never occurred to Sylver that the dodos may need to defend themselves from any kind of external threat. Such as, say, ''the rampaging ship of big cats they encountered earlier that admit to attacking settlements and eating the locals'' No wonder the poor birds are extinct!


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* TheCameo: In Windjammer Run quite a lot of characters from the previous books in the trilogy make a guest appearance.
* TheScrappy: A weird in-universe example, in Windjammer Run the crew are joined by a gerbil. Sylver hates the guy, but everyone else thinks he’s fantastic.


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* WritersCannotDoMath: Flaggatis is mentioned to rule over half a million rats. Even bearing in mind their small size, this is an [i]insane[/i] amount of rats to be living in the marshes (and not even all the marshes, since part is ruled by the toads)- it’s the population of a small city! How on earth are these tribes of rats supporting themselves?
11th Sep '15 5:11:22 AM Raya
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*Anvilicious: When Hare and Berk [[spoiler: get turned into glass statues, you can see all of their internal organs, perfectly made of glass…except for their throat and lungs which are black with tar and nicotine.]] Don’t smoke, kids!



* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Sylver speaking with the lion in Noah’s Ark. It completely comes out of nowhere, is weirdly dark and dramatic, and is never mentioned again.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Sheriff Falshed can’t catch a break.



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Sheriff Falshed single-handedly slaying the jabjab bird and saving the entire ship and its crew. Sadly, since Falshed is the designated ButtMonkey, it quickly turns into a KickTheDog moment.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler Hare and Berk are built up to be hard-as-nails ruffians who will give our heroes a hard time when they catch up with them. Falshed’s ship makes a stop at an island, Hare and Berk get off and are promptly turned to glass and shattered.]]



* FurryConfusion: Mustelids and rats are sapient, mice and voles are not. Birds seem to vary.

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* FridgeHorror: A rare in-universe example: After discovering the cursed island that turns people into glass statues, and seeing those said statues smashed and ground into shining sand, Sheriff Falshed remarks that at some point in the future others will come to the island and bottle this pretty sand without realising what it once was.
* FurryConfusion: Mustelids and rats are sapient, mice and voles are not. Though weirdly lemmings, gerbils and hamsters are sentient. Birds seem to vary.
6th Oct '14 10:43:05 PM nombretomado
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* DayOfTheWeekName: Spindrick's anarchist group use weekdays as code names, as a ShoutOut to ''TheManWhoWasThursday''.

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* DayOfTheWeekName: Spindrick's anarchist group use weekdays as code names, as a ShoutOut to ''TheManWhoWasThursday''.''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday''.
2nd Aug '14 5:57:44 PM WillBGood
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* HumansAreBastards

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* HumansAreBastardsHumansAreTheRealMonsters
7th Apr '13 1:43:18 AM Xtifr
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A series of TalkingAnimal children's books by Garry Kilworth, which has been compared favourably to ''{{Redwall}}'' and is often read by the same target audience.

The series originally consisted of a trilogy, showcasing the adventures of the outlaw weasel Sylver and his band of followers as they battled against the unjust rule of the villainous stoat Prince Poynt and his corrupt sheriff Falshed, in a generically medieval milieu. Kilworth later [[TrilogyCreep wrote a second trilogy]], set in a Victorian-inspired era, about the descendants of four of the original band and some of their enemies.

The most obvious trope demonstrated in the books is the ShoutOut. Many, many references to popular culture are made, including movies, books, poems and RealLife English history.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: Of many, many things.
* AnachronismStew
* AndIMustScream: The fate of [[spoiler:Rosencrass and Guildenswine]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: Foppington in ''Castle Storm''. He not only speakth with a thlight lithp, but he also dresses flamboyantly. And though this is het, he also refers to a fellow grey squirrel (female) knight as "his little thauthage".
** Maudlin has the odd hint as well. On top of the way he interacts with Scruff, he spouts elaborate flowery poetry at the slightest provocation and is envious of the WholesomeCrossdresser. Also, while the original {{Dracula}} only attacked attractive young women, Flistagga is only seen to attack young males.
* {{Calvinball}}: Hollyhockers.
* CheerfulChild: Queen Varicose.
* ClockPunk[=/=]SteamPunk: William Jott, the steam-machine inventor, and Thomas Tempus Fugit, the clockwork inventor, are bitter rivals who constantly try to outdo each other, and their machines are all over the place.
* ClockTower: Maudlin and Scruff crash a hot air balloon into the clock tower Ringing Roger and end up dangling from the hands.
* DayOfTheWeekName: Spindrick's anarchist group use weekdays as code names, as a ShoutOut to ''TheManWhoWasThursday''.
* DirtyCoward: Mawk swings between this and LovableCoward.
* EvilAlbino: Prince Poynt is not an albino, but he keeps his ermine pelt all year round, so the visual effect is very similar.
* EvilCounterpart: Downplayed with Spindrick; he's more chaotic than actually evil.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture
** FarEast (Far Kathay.)
** TheDungAges (The first trilogy.)
** TheWildWest (Spindrick's journey in ''Heastward Ho!'')
** VictorianLondon (The second trilogy.)
* FantasyKitchenSink: Animated golem statues and sheep witches are the least of the oddball concepts incorporated into this series.
* FoodChains: Hunters' Hall.
* FurryConfusion: Mustelids and rats are sapient, mice and voles are not. Birds seem to vary.
* GargleBlaster: Honey dew.
* GenerationXerox
* {{Hachimaki}}: Maudlin borrows one for the fight with the pirate junk.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal
* HallOfMirrors: The ghost-hunter's magic box.
* HellHotel: Invoked - Scruff convinces Maudlin they're staying in one as a prank.
* HellishHorse: The dreaded [[IncrediblyLamePun manless horsehead]] of [[ShoutOut Sleepless Hallow]].
* HighClassGlass: Lord Hannover Haukin's monocle.
* HumansAreBastards
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Magellan, Count Flistagga.]]
* IneptMage: Wodehed. Not that he doesn't actually have magical abilities, but he can't use them with any consistency. He does get a great moment in the third book [[spoiler: by calling the Kraken.]]
* KindheartedCatLover: Queen Varicose.
* LivingShadow: On Dorma Island.
* LogicBomb: [[spoiler:The defeat of Cyclops.]]
* LovableCoward: Maudlin and occasionally Mawk.
* MagicMisfire: Wodehed keeps making these.
* JustLikeRobinHood: For the first trilogy.
* MasterSwordsman Foppington
* MinionShipping: Rosencrass and Guildenswine are married.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Torca Marda - a ShoutOut to Tomas de Torquemarda.
* OnlySmartPeopleMayPass: The clues the human children left behind.
* OurGhoulsAreCreepier
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[DownplayedTrope But quite close to the standard movie depiction]]. As a bonus, there seem to be 'were' variations on all the mammals.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent
* OurZombiesAreDifferent
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: Spinfer "smools" into a room. The narrator notes that "this is not a real word, but it describes the action perfectly."
* PetTheDog: Mayor Poynt is responsible for the refurbishment and reorganisation of BedlamHouse, after he's accidentally left to wake up there after an operation and sees what it's really like.
* RandomEventsPlot
* RecycledINSPACE: RobinHood and Franchise/SherlockHolmes WITH FURRIES, ''not'' made by Disney!
* RuleOfCool
* SdrawkcabName: Spindrick Sylver's pseudonym "Drickspin Revsly".
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: One of the anarchists ruins his threat to blow the city to Kingdom Come by pointing out that "Kingdom Go" would be more accurate, since "things aren't coming, they're going, right up in the air".
* ShoutOut: By the third book, they're coming at the rate of about two per page. Most obviously, the original Sylver is RobinHood and his descendant is Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Rosencrass and Guildenswine, and both generations of the Herk and Bare lines.
* TotemPoleTrench: in Thunder Oak an trick was used unsuccessfully by nine ferrets in a human-sized suit of armor.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: How many of the preteen target audience are going to get references to ''{{Hamlet}}'', ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner''? And said target audience is too old for it to be a ParentalBonus ..
* WackyWaysideTribe
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Averted - there's a psychotic cult of hedgehogs, a brigand gang of moles, an evil zombie badger, and a murderous lemming. And the heroes are weasels, and there's a friendly and very civilised society of sewer rats.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: "Lillie" Longtree.
* WhosOnFirst: The unfortunate result of Spindrick's DayOfTheWeekName code-naming.
* WickedWeasel: Both played straight and averted; weasels are good, their close biological relatives stoats are bad.
* WorldOfPun: Puns nonstop.
* YourVampiresSuck: Directed at other vampires within the same world; it's noted that most of them can't cross running water, but Flistagga has trained himself out of that.
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