History Literature / Worm

18th Nov '17 3:05:34 AM rmctagg09
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** In [[https://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/interlude-18-donation-bonus-2/ Interlude 18]], Peter mentions that people who trigger due to drug overdoses tend to have powers closely related to their emotional state. [[spoiler:This foreshadows the circumstances of Lung's trigger event in his Interlude.]]
12th Nov '17 3:25:03 PM putnamehere3145
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** One of Bitch's dogs is a big black lab by the name of [[Literature/HarryPotter Sirius]].
10th Nov '17 10:10:44 PM rmctagg09
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Soon after Worm's conclusion in Nov 2013, Wildbow began a second serial, ''Literature/{{Pact}}''. He eventually returned to the Wormverse with a sequel, currently known under the title ''Literature/GlowWorm'', beginning on October 21, 2017.

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Soon after Worm's conclusion in Nov 2013, Wildbow began a second serial, ''Literature/{{Pact}}''. He eventually returned to the Wormverse with a sequel, currently interquel known under the title ''Literature/GlowWorm'', as ''Glow-Worm'', beginning on October 21, 2017, before starting the proper sequel ''Literature/{{Ward}}'', on November 11, 2017.
31st Oct '17 9:55:13 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** [[spoiler:When Jack Slash convinces Scion to destroy the human race, Scion first experiments by destroying Great Britain with relative ease. Deciding that he likes the feeling, he then bombards the east coasts of America and Canada, killing tens of millions of people. By the end of his rampage, entire landmasses have been destroyed and whole alternate Earths rendered uninhabitable.]]

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** A narrowly averted case with [[spoiler: Phir Se, who was planning to unleash an attack on Behemoth that had the potential to shatter the Indian subcontinent.]]
** [[spoiler:When Jack Slash convinces Scion to destroy the human race, Scion first experiments by destroying Great Britain with relative ease. The island is described as crumpling like paper in a fist. Deciding that he likes the feeling, he then bombards the east coasts of America and Canada, killing tens of millions of people. By the end of his rampage, entire landmasses have been destroyed and whole alternate Earths rendered uninhabitable.]]
31st Oct '17 9:49:28 PM Mr.Bubbles
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** The Endbringers are slowly, systematically, and inevitably destroying the world piece by piece. They have killed tens of millions of people, and caused an unbelievable amount of destruction, pain, and suffering. [[spoiler:When the world begins to celebrate when one of them is finally killed, many people fall into despair as three more show up.]]

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** The Endbringers are slowly, systematically, and inevitably destroying the world piece by piece. They have killed tens of millions of people, and caused an unbelievable amount of destruction, pain, and suffering. [[spoiler:When the world begins to celebrate when one of them is finally killed, many people fall into despair as three more show up. And it's heavily implied they were accidentally created by one of the world's most powerful heroes as a byproduct of his power.]]
27th Oct '17 10:27:45 PM DreadPirate7
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** Many other ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' characters share that limitation such as Vista, who can only [[SpaceMaster bend space]] unoccupied by biological life and Rune, whose telekinesis only works on inanimate objects. This is because of the Manton effect, which is theorized to be a psychological block that prevents some capes from using offensive powers directly on living targets, and later revealed to be [[spoiler:the shards keeping their host parahumans from accidentally harming themselves with their powers. Also, it encourages innovative uses of powers by said hosts]]. As a result, capes with offensive powers that ''don't'' fall under the Manton effect tend to be ''extremely'' dangerous to fight.

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** Many other ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' characters share that limitation such as Vista, Vista ("the Manton Effect" in-universe), who can only [[SpaceMaster bend space]] unoccupied by biological life and Rune, whose telekinesis only works on inanimate objects. This is because of the Manton effect, which is theorized to be a psychological block that prevents some capes from using offensive powers directly on living targets, and later revealed to be [[spoiler:the shards keeping their host parahumans from accidentally harming themselves with their powers. Also, it encourages innovative uses of powers by said hosts]]. As a result, capes with offensive powers that ''don't'' fall under the Manton effect tend to be ''extremely'' dangerous to fight. Dangerous like instead of throwing a fireball at you, they just create one in your brain.


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* PlayingWithFire: Spitfire deconstructs this in her interlude. As she points out there are basically two types of opponents: people that burn, so you can't use your power on them without killing or horribly maiming them, and people who ''don't'' burn, against whom your power is useless. On the other hand, if you [[TheUnfettered shed those pesky moral qualms]] like Burnscar, fire becomes a lot more useful. {{Reconstruction}}?
25th Oct '17 6:36:01 PM rmctagg09
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** A variation of this is one of the secondary powers of [[spoiler: Jack Slash]], and this subconscious ability to sense the actions and mental weaknesses of parahumans around him is how he [[spoiler: maintains control of the Slaughterhouse Nine and can fight alongside them despite arguably being their weakest member]]. Working out that this awareness [[spoiler: does not extend to unpowered humans]] lets them turn the tables on him.
** Theo has always been observant (fully realising that Kayden is incapable of loving him because of his resemblance to his father, something that Kayden herself doesn't seem aware of,) but he seems to have developed the non-superpowered version of this post-timeskip, as, out of all the people who've spent time with Taylor, he's the only one to notice [[spoiler: the eerie similarities in how she and Jack Slash avoid trouble on the battlefield, an observation that proves crucial to defeating him when they work out that Jack's subconsciously receiving information on all powered humans around him]].

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** A variation of this is one of the secondary powers of [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack Slash]], and this subconscious ability to sense the actions and mental weaknesses of parahumans around him is how he [[spoiler: maintains [[spoiler:maintains control of the Slaughterhouse Nine and can fight alongside them despite arguably being their weakest member]]. Working out that this awareness [[spoiler: does [[spoiler:does not extend to unpowered humans]] lets them turn the tables on him.
** Theo has always been observant (fully realising that Kayden is incapable of loving him because of his resemblance to his father, something that Kayden herself doesn't seem aware of,) but he seems to have developed the non-superpowered version of this post-timeskip, as, out of all the people who've spent time with Taylor, he's the only one to notice [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the eerie similarities in how she and Jack Slash avoid trouble on the battlefield, an observation that proves crucial to defeating him when they work out that Jack's subconsciously receiving information on all powered humans around him]].



* RapeAsDrama: Never onscreen, but referenced a couple of times;

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* RapeAsDrama: Never onscreen, but referenced a couple of times;times:



* RevengeBeforeReason: The Irregulars fall into this when they [[spoiler: successfully attack Cauldron in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/interlude-28/ Interlude 28]].]]

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* RevengeBeforeReason: The Irregulars fall into this when they [[spoiler: successfully [[spoiler:successfully attack Cauldron in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/interlude-28/ Interlude 28]].]]
25th Oct '17 12:03:52 PM mzytryck01
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* {{Gayngst}}: Very deliberately averted. According to WordOfGod, Wildbow made Taylor straight to avoid the "angsty gay character" trope, which he considered overused. This can also be seen in the novel's other gay characters: Legend is HappilyMarried and generally optimistic, [[spoiler:Parian and Foil]] angst a bit but get over it quickly, and [[DepravedBisexual Regent]] isn't prone to angsting in the first place. [[spoiler:That said, Panacea unfortunately plays this trope straight.]]

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* {{Gayngst}}: Very deliberately averted. According to WordOfGod, Wildbow made Taylor straight to avoid the "angsty gay character" trope, which he considered overused. This can also be seen in the novel's other gay characters: Legend is HappilyMarried and generally optimistic, [[spoiler:Parian and Foil]] angst a bit but get over it quickly, quickly and enjoy a healthy and stable relationship, and [[DepravedBisexual Regent]] isn't prone to angsting in the first place. [[spoiler:That said, Panacea unfortunately plays this trope straight.straight, though in her case the angst is as much because the object of her affection is her [[NotBloodSiblings adopted sister]], (who does consider their relationship close enough for the attraction to be incestuous,) as because of their genders.]]



* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[spoiler:The Slaughterhouse Nine come to Brockton Bay because there's only eight of them and they want a ninth member. By the end of their stay, there's ''three'' of them left.]]

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: [[spoiler:The Slaughterhouse Nine come to Brockton Bay because there's only eight of them and they want a ninth member. By the end of their stay, there's ''three'' of them left.left, not that it seems to bother the survivors all that much.]]



%% Theo was suggested as an example as well; I don't remember any examples which would justify the full-fledged trope.

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%% ** A variation of this is one of the secondary powers of [[spoiler: Jack Slash]], and this subconscious ability to sense the actions and mental weaknesses of parahumans around him is how he [[spoiler: maintains control of the Slaughterhouse Nine and can fight alongside them despite arguably being their weakest member]]. Working out that this awareness [[spoiler: does not extend to unpowered humans]] lets them turn the tables on him.
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Theo was suggested as an example as well; I don't remember any examples which would justify has always been observant (fully realising that Kayden is incapable of loving him because of his resemblance to his father, something that Kayden herself doesn't seem aware of,) but he seems to have developed the full-fledged trope.non-superpowered version of this post-timeskip, as, out of all the people who've spent time with Taylor, he's the only one to notice [[spoiler: the eerie similarities in how she and Jack Slash avoid trouble on the battlefield, an observation that proves crucial to defeating him when they work out that Jack's subconsciously receiving information on all powered humans around him]].



* KnightOfCerebus: Leviathan; while its hardly sunshine and rainbows beforehand. The staggering intensity and ''cost'' of the first Endbringer fight shows exactly what kind of threats superheros have to face in this setting.

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* KnightOfCerebus: Leviathan; while its hardly sunshine and rainbows beforehand. The beforehand, the staggering intensity and ''cost'' of the first Endbringer fight shows exactly what kind of threats superheros have to face in this setting.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Sierra is told to pick having her hand or knee being shot by a former member of Lung's gang. When Skitter rescues them, she asks the gang member the same question but with a bug whose venom causes your skin to rot off. Emma is forced to realize that the reason Taylor never nuked her with her powers was because she wanted to be merciful/she just didn't see Emma as worth the trouble, thereby rendering Emma's entire philosophy hollow (since she's one of the weak).

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Sierra is told to pick having her hand or knee being shot by a former member of Lung's gang. When Skitter rescues them, she asks the gang member the same question but with a bug whose venom causes your skin to rot off.
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Emma is forced to realize that the reason Taylor never nuked her with her powers was because she wanted to be merciful/she just didn't see Emma as worth the trouble, thereby rendering Emma's entire philosophy hollow (since she's one of the weak).



* RapeAsDrama: Never onscreen, but referenced a couple of times;
** Tattletale mentions a cape deciding his defeated enemy "isn't in a position to say no" as being one of the violations of the unwritten rules that cause capes on both sides to stop playing cops and robbers, and bring down someone who's genuinely dangerous. She [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil ranks it alongside an unmasked cape's family being targeted]].
** It is very strongly implied that Charlotte was subjected to some sort of sexual abuse during her captivity by the Merchants, and equally strongly implied that this would have happened again at the hands of Skitter's traitorous ex-ABB thugs if Skitter had gotten back a minute later.



* RevengeBeforeReason: The Irregulars fall into this when they [[spoiler:successfully attack Cauldron in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/interlude-28/ Interlude 28]].]]

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* RevengeBeforeReason: The Irregulars fall into this when they [[spoiler:successfully [[spoiler: successfully attack Cauldron in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/interlude-28/ Interlude 28]].]]
20th Oct '17 10:02:26 PM bwburke94
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Soon after Worm's conclusion in Nov 2013, Wildbow began a second serial, ''Literature/{{Pact}}''. He eventually returned to the Wormverse with a sequel, ''Literature/GlowWorm'', beginning on October 21, 2017.

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Soon after Worm's conclusion in Nov 2013, Wildbow began a second serial, ''Literature/{{Pact}}''. He eventually returned to the Wormverse with a sequel, currently known under the title ''Literature/GlowWorm'', beginning on October 21, 2017.
20th Oct '17 9:53:33 PM rmctagg09
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Soon after Worm's conclusion in Nov 2013, Wildbow began a second serial,''Literature/{{Pact}}''. He eventually returned to the Wormverse with a sequel, ''Literature/GlowWorm'', beginning on October 21, 2017.

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Soon after Worm's conclusion in Nov 2013, Wildbow began a second serial,''Literature/{{Pact}}''.serial, ''Literature/{{Pact}}''. He eventually returned to the Wormverse with a sequel, ''Literature/GlowWorm'', beginning on October 21, 2017.
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