History Literature / Xanth

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* Esk Ogre has to deal with disadvantages gained from his half-human parents: He has occasional bouts of ill-tempered stupidity (his half-ogre dad) and empty-headed vapidity (his half-nymph mother).

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* ** Esk Ogre has to deal with disadvantages gained from his half-human parents: He has occasional bouts of ill-tempered stupidity (his half-ogre dad) and empty-headed vapidity (his half-nymph mother).
28th Nov '16 4:57:38 PM Freezer
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** [[spoiler:Bink]]'s talent is immunity to harm by magic, including indirect harm[[note]]an ogre throwing rocks, an illusion hiding a pit, or the death of a companion or loved one, which would injure him emotionally[[/note]]. As there is ''very'' little in Xanth that is ''not'' in some way magical, the talent becomes "[[AchillesHeel he can only be harmed by completely mundane things]]". Thus, it ''further'' protects him by disguising its own existence, making is seem he avoids harm through [[WindsOfDestinyChange clumsiness, luck, or freak accidents]], so that [[NighInvulnerability this weak point in his magic will not harm him]], which would [[LoopholeAbuse technically be harm by (a failure of) magic!]]. The price of this is that it constantly makes him the ButtMonkey of any situation- humilliation does not count as injury, as he has a humble and resilient personality. Minor scrapes and bruises apparently do not count, either.

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** [[spoiler:Bink]]'s talent is immunity to harm by magic, including indirect harm[[note]]an ogre throwing rocks, an illusion hiding a pit, or the death of a companion or loved one, which would injure him emotionally[[/note]]. As there is ''very'' little in Xanth that is ''not'' in some way magical, the talent becomes "[[AchillesHeel he can only be harmed by completely mundane things]]". Thus, it ''further'' protects him by disguising its own existence, making is seem he avoids harm through [[WindsOfDestinyChange clumsiness, luck, or freak accidents]], so that [[NighInvulnerability this weak point in his magic will not harm him]], which would [[LoopholeAbuse technically be harm by (a failure of) magic!]]. The price of this is that it constantly makes him the ButtMonkey of any situation- humilliation humiliation does not count as injury, as he has a humble and resilient personality. Minor scrapes and bruises apparently do not count, either.



* Esk Ogre has to deal with disadvantages gained from his half-human parents: He has occasional bouts of ill-tempered stupidity (his half-ogre dad) and empty-headed vapidity (his half-nymph mother).



* LovePotion: Mostly subverted. If you drink from a "love" spring, you will be compelled to [[strike:mate with]] summon the stork with with the next compatible mate you see. That wouldn't be too bad in itself, except that ''next compatible mate'' means "whatever creature happens to be in front of you". Centaurs, for example, were the result of the first explorers of Xanth leading their horses to drink, the magic of the spring made it work. More traditional love potions, which cause love instead of lust, also exist, but are less common.

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* LovePotion: Mostly subverted. If you drink from a "love" spring, you will be compelled to [[strike:mate with]] summon ''summon the stork stork'' with with the next compatible mate you see. That wouldn't be too bad in itself, except that ''next compatible mate'' means "whatever creature happens to be in front of you". Centaurs, for example, were the result of the first explorers of Xanth leading their horses to drink, the magic of the spring made it work. More traditional love potions, which cause love instead of lust, also exist, but are less common.



** Lacuna is permitted to ret-con her own life, provided she can do it before the statue of limitations runs out (that's not a typo, by the way).

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** Lacuna is permitted to ret-con retcon her own life, provided she can do it before the statue of limitations runs out (that's not a typo, by the way).



* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The early books depicted a Xanth that was a DeathWorld outside of the 'safe' areas, and a humanity that was doomed to descend into mindless hybrid animals without periodic invasions of the genodical or looting and raping varieties. Of course, this was no match for [[spoiler:Bink's talent.]] When an EldritchAbomination and [[spoiler:sending him outside of Xanth, where theoretically his talent shouldn't have been able to send all those DeusExMachina to protect him]] couldn't pose a challenge either, it's no wonder Anthony gave up the pretense that there was some possiblility characters could lose [[spoiler:as the ripple effect of Binks' effect on Xanth spread.]]
* RewritingReality: Com-Pewter's schtick is that anything he types becomes real.

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* ReverseCerebusSyndrome: The early books depicted a Xanth that was a DeathWorld outside of the 'safe' areas, and a humanity that was doomed to descend into mindless hybrid animals without periodic invasions of the genodical genocidal or looting and raping varieties. Of course, this was no match for [[spoiler:Bink's talent.]] When an EldritchAbomination and [[spoiler:sending him outside of Xanth, where theoretically his talent shouldn't have been able to send all those DeusExMachina to protect him]] couldn't pose a challenge either, it's no wonder Anthony gave up the pretense that there was some possiblility possibility characters could lose [[spoiler:as the ripple effect of Binks' Bink's effect on Xanth spread.]]
* RewritingReality: Com-Pewter's schtick shtick is that anything he types becomes real.
28th Nov '16 4:42:03 PM Freezer
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* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[HybridVigor their non-human]] parents' powers plus a magic talent. One example is Esk Ogre (ogre/human father, nymph/human mother). Along with his magic talent of "the protest"[[note]]When he shouts "NO" at someone, with purpose, they are magically compelled to immediately stop whatever they are doing on the spot.[[/note]], he can summon ogre-level strength when angry enough.

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* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[HybridVigor [[AllGenesAreCoDominant their non-human]] non-human parents' powers abilities]] plus a magic talent. One example is Esk Ogre (ogre/human father, nymph/human mother). Along with his magic talent of "the protest"[[note]]When he shouts "NO" at someone, with purpose, they are magically compelled to immediately stop whatever they are doing on the spot.[[/note]], he can summon ogre-level strength when angry enough. The winged centaurs share the magical ability make things - including themselves - temporarily lighter, allowing their massive centaur bodies to take flight. This is despite all the Winged Centaurs thus far having differnt origins[[note]]The first we see had a centaur mother and hippogriff father, her eventual mate had a centaur father and winged horse mother, they had a son together, and the rest so far have been humans voluntarily transformed by Magician Trent, to make a go of a winged centaur species[[/note]]
28th Nov '16 4:24:53 PM Freezer
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* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[HybridVigor their non-human]] parents' powers plus a magic talent. One example is Esk Ogre (ogre/human father, nymph/human mother). Along with his magic talent of "the protest"[[note]]When he shouts "NO" at someone, with purpose, they are magically compelled to immediately stop whatever they are doing on the spot.[[/note]], he can summon ogre-level strength when angry enough.
28th Nov '16 11:13:04 AM Gitman
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* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Originally, magicians were rare enough that the Council had to accept the Evil Magician as King: they didn't have a ''choice'' [[spoiler:not when Bink's talent was determined to remain a secret]]. Time-travel confirms that there tended to be two or three magicians at most at any given time, and they often kept the competition for the crown down by eliminating the competition. However, after Bink's meeting with the demon [=XaNTH=], it ensured that [[spoiler:all of Bink's descendants would have magician-level talents.]] Since then, other magicians have come out of the woodwork [[spoiler:like a centaur whose talent would likely never have been noticed if it wasn't needed to rescue Bink]] and people involved with the family like Irene have gained power-ups. Quite a lot of people that are not acknowledged as magicians in the later books have talents that in previous eras would have qualified them not just as magicians, but as the most dangerous and powerful type of magician, those who could control the magic of other people and artifacts, multiplying their power [[spoiler:like the creator of the Deathstone and Bink.]]

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* PowerCreepPowerSeep: Originally, magicians were rare enough that the Council had to accept the Evil Magician as King: they didn't have a ''choice'' [[spoiler:not when Bink's talent was determined to remain a secret]]. Time-travel confirms that there tended to be two or three magicians at most at any given time, and they often kept the competition for the crown down by eliminating the competition. However, after Bink's meeting with the demon [=XaNTH=], it ensured that [[spoiler:all of Bink's descendants would have magician-level talents.]] Since then, other magicians have come out of the woodwork [[spoiler:like a centaur whose talent would likely never have been noticed if it wasn't needed to rescue Bink]] Trent]] and people involved with the family like Irene have gained power-ups. Quite a lot of people that are not acknowledged as magicians in the later books have talents that in previous eras would have qualified them not just as magicians, but as the most dangerous and powerful type of magician, those who could control the magic of other people and artifacts, multiplying their power [[spoiler:like the creator of the Deathstone and Bink.]]
28th Nov '16 10:52:23 AM Gitman
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** Take Dor, for example. His talent is making inanimate objects talk, and he doesn't consider it very powerful compared to, say, Trent, who can [[BalefulPolymorph transform any living creature into any other]]. However, it's considered a Magician-level talent.[[note]]A person with a sufficiently powerful talent is called a Magician, and there are only a few in every generation.[[/note]] Why? Well, inanimate objects remember everything, which means that, if he so chooses, Dor can know anything about anybody by questioning their possessions.
** Dor and Irene's daughter Ivy's talent is enhancement. That is, her presence makes others' magical talents (or other attributes) more powerful. But once she figures out how to focus it, her talent becomes "[[RealityWarper Rewrite reality according to Ivy's will]]". For example, her friend Hugo is borderline mentally disabled, but when Ivy's around he becomes a genius, simply because ''Ivy believes he is smart.''
5th Oct '16 7:18:28 AM Glim
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* AttractiveZombie: Zora gradually becomes this due to Xavier giving her ThePowerOfLove.
8th Sep '16 3:13:16 PM dotchan
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* FelonyMisdemeanor - In ''A Roc and a Hard Plac''e, Roxanne Roc is brought to trail under the charges of "obscenity against a minor". She's bewildered as to how this could have happened, as she has dedicated her life to hatching the egg of the Simurgh, the oldest and wisest creature in all of Xanth. (As it turns out, she'd uttered an ''extremely mild'' epithet, when she thought the egg was about to be broken due to a set of circumstances beyond her control, and the as yet to hatch chick was sentient enough to have heard it.) After much agonizing and handwringing, a jury finds her guilty by one vote. As it turns out, the entire thing was [[spoiler: a SecretTestOfCharacter over ToBeLawfulOrToBeGood where the Demon X(A/N)th had bet with the Demon E(A/R)th that no jury would ever find Roxanne guity]]. The Simurgh then "punishes" Roxanne with functional immortality.
26th Aug '16 12:19:10 AM surgoshan
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The Xanth series takes place in a small Florida-shaped realm of a dimension other than Earth. In Xanth, magic is real, with its own physical laws, often based on reader-submitted (and credited) puns. Billions, and billions of puns. For example -- Pineapples? They're essentially hand grenades. Cherries (Cherry bombs) are smaller, but still dangerous. Tulips (two lips) will kiss you if you get too close. Boot Rear is a fizzy soda that, when drunk, causes you to feel a swift kick to your bottom. And beware the Catastrophe -- a plaque with the back half of a cat stuck into it (a [[IncrediblyLamePun Cat-ass-trophy]]).

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The Xanth series takes place in a small Florida-shaped realm of a dimension other than Earth. In Xanth, magic is real, with its own physical laws, often based on reader-submitted (and credited) puns. Billions, and billions of puns. For example -- Pineapples? They're essentially hand grenades.Pineapples are explosive (aka [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mk_2_grenade pineapple fragmentation grenade]]). Cherries (Cherry bombs) are smaller, but still dangerous. Tulips (two lips) will kiss you if you get too close. Boot Rear is a fizzy soda that, when drunk, causes you to feel a swift kick to your bottom. And beware the Catastrophe -- a plaque with the back half of a cat stuck into it (a [[IncrediblyLamePun Cat-ass-trophy]]).
21st Jul '16 9:09:34 PM PaulA
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* HurricaneOfPuns: Considering their frequency, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Red_Spot Great Red Spot]] of Puns might be more accurate...
** In one of the books they also use the Great Red Spot

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* HurricaneOfPuns: Considering their frequency, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Red_Spot Great Red Spot]] of Puns might be more accurate...
** In one of
accurate. As the books they also use the Great Red Spotseries progresses, an increasing number are reader submitted (and credited in an afterword).



* NationalGeographicNudity: Mermaids are nudists, as are pretty much any {{Half Human Hybrid}}s as a rule. In one novel the heroine -- a Mermaid who turns human -- spends a significant amount of time in the book naked before she gets any clothing. The most intelligent race, Centaurs, go topless except for utility and mate in the open, on the grounds that natural functions are, well, natural.



* ParentalBonus: You're likely not going to realize the extent of the puns when you're on the early end of the target audience range. The odd bit of FetishFuel may also be a case of this.

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* ParentalBonus: You're Quite a bit, actually. Lots of the puns in Xanth are likely not going to go over the primary audiences' head. Some of the somewhat adult situations (characters losing clothing etc.) are shrugged off by the characters, since they're too young to realize the extent connotations. Having said that, there's a huge amount of the puns when you're on the early end [[InvertedTrope Childhood Bonus]] -- lots of the these books are much more of a GuiltyPleasure than they appear at first glance. Mr. Anthony definitely knows his target audience range. The odd bit of FetishFuel may also be a case of this.audience.
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