History Literature / Xanth

17th Jun '17 3:19:05 PM Taskmaster123
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* BigFriedlyDog: Stanley Steamer is the most powerful and dangerous dragon in Xanth, but this trope applies with him and Princess Ivy, who raised him back to adulthood after he had an accident with water from the Fountain of Youth. They're best friends, and Stanley will do anything for her. It's well known that any friend of Ivy's is a friend of Stanley's. It's also well known that the opposite is true as well...

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* BigFriedlyDog: BigFriendlyDog: Stanley Steamer is the most powerful and dangerous dragon in Xanth, but this trope applies with him and Princess Ivy, who raised him back to adulthood after he had an accident with water from the Fountain of Youth. They're best friends, and Stanley will do anything for her. It's well known that any friend of Ivy's is a friend of Stanley's. It's also well known that the opposite is true as well...
17th Jun '17 3:18:33 PM Taskmaster123
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* BigFriedlyDog: Stanley Steamer is the most powerful and dangerous dragon in Xanth, but this trope applies with him and Princess Ivy, who raised him back to adulthood after he had an accident with water from the Fountain of Youth. They're best friends, and Stanley will do anything for her. It's well known that any friend of Ivy's is a friend of Stanley's. It's also well known that the opposite is true as well...
17th Jun '17 3:10:29 PM Taskmaster123
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*** However, due to how subtle it is, Trent regards Bink's talent as ''extremely'' dangerous to anyone who is or may become a threat to Bink. In the first book, the senile and ill King who insisted Bink be exiled to Mundania (where there is no magic and therefore his talent could not protect him) sickened and died, allowing Trent (who was Bink's friend, knew about his talent, and was no threat to Bink). This allowed Trent to decree that Bink could stay in Xanth, made Bink a member of the Royal Court so that making an enemy of Bink also meant that King Trent would be your enemy, and allowed Bink to be with Chameleon, whom he'd fallen in love with. All these events happening just by coincidence? Perhaps, but Trent had seen very well how Bink's talent used coincidence and happenstance to Bink's benefit, and therefore knew it could end up being very bad for ''anyone'' that Bink's talent came to regard as a threat.

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*** However, due to how subtle it is, Trent regards Bink's talent as ''extremely'' dangerous to anyone who is or may become a threat to Bink. In the first book, the senile and ill King who insisted Bink be exiled to Mundania (where there is no magic and therefore his talent could not protect him) sickened and died, allowing Trent (who was Bink's friend, knew about his talent, and was no threat to Bink).Bink) to assume the throne. This allowed Trent to decree that Bink could stay in Xanth, made Bink a member of the Royal Court so that making an enemy of Bink also meant that King Trent would be your enemy, and allowed Bink to be with Chameleon, whom he'd fallen in love with. All these events happening just by coincidence? Perhaps, but Trent had seen very well how Bink's talent used coincidence and happenstance to Bink's benefit, and therefore knew it could end up being very bad for ''anyone'' that Bink's talent came to regard as a threat.
17th Jun '17 3:09:28 PM Taskmaster123
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*** However, due to how subtle it is, Trent regards Bink's talent as ''extremely'' dangerous to anyone who is or may become a threat to Bink. In the first book, the senile and ill King who insisted Bink be exiled to Mundania (where there is no magic and therefore his talent could not protect him) sickened and died, allowing Trent (who was Bink's friend, knew about his talent, and was no threat to Bink). This allowed Trent to decree that Bink could stay in Xanth, made Bink a member of the Royal Court so that making an enemy of Bink also meant that King Trent would be your enemy, and allowed Bink to be with Chameleon, whom he'd fallen in love with. All these events happening just by coincidence? Perhaps, but Trent had seen very well how Bink's talent used coincidence and happenstance to Bink's benefit, and therefore knew it could end up being very bad for ''anyone'' that Bink's talent came to regard as a threat.
25th May '17 4:59:08 AM Mooncalf
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** Chlorine's talent is making water poisonous, which she doesn't like very much. Her companion observes that she could just as easily ''purify'' water by turning it poisonous to kill off harmful organisms, then turning it back to normal. Another, minor character has a literal "spot on the wall" talent of making... spots on the wall, but can use it for creating detailed images and accurate maps.
15th May '17 8:19:32 PM Theriocephalus
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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.

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* FelonyMisdemeanor - 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 ToBeLawfulOrGood 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.



* ThePhoenix: The legendary Simurgh—a giant bird who lives on Mount Parnassus. She has seen the universe remade three times and lived through it.

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* ThePhoenix: The legendary Simurgh—a Simurgh -- a giant bird who lives on Mount Parnassus. She has seen the universe remade three times and lived through it.
19th Apr '17 2:28:31 AM valar55
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** Bink wife, Chameleon's talent is that her physical beauty and intelligence go through a high/low monthly cycle. But cycle in opposite directions, so that she's a beautiful dolt (subject to being taken advantage of by the village louts) on one end and a genius hag no one can stand to be around on the other.

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** Bink Bink's wife, Chameleon's Chameleon's, talent is that her physical beauty and intelligence go through a high/low monthly cycle. But cycle, but cycle in opposite directions, so that she's a beautiful dolt (subject to being taken advantage of by the village louts) on one end and a genius hag no one can stand to be around on the other.
9th Apr '17 8:43:05 AM Malady
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* OneWordTitle: The series is named ''Xanth'', which is also the setting, making it an example of ThePlace.


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* ThePlace: The series is named ''Xanth'', which is also the setting. Also an example of OneWordTitle.
11th Feb '17 10:41:26 PM Chariset
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** Spot-on-the-wall talents are magical abilities so minimal as to be useless. One character actually gets the ability to make a spot on the wall -- and then realizes that a whole bunch of little spots together are ''pixels''.


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* SpeciesSurname: Most non-humans. Tend to be {{Alliterative Name}}s as well (e.g. Che Centaur, Glory Goblin).
24th Jan '17 3:46:38 AM CockroachCharlie
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** It should be noted that [[spoiler:Bink's plot armor is actually justified in universe!]]
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