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* SpeechImpediment: All the zombies have slurred speech, the degree of this varies depending on their physical state. Zora is restored by the PowerOfLove to an almost-normal state in which she looks like a beautiful woman... [[SpeechImpededLoveInterest but she still speaks with a slight slurring]], giving away the fact that she is undead nonetheless.
14th Dec '17 5:59:35 AM Jubileus57
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* GlowingFlora: In ''The Source Of Magic'', sunflower blossoms are tiny glowing suns. They give off light equal to daylight that's capable of blinding others. When a sunflower goes to seed, the light fades.
8th Dec '17 2:31:23 AM Theriocephalus
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** ''Two to the Fifth'' takes this and just runs with it -- the hero gets a 12 year old girl princess chasing after him, so he tries to let her down easy. Mistake! She's a sorceress, so she artificially ages herself long enough to force him into a [[LovePotion love spring]] and er, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale seduce]] him before the artificial age magic wears off. Love springs have the side effect of forcing the two people affected by it to mate, and making it guaranteed to work. This leaves him stuck in love with her, just in time for the stork to deliver their new child... Oh, and the Adult Conspiracy makes an appearance as well, a few hours too late -- his new "wife" forgets all the details right after the age magic wears off.
* AuthorFilibuster: A variant - Piers Anthony includes a chapter's long Author's Note after the end of every novel he writes, in which he talks about whatever was on his mind while he was writing the novel. If he doesn't people accuse him of [[AuthorExistenceFailure being dead]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: Lots of mythology references, including some silly ones -- for example, ''Summoning the Stork'' -- which is literally how babies are made in Xanth: After a ''certain ritual'', the Storks fly in a baby to the new parents.

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** ''Two to the Fifth'' takes this and just runs with it -- the hero gets a 12 year old girl princess chasing after him, so he tries to let her down easy. Mistake! She's a sorceress, so she artificially ages herself long enough to force him into a [[LovePotion love spring]] and er, [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale seduce]] him before the artificial age magic wears off. Love springs have the side effect of forcing the two people affected by it to mate, and making it guaranteed to work. This leaves him stuck in love with her, just in time for the stork to deliver their new child... Oh, oh, and the Adult Conspiracy makes an appearance as well, a few hours too late -- his new "wife" forgets all the details right after the age magic wears off.
* AuthorFilibuster: A variant - -- Piers Anthony includes a chapter's long Author's Note after the end of every novel he writes, in which he talks about whatever was on his mind while he was writing the novel. If he doesn't people accuse him of [[AuthorExistenceFailure being dead]].
* AllMythsAreTrue: Lots of mythology references, including some silly ones -- for example, ''Summoning the Stork'' -- Stork'', which is literally how babies are made in Xanth: After after a ''certain ritual'', the Storks fly in a baby to the new parents.



* BestHerToBedHer: a recurring theme is women who need to be 'tamed' (or at least seriously need to grow up.)

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* BestHerToBedHer: a A recurring theme is women who need to be 'tamed' "tamed" (or at least seriously need to grow up.)up).



* ChildrenAreInnocent: See above comment about the Adult Conspiracy.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: See above comment about the Adult Conspiracy.%%* ChildrenAreInnocent:



* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[AllGenesAreCoDominant their non-human parents' 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]]

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* ComboPlatterPowers: Some hybrids, especially hybrids of human stock, inherit some form of [[AllGenesAreCoDominant their non-human parents' 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]]



* FeetOfClay - literally
* 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 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.

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* FeetOfClay - literally
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* FelonyMisdemeanor: In ''A Roc and a Hard Plac''e, Place'', 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 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.



* GeniusBruiser: Chester Centaur - though all centaurs are scholars as well as pretty big and strong, Chester is particularly aggressive.

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* GeniusBruiser: Chester Centaur - though -- although all centaurs are scholars as well as pretty big and strong, Chester is particularly aggressive.



* MoralDissonance: Chameleon's attempt to prosecute the man who essentially raped her (he should have known that Wynne was not able to give informed consent) in the first book. Bink's response, hearing the story presented at the trial by the judge (not her), which wasn't what was going on at all and was incredibly biased against her, is that it's understandable: what was a man going to do with a beautiful woman asking him to sleep with her? Since, at the time, he didn't know about the consent issue and thought that since she'd said yes at the time and 'changed her mind later' it was unfair to accuse the man of rape. The first time Bink encounters Chameleon in Wynne-phase knowing what's going on, however her attempts to seduce him occasionally edge into molestation, and to a modern reader it's a pretty clear analogue for someone given a date rape drug. Keep in mind that Wynne-mode Chameleon is essentially a nymph, and it's made clear in the first book that young men are encouraged by older men to use nymphs for guilt-free sex, as opposed to real women. Since nymphs, like Chameleon herself, are magically mutated humans... And then, just to bring things full circle, Bink has sex with Wynne-mode Chameleon, despite her having the intelligence of a child. He briefly feels bad about this, the key word being "briefly."
* MsFanservice: Several, but [[FemmeFatale Demoness Metria]] stands out even among the others - and she knows it.

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* MoralDissonance: Chameleon's attempt to prosecute the man who essentially raped her (he should have known that Wynne was not able to give informed consent) in the first book. Bink's response, hearing the story presented at the trial by the judge (not her), which wasn't what was going on at all and was incredibly biased against her, is that it's understandable: what was a man going to do with a beautiful woman asking him to sleep with her? Since, at the time, he didn't know about the consent issue and thought that since she'd said yes at the time and 'changed her mind later' it was unfair to accuse the man of rape. The first time Bink encounters Chameleon in Wynne-phase knowing what's going on, however her attempts to seduce him occasionally edge into molestation, and to a modern reader it's a pretty clear analogue for someone given a date rape drug. Keep in mind that Wynne-mode Chameleon is essentially a nymph, and it's made clear in the first book that young men are encouraged by older men to use nymphs for guilt-free sex, as opposed to real women. Since nymphs, like Chameleon herself, are magically mutated humans... And then, just to bring things full circle, Bink has sex with Wynne-mode Chameleon, despite her having the intelligence of a child. He briefly feels bad about this, the key word being "briefly."
"briefly".
* MsFanservice: Several, but [[FemmeFatale Demoness Metria]] stands out even among the others - -- and she knows it.



* SlowTransformation - Threnody, introduced in ''Crewel Lye'', has this as her talent as a result of her demon heritage. She can change shape, size and density, but only one at a time, and it takes a while for each, even after her eventual husband figures out how to speed up the process somewhat.

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* SlowTransformation - SlowTransformation: Threnody, introduced in ''Crewel Lye'', has this as her talent as a result of her demon heritage. She can change shape, size and density, but only one at a time, and it takes a while for each, even after her eventual husband figures out how to speed up the process somewhat.



* TheMagicGoesAway: Bink causes this in the book ''The Source of Magic'' when he allows the aforementioned source - the Demon X(A/N)th - to leave. He also causes [[TheMagicComesBack it to return]] by getting the demon to come back. While the magic was gone, though, most of Xanth suffered weird aftereffects and many people were distraught to find their talents unusable. This is referred to as "The Time of No Magic." It's later explained in ''The Dastard'' that the magic was never really gone: each of the World Demons have their own magic ambiance, and thus when the Demon X(A/N)th left, the magic he'd left behind was not eliminated outright, but merely suppressed by the ambiance of the Demon E(A/R)th's own magic from his neighboring realm. When X(A/N)th returned, so did his ambiance, allowing the Xanthian magic to return to full strength.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: No matter how obscure or specialized a main character's talent is, you can bet they'll get a chance to use it to save the day- justified in that many of the tales begin with someone getting an [[CapitalLettersAreMagic Answer to their Question]] from Humphrey, who gets rid of the annoying morons-er, ''enables the querent to discover their own answer'' by sending them on a quest [[PlotTailoredtotheParty they are perfect for.]]

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* TheMagicGoesAway: Bink causes this in the book ''The Source of Magic'' when he allows the aforementioned source - -- the Demon X(A/N)th - -- to leave. He also causes [[TheMagicComesBack it to return]] by getting the demon to come back. While the magic was gone, though, most of Xanth suffered weird aftereffects and many people were distraught to find their talents unusable. This is referred to as "The Time of No Magic." It's later explained in ''The Dastard'' that the magic was never really gone: each of the World Demons have their own magic ambiance, and thus when the Demon X(A/N)th left, the magic he'd left behind was not eliminated outright, but merely suppressed by the ambiance of the Demon E(A/R)th's own magic from his neighboring realm. When X(A/N)th returned, so did his ambiance, allowing the Xanthian magic to return to full strength.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: No matter how obscure or specialized a main character's talent is, you can bet they'll get a chance to use it to save the day- justified in that many of the tales begin with someone getting an [[CapitalLettersAreMagic Answer to their Question]] from Humphrey, who gets rid of the annoying morons-er, morons -- er, ''enables the querent to discover their own answer'' by sending them on a quest [[PlotTailoredtotheParty they are perfect for.]]



** Bink appears to be one of these at the beginning of the first book. He later learns that he does have a talent, one that's extremely powerful, but nobody can figure out what it is - and, as far as the law is concerned, if he can't ''demonstrate'' it, it's the same as not having one and he'll be exiled anyway. Eventually, someone figures out exactly what his talent is: [[spoiler: [[PlotArmor he cannot be harmed by magic]]. Furthermore, because the talent itself is magic, it has to protect him from itself, too - which means keeping itself secret so that other people don't try to hurt him using non-magical means. As a result, it only acts via ContrivedCoincidence; it winds up blowing its cover when Bink ends up in so much danger that the coincidences needed to save him become ''so'' contrived that they couldn't possibly have happened naturally.]]

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** Bink appears to be one of these at the beginning of the first book. He later learns that he does have a talent, one that's extremely powerful, but nobody can figure out what it is - -- and, as far as the law is concerned, if he can't ''demonstrate'' it, it's the same as not having one and he'll be exiled anyway. Eventually, someone figures out exactly what his talent is: [[spoiler: [[PlotArmor he cannot be harmed by magic]]. Furthermore, because the talent itself is magic, it has to protect him from itself, too - -- which means keeping itself secret so that other people don't try to hurt him using non-magical means. As a result, it only acts via ContrivedCoincidence; it winds up blowing its cover when Bink ends up in so much danger that the coincidences needed to save him become ''so'' contrived that they couldn't possibly have happened naturally.]]
23rd Sep '17 11:38:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Since {{Xanth}} runs on puns, curse words function as actual curses. Part of the reason the Adult Conspiracy (To Keep Interesting Things From Children) exists is that children knowing these words actually makes them ''dangerous''.

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* WeaponsGradeVocabulary: Since {{Xanth}} Literature/{Xanth}} runs on puns, curse words function as actual curses. Part of the reason the Adult Conspiracy (To Keep Interesting Things From Children) exists is that children knowing these words actually makes them ''dangerous''.
1st Sep '17 5:58:41 PM NineballCirno
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* LostHimInABet: Dug makes a bet with his friend Edsel that the latter won't be able to find a game that Dug would be interested in, with the stakes being Ed's motorcycle and Dug's girlfriend Pia. When Dug tells Pia about the bet, she is fine with it, and hints that she wouldn't mind becoming Edsel's girlfriend. Dug finds himself really getting into the Companions of Xanth computer game, and ends up losing the bet. At that point, he doesn't care about losing, and by the completion of the game, he has fallen for Kim, the other person that was competing in the game.

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* LostHimInABet: LostHimInACardGame: Dug makes a bet with his friend Edsel that the latter won't be able to find a game that Dug would be interested in, with the stakes being Ed's motorcycle and Dug's girlfriend Pia. When Dug tells Pia about the bet, she is fine with it, and hints that she wouldn't mind becoming Edsel's girlfriend. Dug finds himself really getting into the Companions of Xanth computer game, and ends up losing the bet. At that point, he doesn't care about losing, and by the completion of the game, he has fallen for Kim, the other person that was competing in the game.
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.
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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.
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