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[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/a_madness_of_angels_1_4038.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:200:For Matthew Swift, today is not like any other day.]] ->''We be light, we be life, we be fire'' ->''We sing electric flame, we rumble underground wind'' -->''we dance heaven!'' ->''Come be we and be free!'' ->''We be blue electric angels.'' -->-- '''Anonymous spam mail''','' source unknown'' The Matthew Swift saga is a series of UrbanFantasy novels written by Kate Griffin (a pen name for CatherineWebb). They begin with urban sorcerer Matthew Swift waking up mysteriously in a house he used to own, two years after his violent death, with different-colored eyes and an internal narrative that thinks of himself as "we" about half the time. [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]] features Matthew facing off against some seemingly-unbeatable enemy, usually a modern EldritchAbomination. The series relies heavily on PostModernMagik. In this world, life is magic, and magical beings are what happen to all the "leftover life" in a city. This leads to such entities as [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies with tinfoil wings and a faerie court relying on makeup and Hollywood-style beauty]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the blue electric angels, who are the voice in the telephone come to life from humans pouring so much of our emotions into it]]. The novels include: * ''A Madness of Angels, or, The Resurrection of Matthew Swift'' (2009) * ''The Midnight Mayor, or, The Inauguration of Matthew Swift'' (2010) * ''The Neon Court, or, The Betrayal of Matthew Swift'' (2011) * ''The Minority Council'' (2012) There is also a [[Literature/MagicalsAnonymous sequel series]] taking place after ''The Minority Council'' that follows a different protagonist. NeedsMoreLove. ---- !!Tropes featured include: * AGodAmI: The angels, but [[spoiler: only while high on fairy dust]]. * AGodIAmNot: Matthew, post resurrection. Fortunately for all involved, considering [[CosmicEntity what the angels could do]]. * ActionGirl: Oda is probably the biggest in the series, but Penny's level of magical badassery qualifies her as well, plus Vera of the White Clan and the female Aldermen. * AffablyEvil: Robert Bakker, who continues playing SubstituteDad while killing people. Oscar Kramb, the so-called Fairy Godmother, also qualifies. * AfterlifeExpress: More like Afterlife Bus: the Night Bus collects the spirits of those who died alone in the dark. * AllWomenLoveShoes: Inverted, as women ''buy'' more shoes but men emotionally invest on them. * AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Kayle, Oda's brother: he wanted power, and managed to get the attention of the ''Midnight Mayor''. To the point he sent Aldermen after him, out of London.]]. Bakker, who [[spoiler:tried to enslave the blue electric angels to achieve immortality]], is a somewhat more subtle example. * {{Animorphism}}: Charlie. In true Swiftverse fashion, he can turn into several urban animals, including a pigeon and a fox. * AnyoneCanDie: Unless [[ContractualImmortality their name is on the cover]], they can die. At one point the Beggar King [[spoiler: points out to Matthew that he mostly manages to survive by letting everyone else die instead]]. * AnthropomorphicPersonification: ** The Death of Cities from ''The Midnight Mayor'' is a relatively straightforward example. Naturally, the Aldermen are hesitant to believe his claim is real. ** Matthew himself is a slightly more complex example; as of the end of the second book he arguably personifies ''both'' the city of London and telephony. ** The gods of this world are personifications of urban life and archetypes, including but not limited to The Bag Lady[[note]]an apparently crazy old lady who wheels a cart full of shopping bags filled with animals that attack on her command[[/note]], The Beggar King, and Fat Rat[[note]]a literal giant rat with wire fur who roams the subway[[/note]]. ** Lady Neon is implied to have some characteristics of this as well, specifically unattainable, unrealistic glamour. * AntimagicalFaction: The Order, to KnightTemplar levels. * ArcWords: [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]]. Kate Griffin ''loves'' these. ** "Give me back my hat!" in ''The Midnight Mayor''. ** For the whole series, "Come be we and be free". ** In ''A Madness of Angels'', "Make me a shadow on the wall" and "Give me life!" ** "Waiting for you at the end of the alley" in the Neon Court. ** "You can't save everyone" in ''The Minority Counciil'' * ArtAttacker: The White Clan. They use graffiti for all their magic, including creating painted attack animals that come off the walls and fight for them. * ArtInitiatesLife: During the battle against Lee, the paintings on the walls came to life and [[ArtAttacker fight]]. We also learn in ''The Midnight Mayor'' that [[spoiler:Vera is actually made of paint]]. * AwesomeMcCoolname: The bikers tend to change their names: Dave to Blackjack; Laslie to Halfburn. Also, Jeremy the Troll wants to be called the Mighty Raaaarrggh!. He lightly mocks Matthew for having a normal name. * BackFromTheDead: Matthew Swift, who quickly tires of explaining ''why'' he isn't dead and eventually just answers "I got better." * {{Backstory}}: How Matthew met Bakker, how Matthew met Dana, how Oda became part of the Order,[[spoiler: how Blackout was defeated]]... * BadassAdorable: Matthew: channeling beings of pure energy, and forging alliances eating pancakes and ice-cream. * BadassBiker: The Bikers, who besides being standard bikers with all the implied badass can slip through space to travel huge distances in a blink. * BadassBoast: ''The Midnight Mayor'' has a couple of these: -->[[spoiler: "I was the apprentice of Robert James Bakker. I'm sure you've heard of him. I am a sorcerer. I was there when Bakker died. We... made it happen. I too have met death, and did not have to peel the bones away from my chest to survive the encounter. I am also, and incidentally, the Midnight Mayor, the blue electric angels, the fire in the wire, the song in the telephones, and we are having a bad week. Be smart; fear us."]]\\ ...\\ "We are the blue electric angels! We were born from the leftover breaths of humanity, by the fears and the thoughts and the ideas and the truths and the lies you poured into the telephone lines. We were created by ''you'' bigger and brighter and more alive than any mortal could aspire to be! Do not think to tell us what we can or cannot do! [[spoiler:''Where is her hat?!'']]" ** In ''The Neon Court'' too: --> [[spoiler: "We are the Midnight Mayor, protector of this city, carrier of its secrets and bearer of its shadows. The shadows watch us as we pass, the pigeons turn away at our passage, the rats scurry beneath our feet and shudder at the sound of our footsteps on the stones. We are the blue electric angels, the telephones sing at the passage of our voice, our blood is blue fire, our soul carries a pair of angel wings. We are the killer of Robert Bakker, sorcerer, master of the Tower; we destroyed the death of cities; we came back from the dead, Swift and the angels, two minds became one, two souls in one flash, in one form, in one voice. We are me and I am we. And we're ''frustrated''."]] ** And ''The Minority Council'': --> [[spoiler: "My name is Matthew Swift. I"m a sorcerer, the only one in the city who survived Robert Bakker's purge. I was killed by my teacher's shadow and my body dissolved into telephone static and all they had left to bury was a bit to blood. Then we came back, and I am we and we are me, and we are the blue electric angels, creatures of the phones and the wires, the gods made from surplus life you miserable excuse for mortals pour into all things electric. I am the Midnight Mayor,the protector of the city, the guardian of the night, the keeper of the gates, the watcher on the walls. We turned back the death of cities, we were there when Lady Neon died, we drove the creature called Blackout into the shadows at the end of the alleys, we are light, we are life, we are fire and, would you believe it, the word that best describes our condition right now is cranky. Would you like to see what happens when you make us mad?"]] * BadassBureaucrat: The Aldermen, an organization of magic-wielding civil servants. Occasionally, though, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat their red tape gets in the way of them being really helpful]]. * BadassGrandpa: Robert Bakker, to the point he's still a very powerful (and dangerous) sorcerer even after [[spoiler: [[HandicappedBadass a stroke]]]]. * BadassLongcoat: Matthew wears one, enchanted to make him totally unnoticeable. He gets it in relatively pristine condition in ''A Madness of Angels''; by the end of the series, it's stained and has been mended with red thread, but he still wears it. And of course, it is still just as badass. * BadassNormal: Oda, who despite having no magic of her own in any form managed to outlive some of the most powerful people in the series. * BarbarianTribe: The Tribe. They mutilate themselves to increase their power. * BattleButler: Charlie to Sinclair. * BigBrotherMentor: Matthew to Dana [[spoiler: and Penny]]. * BigDamnHeroes: The Bag Lady and later Oda in ''A Madness of Angels''; Penny in ''The Neon Court''. * BlackAndGreyMorality: With the number of bodies he leaves in his wake and his utter ruthlessness when he dedicates himself to a cause, Matthew would probably the bad guy if his enemies hadn't already well and truly crossed the MoralEventHorizon. * BloodMagic: In the first book, Matthew uses his blood to [[spoiler: keep Sinclair alive]] and convinces everyone to sign a blood oath [[spoiler:which kills TheMole when he betrays them]]. And it's an oft-repeated point that the blood of the blue electric angels would go for huge prices on the black market, presumably to cast all kinds of magic. * BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Templeman to Nabeela]]. * BreakTheHaughty: ''Oda'': [[spoiler: her backstory is a BreakTheCutie reaching DespairEventHorizon, with her older brother killing their little sister. She becomes part of the Order and [[KnightTemplar devotes her life to it]]. She uses magic ''once'', to save her (and Matthew's) life and basically has an HeroicBSOD. She finds out her little sister was alive all along but the Order had lied to her to make her their weapon, and that her sister is TheChosenOne. When she refuses to kill the kid the Orders kills ''her'', forcing Oda over her DespairEventHorizon ''again'' and ultimately resulting in her being possessed by by [[EldritchAbomination Blackout]]. Then Matthew doesn't [[MercyKill kill her]], which indirectly causes her sister to be KilledOffForReal. In the end she is utterly broken and just wants to die.]] * BrokenBird: Oda. See "BreakTheHaughty" above. * BullyingADragon: Played straight with Chaigneau, who had the brilliant idea of kidnapping Matthew, beat the crap out of him and blackmailing him (yes, the guy who happens to be a sorcerer and to channel beings of pure energy. It's not like he can curse him). Averted with Matthew: people consider his plans to destroy the Tower BullyingADragon, while Matthew knows he can do it. * CameBackStrong: Matthew. Not that Matthew Swift the brown-eyed sorcerer was a weakling, but Matthew Swift the blue-eyed-sorcerer-cum-blue-electric-angels is something else again. * CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Oda]] in ''The Neon Court''. Many people think this happened to Matthew as well, although he (and the angels) disagree. * CapturedSuperEntity: What Bakker's original intentions for the Electric Blue Angels was. * CassandraTruth: Khan ''told'' Matthew he was going to die, but Matthew didn't believe him. To be fair the prophecy was "You're... gonna die. It's after when it gets complicated." * TheChosenOne: [[spoiler: Subverted. Matthew makes a pretty big deal about how there's no such thing as a Chosen One, and in fact it was all designed to make the Neon Court and the Tribe wipe each other out.]] * ChekhovsGun: The last breath's power, nominated in ''A Madness of Angels'', became important in ''The Neon Court''. * TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Templeman in The Minority Council.]]. * ChurchMilitant: Oda. And Chaigneau. The whole Order, actually. * ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Spectres can be trapped in a beer bottle because people believe you can drown anything in a beer bottle. * CloudCuckooLander: The Angels in the first book are drunk on life. When Mathew decides to take a day off from slowly but surely destroying the Tower, he lets the Angels go to a movie theater, play on a kids playground, and eat ice cream, all to their amazement and extreme pleasure. The (very) few times Mathew and them do (very subtly) disagree on something, it's usually a throwaway line along the lines of "We wanted to -insert doing something not particularly appropriate to the situation at hand- but I didn't think it was the time." ** Matthew's grandmother, but we don't know how much of it it's ObfuscatingStupidity. * CoolTrain: The Last Train, which will never stops and never takes any passangers, unless they already know about it. It also, depending how you look at it, qualifies as NightmareFuel. * ContemplativeBoss: Robert Bakker. * CreepyBlueEyes: Hunger. * CruelAndUnusualDeath: Mr Pinner skins you alive with ''paper''. The ME is baffled as to how someone could apparently get ''ten thousand paper cuts at once''. * DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Guy Lee]]. * DeadPersonConversation: in the third book, with [[spoiler:Bakker]], though it's unclear how much of it is really him and how much is just a projection of Matthew's mind. Also counts as a SpiritAdvisor. ** There's also the walk in ''The Midnight Mayor''. * DeadlyDecadentCourt: The Neon Court. When people get too old and ugly, they tend to die horribly. * DeadpanSnarker: It's a world full of them. * DemonicPossession: Bakker claims this is what happened to Matthew after his death. In reality, this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since Matthew isn't so much possessed as [[MentalFusion brain-melded]]. * DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Subverted: social services are far from perfect, but Nabeela even goes to the ''Midnight Mayor'' to help the kids. * DisappearedDad: Matthew talks about his mother and grandmother, but never says a word about his father. * DisproportionateRetribution: What happens to Mo and the other kids in ''The Midnight Mayor''. Generally speaking, [[spoiler:stealing someone's hat doesn't warrant dissolving into ink or being torn apart by ten thousand paper cuts.]] * DoctorsOrders: Dr. Seah cheerfully accepts that Matthew probably isn't going to stop showing up broken, bruised, and bleeding on her doorstep, so to make up for it she gives him stern orders to take it easy (whoch she knows he won't do) and pain meds. Lots of pain meds. * DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: [[spoiler: In ''The Midnight Mayor'' Penny accidentally summoned the ''Death of Cities'' because she was pissed.]] * DoubleAgent: [[spoiler: Templeman]]. * DramaticIrony: Matthew was killed because he didn't want to drag the blue electric angels into this world, and ends up sharing a body with them. * DressedToHeal: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since Dr. Seah is a doctor working out of what is ''technically'' a hospital. * DrunkOnTheDarkSide: [[spoiler: The angels]], while under the influence of fairy dust. * EitherOrTitle: Until ''The Minority Council''. * EldritchAbomination: Both Blackout and Mr Pinner, who is creatively and accurately called "The Death of Cities". * EnemyWithout: Hunger to Bakker. Not that Bakker really seems to mind it. * EnergyBeings: What the Angels were before Mathew's resurrection. * EvilMentor: Bakker is this to [[spoiler: Dana Mikeda]]. * ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Death of Cities. -->'''Matthew:''' On the other side, it might be exactly what it says on the cover. A walking talking thing in a pinstripe suit who is, quite literally, the death of cities. ** Also the Midnight Mayor, protector of the city. The ''city'', not the citizens. * FalseFriend: [[spoiler: Templeman]]. * FantasticDrug: Fairy dust in Minority Council is a super-addictive drug that enhances the magical talent of the user ten fold. It's also [[spoiler: made out of the ashes of previous users, as prolonged use turns you into dust]]. * TheFairFolk: An updated version with the Neon Court. * FightClubbing: The Pit in ''A Madness of Angels''. * FireForgedFriends: Matthew and Oda zig-zagged it most of the time (mostly because Oda kills sorcerers to make the world a better place) but their friendship is confirmed in ''The Neon Court'', in the most traumatic and heart-breaking way ''ever''. * FirstEpisodeResurrection: With the subtitle ''The Resurrection of Matthew Swift'', how could it be anything else? * FiveBadBand: The Tower. ** TheBigBad: Robert James Bakker ** TheDragon: Dana Mikeda ** TheEvilGenius: San Khay ** TheBrute: Guy Lee ** TheDarkChick: Harris Simmons ** The SixthRangerTraitor: Hunger * FluffyTheTerrible: Jeremy the Troll; the Fairy Godmother. * FrenchJerk: Anton Chaigneau. * FreakyIsCool: Penny's reaction to [[spoiler: Nabeela's]] technological medusa hair. --> '''Penny:''' That is so totally fucking awesome. I'd, like, kiss her if my heart wasn't already given to a guy called Femi. --> '''Matthew:''' You'd kiss [[spoiler: Nabeela]]? --> '''Penny:''' Jesus, wouldn't you? * GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Since the current set of urban "gods" are there because people believe in them and pray to them, presumably there were others before. The Neon Court also exists because the old Fair Folk weren't getting the power they needed once life moved to the cities. * GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Vera, who while dissolving into paint smiles and smashes an Alderman over the head with a teakettle.]] * GorgeousGorgon: [[spoiler: Nabeela]] in Minority Council. While her grandmother had traditional snakes, she was born with living wires and cameras instead. * {{Golem}}: The Litterbug sent after Matthew in the first book is a golem made of garbage and refuse. * GottaKillThemAll: The plot of ''A Madness of Angels''. * TheHecateSisters: The three women with a cauldron. Like everyone else in the world, they've been updated for the modern age; the Maiden now has spiked streaked hair and the cauldron is full of tea. * HumanoidAbomination: Hunger; spectres; Blackout. * IAmLegion: The blue electric angels. * IDontWantToDie: The reason behind [[spoiler:Bakker's]] FaceHeelTurn. The Angels also tend to freak out when they feel their lives at risk. * IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The second half of each book's EitherOrTitle takes the form "[[TheXOfY The [something] of Matthew Swift]]". * IncrediblyLamePun: A golem made of spilled trash, against whom a garbage can lid is a shield, is called a ''litterbug''. * IntoxicationEnsues: In Minority Council, while [[spoiler: the angels are super charged from the fairy dust and destroying everything in sight, Matthew's narration is him giggling in the back of his head, going off on tangents about furniture and unaware as to what is actually going on.]] -->[[spoiler: The Angels]]: This is glorious! this is freedom, this is a drug of lava, a pit without end, liquid heaven, this is ''majestic''! --> [[spoiler: Matthew]] So, yes, I think I might be a little stoned. I mean, not in a bad way, just you know... a little bit... --> [[spoiler: The Angels]]: [[AGodAmI ''We are majestic!'']] * ImplausibleDeniability: Robert Bakker, all the time. * InsufferableGenius: Alan, the creator of the [[spoiler:culicidae]] in ''The Minority Council''. Snottiest summoner on the face of the planet. * IronicEcho: "Necessary things." * ItRunsInTheFamily: Magic. Matthew's mother and grandmother have it too, though different and they're both untrained. * ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Matthew [[spoiler: and JG. They're both literally chosen, by other humans, since in this world there is no such thing as a cosmic-level chosen one]]. * JekyllAndHyde: Although Matthew and the Angels are normally almost-kind-of-mostly the same person, when they disagree it usually looks like this. * JerkassHasAPoint: Chaigneau, on the dangerousness of the angels. --> '''Chaigneau:''' You... blue eletric angels... you are children with the power to kill, destroy and burn. You know nothing about life, its rules, norms, laws and understanding, and probably care less. Why should you not set the field of fire for the prettiness of its burning; why should you not kill wherever you go, simply because you can; why should you understand anything that the rest of humanity can? -->'''Matthew:''' [[MoralityChain Because I'm here.]] ** In Minority Council we see for the first time what happens when the Angels aren't under Matthew's control any more. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown It's]] [[CurbStompBattle not]] [[AGodAmI pretty]]. * KillItWithFire: The Angels' basic strategy? Burn it to death. * KnowledgeBroker: Sinclair. * LightningBruiser: San Khay, thanks to magic. * LivingMemory: Bakker, in ''The Neon Court'' * UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground * MageTower: Referenced in ''A Madness of Angels'' -- Bakker's organization is called the Tower. * MagicalSociety: Several. The Whites, the Neon Court, the Tribe, the Tower... * MayDecemberRomance: Implied between Matthew and Elizabeth Bakker, by Vera. * ManChild: Post-resurrection and fusion, the angels' persistent curiosity and childlike nature make Matthew frequently appear to be one of these. * ManlyGay: San Khay * MasterApprenticeChain: Bakker trains Matthew, who trains Dana [[spoiler:and Penny; as of the end of ''The Minority Council'', it's suggested that Penny might be getting an apprentice of her own]]. * TheMedic: Dr. Seah. * {{Medusa}}: [[spoiler: Nabeela]] in Minority Council. Running with the series' theme of modernized magic, instead of traditional snakes, she has a headful of living wires and cameras. * MentalFusion: Although people generally assume Matthew is possessed, his relationship with the angels is really closer to this. * TheMole: [[spoiler:Blackjack]] in ''A Madness of Angels''. ** [[spoiler:Anissina]] in ''The Midnight Mayor''. * MoleInCharge: Apparently [[spoiler:Sinclair is one to the Order]]. * MoralMyopia: ''Everyone''. * MoralityPet: Some characters imply that Matthew is one to the blue electric angels. -->'''Vera:''' God, if there wasn't a fucking sorcerer still in that skin, they'd have ripped the city apart just for kicks. ** MoralityChain * MotiveRant: [[spoiler:Anissina]] in ''The Midnight Mayor''. * MotorMouth: Dr. Seah; Kelly. * MultipleNarrativeModes: Matthew uses "I" as a narrative pronoun; the angels use "we". * [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God What Have We Done]]: Matthew [[spoiler:after the angel's go AxCrazy at Kramb's place]]. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Hunger; Death of Cities; Blackout. * {{Necromancer}}: A few pop up. Their MO is that they tend to try their hand at immortality by swallowing papers with the traits they wish they had in a {{golem}}-esqe way. They die as soon as the paper is taken out, but it in the meantime, they "live" [[ExactWords exactly]] to the constraints of the paper (meaning if you forget to, say, write down that you still want to see colors or [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower actually feel things]], you're life undead won't be very pleasant). * NeverFoundTheBody: After Matthew died, his body disappeared; he was only known to be dead because his coat was found in a giant puddle of his blood. [[spoiler:It turned out that his body had been absorbed along with his soul by the blue electric angels, making his/their later resurrection possible.]] * NeverMessWithGranny: The Bag Lady. Just leave her alone, really. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Turns out destroying the Tower was this, as Bakker was the only thing keeping Death of Cities away. -->'''Mr Pinner:''' When you killed Bakker, you made my life so much easier. I would not have come here had he still be alive. I should thank you for that, sorcerer. * NightmareFuel: Especially given the number of EldritchAbomination types Matthew deals with, there's a lot. The Last Train will swallow you if you don't bring "offerings"; Blackout will [[spoiler:erase the city from the outside in, and once you sleep with it around you can't wake up ever again]]; and the Death of Cities will skin you alive with paper cuts. * NoManShouldHaveThisPower: This is what the Order thinks about magic. It's also what most people think about the angels. * NoSenseOfHumor: Oda, Charlie, Jean the nurse. * NotSoAbandonedBuilding: The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital for Women ''seems'' abandoned, but it's the hospital for magicians. * NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The Minority Council. * ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Aldermen. * OccultBlueEyes: Matthew, post-resurrection. The eyes are actually the angels' (see OurAngelsAreDifferent below). * OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The "concerned citizens" from ''A Madness of Angels'' know a frankly frightening amount about Bakker's lieutenants, right down to judging San Khay's taste in men, and their name could hardly be vaguer * OurAngelsAreDifferent: The blue electric angels aren't "angels" in any sense we would recognize; rather, they're the product of the life that's been spilled into the phones over the years. * OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Neon Court, who ''used'' to be the traditional [[TheFairFolk fair folk]] but adapted when life moved to the cities and they lost their power. * PapaWolf: Matthew is very protective of his apprentices. * ParentalSubstitute: Bakker to Matthew, which make what happened between them even worse. * PerkyFemaleMinion: Kelly Shiring in The Minority Council is a rare heroic version. * PermanentElectedOfficial: Vera, to the White. --> '''Vera:''' It's generally accepted that if there was an election, I'd win. So I figured - why bother? * PluckyGirl: Kelly from Minority Council. She manages to greet Matthew with a bright smile no matter how dour his expression. * PostModernMagik: Used extensively. For instance, the greatest talisman an urban sorcerer can carry is a subway farecard. * ThePowerOfFriendship: [[spoiler: The Blackout hosts weren't able to kill their only friends]]. * PoweredByAForsakenChild: Quite a few of the more clandestine services offered by the Tower are like this, including San Khay's offered "experience of a dying addict's final high." The Fairy Dust from ''The Minority Council'' also qualifies, especially [[spoiler:Templeman's]] version. * PowerSource: Cities, for urban magicians: take one of them to the country and his powers will be severely weakened, or nullified. There are stated to still be rural sorcerers, who are presumably just as useless in a city. * PowerTattoo: San Khay's magical tattoos, which afford him considerable stamina. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, disrupting the patterns by dousing him with more ink ruins that power.]] * PreAsskickingOneLiner: Averted in ''The Midnight Mayor'', as Matthew delivered one and run away. Given the situation, however, menaging to escape alive ''was'' a victory. -->'''Matthew:''' You missed something. About me. -->'''Mr Pinner:''' What was that? --> '''Matthew:''' ''Us''. * PresentDay * [[spoiler: PropheticFallacy: In ''The Neon Court'' the prophecy turns out to be entirely fabricated as part of an elaborate ThePlan to create a SelfFulfillingProphecy]] * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Nair, the previous midnight mayor, was apparently one of these to the point where, even after his death, the Aldderman ultimately decide ''not'' to kill Matthew out of sheer respect for Nair's decision. * TheReliableOne: By the end of ''The Minority Council'', Kelly is somewhere between HypercompetentSidekick and CrazyAwesome. * ReluctantRuler: [[spoiler:Matthew spends most of his time as Midnight Mayor trying really hard to avoid the Aldermen and the Mayor's work. And when he gets involved in something, it's usually not his duty]]. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The angels give an epic one to Bakker, mixed with CallingTheOldManOut from Matthew's side. ** Mathew also gives a pretty spectacular one to Oda at the end of ''The Midnight Mayer'' about why he won't [[spoiler: kill Penny]]. * LaResistance: The concerned citizens in ''A Madness of Angels''. * TheReveal: [[spoiler:Dana Mikeda]] brought Matthew back to life. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In Minority Council, Matthew and the angels [[spoiler: go on an epic killing spree under the influence of fairy dust]]. * RunOrDie: "Take it from a guy who knows about implausible danger: nothing beats running away." * SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Vera]]. * ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Matthew, all the time. It leads to a lot of clashes between him and [[ObstructiveBureaucrat the Aldermen]]. * SealedEvilInACan: How Matthew deals with spectres. Turns out you really ''can'' drown anything at the bottom of a beer bottle--or at least, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve enough people think you can that there's truth to it]]. * {{Seers}}: Urban oracles tend to work with such things as the pattern of a shopping bag being pushed along the sidewalk by the wind, but they're still terrifyingly accurate. * SharingABody: Matthew and the blue electric angels. They also [[MentalFusion mostly share a mind]]. * ShellShockedVeteran: By the third book, some characters believe that Matthew is suffering from PTSD. * SirSwearsALot: Penny is apparently unable to form a sentence without swearing. To a lesser extent Jeremy the Troll. * SomeoneHasToDoIt: The Midnight Mayor protects the city from [[EldritchAbomination things that cannot otherwise be protected from]]. He does such a good job normally that Matthew doesn't originally believe he exists. * SonicScream: Penny and Templeman. * StraightEdgeEvil: San Khay, who lives a fiercely regimented lifestyle, exercises hard, always eats healthily, and never partakes in smoking or drugs. However, his well-planned routine does permit him a one-night-stand every week... * StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Matthew after his resurrection. * StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Dana Mikeda. Matthew even says that Hunger/Bakker killed her to hurt him]]. * SwitchingPOV: A slightly odd example. Everything seemingly takes place from Matthew's perspective; however, the narrative switches back and forth between "I" and "we" to signal the distinction between the thoughts of Matthew and the blue electric angels who are possessing him. (Though they rarely if ever seem to disagree on anything.) * SwordAndSorcerer: Oda (sword) and Matthew (sorcerer). * TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Nabeela's]] territory. Because the series relies on PostModernMagik, rather than turning them to stone [[spoiler:she]] encases them in concrete. * TranquilFury: Matthew frequently explains how angry he is in a totally flat voice. Of course, this is frequently due to utter exhaustion rather than actual tranquility. * UnequalRites: Though wizards (who control magic through rules) and sorcerers (who draw on raw magical power) get along reasonably well, they both have very little respect for warlocks, who earn magical powers by bargaining with the various spirits in the area. * UnexpectedSuccessor:[[spoiler: Matthew wasn't even in line to became the next Midnight Mayor.]] * UrbanFantasy * WeaksauceWeakness: What good is a PowerTattoo that can be destroyed if you get pen on it? * WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Templeman. In the end, he wanted the Alderman to evolve and Matthew to uderstan what means to be Midnight Mayor]] -->[[spoiler:'''Templeman:''' What does it take? What does it take to make you do it? How many more must I kill, how much worse things must become, before you do what has to be done? What is the point of you?!]] * WhatTheHellHero: In ''A Madness of Angels'' Matthew gets a few of this about the casualties his revenge is going to cause. * WhodunnitToMe: The plot of the first book has aspects of this, though Matthew figures out the "who" pretty quickly and moves on to "how", "why", and "what can I do to get revenge". * WillingChanneler: Both Matthew and the angels are perfectly content to share a body, though the original combination was largely accidental. * WoundThatWillNotHeal: Matthew suffers minor injuries by Hunger, and the wounds keep bleeding until he goes to the magical hospital. * XMarksTheHero: [[spoiler: The Midnight Mayor always has two cross carved in the palm of his hand]]. * XMeetsY: In universe Matthew is described with these words: "The Swift-angel creature, while appearing almost entirely human, is at its core a combination of a traumatised dead sorcerer and infantile fire.". Then there's Matthew definition of dragon: "Dinosaur meets flamethrower with wings". * YouDoNotHaveToSayAnything: In ''The Minority Council'', used in an incantation to catch a monster (along with a roll of police tape and similar paraphernalia). * YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Robert Bakker]].
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[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/a_madness_of_angels_1_4038.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:200:For Matthew Swift, today is not like any other day.]] ->''We be light, we be life, we be fire'' ->''We sing electric flame, we rumble underground wind'' -->''we dance heaven!'' ->''Come be we and be free!'' ->''We be blue electric angels.'' -->-- '''Anonymous spam mail''','' source unknown'' The Matthew Swift saga is a series of UrbanFantasy novels written by Kate Griffin (a pen name for CatherineWebb). They begin with urban sorcerer Matthew Swift waking up mysteriously in a house he used to own, two years after his violent death, with different-colored eyes and an internal narrative that thinks of himself as "we" about half the time. [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]] features Matthew facing off against some seemingly-unbeatable enemy, usually a modern EldritchAbomination. The series relies heavily on PostModernMagik. In this world, life is magic, and magical beings are what happen to all the "leftover life" in a city. This leads to such entities as [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies with tinfoil wings and a faerie court relying on makeup and Hollywood-style beauty]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the blue electric angels, who are the voice in the telephone come to life from humans pouring so much of our emotions into it]]. The novels include: * ''A Madness of Angels, or, The Resurrection of Matthew Swift'' (2009) * ''The Midnight Mayor, or, The Inauguration of Matthew Swift'' (2010) * ''The Neon Court, or, The Betrayal of Matthew Swift'' (2011) * ''The Minority Council'' (2012) There is also a [[Literature/MagicalsAnonymous sequel series]] taking place after ''The Minority Council'' that follows a different protagonist. NeedsMoreLove. ---- !!Tropes featured include: * AGodAmI: The angels, but [[spoiler: only while high on fairy dust]]. * AGodIAmNot: Matthew, post resurrection. Fortunately for all involved, considering [[CosmicEntity what the angels could do]]. * ActionGirl: Oda is probably the biggest in the series, but Penny's level of magical badassery qualifies her as well, plus Vera of the White Clan and the female Aldermen. * AffablyEvil: Robert Bakker, who continues playing SubstituteDad while killing people. Oscar Kramb, the so-called Fairy Godmother, also qualifies. * AfterlifeExpress: More like Afterlife Bus: the Night Bus collects the spirits of those who died alone in the dark. * AllWomenLoveShoes: Inverted, as women ''buy'' more shoes but men emotionally invest on them. * AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Kayle, Oda's brother: he wanted power, and managed to get the attention of the ''Midnight Mayor''. To the point he sent Aldermen after him, out of London.]]. Bakker, who [[spoiler:tried to enslave the blue electric angels to achieve immortality]], is a somewhat more subtle example. * {{Animorphism}}: Charlie. In true Swiftverse fashion, he can turn into several urban animals, including a pigeon and a fox. * AnyoneCanDie: Unless [[ContractualImmortality their name is on the cover]], they can die. At one point the Beggar King [[spoiler: points out to Matthew that he mostly manages to survive by letting everyone else die instead]]. * AnthropomorphicPersonification: ** The Death of Cities from ''The Midnight Mayor'' is a relatively straightforward example. Naturally, the Aldermen are hesitant to believe his claim is real. ** Matthew himself is a slightly more complex example; as of the end of the second book he arguably personifies ''both'' the city of London and telephony. ** The gods of this world are personifications of urban life and archetypes, including but not limited to The Bag Lady[[note]]an apparently crazy old lady who wheels a cart full of shopping bags filled with animals that attack on her command[[/note]], The Beggar King, and Fat Rat[[note]]a literal giant rat with wire fur who roams the subway[[/note]]. ** Lady Neon is implied to have some characteristics of this as well, specifically unattainable, unrealistic glamour. * AntimagicalFaction: The Order, to KnightTemplar levels. * ArcWords: [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]]. Kate Griffin ''loves'' these. ** "Give me back my hat!" in ''The Midnight Mayor''. ** For the whole series, "Come be we and be free". ** In ''A Madness of Angels'', "Make me a shadow on the wall" and "Give me life!" ** "Waiting for you at the end of the alley" in the Neon Court. ** "You can't save everyone" in ''The Minority Counciil'' * ArtAttacker: The White Clan. They use graffiti for all their magic, including creating painted attack animals that come off the walls and fight for them. * ArtInitiatesLife: During the battle against Lee, the paintings on the walls came to life and [[ArtAttacker fight]]. We also learn in ''The Midnight Mayor'' that [[spoiler:Vera is actually made of paint]]. * AwesomeMcCoolname: The bikers tend to change their names: Dave to Blackjack; Laslie to Halfburn. Also, Jeremy the Troll wants to be called the Mighty Raaaarrggh!. He lightly mocks Matthew for having a normal name. * BackFromTheDead: Matthew Swift, who quickly tires of explaining ''why'' he isn't dead and eventually just answers "I got better." * {{Backstory}}: How Matthew met Bakker, how Matthew met Dana, how Oda became part of the Order,[[spoiler: how Blackout was defeated]]... * BadassAdorable: Matthew: channeling beings of pure energy, and forging alliances eating pancakes and ice-cream. * BadassBiker: The Bikers, who besides being standard bikers with all the implied badass can slip through space to travel huge distances in a blink. * BadassBoast: ''The Midnight Mayor'' has a couple of these: -->[[spoiler: "I was the apprentice of Robert James Bakker. I'm sure you've heard of him. I am a sorcerer. I was there when Bakker died. We... made it happen. I too have met death, and did not have to peel the bones away from my chest to survive the encounter. I am also, and incidentally, the Midnight Mayor, the blue electric angels, the fire in the wire, the song in the telephones, and we are having a bad week. Be smart; fear us."]]\\ ...\\ "We are the blue electric angels! We were born from the leftover breaths of humanity, by the fears and the thoughts and the ideas and the truths and the lies you poured into the telephone lines. We were created by ''you'' bigger and brighter and more alive than any mortal could aspire to be! Do not think to tell us what we can or cannot do! [[spoiler:''Where is her hat?!'']]" ** In ''The Neon Court'' too: --> [[spoiler: "We are the Midnight Mayor, protector of this city, carrier of its secrets and bearer of its shadows. The shadows watch us as we pass, the pigeons turn away at our passage, the rats scurry beneath our feet and shudder at the sound of our footsteps on the stones. We are the blue electric angels, the telephones sing at the passage of our voice, our blood is blue fire, our soul carries a pair of angel wings. We are the killer of Robert Bakker, sorcerer, master of the Tower; we destroyed the death of cities; we came back from the dead, Swift and the angels, two minds became one, two souls in one flash, in one form, in one voice. We are me and I am we. And we're ''frustrated''."]] ** And ''The Minority Council'': --> [[spoiler: "My name is Matthew Swift. I"m a sorcerer, the only one in the city who survived Robert Bakker's purge. I was killed by my teacher's shadow and my body dissolved into telephone static and all they had left to bury was a bit to blood. Then we came back, and I am we and we are me, and we are the blue electric angels, creatures of the phones and the wires, the gods made from surplus life you miserable excuse for mortals pour into all things electric. I am the Midnight Mayor,the protector of the city, the guardian of the night, the keeper of the gates, the watcher on the walls. We turned back the death of cities, we were there when Lady Neon died, we drove the creature called Blackout into the shadows at the end of the alleys, we are light, we are life, we are fire and, would you believe it, the word that best describes our condition right now is cranky. Would you like to see what happens when you make us mad?"]] * BadassBureaucrat: The Aldermen, an organization of magic-wielding civil servants. Occasionally, though, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat their red tape gets in the way of them being really helpful]]. * BadassGrandpa: Robert Bakker, to the point he's still a very powerful (and dangerous) sorcerer even after [[spoiler: [[HandicappedBadass a stroke]]]]. * BadassLongcoat: Matthew wears one, enchanted to make him totally unnoticeable. He gets it in relatively pristine condition in ''A Madness of Angels''; by the end of the series, it's stained and has been mended with red thread, but he still wears it. And of course, it is still just as badass. * BadassNormal: Oda, who despite having no magic of her own in any form managed to outlive some of the most powerful people in the series. * BarbarianTribe: The Tribe. They mutilate themselves to increase their power. * BattleButler: Charlie to Sinclair. * BigBrotherMentor: Matthew to Dana [[spoiler: and Penny]]. * BigDamnHeroes: The Bag Lady and later Oda in ''A Madness of Angels''; Penny in ''The Neon Court''. * BlackAndGreyMorality: With the number of bodies he leaves in his wake and his utter ruthlessness when he dedicates himself to a cause, Matthew would probably the bad guy if his enemies hadn't already well and truly crossed the MoralEventHorizon. * BloodMagic: In the first book, Matthew uses his blood to [[spoiler: keep Sinclair alive]] and convinces everyone to sign a blood oath [[spoiler:which kills TheMole when he betrays them]]. And it's an oft-repeated point that the blood of the blue electric angels would go for huge prices on the black market, presumably to cast all kinds of magic. * BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Templeman to Nabeela]]. * BreakTheHaughty: ''Oda'': [[spoiler: her backstory is a BreakTheCutie reaching DespairEventHorizon, with her older brother killing their little sister. She becomes part of the Order and [[KnightTemplar devotes her life to it]]. She uses magic ''once'', to save her (and Matthew's) life and basically has an HeroicBSOD. She finds out her little sister was alive all along but the Order had lied to her to make her their weapon, and that her sister is TheChosenOne. When she refuses to kill the kid the Orders kills ''her'', forcing Oda over her DespairEventHorizon ''again'' and ultimately resulting in her being possessed by by [[EldritchAbomination Blackout]]. Then Matthew doesn't [[MercyKill kill her]], which indirectly causes her sister to be KilledOffForReal. In the end she is utterly broken and just wants to die.]] * BrokenBird: Oda. See "BreakTheHaughty" above. * BullyingADragon: Played straight with Chaigneau, who had the brilliant idea of kidnapping Matthew, beat the crap out of him and blackmailing him (yes, the guy who happens to be a sorcerer and to channel beings of pure energy. It's not like he can curse him). Averted with Matthew: people consider his plans to destroy the Tower BullyingADragon, while Matthew knows he can do it. * CameBackStrong: Matthew. Not that Matthew Swift the brown-eyed sorcerer was a weakling, but Matthew Swift the blue-eyed-sorcerer-cum-blue-electric-angels is something else again. * CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Oda]] in ''The Neon Court''. Many people think this happened to Matthew as well, although he (and the angels) disagree. * CapturedSuperEntity: What Bakker's original intentions for the Electric Blue Angels was. * CassandraTruth: Khan ''told'' Matthew he was going to die, but Matthew didn't believe him. To be fair the prophecy was "You're... gonna die. It's after when it gets complicated." * TheChosenOne: [[spoiler: Subverted. Matthew makes a pretty big deal about how there's no such thing as a Chosen One, and in fact it was all designed to make the Neon Court and the Tribe wipe each other out.]] * ChekhovsGun: The last breath's power, nominated in ''A Madness of Angels'', became important in ''The Neon Court''. * TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Templeman in The Minority Council.]]. * ChurchMilitant: Oda. And Chaigneau. The whole Order, actually. * ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Spectres can be trapped in a beer bottle because people believe you can drown anything in a beer bottle. * CloudCuckooLander: The Angels in the first book are drunk on life. When Mathew decides to take a day off from slowly but surely destroying the Tower, he lets the Angels go to a movie theater, play on a kids playground, and eat ice cream, all to their amazement and extreme pleasure. The (very) few times Mathew and them do (very subtly) disagree on something, it's usually a throwaway line along the lines of "We wanted to -insert doing something not particularly appropriate to the situation at hand- but I didn't think it was the time." ** Matthew's grandmother, but we don't know how much of it it's ObfuscatingStupidity. * CoolTrain: The Last Train, which will never stops and never takes any passangers, unless they already know about it. It also, depending how you look at it, qualifies as NightmareFuel. * ContemplativeBoss: Robert Bakker. * CreepyBlueEyes: Hunger. * CruelAndUnusualDeath: Mr Pinner skins you alive with ''paper''. The ME is baffled as to how someone could apparently get ''ten thousand paper cuts at once''. * DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Guy Lee]]. * DeadPersonConversation: in the third book, with [[spoiler:Bakker]], though it's unclear how much of it is really him and how much is just a projection of Matthew's mind. Also counts as a SpiritAdvisor. ** There's also the walk in ''The Midnight Mayor''. * DeadlyDecadentCourt: The Neon Court. When people get too old and ugly, they tend to die horribly. * DeadpanSnarker: It's a world full of them. * DemonicPossession: Bakker claims this is what happened to Matthew after his death. In reality, this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since Matthew isn't so much possessed as [[MentalFusion brain-melded]]. * DepartmentOfChildDisservices: Subverted: social services are far from perfect, but Nabeela even goes to the ''Midnight Mayor'' to help the kids. * DisappearedDad: Matthew talks about his mother and grandmother, but never says a word about his father. * DisproportionateRetribution: What happens to Mo and the other kids in ''The Midnight Mayor''. Generally speaking, [[spoiler:stealing someone's hat doesn't warrant dissolving into ink or being torn apart by ten thousand paper cuts.]] * DoctorsOrders: Dr. Seah cheerfully accepts that Matthew probably isn't going to stop showing up broken, bruised, and bleeding on her doorstep, so to make up for it she gives him stern orders to take it easy (whoch she knows he won't do) and pain meds. Lots of pain meds. * DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: [[spoiler: In ''The Midnight Mayor'' Penny accidentally summoned the ''Death of Cities'' because she was pissed.]] * DoubleAgent: [[spoiler: Templeman]]. * DramaticIrony: Matthew was killed because he didn't want to drag the blue electric angels into this world, and ends up sharing a body with them. * DressedToHeal: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since Dr. Seah is a doctor working out of what is ''technically'' a hospital. * DrunkOnTheDarkSide: [[spoiler: The angels]], while under the influence of fairy dust. * EitherOrTitle: Until ''The Minority Council''. * EldritchAbomination: Both Blackout and Mr Pinner, who is creatively and accurately called "The Death of Cities". * EnemyWithout: Hunger to Bakker. Not that Bakker really seems to mind it. * EnergyBeings: What the Angels were before Mathew's resurrection. * EvilMentor: Bakker is this to [[spoiler: Dana Mikeda]]. * ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Death of Cities. -->'''Matthew:''' On the other side, it might be exactly what it says on the cover. A walking talking thing in a pinstripe suit who is, quite literally, the death of cities. ** Also the Midnight Mayor, protector of the city. The ''city'', not the citizens. * FalseFriend: [[spoiler: Templeman]]. * FantasticDrug: Fairy dust in Minority Council is a super-addictive drug that enhances the magical talent of the user ten fold. It's also [[spoiler: made out of the ashes of previous users, as prolonged use turns you into dust]]. * TheFairFolk: An updated version with the Neon Court. * FightClubbing: The Pit in ''A Madness of Angels''. * FireForgedFriends: Matthew and Oda zig-zagged it most of the time (mostly because Oda kills sorcerers to make the world a better place) but their friendship is confirmed in ''The Neon Court'', in the most traumatic and heart-breaking way ''ever''. * FirstEpisodeResurrection: With the subtitle ''The Resurrection of Matthew Swift'', how could it be anything else? * FiveBadBand: The Tower. ** TheBigBad: Robert James Bakker ** TheDragon: Dana Mikeda ** TheEvilGenius: San Khay ** TheBrute: Guy Lee ** TheDarkChick: Harris Simmons ** The SixthRangerTraitor: Hunger * FluffyTheTerrible: Jeremy the Troll; the Fairy Godmother. * FrenchJerk: Anton Chaigneau. * FreakyIsCool: Penny's reaction to [[spoiler: Nabeela's]] technological medusa hair. --> '''Penny:''' That is so totally fucking awesome. I'd, like, kiss her if my heart wasn't already given to a guy called Femi. --> '''Matthew:''' You'd kiss [[spoiler: Nabeela]]? --> '''Penny:''' Jesus, wouldn't you? * GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Since the current set of urban "gods" are there because people believe in them and pray to them, presumably there were others before. The Neon Court also exists because the old Fair Folk weren't getting the power they needed once life moved to the cities. * GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Vera, who while dissolving into paint smiles and smashes an Alderman over the head with a teakettle.]] * GorgeousGorgon: [[spoiler: Nabeela]] in Minority Council. While her grandmother had traditional snakes, she was born with living wires and cameras instead. * {{Golem}}: The Litterbug sent after Matthew in the first book is a golem made of garbage and refuse. * GottaKillThemAll: The plot of ''A Madness of Angels''. * TheHecateSisters: The three women with a cauldron. Like everyone else in the world, they've been updated for the modern age; the Maiden now has spiked streaked hair and the cauldron is full of tea. * HumanoidAbomination: Hunger; spectres; Blackout. * IAmLegion: The blue electric angels. * IDontWantToDie: The reason behind [[spoiler:Bakker's]] FaceHeelTurn. The Angels also tend to freak out when they feel their lives at risk. * IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The second half of each book's EitherOrTitle takes the form "[[TheXOfY The [something] of Matthew Swift]]". * IncrediblyLamePun: A golem made of spilled trash, against whom a garbage can lid is a shield, is called a ''litterbug''. * IntoxicationEnsues: In Minority Council, while [[spoiler: the angels are super charged from the fairy dust and destroying everything in sight, Matthew's narration is him giggling in the back of his head, going off on tangents about furniture and unaware as to what is actually going on.]] -->[[spoiler: The Angels]]: This is glorious! this is freedom, this is a drug of lava, a pit without end, liquid heaven, this is ''majestic''! --> [[spoiler: Matthew]] So, yes, I think I might be a little stoned. I mean, not in a bad way, just you know... a little bit... --> [[spoiler: The Angels]]: [[AGodAmI ''We are majestic!'']] * ImplausibleDeniability: Robert Bakker, all the time. * InsufferableGenius: Alan, the creator of the [[spoiler:culicidae]] in ''The Minority Council''. Snottiest summoner on the face of the planet. * IronicEcho: "Necessary things." * ItRunsInTheFamily: Magic. Matthew's mother and grandmother have it too, though different and they're both untrained. * ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Matthew [[spoiler: and JG. They're both literally chosen, by other humans, since in this world there is no such thing as a cosmic-level chosen one]]. * JekyllAndHyde: Although Matthew and the Angels are normally almost-kind-of-mostly the same person, when they disagree it usually looks like this. * JerkassHasAPoint: Chaigneau, on the dangerousness of the angels. --> '''Chaigneau:''' You... blue eletric angels... you are children with the power to kill, destroy and burn. You know nothing about life, its rules, norms, laws and understanding, and probably care less. Why should you not set the field of fire for the prettiness of its burning; why should you not kill wherever you go, simply because you can; why should you understand anything that the rest of humanity can? -->'''Matthew:''' [[MoralityChain Because I'm here.]] ** In Minority Council we see for the first time what happens when the Angels aren't under Matthew's control any more. [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown It's]] [[CurbStompBattle not]] [[AGodAmI pretty]]. * KillItWithFire: The Angels' basic strategy? Burn it to death. * KnowledgeBroker: Sinclair. * LightningBruiser: San Khay, thanks to magic. * LivingMemory: Bakker, in ''The Neon Court'' * UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground * MageTower: Referenced in ''A Madness of Angels'' -- Bakker's organization is called the Tower. * MagicalSociety: Several. The Whites, the Neon Court, the Tribe, the Tower... * MayDecemberRomance: Implied between Matthew and Elizabeth Bakker, by Vera. * ManChild: Post-resurrection and fusion, the angels' persistent curiosity and childlike nature make Matthew frequently appear to be one of these. * ManlyGay: San Khay * MasterApprenticeChain: Bakker trains Matthew, who trains Dana [[spoiler:and Penny; as of the end of ''The Minority Council'', it's suggested that Penny might be getting an apprentice of her own]]. * TheMedic: Dr. Seah. * {{Medusa}}: [[spoiler: Nabeela]] in Minority Council. Running with the series' theme of modernized magic, instead of traditional snakes, she has a headful of living wires and cameras. * MentalFusion: Although people generally assume Matthew is possessed, his relationship with the angels is really closer to this. * TheMole: [[spoiler:Blackjack]] in ''A Madness of Angels''. ** [[spoiler:Anissina]] in ''The Midnight Mayor''. * MoleInCharge: Apparently [[spoiler:Sinclair is one to the Order]]. * MoralMyopia: ''Everyone''. * MoralityPet: Some characters imply that Matthew is one to the blue electric angels. -->'''Vera:''' God, if there wasn't a fucking sorcerer still in that skin, they'd have ripped the city apart just for kicks. ** MoralityChain * MotiveRant: [[spoiler:Anissina]] in ''The Midnight Mayor''. * MotorMouth: Dr. Seah; Kelly. * MultipleNarrativeModes: Matthew uses "I" as a narrative pronoun; the angels use "we". * [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone My God What Have We Done]]: Matthew [[spoiler:after the angel's go AxCrazy at Kramb's place]]. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Hunger; Death of Cities; Blackout. * {{Necromancer}}: A few pop up. Their MO is that they tend to try their hand at immortality by swallowing papers with the traits they wish they had in a {{golem}}-esqe way. They die as soon as the paper is taken out, but it in the meantime, they "live" [[ExactWords exactly]] to the constraints of the paper (meaning if you forget to, say, write down that you still want to see colors or [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower actually feel things]], you're life undead won't be very pleasant). * NeverFoundTheBody: After Matthew died, his body disappeared; he was only known to be dead because his coat was found in a giant puddle of his blood. [[spoiler:It turned out that his body had been absorbed along with his soul by the blue electric angels, making his/their later resurrection possible.]] * NeverMessWithGranny: The Bag Lady. Just leave her alone, really. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Turns out destroying the Tower was this, as Bakker was the only thing keeping Death of Cities away. -->'''Mr Pinner:''' When you killed Bakker, you made my life so much easier. I would not have come here had he still be alive. I should thank you for that, sorcerer. * NightmareFuel: Especially given the number of EldritchAbomination types Matthew deals with, there's a lot. The Last Train will swallow you if you don't bring "offerings"; Blackout will [[spoiler:erase the city from the outside in, and once you sleep with it around you can't wake up ever again]]; and the Death of Cities will skin you alive with paper cuts. * NoManShouldHaveThisPower: This is what the Order thinks about magic. It's also what most people think about the angels. * NoSenseOfHumor: Oda, Charlie, Jean the nurse. * NotSoAbandonedBuilding: The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital for Women ''seems'' abandoned, but it's the hospital for magicians. * NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The Minority Council. * ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Aldermen. * OccultBlueEyes: Matthew, post-resurrection. The eyes are actually the angels' (see OurAngelsAreDifferent below). * OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The "concerned citizens" from ''A Madness of Angels'' know a frankly frightening amount about Bakker's lieutenants, right down to judging San Khay's taste in men, and their name could hardly be vaguer * OurAngelsAreDifferent: The blue electric angels aren't "angels" in any sense we would recognize; rather, they're the product of the life that's been spilled into the phones over the years. * OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Neon Court, who ''used'' to be the traditional [[TheFairFolk fair folk]] but adapted when life moved to the cities and they lost their power. * PapaWolf: Matthew is very protective of his apprentices. * ParentalSubstitute: Bakker to Matthew, which make what happened between them even worse. * PerkyFemaleMinion: Kelly Shiring in The Minority Council is a rare heroic version. * PermanentElectedOfficial: Vera, to the White. --> '''Vera:''' It's generally accepted that if there was an election, I'd win. So I figured - why bother? * PluckyGirl: Kelly from Minority Council. She manages to greet Matthew with a bright smile no matter how dour his expression. * PostModernMagik: Used extensively. For instance, the greatest talisman an urban sorcerer can carry is a subway farecard. * ThePowerOfFriendship: [[spoiler: The Blackout hosts weren't able to kill their only friends]]. * PoweredByAForsakenChild: Quite a few of the more clandestine services offered by the Tower are like this, including San Khay's offered "experience of a dying addict's final high." The Fairy Dust from ''The Minority Council'' also qualifies, especially [[spoiler:Templeman's]] version. * PowerSource: Cities, for urban magicians: take one of them to the country and his powers will be severely weakened, or nullified. There are stated to still be rural sorcerers, who are presumably just as useless in a city. * PowerTattoo: San Khay's magical tattoos, which afford him considerable stamina. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, disrupting the patterns by dousing him with more ink ruins that power.]] * PreAsskickingOneLiner: Averted in ''The Midnight Mayor'', as Matthew delivered one and run away. Given the situation, however, menaging to escape alive ''was'' a victory. -->'''Matthew:''' You missed something. About me. -->'''Mr Pinner:''' What was that? --> '''Matthew:''' ''Us''. * PresentDay * [[spoiler: PropheticFallacy: In ''The Neon Court'' the prophecy turns out to be entirely fabricated as part of an elaborate ThePlan to create a SelfFulfillingProphecy]] * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Nair, the previous midnight mayor, was apparently one of these to the point where, even after his death, the Aldderman ultimately decide ''not'' to kill Matthew out of sheer respect for Nair's decision. * TheReliableOne: By the end of ''The Minority Council'', Kelly is somewhere between HypercompetentSidekick and CrazyAwesome. * ReluctantRuler: [[spoiler:Matthew spends most of his time as Midnight Mayor trying really hard to avoid the Aldermen and the Mayor's work. And when he gets involved in something, it's usually not his duty]]. * TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The angels give an epic one to Bakker, mixed with CallingTheOldManOut from Matthew's side. ** Mathew also gives a pretty spectacular one to Oda at the end of ''The Midnight Mayer'' about why he won't [[spoiler: kill Penny]]. * LaResistance: The concerned citizens in ''A Madness of Angels''. * TheReveal: [[spoiler:Dana Mikeda]] brought Matthew back to life. * RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In Minority Council, Matthew and the angels [[spoiler: go on an epic killing spree under the influence of fairy dust]]. * RunOrDie: "Take it from a guy who knows about implausible danger: nothing beats running away." * SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Vera]]. * ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Matthew, all the time. It leads to a lot of clashes between him and [[ObstructiveBureaucrat the Aldermen]]. * SealedEvilInACan: How Matthew deals with spectres. Turns out you really ''can'' drown anything at the bottom of a beer bottle--or at least, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve enough people think you can that there's truth to it]]. * {{Seers}}: Urban oracles tend to work with such things as the pattern of a shopping bag being pushed along the sidewalk by the wind, but they're still terrifyingly accurate. * SharingABody: Matthew and the blue electric angels. They also [[MentalFusion mostly share a mind]]. * ShellShockedVeteran: By the third book, some characters believe that Matthew is suffering from PTSD. * SirSwearsALot: Penny is apparently unable to form a sentence without swearing. To a lesser extent Jeremy the Troll. * SomeoneHasToDoIt: The Midnight Mayor protects the city from [[EldritchAbomination things that cannot otherwise be protected from]]. He does such a good job normally that Matthew doesn't originally believe he exists. * SonicScream: Penny and Templeman. * StraightEdgeEvil: San Khay, who lives a fiercely regimented lifestyle, exercises hard, always eats healthily, and never partakes in smoking or drugs. However, his well-planned routine does permit him a one-night-stand every week... * StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Matthew after his resurrection. * StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Dana Mikeda. Matthew even says that Hunger/Bakker killed her to hurt him]]. * SwitchingPOV: A slightly odd example. Everything seemingly takes place from Matthew's perspective; however, the narrative switches back and forth between "I" and "we" to signal the distinction between the thoughts of Matthew and the blue electric angels who are possessing him. (Though they rarely if ever seem to disagree on anything.) * SwordAndSorcerer: Oda (sword) and Matthew (sorcerer). * TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Nabeela's]] territory. Because the series relies on PostModernMagik, rather than turning them to stone [[spoiler:she]] encases them in concrete. * TranquilFury: Matthew frequently explains how angry he is in a totally flat voice. Of course, this is frequently due to utter exhaustion rather than actual tranquility. * UnequalRites: Though wizards (who control magic through rules) and sorcerers (who draw on raw magical power) get along reasonably well, they both have very little respect for warlocks, who earn magical powers by bargaining with the various spirits in the area. * UnexpectedSuccessor:[[spoiler: Matthew wasn't even in line to became the next Midnight Mayor.]] * UrbanFantasy * WeaksauceWeakness: What good is a PowerTattoo that can be destroyed if you get pen on it? * WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Templeman. In the end, he wanted the Alderman to evolve and Matthew to uderstan what means to be Midnight Mayor]] -->[[spoiler:'''Templeman:''' What does it take? What does it take to make you do it? How many more must I kill, how much worse things must become, before you do what has to be done? What is the point of you?!]] * WhatTheHellHero: In ''A Madness of Angels'' Matthew gets a few of this about the casualties his revenge is going to cause. * WhodunnitToMe: The plot of the first book has aspects of this, though Matthew figures out the "who" pretty quickly and moves on to "how", "why", and "what can I do to get revenge". * WillingChanneler: Both Matthew and the angels are perfectly content to share a body, though the original combination was largely accidental. * WoundThatWillNotHeal: Matthew suffers minor injuries by Hunger, and the wounds keep bleeding until he goes to the magical hospital. * XMarksTheHero: [[spoiler: The Midnight Mayor always has two cross carved in the palm of his hand]]. * XMeetsY: In universe Matthew is described with these words: "The Swift-angel creature, while appearing almost entirely human, is at its core a combination of a traumatised dead sorcerer and infantile fire.". Then there's Matthew definition of dragon: "Dinosaur meets flamethrower with wings". * YouDoNotHaveToSayAnything: In ''The Minority Council'', used in an incantation to catch a monster (along with a roll of police tape and similar paraphernalia). * YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Robert Bakker]].[[redirect:Literature/MatthewSwift]]
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thought it looked less cramped
They begin with urban sorcerer Matthew Swift waking up mysteriously in a house he used to own, two years after his violent death, with different-colored eyes and an internal narrative that thinks of himself as "we" about half the time. [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]] features Matthew facing off against some seemingly-unbeatable enemy, usually a modern EldritchAbomination. The series relies heavily on PostModernMagik. In this world, life is magic, and magical beings are what happen to all the "leftover life" in a city. This leads to such entities as [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies with tinfoil wings and a faerie court relying on makeup and Hollywood-style beauty]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the blue electric angels, who are the voice in the telephone come to life from humans pouring so much of our emotions into it]].
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They begin with urban sorcerer Matthew Swift waking up mysteriously in a house he used to own, two years after his violent death, with different-colored eyes and an internal narrative that thinks of himself as "we" about half the time. time. [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]] features Matthew facing off against some seemingly-unbeatable enemy, usually a modern EldritchAbomination. The series relies heavily on PostModernMagik. In this world, life is magic, and magical beings are what happen to all the "leftover life" in a city. This leads to such entities as [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies with tinfoil wings and a faerie court relying on makeup and Hollywood-style beauty]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the blue electric angels, who are the voice in the telephone come to life from humans pouring so much of our emotions into it]].
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* OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The "concerned citizens" from ''A Madness of Angels'' know a frankly frightening amount about Bakker's lieutenants, right down to judging San Khay's taste in men, and their name could hardly be vaguer
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* BloodMagic: In the first book, Matthew uses his blood to [[spoiler: keep Sinclair alive]] and convinces everyone to sign a blood oath. And it's an oft-repeated point that the blood of the blue electric angels would go for huge prices on the black market, presumably to cast all kinds of magic.
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* BloodMagic: In the first book, Matthew uses his blood to [[spoiler: keep Sinclair alive]] and convinces everyone to sign a blood oath.oath [[spoiler:which kills TheMole when he betrays them]]. And it's an oft-repeated point that the blood of the blue electric angels would go for huge prices on the black market, presumably to cast all kinds of magic.

* CapturedSuperEntity: What Bakkir's original intentions for the Electric Blue Angels was.
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* CapturedSuperEntity: What Bakkir's Bakker's original intentions for the Electric Blue Angels was.

* CapturedSuperEntity: What Bakkir's original intentions for the Electric Blue Angels was.ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Spectres can be trapped in a beer bottle because people believe you can drown anything in a beer bottle.

* CapturedSuperEntity: What Bakkir's original intentions for GodsNeedPrayerBadly: Since the Electric Blue Angels was.current set of urban "gods" are there because people believe in them and pray to them, presumably there were others before. The Neon Court also exists because the old Fair Folk weren't getting the power they needed once life moved to the cities.

* CapturedSuperEntity: What Bakkir's original intentions for JekyllAndHyde: Although Matthew and the Electric Blue Angels was.are normally almost-kind-of-mostly the same person, when they disagree it usually looks like this.

* MagicalSociety: Several.
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* MagicalSociety: Several. The Whites, the Neon Court, the Tribe, the Tower...

* ManChild: Matthew became one, 'cause the angels are, basically, children.
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* ManChild: Post-resurrection and fusion, the angels' persistent curiosity and childlike nature make Matthew became one, 'cause the angels are, basically, children.frequently appear to be one of these.

* ManChild: MentalFusion: Although people generally assume Matthew became one, 'cause is possessed, his relationship with the angels are, basically, children.is really closer to this.

* ManChild: NightmareFuel: Especially given the number of EldritchAbomination types Matthew became one, 'cause deals with, there's a lot. The Last Train will swallow you if you don't bring "offerings"; Blackout will [[spoiler:erase the angels are, basically, children.city from the outside in, and once you sleep with it around you can't wake up ever again]]; and the Death of Cities will skin you alive with paper cuts.

* OccultBlueEyes: Matthew, post-resurrection * OurAngelsAreDifferent * OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Neon Court
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* OccultBlueEyes: Matthew, post-resurrection post-resurrection. The eyes are actually the angels' (see OurAngelsAreDifferent below). * OurAngelsAreDifferent OurAngelsAreDifferent: The blue electric angels aren't "angels" in any sense we would recognize; rather, they're the product of the life that's been spilled into the phones over the years. * OurFairiesAreDifferent: The Neon CourtCourt, who ''used'' to be the traditional [[TheFairFolk fair folk]] but adapted when life moved to the cities and they lost their power.

* PluckyGirl: Kelly from Minority Council.
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* PluckyGirl: Kelly from Minority Council. She manages to greet Matthew with a bright smile no matter how dour his expression.

* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Quite a few of the more clandestine services offered by the Tower are like this, including San Khay's offered "experience of a dying addict's final high."
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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: Quite a few of the more clandestine services offered by the Tower are like this, including San Khay's offered "experience of a dying addict's final high."" The Fairy Dust from ''The Minority Council'' also qualifies, especially [[spoiler:Templeman's]] version.

** Mathew also gives a pretty spectacular one to Oda at the end of "Midnight Mayer about why he won't [[spoiler: kill Penny]].
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** Mathew also gives a pretty spectacular one to Oda at the end of "Midnight Mayer ''The Midnight Mayer'' about why he won't [[spoiler: kill Penny]].

* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Matthew, all the time. * SealedEvilInACan: How Matthew deals with spectres. * {{Seers}}: There are a few. * SharingABody: Matthew and the blue electric angels.
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* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Matthew, all the time. time. It leads to a lot of clashes between him and [[ObstructiveBureaucrat the Aldermen]]. * SealedEvilInACan: How Matthew deals with spectres. spectres. Turns out you really ''can'' drown anything at the bottom of a beer bottle--or at least, [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve enough people think you can that there's truth to it]]. * {{Seers}}: There are Urban oracles tend to work with such things as the pattern of a few. shopping bag being pushed along the sidewalk by the wind, but they're still terrifyingly accurate. * SharingABody: Matthew and the blue electric angels. They also [[MentalFusion mostly share a mind]].

* SomeoneHasToDoIt: The Midnight Mayor
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* SomeoneHasToDoIt: The Midnight MayorMayor protects the city from [[EldritchAbomination things that cannot otherwise be protected from]]. He does such a good job normally that Matthew doesn't originally believe he exists.

* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Nabeela's]] territory. * TranquilFury
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* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Nabeela's]] territory. \n Because the series relies on PostModernMagik, rather than turning them to stone [[spoiler:she]] encases them in concrete. * TranquilFuryTranquilFury: Matthew frequently explains how angry he is in a totally flat voice. Of course, this is frequently due to utter exhaustion rather than actual tranquility.

* WeaksauceWeakness: What good is a PowerTattoo that can be destroyed if you get pen on them?
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* WeaksauceWeakness: What good is a PowerTattoo that can be destroyed if you get pen on them?it?
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** In ''A Madness of Angels'', "Make me a shadow on the wall".
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** In ''A Madness of Angels'', "Make me a shadow on the wall".wall" and "Give me life!"

* BadassNormal: Oda, probably the longest-surviving character who had no magic to help her with it.
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* BadassNormal: Oda, probably the longest-surviving character who had despite having no magic to help of her with it.own in any form managed to outlive some of the most powerful people in the series.

* CameBackStrong: Matthew. Not that Matthew Swift the brown-eyed sorcerer was a weakling, but Matthew Swift the blue-eyed sorcerer-possessed-by-angels is something else again.
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* CameBackStrong: Matthew. Not that Matthew Swift the brown-eyed sorcerer was a weakling, but Matthew Swift the blue-eyed sorcerer-possessed-by-angels blue-eyed-sorcerer-cum-blue-electric-angels is something else again.

* TheChosenOne: [[spoiler: Subverted.]]
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* TheChosenOne: [[spoiler: Subverted. Matthew makes a pretty big deal about how there's no such thing as a Chosen One, and in fact it was all designed to make the Neon Court and the Tribe wipe each other out.]]

* CoolTrain: The Last Train, which will never stops and never takes any passangers, unless they already know about it.
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* CoolTrain: The Last Train, which will never stops and never takes any passangers, unless they already know about it. It also, depending how you look at it, qualifies as NightmareFuel.

* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Mr Pinner skins you alive with ''paper''.
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Mr Pinner skins you alive with ''paper''. The ME is baffled as to how someone could apparently get ''ten thousand paper cuts at once''.

* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The Neon Court.
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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The Neon Court. When people get too old and ugly, they tend to die horribly.

* DemonicPossession: Bakker claims this is what happened to Matthew after his death.
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* DemonicPossession: Bakker claims this is what happened to Matthew after his death. In reality, this is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since Matthew isn't so much possessed as [[MentalFusion brain-melded]].

* DisproportionateRetribution: What happens to Mo and the other kids in ''The Midnight Mayor''.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: What happens to Mo and the other kids in ''The Midnight Mayor''. Generally speaking, [[spoiler:stealing someone's hat doesn't warrant dissolving into ink or being torn apart by ten thousand paper cuts.]]

* DressedToHeal: Justified as Matthew, when injured, goes (or is taken) to hospital.
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* DressedToHeal: Justified as Matthew, when injured, goes (or [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since Dr. Seah is taken) to a doctor working out of what is ''technically'' a hospital.

* EitherOrTitle * EldritchAbomination: Both Blackout and Mr Pinner. * EnemyWithout: Hunger is Bakker's EnemyWithout.
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* EitherOrTitle EitherOrTitle: Until ''The Minority Council''. * EldritchAbomination: Both Blackout and Mr Pinner. Pinner, who is creatively and accurately called "The Death of Cities". * EnemyWithout: Hunger is Bakker's EnemyWithout.to Bakker. Not that Bakker really seems to mind it.

* FirstEpisodeResurrection
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* FirstEpisodeResurrectionFirstEpisodeResurrection: With the subtitle ''The Resurrection of Matthew Swift'', how could it be anything else?

* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Vera]]
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* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Vera]][[spoiler:Vera, who while dissolving into paint smiles and smashes an Alderman over the head with a teakettle.]]

* TheHecateSisters
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* TheHecateSistersTheHecateSisters: The three women with a cauldron. Like everyone else in the world, they've been updated for the modern age; the Maiden now has spiked streaked hair and the cauldron is full of tea.

*IntoxicationEnsues: In Minority Council, while [[spoiler: the angels are super charged from the fairy dust and destroying everything in sight, Matthew's narration is him giggling in the back of his head, going off on tangents about furniture and unaware as to what is actually going on.]]
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*IntoxicationEnsues: * IncrediblyLamePun: A golem made of spilled trash, against whom a garbage can lid is a shield, is called a ''litterbug''. * IntoxicationEnsues: In Minority Council, while [[spoiler: the angels are super charged from the fairy dust and destroying everything in sight, Matthew's narration is him giggling in the back of his head, going off on tangents about furniture and unaware as to what is actually going on.]]

--> [[spoiler: Matthew]] So, yes, I think I might be a little stoned. I mean, not in a bad way, just you know. . . a little bit. . .
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--> [[spoiler: Matthew]] So, yes, I think I might be a little stoned. I mean, not in a bad way, just you know. . . know... a little bit. . .bit...

* InsufferableGenius: Alan.
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* InsufferableGenius: Alan.Alan, the creator of the [[spoiler:culicidae]] in ''The Minority Council''. Snottiest summoner on the face of the planet.

* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Matthew [[spoiler: and JG]]
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* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Matthew [[spoiler: and JG]]JG. They're both literally chosen, by other humans, since in this world there is no such thing as a cosmic-level chosen one]].

* KillItWithFire: The Angels' basic strategy? Burn it to death.
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* KillItWithFire: The Angels' basic strategy? Burn it to death.

* PowerSource: Cities, for urban magicians: take one of them to the country and his powers will be severely weakened, or nullified. * PowerTattoo: San Khay's magical tattoos, which afford him considerable stamina.
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* PowerSource: Cities, for urban magicians: take one of them to the country and his powers will be severely weakened, or nullified. nullified. There are stated to still be rural sorcerers, who are presumably just as useless in a city. * PowerTattoo: San Khay's magical tattoos, which afford him considerable stamina. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, disrupting the patterns by dousing him with more ink ruins that power.]]

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* PowerSource: Cities, for urban magicians: take one of them to the country and his powers will WeaksauceWeakness: What good is a PowerTattoo that can be severely weakened, or nullified. * PowerTattoo: San Khay's magical tattoos, which afford him considerable stamina.destroyed if you get pen on them?
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They begin with urban sorcerer Matthew Swift waking up mysteriously in a house he used to own, two years after his violent death, with different-colored eyes and an internal narrative that thinks of himself as "we" about half the time.
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They begin with urban sorcerer Matthew Swift waking up mysteriously in a house he used to own, two years after his violent death, with different-colored eyes and an internal narrative that thinks of himself as "we" about half the time. \n [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]] features Matthew facing off against some seemingly-unbeatable enemy, usually a modern EldritchAbomination. The series relies heavily on PostModernMagik. In this world, life is magic, and magical beings are what happen to all the "leftover life" in a city. This leads to such entities as [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies with tinfoil wings and a faerie court relying on makeup and Hollywood-style beauty]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the blue electric angels, who are the voice in the telephone come to life from humans pouring so much of our emotions into it]].

* AGodIAmNot: Matthew, post resurrection.
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* AGodIAmNot: Matthew, post resurrection. Fortunately for all involved, considering [[CosmicEntity what the angels could do]].

* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Kayle, Oda's brother: he wanted power, and managed to get the attention of the ''Midnight Mayor''. To the point he sent Aldermen after him, out of London.]]. * {{Animorphism}}: Charlie.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Kayle, Oda's brother: he wanted power, and managed to get the attention of the ''Midnight Mayor''. To the point he sent Aldermen after him, out of London.]]. ]]. Bakker, who [[spoiler:tried to enslave the blue electric angels to achieve immortality]], is a somewhat more subtle example. * {{Animorphism}}: Charlie. In true Swiftverse fashion, he can turn into several urban animals, including a pigeon and a fox.

** The Death of Cities from ''The Midnight Mayor'' is a relatively straightforward example.
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** The Death of Cities from ''The Midnight Mayor'' is a relatively straightforward example. Naturally, the Aldermen are hesitant to believe his claim is real.

** Also The Bag Lady, The Beggar King and Fat Rat who all embody various aspects of urban life.
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** Also The gods of this world are personifications of urban life and archetypes, including but not limited to The Bag Lady, Lady[[note]]an apparently crazy old lady who wheels a cart full of shopping bags filled with animals that attack on her command[[/note]], The Beggar King King, and Fat Rat Rat[[note]]a literal giant rat with wire fur who all embody various aspects of urban life.roams the subway[[/note]].

* AntimagicalFaction: The Order. * ArcWords: "Give me back my hat!" in ''The Midnight Mayor''.
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* AntimagicalFaction: The Order. Order, to KnightTemplar levels. * ArcWords: [[OnceAnEpisode Every book]]. Kate Griffin ''loves'' these. ** "Give me back my hat!" in ''The Midnight Mayor''.

* ArtAttacker: The White Clan. They use graffiti for all their magic. * ArtInitiatesLife: During the battle against Lee, the paintings on the walls came to life and [[ArtAttacker fight]]. * AwesomeMcCoolname: The bikers tend to change their names: Dave to Blackjack; Laslie to Halfburn. Also, Jeremy the Troll wants to be called the Mighty Raaaarrggh!.
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* ArtAttacker: The White Clan. They use graffiti for all their magic. magic, including creating painted attack animals that come off the walls and fight for them. * ArtInitiatesLife: During the battle against Lee, the paintings on the walls came to life and [[ArtAttacker fight]]. fight]]. We also learn in ''The Midnight Mayor'' that [[spoiler:Vera is actually made of paint]]. * AwesomeMcCoolname: The bikers tend to change their names: Dave to Blackjack; Laslie to Halfburn. Also, Jeremy the Troll wants to be called the Mighty Raaaarrggh!. He lightly mocks Matthew for having a normal name.

* BadassLongcoat: Matthew wears one, enchanted to make him totally unnoticeable. He gets it in relatively pristine condition in ''A Madness of Angels''; by the end of the series, it's stained and has been mended with red thread, but he still wears it.
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* BadassLongcoat: Matthew wears one, enchanted to make him totally unnoticeable. He gets it in relatively pristine condition in ''A Madness of Angels''; by the end of the series, it's stained and has been mended with red thread, but he still wears it. And of course, it is still just as badass.

* BloodMagic: In the first book, Matthew uses his blood to [[spoiler: keep Sinclair alive]] and convinces everyone to sign a blood oath. And it's an oft-repeated point that the blood of the blue electric angels would go for huge prices on the black market.
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* BloodMagic: In the first book, Matthew uses his blood to [[spoiler: keep Sinclair alive]] and convinces everyone to sign a blood oath. And it's an oft-repeated point that the blood of the blue electric angels would go for huge prices on the black market.market, presumably to cast all kinds of magic.
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* AGodAmI: The angels, but [[spoiler: only while high on fairy dust]].

* ActionGirl: Oda, Penny, Vera, Dees. * AffablyEvil: Robert Bakker. Oscar Kramb
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* ActionGirl: Oda, Penny, Vera, Dees. Oda is probably the biggest in the series, but Penny's level of magical badassery qualifies her as well, plus Vera of the White Clan and the female Aldermen. * AffablyEvil: Robert Bakker. Bakker, who continues playing SubstituteDad while killing people. Oscar KrambKramb, the so-called Fairy Godmother, also qualifies.

* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Kayle, Oda's brother: he wanted power, and menaged to get the attention of the ''Midnight Mayor''. To the point he sent Aldermen after him, out of London.]].
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* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler:Kayle, Oda's brother: he wanted power, and menaged managed to get the attention of the ''Midnight Mayor''. To the point he sent Aldermen after him, out of London.]].

* AnyoneCanDie
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* AnyoneCanDieAnyoneCanDie: Unless [[ContractualImmortality their name is on the cover]], they can die. At one point the Beggar King [[spoiler: points out to Matthew that he mostly manages to survive by letting everyone else die instead]].

* ArcWords: "Give me back my hat!" in ''The Midnight Mayor'' ** For the whole series, "Come be we and be free" and "Make me a shadow on the wall".
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* ArcWords: "Give me back my hat!" in ''The Midnight Mayor'' Mayor''. ** For the whole series, "Come be we and be free" and free". ** In ''A Madness of Angels'', "Make me a shadow on the wall".

* ArtAttacker: The White Clan.
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* ArtAttacker: The White Clan. They use graffiti for all their magic.

* BadassBiker: The Bikers.
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* BadassBiker: The Bikers.Bikers, who besides being standard bikers with all the implied badass can slip through space to travel huge distances in a blink.

* BadassBureaucrat: The Aldermen.
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* BadassBureaucrat: The Aldermen.Aldermen, an organization of magic-wielding civil servants. Occasionally, though, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat their red tape gets in the way of them being really helpful]].

* BadassLongcoat: Matthew wears one in ''A Madness of Angels''. * BadassNormal: Oda. * BarbarianTribe: The Tribe.
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* BadassLongcoat: Matthew wears one one, enchanted to make him totally unnoticeable. He gets it in relatively pristine condition in ''A Madness of Angels''. Angels''; by the end of the series, it's stained and has been mended with red thread, but he still wears it. * BadassNormal: Oda. Oda, probably the longest-surviving character who had no magic to help her with it. * BarbarianTribe: The Tribe. They mutilate themselves to increase their power.

* BlackAndGreyMorality * BloodMagic
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* BlackAndGreyMorality BlackAndGreyMorality: With the number of bodies he leaves in his wake and his utter ruthlessness when he dedicates himself to a cause, Matthew would probably the bad guy if his enemies hadn't already well and truly crossed the MoralEventHorizon. * BloodMagicBloodMagic: In the first book, Matthew uses his blood to [[spoiler: keep Sinclair alive]] and convinces everyone to sign a blood oath. And it's an oft-repeated point that the blood of the blue electric angels would go for huge prices on the black market.

* BrokenBird: Oda. * BullyingADragon: Played straigh with Chaigneau, who had the brilliant idea of kidnapping Matthew, beat the crap out of him and blackmailing him (yes, the guy who happens to be a sorcerer and to channel beings of pure energy. It's not like he can curse him). Averted with Matthew: people consider his plans to destroy the Tower BullyingADragon, while Matthew knows he can do it.
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* BrokenBird: Oda. Oda. See "BreakTheHaughty" above. * BullyingADragon: Played straigh straight with Chaigneau, who had the brilliant idea of kidnapping Matthew, beat the crap out of him and blackmailing him (yes, the guy who happens to be a sorcerer and to channel beings of pure energy. It's not like he can curse him). Averted with Matthew: people consider his plans to destroy the Tower BullyingADragon, while Matthew knows he can do it.

* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Oda]] in ''The Neon Court''.
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* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: Oda]] in ''The Neon Court''. Many people think this happened to Matthew as well, although he (and the angels) disagree.
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There is also a [[MagicalsAnonymous sequel series]] taking place after ''The Minority Council'' that follows a different protagonist.
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* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Robert Bakker]].
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* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Robert Bakker]].
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There is also a [[MagicalsAnonymous sequel series]] taking place after ''The Minority Council'' that follows a different protagonist.
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