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''MerryGentry'' is the title character of an erotic fantasy series by US writer Laurell K. Hamilton, best-known for her previous series ''[[AnitaBlakeVampireHunter Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter]]''. Since 2000, she has been alternating between the two series, publishing eight Merry Gentry novels as of 2009.

The series follows Merry Gentry, the partially human-partially brownie Sidhe Princess of the Unseelie Court. Growing up in an Alternate History of Earth where faeries immigrated ''en masse'' to America in Thomas Jefferson's era, she is attempting to become pregnant as part of a convoluted scheme to keep her insane cousin off the throne. Occasionally, Merry Gentry receives supernatural powers from her love affairs and solves fairy-related crimes.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AnimeHair: All the men have long, flowing, and gorgeous locks as a general rule.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AristocratsAreEvil: Oh hell, and how!
* AnythingThatMoves: Merry Gentry is heterosexual but has little discrimination in her lovers. It's an {{Aesop}} that Merry is trying to deliver to her own people that at one time they were not held to a human standard of beauty, nor human sexual mores. She beds a number of goblins, and members of the Sluagh. At first, even Merry had a hard time with Sholto's "[[NaughtyTentacles extras]]", but by the later books she has become comfortable with them.
* BiggusDickus: Rather notable in many cases.
* BodyHorror: The Hand of Flesh. Also, goblins are a whole race with elements of this.
* BottomlessPit: The sithen has one.
* CannotHaveSexEver: Obviously leads to...
* ChasteHero: Oddly enough, a literal curse inflicted upon the Queen's Ravens for centuries.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In ''Divine Misdemeanors'' Merry and the gang hear a woman scream from another part of the house. Merry and Sholto ''pause to have sex'' before going to investigate.
* ColdIron: Any iron (steel will do, too) can disrupt simple enchantments. Merry wears a clip-on steel-handle folding knife inside her bra, so it is in contact with her skin, as a protection from hostile magics (and as a [[VictoriasSecretCompartment hidden backup weapon]], of course).
* CreepyUncle: [[spoiler: Taranis]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: A central theme of the series and, heck, personified in Doyle.
* {{Death of the Old Gods}}: Many of the Sidhe were well-known Pagan gods, but lost their worshipers to Christianity. This marked the beginning of their decline in power. Sidhe draw power from such worship, and are therefore forbidden to set themselves up as gods as part of the treaty with Jefferson. Furthermore, the older Sidhe have referred to the Elder Gods and Firblogs, which implies that there may have been even ''Older'' Old Gods, that the Sidhe didn't just PutOnABus to AnotherDimension, but actually {{Killed off for Real}}.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Tyrannical queen]], EvilPrince, [[AFeteWorseThanDeath lavish balls]]--the Unseelie Court checks all the boxes.
** The Seelie Court is no better it's just less energetic.
* DeusExMachina
* DeusSexMachina: Literally done on several occasions.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?]]: Justified. [[spoiler: They were literally gods once. And the Nameless was made of their own powers.]]
* {{Duel to the Death}}
* {{Expy}}: In almost every respect, Merry is really a less sexually uptight fairy version of Anita Blake.
* EldritchAbomination
** One of the early incarnations of the Wild Hunt and the sluagh is a many-tentacled, toothy amorphous horror that drives humans mad, consumes souls, etc. There's a fluffier one hanging from the ceiling of the sluagh's sithen who Merry helps make a child from wild magic.
** The Nameless, which appears in A Caress of Twilight.
* EverybodyLives: Appears to be headed for this--the author has admitted that she hates killing off characters.
* ExtraParentConception: Merry eventually gets pregnant with twins, and the twins have three fathers each.
* FantasticArousal: Sholto. They're called [[NaughtyTentacles "Naughty" Tentacles]] for a reason.
* FantasticCasteSystem: Not so fantastic for the goblin shock troops, or the domestic-slave brownies.
* FashionDissonance: Justified because the immortal fey have birth dates separated by up to thousands of years, and they usually stick to the fashion of their youth.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Andais is very, very creative.
* FeudingFamilies
* [[FingerSnapLighter Finger-Snap Lighter]]: Doyle can do this with his Green Flames of Death.
* FisherKing: The ruler of a sithen determines just how lively and fertile it is.
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: The [[AsYouKnow narrator's monologue]] often explains the Gaelic origins of certain words, and connects their modern, metaphorical meaning to the ancient, literal meaning used by [[TheFairFolk the fey]] in the story. For instance, "slogan" is a corruption of "slaugh-gairn," so called because Celtic war cries were a kind of incantation, calling on the faerie slaugh to help them. She also describes an actress as "glamorous" as a way of pointing out that her faerie power and her fame are synergistic.
* {{Fur and Loathing}}: Merry pitches a little hissy fit when she has to wear an ogre-fur coat -- though not before she admires how "lovely" she looks in it.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Relatively. Good people are a bit kinky by human standards. On the other hand, all the evil people are vicious sadomasochistic necrophiliac rapists.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: The Seelie. Big time.
* AGodIsYou: Since the fey are deities, there's a number of them within the books. Merry Gentry herself is descended from a number of fertility deities.
** One of the first deities revealed is [[spoiler: Rhys is actually the god Cromm Cruach]].
** Another Merry Gentry ally in [[spoiler: Maeve Reed is actually the goddess Conchenn]].
** Recently, [[spoiler: Doyle]] was revealed to be the god Nodons.
** Maybe more of an Elemental than a god, but [[spoiler: Frost is the Sidhe manifestation of Jackie Frost. He is in essence, Winter itself]].
** The jury is still out on [[spoiler: Galen, but many of the characters think he may be an incarnation of the Green Man, a common Celtic symbol, and another name for the Consort]].
* {{God Save Us from the Queen}}: Queen Andais is pretty much pure evil.
** Or is she? [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/remarks.php?trope=Main.MerryGentry See discussion]].
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Andais likes a good party, and Laurell K Hamilton likes to describe what every single character is wearing. Down to the silver thread stitching the tunic together.
* TheFairFolk: Pretty much everyone. These are not your wish-granting, glitter-dusting kind of fairies either; most of them are of the haunt your nightmares, seduce your women and eat your babies variety.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Only Merry is part human, but since the narration is from the Sidhe perspective, the Sidhe hybrids function the same way.
** MerryGentry is a Half-Brownie-Half-Human/Half-Sidhe hyrbid herself.
** Doyle is a partially Pooka Sidhe.
** Kitto is a Snake Goblin/Sidhe.
** Sholto is Nightflyer/Sidhe.
** The list goes on and on.
* HollywoodHomely: In-universe. Merry is an alabaster-skinned, green-eyed knockout by any human standard, but her race is composed of the supernaturally tall and willowy. Her short, busty figure does not match the Sidhe ideal, and is a blatant reminder of her [[FantasticRacism mixed heritage]]. Though some had always found her attractive, she really becomes the Fey's Most Eligible Bachelorette when she's up for the throne, as political ambition can spackle over a lot of flaws.
* IGaveMyWord: Break your oath and the sluagh will come and get you.
* IkeaErotica: LKH is tamer than you'd think.
* IncestIsRelative: The fey have a Dark Ages understanding of genetics, and typical deity-like attitudes towards incest. Merry--as the first fey to go to university--is the first to realize this has consequences, and she delivers a tearful rant to Mauve about how the Unseelie have for centuries taken those children rejected by the Seelie court for deformities or magical inadequacy, while the Seelie's ignorance, negligence and prejudice was the cause all along. To be fair, the Unseelie were just as bad about screwing their siblings, but they never reject children, as a rule.
* InterspeciesRomance: Way too many to keep straight.
* IntimateHealing: Mostly as a side effect of Merry's sexual magic.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: TA DA! Merry's got a ''second'' Hand of Power, bitches!
* LawOfInverseFertility: ''All'' of the Sidhe want to have children. Not everyone gets to.
* LightIsNotGood: There's a reason the Seelie ruler is the King of Light and '''Illusion'''.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: Magical items of Faerie -- that have been lost for centuries -- keep appearing around Merry, and ones that supposedly lost their magic are coming to life in her hands.
* TheMagicComesBack: Apparently Merry having sex with various men is reviving Faerie. It's as silly as it sounds.
* MagicGenetics: Merry's [[spoiler:twin babies]] each have [[spoiler:THREE FATHERS]], which would give them 200% genetic material.
** This is made doubly hilarious because the author often boasts about her "biology major."
* MyGirlIsASlut: Her boyfriends need to share her and are entirely happy with the arrangement of her being with 14 or so men in a row.
* NaughtyTentacles: Sholto.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands
* NoBisexuals: Strongly, Strongly, Averted.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine
** Taranis wants Merry to come to a dinner party ''waaaaaay'' too much.
** When Merry first returns to Faerie (and her [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]), she's half-expecting this, but it turns out to be more like DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu?
* NoOSHACompliance: I'll see your BottomlessPit and raise you some carnivorous roses and a building that occasionally remodels itself.
* NoSocialSkills: Merry ocassionally uses Obfuscating Rudeness to cut to the chase with the habitually secretive Sidhe, using the excuse that she was raised and educated among humans. Few realize that she should know better, having been coached in high court etiquette since birth.
* TheOathBreaker:
** Cel has broken his oath. It's a huge scandal because among the fey this carries a death sentence, but everyone is [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen so afraid of his mother]] that they don't do anything about it.
** Merry also becomes head of TheWildHunt for a night in order to punish an oath-breaker.
* The fey of Merry's world are gods and creatures culled from European mythology. For various reasons, the oldest of them are often ''extremely'' vague as to their actual age. But their memories (and possibly lifespans) have been confirmed to predate Christ by several hundred years.
* OlderThanTheyThink: In-universe. Occassionally Merry will question an older fey for underreacting, or reacting differently than she expected. They usually remind her that in several hundred years of living, they've seen most of it before.
* OurElvesAreBetter: They are even better ''[[FantasticRacism than each other]]''.
* PlayingWithFire: Doyle's hand of power is a green flame. It's notable for being fatal even to Sidhe because it will proliferate and consume the victim.
* ProphecyTwist: Try to identify the "Green Man" and "Princess of Flesh and Blood."
** In a twistier twist than usual, Cel was right about Merry being the aforementioned Princess. But while he thought the seer was referring to her mortal blood, it turns out she was referring to her hands of power.
* PalsWithJesus: The Goddess likes her little chats with Merry.
* PubertySuperPower: Most fey come into their powers as teenagers, often a result of sex or a ritual; Merry turns out to be a very late bloomer, coming into her power in her thirties.
* ReallyGetsAround: This is justified, as Merry Gentry is trying to conceive a child and her powers are based on sex.
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: Merry Gentry is GenreSavvy, and subverts this by always phrasing herself carefully around the [[LiteralGenie Fey]]. Unfortunately, the Sithen appears to read and obey her ''thoughts''.
* ScrewDestiny: More like politely declining destiny's offer.
** And then destiny comes back and offers other things. Destiny is very polite in the Merry Gentry 'verse.
** Arguably [[JustForPun the entire point]] [[IncrediblyLamePun of the series.]].
* SelkiesAndWereseals: Merry's lover Roane Finn is a selkie who's had his skin taken away from him, but after sleeping with her he regains his skin and can transform into a seal again.
* ShapeshiftingLover: Again, way too many to keep straight, though Sholto and Doyle are the most obvious.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: Due to above. Look into the anatomy of some of them.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Nameless.
* TakeAThirdOption: Merry [[spoiler:declines the throne because it would mean permanently sacrificing Frost. She]] does this a lot.
* TerminallyDependentSociety: The "essence of faerie" is a sort of magical {{Phlebotinum}} that the Lesser Fey cannot live without. Even the Sidhe will find themselves terminally depressed and magically reduced without it. This makes banishment from Faerie a FateWorseThanDeath, and it is the reason no one expected Merry would just up and leave.
* TheOlderImmortal: Rhys
* TheUnFavorite: Take a guess.
* TheUnmasquedWorld
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Apparently, Taranis used to be good for "a few beers and a drunken brawl." You know, a few thousand years ago.
* TransNature: Many people who want to be sidhe mimic them by dying their hair an unnatural red or getting plastic surgery to get their ears pointed. The latter is laughed at by real sidhe because only half breeds have pointed ears.
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe case. Faeries are, as a rule, pretty promiscuous, so presumably they would be okay with marital infidelity, right? Wrong. For them, an oath is a very SeriousBusiness, and consequently sidhe were very much displeased with some humans' relaxed attitude to marriage vows.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Poor, misunderstood Unseelie.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Taranis
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent Why couldn't you be a sadistic, power-hungry tyrant like your Aunt, Merry?
* WillNotTellALie: Lying is a capital offense among the fey, though they have such silver tongues after centuries of not lying that they can convince you the sky is green and the grass is blue.

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''MerryGentry'' is the title character of an erotic fantasy series by US writer Laurell K. Hamilton, best-known for her previous series ''[[AnitaBlakeVampireHunter Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter]]''. Since 2000, she has been alternating between the two series, publishing eight Merry Gentry novels as of 2009.

The series follows Merry Gentry, the partially human-partially brownie Sidhe Princess of the Unseelie Court. Growing up in an Alternate History of Earth where faeries immigrated ''en masse'' to America in Thomas Jefferson's era, she is attempting to become pregnant as part of a convoluted scheme to keep her insane cousin off the throne. Occasionally, Merry Gentry receives supernatural powers from her love affairs and solves fairy-related crimes.

This work now has a character sheet. Please add character examples to it.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AnimeHair: All the men have long, flowing, and gorgeous locks as a general rule.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AristocratsAreEvil: Oh hell, and how!
* AnythingThatMoves: Merry Gentry is heterosexual but has little discrimination in her lovers. It's an {{Aesop}} that Merry is trying to deliver to her own people that at one time they were not held to a human standard of beauty, nor human sexual mores. She beds a number of goblins, and members of the Sluagh. At first, even Merry had a hard time with Sholto's "[[NaughtyTentacles extras]]", but by the later books she has become comfortable with them.
* BiggusDickus: Rather notable in many cases.
* BodyHorror: The Hand of Flesh. Also, goblins are a whole race with elements of this.
* BottomlessPit: The sithen has one.
* CannotHaveSexEver: Obviously leads to...
* ChasteHero: Oddly enough, a literal curse inflicted upon the Queen's Ravens for centuries.
* CoitusUninterruptus: In ''Divine Misdemeanors'' Merry and the gang hear a woman scream from another part of the house. Merry and Sholto ''pause to have sex'' before going to investigate.
* ColdIron: Any iron (steel will do, too) can disrupt simple enchantments. Merry wears a clip-on steel-handle folding knife inside her bra, so it is in contact with her skin, as a protection from hostile magics (and as a [[VictoriasSecretCompartment hidden backup weapon]], of course).
* CreepyUncle: [[spoiler: Taranis]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: A central theme of the series and, heck, personified in Doyle.
* {{Death of the Old Gods}}: Many of the Sidhe were well-known Pagan gods, but lost their worshipers to Christianity. This marked the beginning of their decline in power. Sidhe draw power from such worship, and are therefore forbidden to set themselves up as gods as part of the treaty with Jefferson. Furthermore, the older Sidhe have referred to the Elder Gods and Firblogs, which implies that there may have been even ''Older'' Old Gods, that the Sidhe didn't just PutOnABus to AnotherDimension, but actually {{Killed off for Real}}.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Tyrannical queen]], EvilPrince, [[AFeteWorseThanDeath lavish balls]]--the Unseelie Court checks all the boxes.
** The Seelie Court is no better it's just less energetic.
* DeusExMachina
* DeusSexMachina: Literally done on several occasions.
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?]]: Justified. [[spoiler: They were literally gods once. And the Nameless was made of their own powers.]]
* {{Duel to the Death}}
* {{Expy}}: In almost every respect, Merry is really a less sexually uptight fairy version of Anita Blake.
* EldritchAbomination
** One of the early incarnations of the Wild Hunt and the sluagh is a many-tentacled, toothy amorphous horror that drives humans mad, consumes souls, etc. There's a fluffier one hanging from the ceiling of the sluagh's sithen who Merry helps make a child from wild magic.
** The Nameless, which appears in A Caress of Twilight.
* EverybodyLives: Appears to be headed for this--the author has admitted that she hates killing off characters.
* ExtraParentConception: Merry eventually gets pregnant with twins, and the twins have three fathers each.
* FantasticArousal: Sholto. They're called [[NaughtyTentacles "Naughty" Tentacles]] for a reason.
* FantasticCasteSystem: Not so fantastic for the goblin shock troops, or the domestic-slave brownies.
* FashionDissonance: Justified because the immortal fey have birth dates separated by up to thousands of years, and they usually stick to the fashion of their youth.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Andais is very, very creative.
* FeudingFamilies
* [[FingerSnapLighter Finger-Snap Lighter]]: Doyle can do this with his Green Flames of Death.
* FisherKing: The ruler of a sithen determines just how lively and fertile it is.
* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: The [[AsYouKnow narrator's monologue]] often explains the Gaelic origins of certain words, and connects their modern, metaphorical meaning to the ancient, literal meaning used by [[TheFairFolk the fey]] in the story. For instance, "slogan" is a corruption of "slaugh-gairn," so called because Celtic war cries were a kind of incantation, calling on the faerie slaugh to help them. She also describes an actress as "glamorous" as a way of pointing out that her faerie power and her fame are synergistic.
* {{Fur and Loathing}}: Merry pitches a little hissy fit when she has to wear an ogre-fur coat -- though not before she admires how "lovely" she looks in it.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Relatively. Good people are a bit kinky by human standards. On the other hand, all the evil people are vicious sadomasochistic necrophiliac rapists.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: The Seelie. Big time.
* AGodIsYou: Since the fey are deities, there's a number of them within the books. Merry Gentry herself is descended from a number of fertility deities.
** One of the first deities revealed is [[spoiler: Rhys is actually the god Cromm Cruach]].
** Another Merry Gentry ally in [[spoiler: Maeve Reed is actually the goddess Conchenn]].
** Recently, [[spoiler: Doyle]] was revealed to be the god Nodons.
** Maybe more of an Elemental than a god, but [[spoiler: Frost is the Sidhe manifestation of Jackie Frost. He is in essence, Winter itself]].
** The jury is still out on [[spoiler: Galen, but many of the characters think he may be an incarnation of the Green Man, a common Celtic symbol, and another name for the Consort]].
* {{God Save Us from the Queen}}: Queen Andais is pretty much pure evil.
** Or is she? [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/remarks.php?trope=Main.MerryGentry See discussion]].
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Andais likes a good party, and Laurell K Hamilton likes to describe what every single character is wearing. Down to the silver thread stitching the tunic together.
* TheFairFolk: Pretty much everyone. These are not your wish-granting, glitter-dusting kind of fairies either; most of them are of the haunt your nightmares, seduce your women and eat your babies variety.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Only Merry is part human, but since the narration is from the Sidhe perspective, the Sidhe hybrids function the same way.
** MerryGentry is a Half-Brownie-Half-Human/Half-Sidhe hyrbid herself.
** Doyle is a partially Pooka Sidhe.
** Kitto is a Snake Goblin/Sidhe.
** Sholto is Nightflyer/Sidhe.
** The list goes on and on.
* HollywoodHomely: In-universe. Merry is an alabaster-skinned, green-eyed knockout by any human standard, but her race is composed of the supernaturally tall and willowy. Her short, busty figure does not match the Sidhe ideal, and is a blatant reminder of her [[FantasticRacism mixed heritage]]. Though some had always found her attractive, she really becomes the Fey's Most Eligible Bachelorette when she's up for the throne, as political ambition can spackle over a lot of flaws.
* IGaveMyWord: Break your oath and the sluagh will come and get you.
* IkeaErotica: LKH is tamer than you'd think.
* IncestIsRelative: The fey have a Dark Ages understanding of genetics, and typical deity-like attitudes towards incest. Merry--as the first fey to go to university--is the first to realize this has consequences, and she delivers a tearful rant to Mauve about how the Unseelie have for centuries taken those children rejected by the Seelie court for deformities or magical inadequacy, while the Seelie's ignorance, negligence and prejudice was the cause all along. To be fair, the Unseelie were just as bad about screwing their siblings, but they never reject children, as a rule.
* InterspeciesRomance: Way too many to keep straight.
* IntimateHealing: Mostly as a side effect of Merry's sexual magic.
* IAmNotLeftHanded: TA DA! Merry's got a ''second'' Hand of Power, bitches!
* LawOfInverseFertility: ''All'' of the Sidhe want to have children. Not everyone gets to.
* LightIsNotGood: There's a reason the Seelie ruler is the King of Light and '''Illusion'''.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: Magical items of Faerie -- that have been lost for centuries -- keep appearing around Merry, and ones that supposedly lost their magic are coming to life in her hands.
* TheMagicComesBack: Apparently Merry having sex with various men is reviving Faerie. It's as silly as it sounds.
* MagicGenetics: Merry's [[spoiler:twin babies]] each have [[spoiler:THREE FATHERS]], which would give them 200% genetic material.
** This is made doubly hilarious because the author often boasts about her "biology major."
* MyGirlIsASlut: Her boyfriends need to share her and are entirely happy with the arrangement of her being with 14 or so men in a row.
* NaughtyTentacles: Sholto.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands
* NoBisexuals: Strongly, Strongly, Averted.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine
** Taranis wants Merry to come to a dinner party ''waaaaaay'' too much.
** When Merry first returns to Faerie (and her [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]), she's half-expecting this, but it turns out to be more like DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu?
* NoOSHACompliance: I'll see your BottomlessPit and raise you some carnivorous roses and a building that occasionally remodels itself.
* NoSocialSkills: Merry ocassionally uses Obfuscating Rudeness to cut to the chase with the habitually secretive Sidhe, using the excuse that she was raised and educated among humans. Few realize that she should know better, having been coached in high court etiquette since birth.
* TheOathBreaker:
** Cel has broken his oath. It's a huge scandal because among the fey this carries a death sentence, but everyone is [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen so afraid of his mother]] that they don't do anything about it.
** Merry also becomes head of TheWildHunt for a night in order to punish an oath-breaker.
* The fey of Merry's world are gods and creatures culled from European mythology. For various reasons, the oldest of them are often ''extremely'' vague as to their actual age. But their memories (and possibly lifespans) have been confirmed to predate Christ by several hundred years.
* OlderThanTheyThink: In-universe. Occassionally Merry will question an older fey for underreacting, or reacting differently than she expected. They usually remind her that in several hundred years of living, they've seen most of it before.
* OurElvesAreBetter: They are even better ''[[FantasticRacism than each other]]''.
* PlayingWithFire: Doyle's hand of power is a green flame. It's notable for being fatal even to Sidhe because it will proliferate and consume the victim.
* ProphecyTwist: Try to identify the "Green Man" and "Princess of Flesh and Blood."
** In a twistier twist than usual, Cel was right about Merry being the aforementioned Princess. But while he thought the seer was referring to her mortal blood, it turns out she was referring to her hands of power.
* PalsWithJesus: The Goddess likes her little chats with Merry.
* PubertySuperPower: Most fey come into their powers as teenagers, often a result of sex or a ritual; Merry turns out to be a very late bloomer, coming into her power in her thirties.
* ReallyGetsAround: This is justified, as Merry Gentry is trying to conceive a child and her powers are based on sex.
* RhetoricalRequestBlunder: Merry Gentry is GenreSavvy, and subverts this by always phrasing herself carefully around the [[LiteralGenie Fey]]. Unfortunately, the Sithen appears to read and obey her ''thoughts''.
* ScrewDestiny: More like politely declining destiny's offer.
** And then destiny comes back and offers other things. Destiny is very polite in the Merry Gentry 'verse.
** Arguably [[JustForPun the entire point]] [[IncrediblyLamePun of the series.]].
* SelkiesAndWereseals: Merry's lover Roane Finn is a selkie who's had his skin taken away from him, but after sleeping with her he regains his skin and can transform into a seal again.
* ShapeshiftingLover: Again, way too many to keep straight, though Sholto and Doyle are the most obvious.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: Due to above. Look into the anatomy of some of them.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Nameless.
* TakeAThirdOption: Merry [[spoiler:declines the throne because it would mean permanently sacrificing Frost. She]] does this a lot.
* TerminallyDependentSociety: The "essence of faerie" is a sort of magical {{Phlebotinum}} that the Lesser Fey cannot live without. Even the Sidhe will find themselves terminally depressed and magically reduced without it. This makes banishment from Faerie a FateWorseThanDeath, and it is the reason no one expected Merry would just up and leave.
* TheOlderImmortal: Rhys
* TheUnFavorite: Take a guess.
* TheUnmasquedWorld
* ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Apparently, Taranis used to be good for "a few beers and a drunken brawl." You know, a few thousand years ago.
* TransNature: Many people who want to be sidhe mimic them by dying their hair an unnatural red or getting plastic surgery to get their ears pointed. The latter is laughed at by real sidhe because only half breeds have pointed ears.
* ValuesDissonance: In-universe case. Faeries are, as a rule, pretty promiscuous, so presumably they would be okay with marital infidelity, right? Wrong. For them, an oath is a very SeriousBusiness, and consequently sidhe were very much displeased with some humans' relaxed attitude to marriage vows.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Poor, misunderstood Unseelie.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Taranis
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent Why couldn't you be a sadistic, power-hungry tyrant like your Aunt, Merry?
* WillNotTellALie: Lying is a capital offense among the fey, though they have such silver tongues after centuries of not lying that they can convince you the sky is green and the grass is blue.

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17th Mar '13 1:13:54 PM Xtifr
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** Merry also becomes head of the WildHunt for a night in order to punish an oath-breaker.

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** Merry also becomes head of the WildHunt TheWildHunt for a night in order to punish an oath-breaker.
23rd Jan '13 10:29:20 AM morenohijazo
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* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: The [[AsYouKnow narrator's monologue]] often explains the Gaelic origins of certain words, and connects their modern, metaphorical meaning to the ancient, literal meaning used by [[TheFairFolk the fey]] in the story. For instance, "slogan" is a corruption of "slaugh-gairn," so called because Celtic war cries were a kind of incantation, calling on the faerie slaugh to help them. She also describes an actress as "glamorous" as a way of pointing out that her faerie power and her fame are synergistic.



* LesYay: Maeve and Merry have...an interlude.
12th Sep '12 6:28:41 AM callsignecho
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* EldritchAbomination: One of the early incarnations of the Wild Hunt and the sluagh is a many-tentacled, toothy amorphous horror that drives humans mad, consumes souls, etc. There's a fluffier one hanging from the ceiling of the sluagh's sithen who Merry helps make a child from wild magic.
** Also, The Nameless, which appears in A Caress of Twilight. It is the combined nasty power of all of the fey. When they were kicked out of Europe and forced to relocate to the US, which was the only country that would have them with their culture intact, the fey performed a spell which would strip them of their nastier powers in order to prevent them from misbehaving and avoid horrifying the humans and getting themselves kicked out (again). The power was bound into a single entity called The Nameless, that is then imprisoned by the rulers of the Seelie and Unseelie courts. Of course, this only works out if the creature remains safely bound where they put it. But just to make things interesting, of course[[spoiler: it doesn't. Instead, Taranis lets it loose and promptly loses control, leaving the thing to flatten L.A.]]

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* EldritchAbomination: EldritchAbomination
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One of the early incarnations of the Wild Hunt and the sluagh is a many-tentacled, toothy amorphous horror that drives humans mad, consumes souls, etc. There's a fluffier one hanging from the ceiling of the sluagh's sithen who Merry helps make a child from wild magic.
** Also, The Nameless, which appears in A Caress of Twilight. It is the combined nasty power of all of the fey. When they were kicked out of Europe and forced to relocate to the US, which was the only country that would have them with their culture intact, the fey performed a spell which would strip them of their nastier powers in order to prevent them from misbehaving and avoid horrifying the humans and getting themselves kicked out (again). The power was bound into a single entity called The Nameless, that is then imprisoned by the rulers of the Seelie and Unseelie courts. Of course, this only works out if the creature remains safely bound where they put it. But just to make things interesting, of course[[spoiler: it doesn't. Instead, Taranis lets it loose and promptly loses control, leaving the thing to flatten L.A.]]Twilight.
11th Sep '12 5:19:08 PM ITookTheOneLessTravelled
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** Also, The Nameless, which appears in A Caress of Twilight. It is the combined nasty power of all of the fey. When they were kicked out of Europe and forced to relocate to the US, which was the only country that would have them with their culture intact, the fey performed a spell which would strip them of their nastier powers in order to prevent them from misbehaving and avoid horrifying the humans and getting themselves kicked out (again). The power was bound into a single entity called The Nameless, that is then imprisoned by the rulers of the Seelie and Unseelie courts. Of course, this only works out if the creature remains safely bound where they put it. But just to make things interesting, of course[[spoiler: it doesn't. Instead, Taranis lets it loose and promptly loses control, leaving the thing to flatten L.A.]]
19th May '12 2:03:38 AM SeptimusHeap
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* TheFairFolk: Pretty much everyone. These are not your wish-granting, glitter-dusting kind of fairies either; most of them are of the [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel haunt your nightmares, seduce your women and eat your babies]] variety.

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* TheFairFolk: Pretty much everyone. These are not your wish-granting, glitter-dusting kind of fairies either; most of them are of the [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel haunt your nightmares, seduce your women and eat your babies]] babies variety.



* IGaveMyWord: Break your oath and the [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel sluagh]] will come and get you.

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* IGaveMyWord: Break your oath and the [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel sluagh]] sluagh will come and get you.
18th May '12 3:01:57 PM SeptimusHeap
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* LesYay: Maeve and Merry have...[[{{YMMV}} an interlude]].

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* LesYay: Maeve and Merry have...[[{{YMMV}} an interlude]].interlude.
27th Feb '12 12:08:20 PM tricksterson
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** The Seelie Court is no better it's just less energetic.


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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Taranis
20th Feb '12 9:08:16 PM rockmanx
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** Merry also becomes head of the WildHunt for a night in order to punish an oathbreaker.

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** Merry also becomes head of the WildHunt for a night in order to punish an oathbreaker.oath-breaker.



* TheUnMasquedWorld

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* TheUnMasquedWorldTheUnmasquedWorld
1st Nov '11 8:19:59 PM ArcadesSabboth
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* OlderThanDirt: The fey of Merry's world are gods and creatures culled from European mythology. For various reasons, the oldest of them are often ''extremely'' vague as to their actual age. But their memories (and possibly lifespans) have been confirmed to predate Christ by several hundred years.

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* OlderThanDirt: The fey of Merry's world are gods and creatures culled from European mythology. For various reasons, the oldest of them are often ''extremely'' vague as to their actual age. But their memories (and possibly lifespans) have been confirmed to predate Christ by several hundred years.
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