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[[caption-width-right:350: Let the hunt begin...]]

-> ''"Trust no one."''
-->-- ''The Maze of Bones'', the first book in the first series

Quiz time: What is ''The 39 Clues"?

A. Childrens' book series

B. Web site

C. Collectible card game

D. Sweepstakes

E. All of the above.

The answer is E.

The book series by RickRiordan and various other authors, as well as the website, cards, and sweepstakes, deal with the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Cahill family]], one of the most powerful families the world has ever known, as almost every historical figure from the last five hundred years is related to them. The family is divided into one of four branches - the [[TheSmartGuy Ekaterina]], who are the geniuses and inventors of the world, the [[TheBigGuy Tomas]], who are explorers and athletes, the [[BadassBureaucrat Luci]][[AmbitionIsEvil ans]], who are the spies, generals, and leaders, and the Janus, the artists, musicians, and authors.

When Grace Cahill, arguably one of the last genuinely nice Cahills, dies, she chooses to unveil her alternate will and kickstart a globe-trotting quest to find the source of the family's power. Such power can only be found by assembling all 39 Clues.

Our story begins when Amy and Dan Cahill, orphans who live with their disinterested great-aunt Beatrice, attend their grandmother Grace's funeral and the reading of her will. There, along with an assortment of colorful distant relatives, they make the choice: one million dollars or the chance to find the Clues alongside au pair Nellie Gomez. They choose to receive their first Clue, and are subsequently thrown into a five-hundred-year-old web of backstabbing, lies, and deceit. The first series follows them through the Clue hunt as they travel the globe, clash with their scheming relatives, and discover troubling truths about themselves and the Cahill family at large.

Flash forward two years to the beginning of the SequelSeries, ''Cahills vs. Vespers''. The Clue hunt has ended, but a new threat has surfaced; [[SequelHook it was revealed at the end of the first series]] that the Clue hunt was really only a practice run for a greater conflict between the Cahills and a previously unknown rival faction. This group, the Vespers, are allegedly so evil that they make the BigBad of the first series look like ''Mother Teresa'' by comparison. Now the Vespers have begun making demands of the Cahill family, and [[HostageForMacGuffin the lives of seven hostages are at stake.]] Amy and Dan are once more sent on a trip around the world, frantically chasing down Vesper One's demands, [[CombatAndSupport while their teammates provide support from the Cahill Command Center]], a computer lab that has been set up in Grace's mansion.


Here's a link to the [[http://www.the39clues.com/ the web site]]. Character sheet is [[Characters/The39Clues here]].
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!!This book series provides examples of:

[[folder:First Series]]

* AbusiveParents: This is most certainly the case with [[spoiler: Ian and Natalie]] since, [[spoiler: Isabel Kabra verbally degrades them on a regular basis. They both ''love'' her, and ''fear'' her simultaneously -- while also thinking that they lead the perfect lives because of all the wealth their family has]] They'd be [[TheWoobie Woobies]] if they weren't so nasty themselves!
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Amy towards Ian.
* AllThereInTheManual: Inputting cards' codes on the website either unlocks a secret file or is part of a Clue Combo. Solving website missions' and inputting ultra-rare cards' codes unlocks one of the 39 Clues.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: The Kabras.
** London does have a large population of Indian-Brits. Isabel is described as lighter-skinned than her children, so it's probably Vikram who has some Indian ancestry.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Everyone except Amy and Dan, the Lucians in particular.
* AncientConspiracy: The Cahill clan.
* ArcNumber: Despite its inclusion in the series name, 39 only shows up as the number of clues, and there doesn't seem to be any reason for it to be this particular number. (When Amy wonders about this, Dan points out that 39 is "a pretty sweet number": [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]]x3, the sum of the first five odd prime numbers, 3^1+3^2+3^3). (Presumably, the authors wanted a numerically interesting number that no one had used before.) 7 actually shows up more in the story (7 teams, [[spoiler: Amy and Dan discover their family branch at the end of Book 7]], and 7 captives in the sequel series. 7 is also the age Amy was when she and Dan lost their parents, and the next big change in her life comes 7 years after that, when her grandmother dies and the clue hunt begins. Then she gets a small break until she's 16, the digits of which add up to 7, when the Vespers attack.
* {{Area51}}: The Lucians are in charge of this location.
* AudioAdaptation: Read by David Pittu!
** Nellie is given a hint of accent, and the Kabras sound upper-crust snooty (which is amazing).
* BadassDriver: While fleeing the Janus hideout, [[spoiler: Dan]] becomes one of these.
** Nellie is one, too, on a regular basis.
* BadassFamily: The Cahills. Who are also a BigScrewedUpFamily, naturally.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Beethoven certainly was, as well as Mozart, Neil Armstrong, Einstein, Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Houdini, Bill Gates, and George Washington, among others.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Isabel Kabra]]
* BigFancyHouse: Both Grace's house[[spoiler: (before it burned down, although the rebuilt version also qualifies)]] and the Kabra mansion.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Where do we begin?
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: [[TheBigGuy Reagan and Madison Holt]] are the blondes, [[RichBitch Natalie Kabra (and her mother Isabel)]] are the brunettes, [[TeenGenius Sinead Starling]] is the redhead, and [[TheHero Amy Cahill]] falls in between the last two, with reddish-brown hair.
* BluffTheEavesdropper
* BrotherSisterTeam: Amy and Dan; Natalie and Ian.
* ChangelingFantasy
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Amy overcomes a lot of her shyness.
** Everywhere in Book 10.
** All of the minor characters get this. If you look at reviews of the first book of the series, you'll see critiques of the "one-dimensional" relatives. Stick around until the middle of the series and interesting developments will begin taking place, especially - unusually for a childrens' book series - among adult supporting characters; the younger minor characters' development mostly happens in the last two books.
* ChekhovsClassroom: All the things Grace taught the Cahill siblings came in handy on the clue hunt.
* ChekhovsSkill: At first, Jonah's love of Shakespeare seems to have only been thrown in to show that Jonah has HiddenDepths, instead of just being a JiveTurkey and TeenIdol. [[spoiler: It turns out that a knowledge of Shakespeare's lost plays is required to reach the end of the gauntlet and find the final clue.]]
* TheClan: Of the Cahills.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Used in book 8. Dan has just left the company of the Wizards, with whom he'd temporarily allied after [[spoiler: he and Amy split due to an argument]]. He ends up watching a TV report on weather conditions at Mount Everest, where he suspects the clue that they're looking for is hidden - and suddenly sees a few familiar faces on the broadcast. Turns out that the rival Clue-hunting team of the Holts have beaten everyone else to the mountain.
* DeathByOriginStory: Hope and Arthur.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Hinted with [[spoiler: the Starling brothers.]]
* DownerBeginning: The series begins with Grace Cahill's death.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Practically all the main characters are Cahills, with fans who make accounts on the web site also being "inducted" into the Cahill family. (However, it's a very distant relation, with common ancestors only as recent as the early 16th century.)
* EvilMatriarch: Isabel
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: All four branches, due to FeudingFamilies, though the Kabras are the best example.
* FeudingFamilies: The Lucian, Ekaterina, Tomas, and Janus branches are all feuding, especially the Ekaterina and Tomas.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Dan and Amy, respectively. [[CharacterDevelopment Dan gets somewhat better, though.]]
* FollowInMyFootsteps: The reason most of the main clue hunters, including Amy and Dan, want to win the clue hunt, and are so ruthless in the way they go about it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Amy, what's a eunuch?"
** This gem from book 9, ''Storm Warning'':
--->'''Amy:''' ''(reading)'' There's this witness testifying against Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who said that they wore 'Men's Jackets and long Trouzers, and Handkerchiefs tied about their heads.' And that 'the Reason of knowing and believing them to be Women then was, by the largeness of their Breasts.'
--->'''Dan:''' ''(with a snicker)'' Um, that would do it.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Dan has Pokemon on his, and [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] has ''pink dollar signs'' of all things on his, even though [[WeAllLiveInAmerica he's from Britian, where the dollar is not used.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Even Amy and Dan, who are by far the nicest and most principled clue hunters, will do morally questionable things from time to time.
* HandsomeDevil: Ian Kabra seems to be molded perfectly for this. His sister Natalie is a [[GenderFlip gender flipped]] version of this.
* HeelFaceTurn: Oh so many. It might even be a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor for ''every'' Cahill. They all seem to have ulterior motives.
** By ''In Too Deep'' [[spoiler: Irina has basically switched sides and wants to help Amy and Dan -- but of course they don't believe her until the very end...]]
* HufflepuffHouse: Arguably, every single branch. Although [[spoiler: the Lucians managed to get their hands on a vial of something-or-other in Book 1 from Ben Franklin, which then turned out to be the Lucian serum, part of the master serum.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point in the series, Dan complains "I can't believe she cheated me - right when I was in the middle of cheating her!"
* IslandBase: The Ekaterina have one inside TheBermudaTriangle. Also,[[spoiler: Madrigals]] have one on Easter Island.
** There's also [[spoiler: the original island home of the Cahills where the Gauntlet is located.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Isabel's plan on Easter Island - she's even willing to kill her own children.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Irina.]]
* KissingCousins: Almost any pairing in the book can be considered this seeing as almost every character is a Cahill. This is usually dismissed though, seeing as apparently half of Earth's population is one.
* LeParkour: Created by the Tomas.
* LiterallyFallingInLove: In ''The Sword Thief'', [[spoiler: Ian falls on top of Amy while saving her life, and the two share a kiss. However, the pseudo-RelationshipUpgrade is short-lived, as he leaves her in a cave to die almost immediately afterward.]]
* LittleGirlsKickShins: Amy (though hardly a little girl at age fourteen) to Ian in ''The Black Circle''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Almost every historical figure for 500 years is a part of the Cahill family. That's [[CaptainObvious a lot of people]].
** Also applicable on a smaller scale - there are seven "teams" in the Clue hunt. In these teams, there are, in total, seventeen people. Nearly every one of these seventeen people gets point-of-view chapters in multiple books, as well as a great deal of CharacterDevelopment. Then there are the minor characters, some recurring and some not, and the villains who are not officially part of any team.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfWriters
* MachiavelliWasWrong: Well, he was certainly right in regards to Ian and Natalie's relationship with their mother. [[spoiler: Until the last book, when they realize that, while they loved Isabel, they were only following her (mostly) out of fear.]]
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Irina betrayed Isabel because of the latter's cruel treatment of her (although her "reward" for this was death), and later, Ian and Natalie left their mother after learning that she drank the Lucian serum and did numerous evil things detailed in her secret files. Then, when Isabel tried to kill them, that only sealed the deal.]]
* NarrativeProfanityFilter
* NeverFoundTheBody: What happened with [[spoiler: Alistair Oh in Book 3. Dan and Amy were genuinely upset about his death until... they found his dirty glove and realized he must have survived then left without them]]
* NeverTrustATrope: "Never trust a Cahill."
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Basically everyone is connected somehow--and practically everyone, Cahill or non-Cahill, knew Grace Cahill.
* OppositesAttract: [[ShrinkingViolet Amy]] [[BrainyBrunette Cahill]] and [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] [[EvilBrit Kabra]]; see UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo below.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Natalie]] is shot in the foot.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** Amy and Dan's parents were killed in a house fire.
** At the end of the series, Ian and Natalie Kabra apply also, though it's not so much ParentalAbandonment as it is [[spoiler: abandoning their parents.]]
* ParentalIssues: Most of the characters have them.
* PhotographicMemory: Dan has one.
* PlotDrivingSecret: The purpose of the 39 Clues, who the Madrigals are, etc.
* PrivilegedRival: The Kabras, full stop.
* PutOnABus: The Starlings are caught in an explosion rigged by the Holts and end up in the hospital for the next nine books, [[spoiler: but they return in book ten.]]
* [[RedheadedHero Redheaded Heroine]]: Amy.
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath: For Irina]].
* RivalsTeamUp: The Cahills and the Kabras in ''The Sword Thief''.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Irina and Lester]].
** Though [[spoiler: Lester]] may be more of a SacrificialLamb, given the fact that [[spoiler: he]] was only around for one book.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Actually a subversion. Amy and Dan aren't above stealing and lying if it means getting any information at all on their parents and the fire that killed them.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Basically every Cahill BUT Amy and Dan
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Amy and Dan. (It gets even more so in the SequelSeries.)
* SecretLegacy
* SeriousBusiness: The 39 Clues.
** Although seeing as the prize for finding all 39 is [[spoiler: super strength, intelligence, creativity and strategy skills]] that could grant you world domination... well, the way all the characters take it seriously doesn't seem too farfetched.
* ShoutOut: A lot. To StarWars, Franchise/StarTrek, IndianaJones, Creator/MontyPython...
* ShownTheirWork: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. In order to find the clues, Amy and Dan need to research the people and places connected to the clue hunt. Also, it's part of [[TheSmartGuy Amy's characterization to spout historical facts with little prompting.]]
* SiblingTeam: Amy and Dan, Ian and Natalie, the Starling triplets.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler: The Madrigals are a Cahill family branch ]]
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: In the second book, Ian is said to have a very high IQ. In the same exact scene, he plays chess against a supercomputer.
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: See ChekhovsClassroom.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Ian
* TeamPet: Saladin, Grace's cat, who accompanies Amy and Dan on their adventures.
* TeenGenius: The Starlings.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Occurs whenever alliances are formed between teams. Of special note are the Cahills and the Kabras in book 3, and the Kabras and Irina in books 5 and 6.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Whoo, boy... It'd be easier to name the characters in this series who ''don't'' have some form of mommy/daddy issues.
* TomatoInTheMirror: This should be two living Tomatoes and three dead Tomatoes in the Mirror. Book #7 has Dan Cahill revealing Cahill's family's branch. It happens to be [[spoiler: Madrigals, a branch known for its secretiveness. The reason is explained at the end of Book #9, the Madrigals' main goal is to unite the all five branches of the Cahill Family.]]
* TwinTelepathy: Amy and Dan aren't twins, but they are siblings who are pretty close and always know what the other is thinking by reading each other's facial expressions. Some fanfiction makes it practically telepathy, in any case.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: As the series often involves espionage, it's inevitable that this trope comes into play.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Amy's always had somewhat of a crush on the fabulous Ian Kabra. After he [[spoiler: "fakes" love for her and leaves her for dead in a cave]] she eventually starts getting over him. Too bad he's [[BecomingTheMask starting to develop genuine feelings...]]
* VideoWills: How Grace starts the hunt for The 39 Clues.
* WasItAllALie: Type 2 occurs in the third book. [[ShrinkingViolet Amy Cahill]] wonders this after she and her brother make an alliance with [[TheRival Ian and Natalie Kabra]], during which [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] flirts with her. The alliance ends with [[spoiler: the Kabras making off with what Dan led them to believe was the clue, and in the meantime trapping the Cahills in a cave.]]
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: See the GoofyPrintUnderwear entry above.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Isabel Kabra for her children and Bae Oh for Alistair, arguably.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed Our Parents]]:
** Amy and Dan, repeatedly, towards [[spoiler: Isabel, Alistair, Cora Wizard, and the Holts.]]
** [[spoiler: Alistair]] towards [[spoiler: Bae Oh]].
* YouWouldntShootMe: Ian tells [[spoiler: Isabel]] that he doesn't believe that she would shoot [[spoiler: her own daughter, Natalie]].

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'''Warning''': By definition, it is impossible to discuss a SequelSeries without spoiling the first series, so expect a lot of spoilers.

[[folder:The SequelSeries, ''Cahills vs. Vespers'']]

* {{Adorkable}}: Amy's secret nickname for her boyfriend, Evan.
** Also, the scene where Amy and Atticus are fangirling over old books in Trust No One.
* AirVentPassageway: Somewhat altered in The Dead of Night, in which Phoenix Wizard and Reagan Holt try to escape the Vespers' prison by climbing up a dumbwaiter shaft. Justified, since the characters are children.
* BettyAndVeronica: Male version with Evan as the Betty, Ian as the Veronica, and as of ''Dead of Night'', [[spoiler: Jake Rosenbloom]] as the ThirdOptionLoveInterest.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* CaperRationalization: Silly Interpol. They aren't stealing because they're crazy criminals; they're stealing because [[spoiler: a shadowy, evil organization has kidnapped seven of their family members and require that they steal things as part of the ransom]].
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Dan does this after escaping from Agent Vanek.
* CutenessProximity: Sinead toward... ''her gun'' in ''Trust No One''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: There's no doubt that Cahills vs. Vespers is darker than the original series...
** A ''huge'' amount of {{Mook}} deaths occur, many with a healthy dose of NightmareFuel.
** Besides death, there's an increase in violence, and the authors don't shy away from describing blood - see OnlyAFleshWound. And in Trust No One, [[spoiler: Alistair is KilledOffForReal]].
** There are more deaths, both major and total, in ''Day of Doom'' alone than in all of the books of the previous series combined.
** Though the language remains (almost always) kid-friendly, it's obvious that more liberties have been taken than in the original series. For example, "ass" appears once in Trust No One, and "pissed off" also appears twice.
** A LoveDodecahedron shows up in "Dead of Night".
** Also, just take a look at Amy and Dan themselves in comparison with the beginning of the first series... or even the end. It's clear that their experiences have not only made them stronger, but also psychologically damaged them. (See also: [[spoiler: Amy going into HeroicSafeMode]] at the end of Trust No One.)
* FaceHeelTurn: It is revealed that one of the Cahills ([[spoiler: Sinead]]) is a double agent for the Vespers.
* FireForgedFriends: The Cahill family, even if "friends" may be still a stretch in some cases.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: See "FireForgedFriends," above.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Dan and Atticus.
** Hamilton and Jonah.
** Ian and Evan in ''Day of Doom''.
* HeroicSafeMode: [[spoiler: Amy]] goes into one near the end of Trust No One, even referring to this "calmly observing instead of actually experiencing" side as "Safe [[spoiler: Amy]]" (while the side that is actually living in the situation and experiencing it is referred to as "Scared [[spoiler: Amy]]"). Last we see of [[spoiler: her]] in the book, [[spoiler: she literally takes off running away from the others after learning exactly what the Vespers plan to do (create a doomsday device) and realizing that she has given them the final piece they need to do it and how it has fallen on her shoulders now to stop it]].
* HostageSituation: The premise of the series is that seven Cahills have been kidnapped, and Amy and Dan Cahill have to fulfill bizarre ransom requests to get them back.
* HostageVideo: How the Vespers prove that they have the hostages alive.
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point in ''The Medusa Plot'', [[GeniusBruiser Hamilton]] [[TheBigGuy Holt]] complains that "Those guys ripped off what we rightfully stole!"
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: See HostageSituation entry above and RevengeByProxy entry below.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Alistair.]]
** [[spoiler: [=McIntyre=]]]
** [[spoiler: Evan, Natalie, and Isabel]]
* LittleUselessGun: [[spoiler: Sinead]] has (and uses) one in Trust No One. (Contrary to what the trope title may make some assume, it's definitely not useless.)
* LongDistanceRelationship: Amy and Evan start one of these (carried on mostly via phone) after Amy and Dan take off on their missions around the world.
* MixedMetaphor: Amy combines "late to the party" with "missing the boat completely" in ''Trust No One'', in what Ian [[LampshadeHanging refers to]] as "that appalling mixed metaphor."
* NoodleIncident: In the bonus track on the ''Shatterproof'' audiobook, Atticus briefly mentions a few incidents from the past, involving things like sonar machines and Stonehenge, without fully explaining them.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Nellie]] is shot in the shoulder and lives, although she needed to have the bullet removed to do so. The incisions were made by a twelve-year-old and the removal is done by [[SpoiledBrat a thirteen-year-old]], both of whom are inexperienced, and the latter of whom is so [[AfraidofBlood squeamish about blood]] that she had [[FridgeHorror her eyes closed while she removed the bullet]].
* ParentalAbandonment: As stated above, [[spoiler: Ian and Natalie. Isabel disowned them.]] Also, Cora Wizard is no longer speaking to her son Jonah, and [[spoiler: Amy and Dan's father is alive, meaning he left them to basically raise themselves for about nine years.]]
* RevengeByProxy: When the Vespers think that Amy and Dan are trying to trick them, they shoot [[spoiler: Nellie, but she survives.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Isabel]] goes on one in ''Day of Doom'' after [[spoiler:her daughter, Natalie]] dies.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: William [=McIntyre=]]].
** [[spoiler: In ''Trust No One'', Alistair Oh]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Amy and Dan climb even higher on the SympatheticCriminal ladder with [[spoiler: the things the Vespers make them do in hopes of getting the hostages back alive]].
* ShownTheirWork: Like in the first series, it's [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. This time, Amy's joined by Atticus in her love of talking about history.
* TakeMeInstead: Amy tries to trade herself for the hostages.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Ian and Evan working together in the Cahill Command Center, though any of the Cahills working together qualify, since they had such a fiercy rivarly before the conclusion of the Hunt.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Or at least, if there are, [[spoiler: Dan]] hasn't seen any, even if he needs to. (For that matter, several characters need to.)
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: In ''Shatterproof'', this is the instant reaction of [[spoiler: Jonah]] after shooting [[spoiler: Luna Amato]] at point-blank range.
* TimeSkip: Two years have passed since the first series (making Amy sixteen years old and Dan thirteen).
* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut: See "OnlyAFleshWound" entry above.

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'''Warning''': The companion books may contain major spoilers for the first series, ''The 39 Clues'', as well as minor spoilers for ''Cahills vs. Vespers''.

[[folder:Companion Books (''Rapid Fire'', ''The Cahill Files'', and ''The Black Book of Buried Secrets'')]]


* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] in ''Crushed''. Amy finds it amazing that [[TheBeautifulElite a guy like Ian]] is visiting a girl like her. [[TheProudElite Ian finds it difficult to believe, too.]]
* NoodleIncident: ''The Submarine Job'' never really explains the story behind Grace's decision to drive that car off a cliff.
* StalkingIsLove: It's revealed in ''Operation Trinity'' that Ian watches Amy before the clue hunt via a surveillance camera, and there isn't even a hint that the author thinks this is wrong. The entire scene even seems to have been thrown in solely to please the [[FanPreferredCouple Amy/Ian shippers]]. Then again, he seemed to come across the feed by accident, implying that this doesn't happen on a regular basis....


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[[caption-width-right:350: Let the hunt begin...]]

-> ''"Trust no one."''
-->-- ''The Maze of Bones'', the first book in the first series

Quiz time: What is ''The 39 Clues"?

A. Childrens' book series

B. Web site

C. Collectible card game

D. Sweepstakes

E. All of the above.

The answer is E.

The book series by RickRiordan and various other authors, as well as the website, cards, and sweepstakes, deal with the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Cahill family]], one of the most powerful families the world has ever known, as almost every historical figure from the last five hundred years is related to them. The family is divided into one of four branches - the [[TheSmartGuy Ekaterina]], who are the geniuses and inventors of the world, the [[TheBigGuy Tomas]], who are explorers and athletes, the [[BadassBureaucrat Luci]][[AmbitionIsEvil ans]], who are the spies, generals, and leaders, and the Janus, the artists, musicians, and authors.

When Grace Cahill, arguably one of the last genuinely nice Cahills, dies, she chooses to unveil her alternate will and kickstart a globe-trotting quest to find the source of the family's power. Such power can only be found by assembling all 39 Clues.

Our story begins when Amy and Dan Cahill, orphans who live with their disinterested great-aunt Beatrice, attend their grandmother Grace's funeral and the reading of her will. There, along with an assortment of colorful distant relatives, they make the choice: one million dollars or the chance to find the Clues alongside au pair Nellie Gomez. They choose to receive their first Clue, and are subsequently thrown into a five-hundred-year-old web of backstabbing, lies, and deceit. The first series follows them through the Clue hunt as they travel the globe, clash with their scheming relatives, and discover troubling truths about themselves and the Cahill family at large.

Flash forward two years to the beginning of the SequelSeries, ''Cahills vs. Vespers''. The Clue hunt has ended, but a new threat has surfaced; [[SequelHook it was revealed at the end of the first series]] that the Clue hunt was really only a practice run for a greater conflict between the Cahills and a previously unknown rival faction. This group, the Vespers, are allegedly so evil that they make the BigBad of the first series look like ''Mother Teresa'' by comparison. Now the Vespers have begun making demands of the Cahill family, and [[HostageForMacGuffin the lives of seven hostages are at stake.]] Amy and Dan are once more sent on a trip around the world, frantically chasing down Vesper One's demands, [[CombatAndSupport while their teammates provide support from the Cahill Command Center]], a computer lab that has been set up in Grace's mansion.


Here's a link to the [[http://www.the39clues.com/ the web site]]. Character sheet is [[Characters/The39Clues here]].
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!!This book series provides examples of:

[[folder:First Series]]

* AbusiveParents: This is most certainly the case with [[spoiler: Ian and Natalie]] since, [[spoiler: Isabel Kabra verbally degrades them on a regular basis. They both ''love'' her, and ''fear'' her simultaneously -- while also thinking that they lead the perfect lives because of all the wealth their family has]] They'd be [[TheWoobie Woobies]] if they weren't so nasty themselves!
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Amy towards Ian.
* AllThereInTheManual: Inputting cards' codes on the website either unlocks a secret file or is part of a Clue Combo. Solving website missions' and inputting ultra-rare cards' codes unlocks one of the 39 Clues.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: The Kabras.
** London does have a large population of Indian-Brits. Isabel is described as lighter-skinned than her children, so it's probably Vikram who has some Indian ancestry.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Everyone except Amy and Dan, the Lucians in particular.
* AncientConspiracy: The Cahill clan.
* ArcNumber: Despite its inclusion in the series name, 39 only shows up as the number of clues, and there doesn't seem to be any reason for it to be this particular number. (When Amy wonders about this, Dan points out that 39 is "a pretty sweet number": [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]]x3, the sum of the first five odd prime numbers, 3^1+3^2+3^3). (Presumably, the authors wanted a numerically interesting number that no one had used before.) 7 actually shows up more in the story (7 teams, [[spoiler: Amy and Dan discover their family branch at the end of Book 7]], and 7 captives in the sequel series. 7 is also the age Amy was when she and Dan lost their parents, and the next big change in her life comes 7 years after that, when her grandmother dies and the clue hunt begins. Then she gets a small break until she's 16, the digits of which add up to 7, when the Vespers attack.
* {{Area51}}: The Lucians are in charge of this location.
* AudioAdaptation: Read by David Pittu!
** Nellie is given a hint of accent, and the Kabras sound upper-crust snooty (which is amazing).
* BadassDriver: While fleeing the Janus hideout, [[spoiler: Dan]] becomes one of these.
** Nellie is one, too, on a regular basis.
* BadassFamily: The Cahills. Who are also a BigScrewedUpFamily, naturally.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Beethoven certainly was, as well as Mozart, Neil Armstrong, Einstein, Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Houdini, Bill Gates, and George Washington, among others.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Isabel Kabra]]
* BigFancyHouse: Both Grace's house[[spoiler: (before it burned down, although the rebuilt version also qualifies)]] and the Kabra mansion.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Where do we begin?
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: [[TheBigGuy Reagan and Madison Holt]] are the blondes, [[RichBitch Natalie Kabra (and her mother Isabel)]] are the brunettes, [[TeenGenius Sinead Starling]] is the redhead, and [[TheHero Amy Cahill]] falls in between the last two, with reddish-brown hair.
* BluffTheEavesdropper
* BrotherSisterTeam: Amy and Dan; Natalie and Ian.
* ChangelingFantasy
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Amy overcomes a lot of her shyness.
** Everywhere in Book 10.
** All of the minor characters get this. If you look at reviews of the first book of the series, you'll see critiques of the "one-dimensional" relatives. Stick around until the middle of the series and interesting developments will begin taking place, especially - unusually for a childrens' book series - among adult supporting characters; the younger minor characters' development mostly happens in the last two books.
* ChekhovsClassroom: All the things Grace taught the Cahill siblings came in handy on the clue hunt.
* ChekhovsSkill: At first, Jonah's love of Shakespeare seems to have only been thrown in to show that Jonah has HiddenDepths, instead of just being a JiveTurkey and TeenIdol. [[spoiler: It turns out that a knowledge of Shakespeare's lost plays is required to reach the end of the gauntlet and find the final clue.]]
* TheClan: Of the Cahills.
* CoincidentalBroadcast: Used in book 8. Dan has just left the company of the Wizards, with whom he'd temporarily allied after [[spoiler: he and Amy split due to an argument]]. He ends up watching a TV report on weather conditions at Mount Everest, where he suspects the clue that they're looking for is hidden - and suddenly sees a few familiar faces on the broadcast. Turns out that the rival Clue-hunting team of the Holts have beaten everyone else to the mountain.
* DeathByOriginStory: Hope and Arthur.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Hinted with [[spoiler: the Starling brothers.]]
* DownerBeginning: The series begins with Grace Cahill's death.
* EveryoneIsRelated: Practically all the main characters are Cahills, with fans who make accounts on the web site also being "inducted" into the Cahill family. (However, it's a very distant relation, with common ancestors only as recent as the early 16th century.)
* EvilMatriarch: Isabel
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: All four branches, due to FeudingFamilies, though the Kabras are the best example.
* FeudingFamilies: The Lucian, Ekaterina, Tomas, and Janus branches are all feuding, especially the Ekaterina and Tomas.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Dan and Amy, respectively. [[CharacterDevelopment Dan gets somewhat better, though.]]
* FollowInMyFootsteps: The reason most of the main clue hunters, including Amy and Dan, want to win the clue hunt, and are so ruthless in the way they go about it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Amy, what's a eunuch?"
** This gem from book 9, ''Storm Warning'':
--->'''Amy:''' ''(reading)'' There's this witness testifying against Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who said that they wore 'Men's Jackets and long Trouzers, and Handkerchiefs tied about their heads.' And that 'the Reason of knowing and believing them to be Women then was, by the largeness of their Breasts.'
--->'''Dan:''' ''(with a snicker)'' Um, that would do it.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Dan has Pokemon on his, and [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] has ''pink dollar signs'' of all things on his, even though [[WeAllLiveInAmerica he's from Britian, where the dollar is not used.]]
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Even Amy and Dan, who are by far the nicest and most principled clue hunters, will do morally questionable things from time to time.
* HandsomeDevil: Ian Kabra seems to be molded perfectly for this. His sister Natalie is a [[GenderFlip gender flipped]] version of this.
* HeelFaceTurn: Oh so many. It might even be a HeelFaceRevolvingDoor for ''every'' Cahill. They all seem to have ulterior motives.
** By ''In Too Deep'' [[spoiler: Irina has basically switched sides and wants to help Amy and Dan -- but of course they don't believe her until the very end...]]
* HufflepuffHouse: Arguably, every single branch. Although [[spoiler: the Lucians managed to get their hands on a vial of something-or-other in Book 1 from Ben Franklin, which then turned out to be the Lucian serum, part of the master serum.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point in the series, Dan complains "I can't believe she cheated me - right when I was in the middle of cheating her!"
* IslandBase: The Ekaterina have one inside TheBermudaTriangle. Also,[[spoiler: Madrigals]] have one on Easter Island.
** There's also [[spoiler: the original island home of the Cahills where the Gauntlet is located.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Isabel's plan on Easter Island - she's even willing to kill her own children.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Irina.]]
* KissingCousins: Almost any pairing in the book can be considered this seeing as almost every character is a Cahill. This is usually dismissed though, seeing as apparently half of Earth's population is one.
* LeParkour: Created by the Tomas.
* LiterallyFallingInLove: In ''The Sword Thief'', [[spoiler: Ian falls on top of Amy while saving her life, and the two share a kiss. However, the pseudo-RelationshipUpgrade is short-lived, as he leaves her in a cave to die almost immediately afterward.]]
* LittleGirlsKickShins: Amy (though hardly a little girl at age fourteen) to Ian in ''The Black Circle''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Almost every historical figure for 500 years is a part of the Cahill family. That's [[CaptainObvious a lot of people]].
** Also applicable on a smaller scale - there are seven "teams" in the Clue hunt. In these teams, there are, in total, seventeen people. Nearly every one of these seventeen people gets point-of-view chapters in multiple books, as well as a great deal of CharacterDevelopment. Then there are the minor characters, some recurring and some not, and the villains who are not officially part of any team.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfWriters
* MachiavelliWasWrong: Well, he was certainly right in regards to Ian and Natalie's relationship with their mother. [[spoiler: Until the last book, when they realize that, while they loved Isabel, they were only following her (mostly) out of fear.]]
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Irina betrayed Isabel because of the latter's cruel treatment of her (although her "reward" for this was death), and later, Ian and Natalie left their mother after learning that she drank the Lucian serum and did numerous evil things detailed in her secret files. Then, when Isabel tried to kill them, that only sealed the deal.]]
* NarrativeProfanityFilter
* NeverFoundTheBody: What happened with [[spoiler: Alistair Oh in Book 3. Dan and Amy were genuinely upset about his death until... they found his dirty glove and realized he must have survived then left without them]]
* NeverTrustATrope: "Never trust a Cahill."
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Basically everyone is connected somehow--and practically everyone, Cahill or non-Cahill, knew Grace Cahill.
* OppositesAttract: [[ShrinkingViolet Amy]] [[BrainyBrunette Cahill]] and [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] [[EvilBrit Kabra]]; see UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo below.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Natalie]] is shot in the foot.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** Amy and Dan's parents were killed in a house fire.
** At the end of the series, Ian and Natalie Kabra apply also, though it's not so much ParentalAbandonment as it is [[spoiler: abandoning their parents.]]
* ParentalIssues: Most of the characters have them.
* PhotographicMemory: Dan has one.
* PlotDrivingSecret: The purpose of the 39 Clues, who the Madrigals are, etc.
* PrivilegedRival: The Kabras, full stop.
* PutOnABus: The Starlings are caught in an explosion rigged by the Holts and end up in the hospital for the next nine books, [[spoiler: but they return in book ten.]]
* [[RedheadedHero Redheaded Heroine]]: Amy.
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath: For Irina]].
* RivalsTeamUp: The Cahills and the Kabras in ''The Sword Thief''.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Irina and Lester]].
** Though [[spoiler: Lester]] may be more of a SacrificialLamb, given the fact that [[spoiler: he]] was only around for one book.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Actually a subversion. Amy and Dan aren't above stealing and lying if it means getting any information at all on their parents and the fire that killed them.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Basically every Cahill BUT Amy and Dan
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Amy and Dan. (It gets even more so in the SequelSeries.)
* SecretLegacy
* SeriousBusiness: The 39 Clues.
** Although seeing as the prize for finding all 39 is [[spoiler: super strength, intelligence, creativity and strategy skills]] that could grant you world domination... well, the way all the characters take it seriously doesn't seem too farfetched.
* ShoutOut: A lot. To StarWars, Franchise/StarTrek, IndianaJones, Creator/MontyPython...
* ShownTheirWork: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. In order to find the clues, Amy and Dan need to research the people and places connected to the clue hunt. Also, it's part of [[TheSmartGuy Amy's characterization to spout historical facts with little prompting.]]
* SiblingTeam: Amy and Dan, Ian and Natalie, the Starling triplets.
* SixthRanger: [[spoiler: The Madrigals are a Cahill family branch ]]
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: In the second book, Ian is said to have a very high IQ. In the same exact scene, he plays chess against a supercomputer.
* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: See ChekhovsClassroom.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Ian
* TeamPet: Saladin, Grace's cat, who accompanies Amy and Dan on their adventures.
* TeenGenius: The Starlings.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Occurs whenever alliances are formed between teams. Of special note are the Cahills and the Kabras in book 3, and the Kabras and Irina in books 5 and 6.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Whoo, boy... It'd be easier to name the characters in this series who ''don't'' have some form of mommy/daddy issues.
* TomatoInTheMirror: This should be two living Tomatoes and three dead Tomatoes in the Mirror. Book #7 has Dan Cahill revealing Cahill's family's branch. It happens to be [[spoiler: Madrigals, a branch known for its secretiveness. The reason is explained at the end of Book #9, the Madrigals' main goal is to unite the all five branches of the Cahill Family.]]
* TwinTelepathy: Amy and Dan aren't twins, but they are siblings who are pretty close and always know what the other is thinking by reading each other's facial expressions. Some fanfiction makes it practically telepathy, in any case.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: As the series often involves espionage, it's inevitable that this trope comes into play.
* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Amy's always had somewhat of a crush on the fabulous Ian Kabra. After he [[spoiler: "fakes" love for her and leaves her for dead in a cave]] she eventually starts getting over him. Too bad he's [[BecomingTheMask starting to develop genuine feelings...]]
* VideoWills: How Grace starts the hunt for The 39 Clues.
* WasItAllALie: Type 2 occurs in the third book. [[ShrinkingViolet Amy Cahill]] wonders this after she and her brother make an alliance with [[TheRival Ian and Natalie Kabra]], during which [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] flirts with her. The alliance ends with [[spoiler: the Kabras making off with what Dan led them to believe was the clue, and in the meantime trapping the Cahills in a cave.]]
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: See the GoofyPrintUnderwear entry above.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Isabel Kabra for her children and Bae Oh for Alistair, arguably.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed Our Parents]]:
** Amy and Dan, repeatedly, towards [[spoiler: Isabel, Alistair, Cora Wizard, and the Holts.]]
** [[spoiler: Alistair]] towards [[spoiler: Bae Oh]].
* YouWouldntShootMe: Ian tells [[spoiler: Isabel]] that he doesn't believe that she would shoot [[spoiler: her own daughter, Natalie]].

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'''Warning''': By definition, it is impossible to discuss a SequelSeries without spoiling the first series, so expect a lot of spoilers.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Amy's secret nickname for her boyfriend, Evan.
** Also, the scene where Amy and Atticus are fangirling over old books in Trust No One.
* AirVentPassageway: Somewhat altered in The Dead of Night, in which Phoenix Wizard and Reagan Holt try to escape the Vespers' prison by climbing up a dumbwaiter shaft. Justified, since the characters are children.
* BettyAndVeronica: Male version with Evan as the Betty, Ian as the Veronica, and as of ''Dead of Night'', [[spoiler: Jake Rosenbloom]] as the ThirdOptionLoveInterest.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* CaperRationalization: Silly Interpol. They aren't stealing because they're crazy criminals; they're stealing because [[spoiler: a shadowy, evil organization has kidnapped seven of their family members and require that they steal things as part of the ransom]].
* CuffsOffRubWrists: Dan does this after escaping from Agent Vanek.
* CutenessProximity: Sinead toward... ''her gun'' in ''Trust No One''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: There's no doubt that Cahills vs. Vespers is darker than the original series...
** A ''huge'' amount of {{Mook}} deaths occur, many with a healthy dose of NightmareFuel.
** Besides death, there's an increase in violence, and the authors don't shy away from describing blood - see OnlyAFleshWound. And in Trust No One, [[spoiler: Alistair is KilledOffForReal]].
** There are more deaths, both major and total, in ''Day of Doom'' alone than in all of the books of the previous series combined.
** Though the language remains (almost always) kid-friendly, it's obvious that more liberties have been taken than in the original series. For example, "ass" appears once in Trust No One, and "pissed off" also appears twice.
** A LoveDodecahedron shows up in "Dead of Night".
** Also, just take a look at Amy and Dan themselves in comparison with the beginning of the first series... or even the end. It's clear that their experiences have not only made them stronger, but also psychologically damaged them. (See also: [[spoiler: Amy going into HeroicSafeMode]] at the end of Trust No One.)
* FaceHeelTurn: It is revealed that one of the Cahills ([[spoiler: Sinead]]) is a double agent for the Vespers.
* FireForgedFriends: The Cahill family, even if "friends" may be still a stretch in some cases.
* HeadbuttingHeroes: See "FireForgedFriends," above.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Dan and Atticus.
** Hamilton and Jonah.
** Ian and Evan in ''Day of Doom''.
* HeroicSafeMode: [[spoiler: Amy]] goes into one near the end of Trust No One, even referring to this "calmly observing instead of actually experiencing" side as "Safe [[spoiler: Amy]]" (while the side that is actually living in the situation and experiencing it is referred to as "Scared [[spoiler: Amy]]"). Last we see of [[spoiler: her]] in the book, [[spoiler: she literally takes off running away from the others after learning exactly what the Vespers plan to do (create a doomsday device) and realizing that she has given them the final piece they need to do it and how it has fallen on her shoulders now to stop it]].
* HostageSituation: The premise of the series is that seven Cahills have been kidnapped, and Amy and Dan Cahill have to fulfill bizarre ransom requests to get them back.
* HostageVideo: How the Vespers prove that they have the hostages alive.
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point in ''The Medusa Plot'', [[GeniusBruiser Hamilton]] [[TheBigGuy Holt]] complains that "Those guys ripped off what we rightfully stole!"
* IWillPunishYourFriendForYourFailure: See HostageSituation entry above and RevengeByProxy entry below.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Alistair.]]
** [[spoiler: [=McIntyre=]]]
** [[spoiler: Evan, Natalie, and Isabel]]
* LittleUselessGun: [[spoiler: Sinead]] has (and uses) one in Trust No One. (Contrary to what the trope title may make some assume, it's definitely not useless.)
* LongDistanceRelationship: Amy and Evan start one of these (carried on mostly via phone) after Amy and Dan take off on their missions around the world.
* MixedMetaphor: Amy combines "late to the party" with "missing the boat completely" in ''Trust No One'', in what Ian [[LampshadeHanging refers to]] as "that appalling mixed metaphor."
* NoodleIncident: In the bonus track on the ''Shatterproof'' audiobook, Atticus briefly mentions a few incidents from the past, involving things like sonar machines and Stonehenge, without fully explaining them.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler: Nellie]] is shot in the shoulder and lives, although she needed to have the bullet removed to do so. The incisions were made by a twelve-year-old and the removal is done by [[SpoiledBrat a thirteen-year-old]], both of whom are inexperienced, and the latter of whom is so [[AfraidofBlood squeamish about blood]] that she had [[FridgeHorror her eyes closed while she removed the bullet]].
* ParentalAbandonment: As stated above, [[spoiler: Ian and Natalie. Isabel disowned them.]] Also, Cora Wizard is no longer speaking to her son Jonah, and [[spoiler: Amy and Dan's father is alive, meaning he left them to basically raise themselves for about nine years.]]
* RevengeByProxy: When the Vespers think that Amy and Dan are trying to trick them, they shoot [[spoiler: Nellie, but she survives.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Isabel]] goes on one in ''Day of Doom'' after [[spoiler:her daughter, Natalie]] dies.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: William [=McIntyre=]]].
** [[spoiler: In ''Trust No One'', Alistair Oh]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Amy and Dan climb even higher on the SympatheticCriminal ladder with [[spoiler: the things the Vespers make them do in hopes of getting the hostages back alive]].
* ShownTheirWork: Like in the first series, it's [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. This time, Amy's joined by Atticus in her love of talking about history.
* TakeMeInstead: Amy tries to trade herself for the hostages.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Ian and Evan working together in the Cahill Command Center, though any of the Cahills working together qualify, since they had such a fiercy rivarly before the conclusion of the Hunt.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Or at least, if there are, [[spoiler: Dan]] hasn't seen any, even if he needs to. (For that matter, several characters need to.)
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: In ''Shatterproof'', this is the instant reaction of [[spoiler: Jonah]] after shooting [[spoiler: Luna Amato]] at point-blank range.
* TimeSkip: Two years have passed since the first series (making Amy sixteen years old and Dan thirteen).
* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut: See "OnlyAFleshWound" entry above.

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'''Warning''': The companion books may contain major spoilers for the first series, ''The 39 Clues'', as well as minor spoilers for ''Cahills vs. Vespers''.

[[folder:Companion Books (''Rapid Fire'', ''The Cahill Files'', and ''The Black Book of Buried Secrets'')]]


* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] in ''Crushed''. Amy finds it amazing that [[TheBeautifulElite a guy like Ian]] is visiting a girl like her. [[TheProudElite Ian finds it difficult to believe, too.]]
* NoodleIncident: ''The Submarine Job'' never really explains the story behind Grace's decision to drive that car off a cliff.
* StalkingIsLove: It's revealed in ''Operation Trinity'' that Ian watches Amy before the clue hunt via a surveillance camera, and there isn't even a hint that the author thinks this is wrong. The entire scene even seems to have been thrown in solely to please the [[FanPreferredCouple Amy/Ian shippers]]. Then again, he seemed to come across the feed by accident, implying that this doesn't happen on a regular basis....


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* DarkerAndEdgier: Despite its slightly lower important-character body count, there's no doubt that Cahills vs. Vespers is darker than the original series...

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Despite its slightly lower important-character body count, there's There's no doubt that Cahills vs. Vespers is darker than the original series...



* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Arthur Trent]], fairly solidly confirmed in ''Dead of Night'', although he hasn't made an actual appearance yet.
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** [[spoiler: McIntyre]]

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** There are more deaths, both major and total, in ''Day of Doom'' alone than in all of the books of the previous series combined.


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** [[spoiler: McIntyre]]
** [[spoiler: Evan, Natalie, and Isabel]]


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler:Isabel]] goes on one in ''Day of Doom'' after [[spoiler:her daughter, Natalie]] dies.
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Dan and Atticus.
** Hamilton and Jonah.
** Ian and Evan in ''Day of Doom''.
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* CaperRationization: Silly Interpol. They aren't stealing because they're crazy criminals; they're stealing because [[spoiler: a shadowy, evil organization has kidnapped seven of their family members and require that they steal things as part of the ransom]].

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* CaperRationization: CaperRationalization: Silly Interpol. They aren't stealing because they're crazy criminals; they're stealing because [[spoiler: a shadowy, evil organization has kidnapped seven of their family members and require that they steal things as part of the ransom]].
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* CaperRationization: Silly Interpol. They aren't stealing because they're crazy criminals; they're stealing because [[spoiler: a shadowy, evil organization has kidnapped seven of their family members and require that they steal things as part of the ransom]].
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* TwinTelepathy: Amy and Dan aren't twins, but they are siblings who are pretty close and always know what the other is thinking by reading each other's facial expressions. Some fanfictions make it practically telepathy in any case.

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* TwinTelepathy: Amy and Dan aren't twins, but they are siblings who are pretty close and always know what the other is thinking by reading each other's facial expressions. Some fanfictions make fanfiction makes it practically telepathy telepathy, in any case.case.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: As the series often involves espionage, it's inevitable that this trope comes into play.
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* TimeSkip: Two years have passed since the first series (making Amy sixteen years old and Dan thirteen).
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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Or at least, if there are, [[spoiler: Dan]] hasn't seen any, even if he needs to. (For that matter, several characters need to.)
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