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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/PowerofFive.JPG]] ''The Power of Five''[[note]][[MarketBasedTitle Gatekeeper's in the US]][[/note]] is a series rewrite of a supernatural thriller series by Creator/AnthonyHorowitz, author of the New York Times best-selling series ''Literature/AlexRider''; there are [[ArcNumber five]] books rewritten:

* ''Raven's Gate''
* ''Evil Star''
* ''Nightrise''
* ''Necropolis''
* ''Oblivion''

The story focuses on five 14-year-olds (Matt Freeman; Pedro, Jamie and Scott Tyler, and Scarlett) who are the [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnations]] of five beings who saved the world from the Old Ones, evil spirits who once ruled the world using demons to instill fear on the people by sealing them away into certain parts of the world. Unfortunately, an [[NebulousEvilOrganisation evil organization]] wishes to unlock those parts to release the Old Ones onto the world once more and become rulers of the world. Now it is up to Matt, Pedro, Jamie, Scott and Scarlet to prevent the world from falling into darkness once more.

''Ravens Gate'': Matt Freeman is sent to a [[TownWithADarkSecret nice village]] after being arrested for stealing from a warehouse as part of a government program. However, things are not as they seem as a series of strange events leave him in strange danger. He cannot escape, he cannot contact anyone, and [[EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace the roads out of the town loop]]. Along with a journalist called [[AgentScully Richard]] he meets, he discovers [[spoiler: the townspeople are trying to unleash the Old Ones that once ruled the world]]. Oh, and Matt finds out [[ChosenOne he is destined to save the world]] with his newfound telekinetic powers. Eventually they win. The novel as a whole seems inspired by Lovecraft and is essentially a fantasy horror story.

''Evil Star'': Matt and Richard travel to Peru to find the next of the Five. Richard is kidnapped. Matt meets a boy called Pedro who winds up being one of the Five. They find a lost city. [[spoiler: The book climaxes with Matt and Pedro leading an army of Aztecs to break into a miltary compound. Matt goes God Mode with his powers and kills the [[BigBad Big Bad]]. However the [[XanatosRoulette convoluted plot to resurrect the Old Ones using a satellite works, and Matt can only watch as they escape into the world]]]]. This book has a more fantasy themed plot.

''Nightrise'': This book focuses on Jamie and Scott, telepathic twins who work at Reno Playhouse in Nevada. One night, they are attacked by mysterious assailants. Jamie manages to get away, but Scott isn't so lucky. The former is saved by Alicia, who works for presidental candidate Trelawney and needs Jamie to help her get her son back. [[spoiler: With the aid of Trelawney, Jamie gets into the prison where Scott is being held and, with the help of a local Native American tribe, liberates the underground torture chamber where the telekinetic kids are being held. When he is shot, Jamie is transported to the past, where he meets up with the past reincarnations of the Gatekeepers and defeats the Old Ones. Back in the present, he finds Scott in the hands of one of Nightrise's members, Susan Mortlake, who has manipulated Scott to shoot Trelawney. Jamie manages to deflect the blow and the twins escape. They enter through a passageway and find themselves in Peru, where Matt and Pedro are]].

''Necropolis'': Scarlett is introduced here. Scarlett goes on a school trip to an ancient church for her art class. It is there that she sees an apparition of Matt pass through an unusual door at the end of the hall. She follows him, only to find herself in Ukraine and in the hands of a satanic cult called the Monastery for the Cry for Mercy. [[spoiler: She manages to escape, only to be plastered all over the news and revealed to Nightrise. Meanwhile, Matt and the others plan to save her when they are attacked by zombie-like monsters, who kill Professor Chambers. It is then that Matt and Jamie split up from Scott and Pedro and head to England; but the two are too late, seeing as Scarlett is on her way to Hong Kong, which is about to turn into a [[TitleDrop Necropolis]]. In Hong Kong, Scarlett senses something is amiss; her suspicions are confirmed when she is saved by the Triads, who reveal to her just what she really is]].

''Oblivion'': After the events of ''Necropolis'', [[spoiler: the Five are once again separated from one another, now ten years into the future due to the destruction of the door as they were using it. Matt and Lohan are in Brazil, Richard and Scarlett are in Egypt, Jamie is trapped in a closed-off village in England, and Pedro and Scott are captured in Italy, where the Old Ones try to tempt Scott into joining them. The last dregs of humanity are gathering in Antarctica, preparing for the final battle against the Old Ones in the desolate land of [[TitleDrop Oblivion]]. But Matt has read his own book in the Library, and he knows that this ending may not necessarily be a happy one...]]
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!!This series provides examples of:
* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Relatives]]: It is revealed in Matt's backstory that [[spoiler:when he was taken under the 'care' of his Aunt Gwenda and her boyfriend, they spent all of his inheritance; after they lost all his money, they started beating him up]]. In Jamie and Scott's backstory, [[spoiler:when things start to go bad for their adoptive parents, they start abusing them to the point where Scott snaps and tells the father figure to 'go hang himself'. Considering that the twins have the power of telepathy and mind control, this ends very badly]]. Oh, and let's not forget ''wonderful'' Uncle Don...
* ActionSurvivor: Richard. Small-town journalist drawn into saving the world because Matt once called out telepathically for help. But he has followed Matt all over the world and done his best to protect him, without the benefit of training or powers, and is still alive as of the BittersweetEnding of ''Oblivion''.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Invoked. The Old Ones are well aware of this trope, and rig the US presidential election so that it doesn't happen.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Scott and Jamie don't like to read minds for exactly this reason.
* AntiVillain: The Catholic priest from ''Oblivion'' who poisons Pedro stands out as pretty-much the only villain in the series to be tragically misguided rather than selfish or inherently evil.
* ArcNumber: Five, of course.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played straight and averted with both The Nexus and Nightrise recruiting rich people to their cause.
** In ''Oblivion'', [[spoiler: Nightrise rewards the hundreds of the richest, most famous and most repulsive people that joined them by mutilating them into soldiers for the upcoming battle.]]
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Horowitz takes a few liberties with the belief system of the Incas, several Native American myths, some Ancient Chinese legends and even the theology syllabus of Roman universities in order to work the cosmology of the series into them. Also, in a more nitpicky example, he claims that the five-pointed star symbol of the Gatekeepers has "nothing to do with Christianity", which isn't strictly true - a few examples of early Christian artwork do use a similar five-pointed star as a symbol of Christ. It would still be a bit odd to find it carved on a secret door in the Vatican, but it wouldn't be as unbelievable as the book implies.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: All Five Gatekeepers, once the Old Ones are defeated for good, leave and live in the Dream World, which is implied to be [[{{Heaven}} the Afterlife]].]]
* [[spoiler:BurnTheWitch]]: Pulled off ''cruelly'' at the end of ''Raven's Gate''.
** [[spoiler: With [[NukeEm nukes!]]]]
* BadAss: A job requirement if you are one of the five:
** Matt is a brilliant tactician and his telekinesis powers are enough to force the Old Ones to retreat. He makes the entire Old One army back off (though he doesn't banish any of them) ''on his own!''
** Pedro is ''Manco Capac''.
** Scarlett can control the weather, and [[spoiler: destroys Hong Kong.]]
** Jaime and Scott Tyler manage to cause some serious damage with their mind control.
** Outside the five, we have Richard Cole and Shang Tsung. And ''Lohan''.
* BadassBoast: Two crackers from Shang Tsung:
--->'''Master of the Mountain:''' I do not recall how many men I have killed to be where I am now, but I would hazard a guess at 25.
--->'''Master of the Mountain:''' I mentioned that I had killed 25 men to attain my position. The man who asked me [if he would be willing to work for the Old Ones] was number 25.
* BadassBystander: Richard Cole. [[spoiler: He rescues Matt from a bog and sets an EldritchAbomination on fire.]]
* BadassNormal: Richard has moments where he's at least as competent as any of the Five. Oh, and then there's Lohan in the final book, who casually (and efficiently) murders his way across South America in his quest to survive and help Matt.
* BigBad: Ultimately, [[{{Satan}} Chaos]], the King of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]], is this for the whole series. However, he spends most of his time as an off-screen BiggerBad while the humans trying to unleash him take the BigBad role for each of the first four books:
** Sir Michael in ''Raven's Gate''.
** Diego Salamanda in ''Evil Star''.
** Mr Chairman in ''Night Rise'' (with Susan Mortlake as TheDragon) and ''Necropolis''.
** Finally Chaos himself in ''Oblivion'' (with Jonas Mortlake and the new Chairman as CoDragons and Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad as {{Mook Lieutenant}}s).
* BittersweetEnding:[[spoiler: The final book, "Oblivion", ends like this: the Old Ones have finally been defeated for good, but half the world's population has been wiped out in the process, including Matt and Scott, and it'll probably take humanity a long time to recover from the destruction the Old Ones caused. Also, all Five Gatekeepers decide to leave the world behind for the dream world.]]
* BloodMagic: One of the things required to open Raven's Gate is Matt's blood, exactly the reason why he was adopted by Mrs. Deverill.
* BodyHorror: Diego Salamanda forcibly mutilated as a baby. His head was put between two planks and forced to grow up. By adulthood, his head was nearly twice as long as the average man and his face is equally deformed.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Pedro]] endures a lot of this in ''Oblivion'', what with [[spoiler: witnessing [[FaceHeelTurn Scott's betrayal]] and being forced to swim though ''raw sewage''. He then almost dies from poisoning when ''another'' of his supposed allies betrays him.]] There's only so much TheHeart can take.
* ChekhovsGun: Richard is given a tumi knife by the Incas at the end of ''Evil Star'', with the warning that he would come to "hate them" when he had to use it. [[spoiler: Its purpose is unrevealed until the end of ''Oblivion'', where Richard has to use it to kill Matt to spare him further suffering at the hands of the Old Ones after they were both captured. This allows Matt's past self to be summoned to the present, whose presence is instrumental to the second and final downfall of the Old Ones.]]
** Also, the way the Old Ones were tricked the first time is, with a little variation, also their downfall the second time.
* TheChessmaster: The Chairman of the Nightrise Corporation is a pretty impressive example of this - he rigs a US presidential election, manages to capture two of the Five, takes over Hong Kong and already has a business empire that controls most of South East Asia.
** Matt Freeman is perhaps the best example in the series, outwitting both the King of the Old Ones and the aforementioned Chairman.
** The Master of the Mountain is another heroic example.
* {{Chosen One}}s: The Gatekeepers
* CliffHanger: ''Necropolis'' ends this way; what made it worse was that we had to wait four years for ''Oblivion''.
* CoolGate: The Gates that keep the Old Ones at bay are kinda cool, once you look past how terrifying the entire concept is.
* CoolOldLady: Professor Chambers. As it turns out, however, [[spoiler:the cool factor isn't quite enough to fend off the Old Ones.]]
** Jayne Deverill is a villainous example.
* [[CosmicKeystone Cosmic Keystones]]: The Gates.
* CrapsackWorld: In ''Oblivion'', we get to see what the world looks like under the Old Ones. It's an endless string of natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, plagues, refugees, crazed despots, dystopian police states and, of course, the occasional EldritchAbomination attack.
* CreepyChangingPainting: There's one in Jane Deverill's house in ''Raven's Gate''. It's supposedly of her [[IdenticalGrandson distant ancestor]]...
* CreepyChild: The children of Lesser Malling.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Pedro. He's TheMedic and TheHeart, and the only one of the Five with no combat-useful superpowers. But when he has to, he's perfectly capable of escaping a Nightrise-run prison ''specifically designed to break his spirit'', using a combination of SherlockScan, BatmanGambit, ImpossibleThief and GroinAttack.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: Matt, when the Old Ones torture him. He even gets a barbed wire necklace in imitation of the Crown of Thorns]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: There's quite a few, but ''Raven's Gate'' takes the cake. [[spoiler: The thug in the beginning, Ms. Deverill's acid bath, being crushed in the hand of your god... Yeah.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Played straight with Matt, Pedro, Jamie, and Scott. Subverted with Scarlett, whose had the nicest life out of all five Gatekeepers.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The series was pretty dark from the very start, but ''Oblivion'' is notably even [[UpToEleven moreso]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Richard Cole.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Jamie, at least, feels this way about [[spoiler: Scott's death]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: This is what the Five are destined to do with the Old Ones. They pulled it off in their previous incarnation by sealing them behind the Gates. Matt, with a little help from Pedro, manages to single-handedly incapacitate them for a little while when they finally break free. Finally, due to a quirk of timing at the climax of ''Oblivion'', the Five banish the Old Ones one last time and - just before the portal closes - the British Navy accidentally ''[[NukeEm nukes Hell]]'', and this seemingly kills or permanently imprisons them for good.
** BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Sapling had to die to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu trick the Old Ones]] the first time. When Matt incapacitated them in ''Evil Star'', he almost died (and would have, had [[HealingHands Pedro]] not been present). When the Old Ones are finally defeated for good, it requires a HeroicSacrifice from [[spoiler: Scott]] and a KillTheOnesYouLove from [[spoiler: Richard]] to [[spoiler: Matt]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: In ''Raven's Gate'', Mrs. Deverill falls to her doom when she is pushed by Richard off a railing into a tank of acid.
** Noah falls through a hole in the floor that Matt made by loosening nails and covered with a rug, where he lands on his sickle and dies.
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler: The epilogue to Oblivion features [[TagAlongKid Holly]], decades later and now an old woman, reminiscing on the time she spent with the Five and what became of them after they disappeared.]]
* DownerEnding: ''Evil Star'', and ''Necropolis''. ''Nightrise'', less so.
* TheDragon:
** Jayne Dervill in ''Raven's Gate''.
** Captain Roberts in ''Evil Star''.
** Susan Mortlake in ''Nightrise''.
** Jonas Mortlake [[CoDragons and]] the new Chairman in ''Oblivion''
* EldritchAbomination - The Old Ones.
** Asmodeus, Mrs Deverill's cat, is implied to be one as well. It not only perfectly understands English, it apparrently survives being shot with a shotgun, is implied to have killed Tom Burgess, and follows Matt around. It is also unaccounted for at the end of ''Raven's Gate''...
** Whilst they don't necessarily fit this trope ''per se'', the people of Lesser Malling are at least inhuman to some degree. Both [[spoiler: Sir Michael]] and Claire Deverill are noted to be incredibly fast and strong for people of their age. Mrs Deverill also seems to enjoy eating uncooked meat and looks exactly like a portrait of her "ancestor".
** The portrait itself acts like a CCTV camera and even directs Matt to go to bed on one occasion.
** The Diary of St Joseph of Cordoba has this effect on just about everything around it.
** Many of the denizens of Hong Kong in ''Necropolis''.
* EldritchLocation: Several.
** Lesser Malling and the surrounding countryside.
** Whatever dimension is on the other side of the Gates.
** Hong Kong is turned into one over the course of ''Necropolis''
** Anywhere that the influence of the Old Ones is particularly strong begins to smell awful and naturally repel people.
** The enormous hidden ice palace in Antartica that [[spoiler: the King Of The Old Ones makes its base in after being summoned in Evil Star.]]
** The Nazca Desert. Yes, the whole thing.
* EmptyShell: Scott, at the end of Nightrise.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** The Triads may smuggle drugs and serve as assassins, but they're not about to let the Old Ones take over the world so easily.
** Michael Marsh ''claims'' he doesn't like hurting children unnecessarily. This is fifteen minutes before he tries to cut Matt's heart out.
** Lohan has this reaction when he sees a vivisected child being prepared for use as a 'drug mule'.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The Old Ones have this effect.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Surprisingly, the later servants of the Old Ones do this. This is probably to show the difference between the rather quaint [[spoiler: Lesser Malling folk]] and serious players like Nightrise Corp:
** [[spoiler: Father Gregory]] calmly walks out of a window when he is informed that he has failed the Old Ones by letting Scarlett escape.
** [[spoiler: The Chairman]] simply stands, sipping his fine cognac, watching his death coming all the while.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Mrs. Deverill. Her skin is ''eaten away by acid'']].
** [[spoiler: Sir Michael Marsh]] is crushed to death by the King of the Old Ones.
** [[spoiler: Claire Deverill]] is burnt to death by radiation.
** [[spoiler: Diego Salamanda]] has his neck broken when he falls over and his oversized head hits the ground wrong.
** Both Nightrise chairmen get pretty brutally impaled - one by a ''boat'' and one by a ''falling stactite''.
* [[FiveManBand Five Man Band]]: The point of the series. The characters are as follows:
** TheHero -- Matt, as well as being [[TheBigGuy the big guy]], whether he likes it or not.
** TheMedic -- Pedro, whose power is to heal.
** TheLancer -- Scott, generally messed up after a healthy spell of [[MindRape mind rape]].
** TheHeart -- Jamie, although mainly for his brother who is seriously messed up. (see above)
** TheChick -- Scarlet. Also [[spoiler: a human [[WeatherControlMachine weather machine]]. The most powerful of the five, though she (currently) can't control it]].
* FlashbackNightmare: Scott.
* ForTheEvulz
* GreenRooming : The story starts off with Matt, who then vanishes after book 2, gets a brief mention in book 3, and then is gone for the first half of book 4.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Scott
* HellGate: What the Five Gatekeepers are there to guard and - when necessary - create.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Egyptian freedom fighters in ''Oblivion'', to Richard's disgust.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: All five of the kids wish this at some point.
** Richard occasionally does this too, as it's implied he has some role in taking down the Old Ones. It turns out that his role was actually to [[spoiler: ''stab his best friend in the heart''.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Both Nightrise chairmen. The CEO, however, just gets normal-impaled.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Matt and Richard's friendship could be viewed this way. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker It doesn't end well.]]]]
* ItsUpToYou: Generally averted, as all five of the Gatekeepers need to be present in order to defeat the Old Ones. [[spoiler: It is subverted at the end of ''Oblivion'', when the only one who can save the Five is, of all people, ''Scott'', who pulls a HeroicSacrifice to unlock the doors and allow Jamie and Pedro to reach Oblivion.]]
* LaResistance: [[spoiler:The Nexus]].
* TheLegionsOfHell: The Old Ones.
* MadeOfEvil: Chaos, King of the Old Ones.
* MessianicArchetype: Matt. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Both of him]].
* MookLieutenant: Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad in ''Oblivion''.
* MoreThanMindControl: Susan Mortlake does this to Scott in Nightrise.
* MuggingTheMonster: Occurs early in Raven's Gate with Matt's new foster parent. [[spoiler: She's a witch]].
* NamesTheSame: [[MortalKombat Shang Tsung]].
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: Holly, at the end of ''Oblivion''.]]
* [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Nebulous Evil Organization]]: [[spoiler:Nightrise]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: Scarlett]] definitely gives off this vibe at the end of ''Necropolis'', when [[spoiler: she all but destroys Hong Kong.]] Matt ''can'' become this - when Richard sees [[spoiler: his older, more experienced past incarnation]] in ''Oblivion'', he sees no reason to assume that the kid is incapable of ''parting the seas'' or ''rending apart the sky''.
* PortalNetwork: There are twenty-five doors, all in sacred places around the world, which the Five can use for this purpose. Two in different churches in England, one in a Tuscan monastery, one in the Ukrainian Monastery of the Cry for Mercy, one in a Native American sacred cave, one in an Inca sacred site in Peru, one in a temple in Hong Kong, one in an Italian church, one in the Vatican, one in Mecca, one in the Pyramids of Giza, one in a Brazilian temple, one in a rock wall in Oblivion, Antarctica... [[FridgeLogic which is apparently sacred to someone]]... and a bunch of others at unspecified locations.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Probably in several instances, but most notably with Matt at the end of Evil Star.
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath: After betraying the other Gatekeepers to the Old Ones, Scott regrets his actions and sacrifices himself to open the portal at Antarctica after it was sealed by the Old Ones, allowing Pedro and Jaime to reach the other Gatekeepers and put a stop to the Old Ones.]]
* RefusalOfTheCall: Matt tries to do this several times, but no avail. Why? Because he and the others just [[YouCantFightFate can't fight fate]].
** This inevitably leads to a 'TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive' scenario in ''Raven's Gate''. [[spoiler: Poor, poor Mallory...]]
* {{Reincarnation}}
* ScheduleSlip: One book was released a year between 2005 and 2008 (albeit with a few months' difference). As of April 2011, Anthony Horowitz wass about to start ''Oblivion'' and was aiming for a 200,000 word count, stating that it could be "years" before it materialises.
** ''Oblivion'' was finished and edited as of May 2012, and was finally released on October 4, 2012.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Scott, [[MindRape With]] [[ColdBloodedTorture Good]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Reason]]. Poor guy.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Anthony Horowitz's unfinished ''Pentagram'' series from the 1980s.
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TastesLikeFriendship: In ''Evil Star'', when Pedro and Matt first meet; granted, Pedro tried to steal Matt's watch, so...
* TimeAbyss: [[spoiler: The Librarian]], and the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]] also count.
* {{Timeskip}}: [[spoiler: The beginning of ''Oblivion'' features a 10-year time skip from ''Necropolis''.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: Lohan in ''Oblivion''. Arguably Scott, too.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The dream world has a library that holds the book of every persons who has ever lived (and possibly who will live). Each book tells the entire life story of that person from birth to death. [[spoiler: Matt reads his in order to find out how to defeat the Old Ones]].
* TortureTechnician: Susan Mortlake.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Lesser Malling. There's also a village of [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]] in the last book.
* TriadsAndTongs: Due to EvenEvilHasStandards, they're the good guys for once!
* TwinTelepathy: Jamie and Scott.
* [[ThemeTwinNaming Twin Theme Naming]]: Subverted in Jamie and Scott's case; their first names came from the box in which they were found and their last from the doctor who checked them out.
* WackyWaysideTribe: Several of the villains who impede the collective progress of the Five in ''Oblivion'' aren't even working for the Old Ones; they're just taking advantage of the [[CrapsackWorld chaos they cause]]. Examples include the Sheik who tries to marry Scarlett, the slave-drivers who capture Matt and Lohan, and the priest who tries to kill Pedro.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Minus the going to school part, at least after ''Raven's Gate''.
* WorldDomination: The goal of [[spoiler:[[BigBad Nightrise]]]].
* WorldOfSymbolism: [[spoiler: [[MessianicArchetype Matt is Jesus]], the dream world is Heaven, and the [[ChekhovsGunman lady that Scar saw in the Library]] is the Virgin Mary. Scott could also be seen as Judas.]]
* [[YouCantFightFate You Can't Fight Fate]]: Rule number ''1'' of this series.
** There is even a [[spoiler: Librarian who guards the records and life stories of every being that's ever existed. [[CrypticConversation Naturally]], [[VaguenessIsComing he]] [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo isn't]] [[BecauseDestinySaysSo very helpful]], at least in ''Necropolis'']].
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/PowerofFive.JPG]] ''The Power of Five''[[note]][[MarketBasedTitle Gatekeeper's in the US]][[/note]] is a series rewrite of a supernatural thriller series by Creator/AnthonyHorowitz, author of the New York Times best-selling series ''Literature/AlexRider''; there are [[ArcNumber five]] books rewritten:

* ''Raven's Gate''
* ''Evil Star''
* ''Nightrise''
* ''Necropolis''
* ''Oblivion''

The story focuses on five 14-year-olds (Matt Freeman; Pedro, Jamie and Scott Tyler, and Scarlett) who are the [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnations]] of five beings who saved the world from the Old Ones, evil spirits who once ruled the world using demons to instill fear on the people by sealing them away into certain parts of the world. Unfortunately, an [[NebulousEvilOrganisation evil organization]] wishes to unlock those parts to release the Old Ones onto the world once more and become rulers of the world. Now it is up to Matt, Pedro, Jamie, Scott and Scarlet to prevent the world from falling into darkness once more.

''Ravens Gate'': Matt Freeman is sent to a [[TownWithADarkSecret nice village]] after being arrested for stealing from a warehouse as part of a government program. However, things are not as they seem as a series of strange events leave him in strange danger. He cannot escape, he cannot contact anyone, and [[EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace the roads out of the town loop]]. Along with a journalist called [[AgentScully Richard]] he meets, he discovers [[spoiler: the townspeople are trying to unleash the Old Ones that once ruled the world]]. Oh, and Matt finds out [[ChosenOne he is destined to save the world]] with his newfound telekinetic powers. Eventually they win. The novel as a whole seems inspired by Lovecraft and is essentially a fantasy horror story.

''Evil Star'': Matt and Richard travel to Peru to find the next of the Five. Richard is kidnapped. Matt meets a boy called Pedro who winds up being one of the Five. They find a lost city. [[spoiler: The book climaxes with Matt and Pedro leading an army of Aztecs to break into a miltary compound. Matt goes God Mode with his powers and kills the [[BigBad Big Bad]]. However the [[XanatosRoulette convoluted plot to resurrect the Old Ones using a satellite works, and Matt can only watch as they escape into the world]]]]. This book has a more fantasy themed plot.

''Nightrise'': This book focuses on Jamie and Scott, telepathic twins who work at Reno Playhouse in Nevada. One night, they are attacked by mysterious assailants. Jamie manages to get away, but Scott isn't so lucky. The former is saved by Alicia, who works for presidental candidate Trelawney and needs Jamie to help her get her son back. [[spoiler: With the aid of Trelawney, Jamie gets into the prison where Scott is being held and, with the help of a local Native American tribe, liberates the underground torture chamber where the telekinetic kids are being held. When he is shot, Jamie is transported to the past, where he meets up with the past reincarnations of the Gatekeepers and defeats the Old Ones. Back in the present, he finds Scott in the hands of one of Nightrise's members, Susan Mortlake, who has manipulated Scott to shoot Trelawney. Jamie manages to deflect the blow and the twins escape. They enter through a passageway and find themselves in Peru, where Matt and Pedro are]].

''Necropolis'': Scarlett is introduced here. Scarlett goes on a school trip to an ancient church for her art class. It is there that she sees an apparition of Matt pass through an unusual door at the end of the hall. She follows him, only to find herself in Ukraine and in the hands of a satanic cult called the Monastery for the Cry for Mercy. [[spoiler: She manages to escape, only to be plastered all over the news and revealed to Nightrise. Meanwhile, Matt and the others plan to save her when they are attacked by zombie-like monsters, who kill Professor Chambers. It is then that Matt and Jamie split up from Scott and Pedro and head to England; but the two are too late, seeing as Scarlett is on her way to Hong Kong, which is about to turn into a [[TitleDrop Necropolis]]. In Hong Kong, Scarlett senses something is amiss; her suspicions are confirmed when she is saved by the Triads, who reveal to her just what she really is]].

''Oblivion'': After the events of ''Necropolis'', [[spoiler: the Five are once again separated from one another, now ten years into the future due to the destruction of the door as they were using it. Matt and Lohan are in Brazil, Richard and Scarlett are in Egypt, Jamie is trapped in a closed-off village in England, and Pedro and Scott are captured in Italy, where the Old Ones try to tempt Scott into joining them. The last dregs of humanity are gathering in Antarctica, preparing for the final battle against the Old Ones in the desolate land of [[TitleDrop Oblivion]]. But Matt has read his own book in the Library, and he knows that this ending may not necessarily be a happy one...]]
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!!This series provides examples of:
* [[AbusiveParents Abusive Relatives]]: It is revealed in Matt's backstory that [[spoiler:when he was taken under the 'care' of his Aunt Gwenda and her boyfriend, they spent all of his inheritance; after they lost all his money, they started beating him up]]. In Jamie and Scott's backstory, [[spoiler:when things start to go bad for their adoptive parents, they start abusing them to the point where Scott snaps and tells the father figure to 'go hang himself'. Considering that the twins have the power of telepathy and mind control, this ends very badly]]. Oh, and let's not forget ''wonderful'' Uncle Don...
* ActionSurvivor: Richard. Small-town journalist drawn into saving the world because Matt once called out telepathically for help. But he has followed Matt all over the world and done his best to protect him, without the benefit of training or powers, and is still alive as of the BittersweetEnding of ''Oblivion''.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Invoked. The Old Ones are well aware of this trope, and rig the US presidential election so that it doesn't happen.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Scott and Jamie don't like to read minds for exactly this reason.
* AntiVillain: The Catholic priest from ''Oblivion'' who poisons Pedro stands out as pretty-much the only villain in the series to be tragically misguided rather than selfish or inherently evil.
* ArcNumber: Five, of course.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played straight and averted with both The Nexus and Nightrise recruiting rich people to their cause.
** In ''Oblivion'', [[spoiler: Nightrise rewards the hundreds of the richest, most famous and most repulsive people that joined them by mutilating them into soldiers for the upcoming battle.]]
* ArtisticLicenseReligion: Horowitz takes a few liberties with the belief system of the Incas, several Native American myths, some Ancient Chinese legends and even the theology syllabus of Roman universities in order to work the cosmology of the series into them. Also, in a more nitpicky example, he claims that the five-pointed star symbol of the Gatekeepers has "nothing to do with Christianity", which isn't strictly true - a few examples of early Christian artwork do use a similar five-pointed star as a symbol of Christ. It would still be a bit odd to find it carved on a secret door in the Vatican, but it wouldn't be as unbelievable as the book implies.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: All Five Gatekeepers, once the Old Ones are defeated for good, leave and live in the Dream World, which is implied to be [[{{Heaven}} the Afterlife]].]]
* [[spoiler:BurnTheWitch]]: Pulled off ''cruelly'' at the end of ''Raven's Gate''.
** [[spoiler: With [[NukeEm nukes!]]]]
* BadAss: A job requirement if you are one of the five:
** Matt is a brilliant tactician and his telekinesis powers are enough to force the Old Ones to retreat. He makes the entire Old One army back off (though he doesn't banish any of them) ''on his own!''
** Pedro is ''Manco Capac''.
** Scarlett can control the weather, and [[spoiler: destroys Hong Kong.]]
** Jaime and Scott Tyler manage to cause some serious damage with their mind control.
** Outside the five, we have Richard Cole and Shang Tsung. And ''Lohan''.
* BadassBoast: Two crackers from Shang Tsung:
--->'''Master of the Mountain:''' I do not recall how many men I have killed to be where I am now, but I would hazard a guess at 25.
--->'''Master of the Mountain:''' I mentioned that I had killed 25 men to attain my position. The man who asked me [if he would be willing to work for the Old Ones] was number 25.
* BadassBystander: Richard Cole. [[spoiler: He rescues Matt from a bog and sets an EldritchAbomination on fire.]]
* BadassNormal: Richard has moments where he's at least as competent as any of the Five. Oh, and then there's Lohan in the final book, who casually (and efficiently) murders his way across South America in his quest to survive and help Matt.
* BigBad: Ultimately, [[{{Satan}} Chaos]], the King of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]], is this for the whole series. However, he spends most of his time as an off-screen BiggerBad while the humans trying to unleash him take the BigBad role for each of the first four books:
** Sir Michael in ''Raven's Gate''.
** Diego Salamanda in ''Evil Star''.
** Mr Chairman in ''Night Rise'' (with Susan Mortlake as TheDragon) and ''Necropolis''.
** Finally Chaos himself in ''Oblivion'' (with Jonas Mortlake and the new Chairman as CoDragons and Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad as {{Mook Lieutenant}}s).
* BittersweetEnding:[[spoiler: The final book, "Oblivion", ends like this: the Old Ones have finally been defeated for good, but half the world's population has been wiped out in the process, including Matt and Scott, and it'll probably take humanity a long time to recover from the destruction the Old Ones caused. Also, all Five Gatekeepers decide to leave the world behind for the dream world.]]
* BloodMagic: One of the things required to open Raven's Gate is Matt's blood, exactly the reason why he was adopted by Mrs. Deverill.
* BodyHorror: Diego Salamanda forcibly mutilated as a baby. His head was put between two planks and forced to grow up. By adulthood, his head was nearly twice as long as the average man and his face is equally deformed.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Pedro]] endures a lot of this in ''Oblivion'', what with [[spoiler: witnessing [[FaceHeelTurn Scott's betrayal]] and being forced to swim though ''raw sewage''. He then almost dies from poisoning when ''another'' of his supposed allies betrays him.]] There's only so much TheHeart can take.
* ChekhovsGun: Richard is given a tumi knife by the Incas at the end of ''Evil Star'', with the warning that he would come to "hate them" when he had to use it. [[spoiler: Its purpose is unrevealed until the end of ''Oblivion'', where Richard has to use it to kill Matt to spare him further suffering at the hands of the Old Ones after they were both captured. This allows Matt's past self to be summoned to the present, whose presence is instrumental to the second and final downfall of the Old Ones.]]
** Also, the way the Old Ones were tricked the first time is, with a little variation, also their downfall the second time.
* TheChessmaster: The Chairman of the Nightrise Corporation is a pretty impressive example of this - he rigs a US presidential election, manages to capture two of the Five, takes over Hong Kong and already has a business empire that controls most of South East Asia.
** Matt Freeman is perhaps the best example in the series, outwitting both the King of the Old Ones and the aforementioned Chairman.
** The Master of the Mountain is another heroic example.
* {{Chosen One}}s: The Gatekeepers
* CliffHanger: ''Necropolis'' ends this way; what made it worse was that we had to wait four years for ''Oblivion''.
* CoolGate: The Gates that keep the Old Ones at bay are kinda cool, once you look past how terrifying the entire concept is.
* CoolOldLady: Professor Chambers. As it turns out, however, [[spoiler:the cool factor isn't quite enough to fend off the Old Ones.]]
** Jayne Deverill is a villainous example.
* [[CosmicKeystone Cosmic Keystones]]: The Gates.
* CrapsackWorld: In ''Oblivion'', we get to see what the world looks like under the Old Ones. It's an endless string of natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, plagues, refugees, crazed despots, dystopian police states and, of course, the occasional EldritchAbomination attack.
* CreepyChangingPainting: There's one in Jane Deverill's house in ''Raven's Gate''. It's supposedly of her [[IdenticalGrandson distant ancestor]]...
* CreepyChild: The children of Lesser Malling.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Pedro. He's TheMedic and TheHeart, and the only one of the Five with no combat-useful superpowers. But when he has to, he's perfectly capable of escaping a Nightrise-run prison ''specifically designed to break his spirit'', using a combination of SherlockScan, BatmanGambit, ImpossibleThief and GroinAttack.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: Matt, when the Old Ones torture him. He even gets a barbed wire necklace in imitation of the Crown of Thorns]].
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: There's quite a few, but ''Raven's Gate'' takes the cake. [[spoiler: The thug in the beginning, Ms. Deverill's acid bath, being crushed in the hand of your god... Yeah.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Played straight with Matt, Pedro, Jamie, and Scott. Subverted with Scarlett, whose had the nicest life out of all five Gatekeepers.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The series was pretty dark from the very start, but ''Oblivion'' is notably even [[UpToEleven moreso]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Richard Cole.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Jamie, at least, feels this way about [[spoiler: Scott's death]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: This is what the Five are destined to do with the Old Ones. They pulled it off in their previous incarnation by sealing them behind the Gates. Matt, with a little help from Pedro, manages to single-handedly incapacitate them for a little while when they finally break free. Finally, due to a quirk of timing at the climax of ''Oblivion'', the Five banish the Old Ones one last time and - just before the portal closes - the British Navy accidentally ''[[NukeEm nukes Hell]]'', and this seemingly kills or permanently imprisons them for good.
** BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Sapling had to die to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu trick the Old Ones]] the first time. When Matt incapacitated them in ''Evil Star'', he almost died (and would have, had [[HealingHands Pedro]] not been present). When the Old Ones are finally defeated for good, it requires a HeroicSacrifice from [[spoiler: Scott]] and a KillTheOnesYouLove from [[spoiler: Richard]] to [[spoiler: Matt]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: In ''Raven's Gate'', Mrs. Deverill falls to her doom when she is pushed by Richard off a railing into a tank of acid.
** Noah falls through a hole in the floor that Matt made by loosening nails and covered with a rug, where he lands on his sickle and dies.
* DistantFinale: [[spoiler: The epilogue to Oblivion features [[TagAlongKid Holly]], decades later and now an old woman, reminiscing on the time she spent with the Five and what became of them after they disappeared.]]
* DownerEnding: ''Evil Star'', and ''Necropolis''. ''Nightrise'', less so.
* TheDragon:
** Jayne Dervill in ''Raven's Gate''.
** Captain Roberts in ''Evil Star''.
** Susan Mortlake in ''Nightrise''.
** Jonas Mortlake [[CoDragons and]] the new Chairman in ''Oblivion''
* EldritchAbomination - The Old Ones.
** Asmodeus, Mrs Deverill's cat, is implied to be one as well. It not only perfectly understands English, it apparrently survives being shot with a shotgun, is implied to have killed Tom Burgess, and follows Matt around. It is also unaccounted for at the end of ''Raven's Gate''...
** Whilst they don't necessarily fit this trope ''per se'', the people of Lesser Malling are at least inhuman to some degree. Both [[spoiler: Sir Michael]] and Claire Deverill are noted to be incredibly fast and strong for people of their age. Mrs Deverill also seems to enjoy eating uncooked meat and looks exactly like a portrait of her "ancestor".
** The portrait itself acts like a CCTV camera and even directs Matt to go to bed on one occasion.
** The Diary of St Joseph of Cordoba has this effect on just about everything around it.
** Many of the denizens of Hong Kong in ''Necropolis''.
* EldritchLocation: Several.
** Lesser Malling and the surrounding countryside.
** Whatever dimension is on the other side of the Gates.
** Hong Kong is turned into one over the course of ''Necropolis''
** Anywhere that the influence of the Old Ones is particularly strong begins to smell awful and naturally repel people.
** The enormous hidden ice palace in Antartica that [[spoiler: the King Of The Old Ones makes its base in after being summoned in Evil Star.]]
** The Nazca Desert. Yes, the whole thing.
* EmptyShell: Scott, at the end of Nightrise.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** The Triads may smuggle drugs and serve as assassins, but they're not about to let the Old Ones take over the world so easily.
** Michael Marsh ''claims'' he doesn't like hurting children unnecessarily. This is fifteen minutes before he tries to cut Matt's heart out.
** Lohan has this reaction when he sees a vivisected child being prepared for use as a 'drug mule'.
* EvilIsDeathlyCold: The Old Ones have this effect.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Surprisingly, the later servants of the Old Ones do this. This is probably to show the difference between the rather quaint [[spoiler: Lesser Malling folk]] and serious players like Nightrise Corp:
** [[spoiler: Father Gregory]] calmly walks out of a window when he is informed that he has failed the Old Ones by letting Scarlett escape.
** [[spoiler: The Chairman]] simply stands, sipping his fine cognac, watching his death coming all the while.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Mrs. Deverill. Her skin is ''eaten away by acid'']].
** [[spoiler: Sir Michael Marsh]] is crushed to death by the King of the Old Ones.
** [[spoiler: Claire Deverill]] is burnt to death by radiation.
** [[spoiler: Diego Salamanda]] has his neck broken when he falls over and his oversized head hits the ground wrong.
** Both Nightrise chairmen get pretty brutally impaled - one by a ''boat'' and one by a ''falling stactite''.
* [[FiveManBand Five Man Band]]: The point of the series. The characters are as follows:
** TheHero -- Matt, as well as being [[TheBigGuy the big guy]], whether he likes it or not.
** TheMedic -- Pedro, whose power is to heal.
** TheLancer -- Scott, generally messed up after a healthy spell of [[MindRape mind rape]].
** TheHeart -- Jamie, although mainly for his brother who is seriously messed up. (see above)
** TheChick -- Scarlet. Also [[spoiler: a human [[WeatherControlMachine weather machine]]. The most powerful of the five, though she (currently) can't control it]].
* FlashbackNightmare: Scott.
* ForTheEvulz
* GreenRooming : The story starts off with Matt, who then vanishes after book 2, gets a brief mention in book 3, and then is gone for the first half of book 4.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Scott
* HellGate: What the Five Gatekeepers are there to guard and - when necessary - create.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Egyptian freedom fighters in ''Oblivion'', to Richard's disgust.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: All five of the kids wish this at some point.
** Richard occasionally does this too, as it's implied he has some role in taking down the Old Ones. It turns out that his role was actually to [[spoiler: ''stab his best friend in the heart''.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Both Nightrise chairmen. The CEO, however, just gets normal-impaled.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Matt and Richard's friendship could be viewed this way. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker It doesn't end well.]]]]
* ItsUpToYou: Generally averted, as all five of the Gatekeepers need to be present in order to defeat the Old Ones. [[spoiler: It is subverted at the end of ''Oblivion'', when the only one who can save the Five is, of all people, ''Scott'', who pulls a HeroicSacrifice to unlock the doors and allow Jamie and Pedro to reach Oblivion.]]
* LaResistance: [[spoiler:The Nexus]].
* TheLegionsOfHell: The Old Ones.
* MadeOfEvil: Chaos, King of the Old Ones.
* MessianicArchetype: Matt. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Both of him]].
* MookLieutenant: Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad in ''Oblivion''.
* MoreThanMindControl: Susan Mortlake does this to Scott in Nightrise.
* MuggingTheMonster: Occurs early in Raven's Gate with Matt's new foster parent. [[spoiler: She's a witch]].
* NamesTheSame: [[MortalKombat Shang Tsung]].
* NarratorAllAlong: [[spoiler: Holly, at the end of ''Oblivion''.]]
* [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Nebulous Evil Organization]]: [[spoiler:Nightrise]]
* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: Scarlett]] definitely gives off this vibe at the end of ''Necropolis'', when [[spoiler: she all but destroys Hong Kong.]] Matt ''can'' become this - when Richard sees [[spoiler: his older, more experienced past incarnation]] in ''Oblivion'', he sees no reason to assume that the kid is incapable of ''parting the seas'' or ''rending apart the sky''.
* PortalNetwork: There are twenty-five doors, all in sacred places around the world, which the Five can use for this purpose. Two in different churches in England, one in a Tuscan monastery, one in the Ukrainian Monastery of the Cry for Mercy, one in a Native American sacred cave, one in an Inca sacred site in Peru, one in a temple in Hong Kong, one in an Italian church, one in the Vatican, one in Mecca, one in the Pyramids of Giza, one in a Brazilian temple, one in a rock wall in Oblivion, Antarctica... [[FridgeLogic which is apparently sacred to someone]]... and a bunch of others at unspecified locations.
* PostVictoryCollapse: Probably in several instances, but most notably with Matt at the end of Evil Star.
* [[spoiler: RedemptionEqualsDeath: After betraying the other Gatekeepers to the Old Ones, Scott regrets his actions and sacrifices himself to open the portal at Antarctica after it was sealed by the Old Ones, allowing Pedro and Jaime to reach the other Gatekeepers and put a stop to the Old Ones.]]
* RefusalOfTheCall: Matt tries to do this several times, but no avail. Why? Because he and the others just [[YouCantFightFate can't fight fate]].
** This inevitably leads to a 'TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive' scenario in ''Raven's Gate''. [[spoiler: Poor, poor Mallory...]]
* {{Reincarnation}}
* ScheduleSlip: One book was released a year between 2005 and 2008 (albeit with a few months' difference). As of April 2011, Anthony Horowitz wass about to start ''Oblivion'' and was aiming for a 200,000 word count, stating that it could be "years" before it materialises.
** ''Oblivion'' was finished and edited as of May 2012, and was finally released on October 4, 2012.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Scott, [[MindRape With]] [[ColdBloodedTorture Good]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Reason]]. Poor guy.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Anthony Horowitz's unfinished ''Pentagram'' series from the 1980s.
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TastesLikeFriendship: In ''Evil Star'', when Pedro and Matt first meet; granted, Pedro tried to steal Matt's watch, so...
* TimeAbyss: [[spoiler: The Librarian]], and the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]] also count.
* {{Timeskip}}: [[spoiler: The beginning of ''Oblivion'' features a 10-year time skip from ''Necropolis''.]]
* TokenEvilTeammate: Lohan in ''Oblivion''. Arguably Scott, too.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The dream world has a library that holds the book of every persons who has ever lived (and possibly who will live). Each book tells the entire life story of that person from birth to death. [[spoiler: Matt reads his in order to find out how to defeat the Old Ones]].
* TortureTechnician: Susan Mortlake.
* TownWithADarkSecret: Lesser Malling. There's also a village of [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]] in the last book.
* TriadsAndTongs: Due to EvenEvilHasStandards, they're the good guys for once!
* TwinTelepathy: Jamie and Scott.
* [[ThemeTwinNaming Twin Theme Naming]]: Subverted in Jamie and Scott's case; their first names came from the box in which they were found and their last from the doctor who checked them out.
* WackyWaysideTribe: Several of the villains who impede the collective progress of the Five in ''Oblivion'' aren't even working for the Old Ones; they're just taking advantage of the [[CrapsackWorld chaos they cause]]. Examples include the Sheik who tries to marry Scarlett, the slave-drivers who capture Matt and Lohan, and the priest who tries to kill Pedro.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: Minus the going to school part, at least after ''Raven's Gate''.
* WorldDomination: The goal of [[spoiler:[[BigBad Nightrise]]]].
* WorldOfSymbolism: [[spoiler: [[MessianicArchetype Matt is Jesus]], the dream world is Heaven, and the [[ChekhovsGunman lady that Scar saw in the Library]] is the Virgin Mary. Scott could also be seen as Judas.]]
* [[YouCantFightFate You Can't Fight Fate]]: Rule number ''1'' of this series.
** There is even a [[spoiler: Librarian who guards the records and life stories of every being that's ever existed. [[CrypticConversation Naturally]], [[VaguenessIsComing he]] [[YouWillKnowWhatToDo isn't]] [[BecauseDestinySaysSo very helpful]], at least in ''Necropolis'']].
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8th May '13 3:20:46 PM randomtroper89
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* Mook Lieutenant: Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad in ''Oblivion''.

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* Mook Lieutenant: MookLieutenant: Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad in ''Oblivion''.
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* DistantFinale: [[spoiler: The epilogue to ''Oblivion'' features [[TagAlongKid Holly]], decades later and now an old woman, reminiscing on the time she spent with the Five and what became of them after they disappeared.]]

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* DistantFinale: [[spoiler: The epilogue to ''Oblivion'' Oblivion features [[TagAlongKid Holly]], decades later and now an old woman, reminiscing on the time she spent with the Five and what became of them after they disappeared.]]



* TheDragon:
** Jayne Dervill in ''Raven's Gate''.
** Captain Roberts in ''Evil Star''.
** Susan Mortlake in ''Nightrise''.
** Jonas Mortlake [[CoDragons and]] the new Chairman in ''Oblivion''



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Triads may smuggle drugs and serve as assassins, but they're not about to let the Old Ones take over the world so easily.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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The Triads may smuggle drugs and serve as assassins, but they're not about to let the Old Ones take over the world so easily.


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* Mook Lieutenant: Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad in ''Oblivion''.
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* [[CosmicKeystone Cosmic Keystones]]: The Gates.



* [[CosmicKeystone Cosmic Keystones]]: The Gates.

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* [[CosmicKeystone Cosmic Keystones]]: CruelAndUnusualDeath: There's quite a few, but ''Raven's Gate'' takes the cake. [[spoiler: The Gates.thug in the beginning, Ms. Deverill's acid bath, being crushed in the hand of your god... Yeah.]]
7th Apr '13 6:41:02 AM corruptmalemenace
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* ArcNumber: Five, of course.
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The series was pretty dark from the very start, but ''Oblivion'' is notably even [[UpToEleven moreso]].



* TownWithADarkSecret: Lesser Malling.

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* TownWithADarkSecret: Lesser Malling. There's also a village of [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]] in the last book.
* TriadsAndTongs: Due to EvenEvilHasStandards, they're the good guys for once!
6th Apr '13 8:21:43 AM corruptmalemenace
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* ArtisticLicenseReligiousStudies: Horowitz takes a few liberties with the belief system of the Incas, several Native American myths, some Ancient Chinese legends and even the theology syllabus of Roman universities in order to work the cosmology of the series into them. Also, in a more nitpicky example, he claims that the five-pointed star symbol of the Gatekeepers has "nothing to do with Christianity", which isn't strictly true - a few examples of early Christian artwork do use a similar five-pointed star as a symbol of Christ. It would still be a bit odd to find it carved on a secret door in the Vatican, but it wouldn't be as unbelievable as the book implies.

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* ArtisticLicenseReligiousStudies: ArtisticLicenseReligion: Horowitz takes a few liberties with the belief system of the Incas, several Native American myths, some Ancient Chinese legends and even the theology syllabus of Roman universities in order to work the cosmology of the series into them. Also, in a more nitpicky example, he claims that the five-pointed star symbol of the Gatekeepers has "nothing to do with Christianity", which isn't strictly true - a few examples of early Christian artwork do use a similar five-pointed star as a symbol of Christ. It would still be a bit odd to find it carved on a secret door in the Vatican, but it wouldn't be as unbelievable as the book implies.



** BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Sapling had to die to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu trick the Old Ones]] the first time. When Matt incapacitated them in ''Evil Star'', he almost died (and would have, had [[HealingHands Pedro]] not been present). When the Old Ones are finally defeated for good, it requires a HeroicSacrifice from [[spoiler: Scott]] and a KillTheOneYouLove from [[spoiler: Richard]] to [[spoiler: Matt]].

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** BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Sapling had to die to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu trick the Old Ones]] the first time. When Matt incapacitated them in ''Evil Star'', he almost died (and would have, had [[HealingHands Pedro]] not been present). When the Old Ones are finally defeated for good, it requires a HeroicSacrifice from [[spoiler: Scott]] and a KillTheOneYouLove KillTheOnesYouLove from [[spoiler: Richard]] to [[spoiler: Matt]].
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* AntiVillain: The Catholic priest from ''Oblivion'' who poisons Pedro stands out as pretty-much the only villain in the series to be tragically misguided rather than selfish or inherently evil.



* ArtisticLicenseReligiousStudies: Horowitz takes a few liberties with the belief system of the Incas, several Native American myths, some Ancient Chinese legends and even the theology syllabus of Roman universities in order to work the cosmology of the series into them. Also, in a more nitpicky example, he claims that the five-pointed star symbol of the Gatekeepers has "nothing to do with Christianity", which isn't strictly true - a few examples of early Christian artwork do use a similar five-pointed star as a symbol of Christ. It would still be a bit odd to find it carved on a secret door in the Vatican, but it wouldn't be as unbelievable as the book implies.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: All Five Gatekeepers, once the Old Ones are defeated for good, leave and live in the Dream World, which is implied to be [[{{Heaven}} the Afterlife]].]]



* BadassNormal: Richard has moments where he's at least as competent as any of the Five. Oh. and then there's Lohan in the final book, who casually (and efficiently) murders his way across South America in his quest to survive help Matt.

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* BadassNormal: Richard has moments where he's at least as competent as any of the Five. Oh. Oh, and then there's Lohan in the final book, who casually (and efficiently) murders his way across South America in his quest to survive and help Matt.Matt.
* BigBad: Ultimately, [[{{Satan}} Chaos]], the King of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Ones]], is this for the whole series. However, he spends most of his time as an off-screen BiggerBad while the humans trying to unleash him take the BigBad role for each of the first four books:
** Sir Michael in ''Raven's Gate''.
** Diego Salamanda in ''Evil Star''.
** Mr Chairman in ''Night Rise'' (with Susan Mortlake as TheDragon) and ''Necropolis''.
** Finally Chaos himself in ''Oblivion'' (with Jonas Mortlake and the new Chairman as CoDragons and Commander Strake and Field Marshall Akkad as {{Mook Lieutenant}}s).



* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Pedro]] endures a lot of this in ''Oblivion'', what with [[spoiler: witnessing [[FaceHeelTurn Scott's betrayal]] and being forced to swim though ''raw sewage''.]] There's only so much TheHeart can take.
* Chekhov'sGun: Richard is given a tumi knife by the Incas at the end of ''Evil Star'', with the warning that he would come to "hate them" when he had to use it. [[spoiler: Its purpose is unrevealed until the end of ''Oblivion'', where Richard has to use it to kill Matt to spare him further suffering at the hands of the Old Ones after they were both captured. This allows Matt's past self to be summoned to the present, whose presence is instrumental to the second and final downfall of the Old Ones.]]

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Pedro]] endures a lot of this in ''Oblivion'', what with [[spoiler: witnessing [[FaceHeelTurn Scott's betrayal]] and being forced to swim though ''raw sewage''. He then almost dies from poisoning when ''another'' of his supposed allies betrays him.]] There's only so much TheHeart can take.
* Chekhov'sGun: ChekhovsGun: Richard is given a tumi knife by the Incas at the end of ''Evil Star'', with the warning that he would come to "hate them" when he had to use it. [[spoiler: Its purpose is unrevealed until the end of ''Oblivion'', where Richard has to use it to kill Matt to spare him further suffering at the hands of the Old Ones after they were both captured. This allows Matt's past self to be summoned to the present, whose presence is instrumental to the second and final downfall of the Old Ones.]]]]
** Also, the way the Old Ones were tricked the first time is, with a little variation, also their downfall the second time.



* CoolGate: The Gates that keep the Old Ones at bay are kinda cool, once you look past how terrifying the entire concept is.



* CrapsackWorld: In ''Oblivion'', we get to see what the world looks like under the Old Ones. It's an endless string of natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, plagues, refugees, crazed despots, dystopian police states and, of course, the occasional EldritchAbomination attack.



* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: Matt, when the Old Ones torture him. He even gets a barbed wire necklace in imitation of the Crown of Thorns]].



* DeathEqualsRedemption: Jamie, at least, feels this way about [[spoiler: Scott's death]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: This is what the Five are destined to do with the Old Ones. They pulled it off in their previous incarnation by sealing them behind the Gates. Matt, with a little help from Pedro, manages to single-handedly incapacitate them for a little while when they finally break free. Finally, due to a quirk of timing at the climax of ''Oblivion'', the Five banish the Old Ones one last time and - just before the portal closes - the British Navy accidentally ''[[NukeEm nukes Hell]]'', and this seemingly kills or permanently imprisons them for good.
** BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: Sapling had to die to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu trick the Old Ones]] the first time. When Matt incapacitated them in ''Evil Star'', he almost died (and would have, had [[HealingHands Pedro]] not been present). When the Old Ones are finally defeated for good, it requires a HeroicSacrifice from [[spoiler: Scott]] and a KillTheOneYouLove from [[spoiler: Richard]] to [[spoiler: Matt]].



** Both Nightrise chairmen get pretty brutally impaled - one by a ''boat'' and one by a ''falling stactite''.



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Scott
* HellGate: What the Five Gatekeepers are there to guard and - when necessary - create.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Egyptian freedom fighters in ''Oblivion'', to Richard's disgust.



* TheLegionsOfHell: The Old Ones.
* MadeOfEvil: Chaos, King of the Old Ones.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: Scarlett]] definitely gives off this vibe at the end of ''Necropolis'', when [[spoiler: she all but destroys Hong Kong.]]

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: [[spoiler: Scarlett]] definitely gives off this vibe at the end of ''Necropolis'', when [[spoiler: she all but destroys Hong Kong.]]]] Matt ''can'' become this - when Richard sees [[spoiler: his older, more experienced past incarnation]] in ''Oblivion'', he sees no reason to assume that the kid is incapable of ''parting the seas'' or ''rending apart the sky''.


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* WackyWaysideTribe: Several of the villains who impede the collective progress of the Five in ''Oblivion'' aren't even working for the Old Ones; they're just taking advantage of the [[CrapsackWorld chaos they cause]]. Examples include the Sheik who tries to marry Scarlett, the slave-drivers who capture Matt and Lohan, and the priest who tries to kill Pedro.
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* ActionSurvivor: Richard. Small-town journalist drawn into saving the world because Matt once called out telepathically for help. But he has followed Matt all over the world and done his best to protect him, without the benefit of training or powers, and is still alive as of the DownerEnding of ''Necropolis''.

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* ActionSurvivor: Richard. Small-town journalist drawn into saving the world because Matt once called out telepathically for help. But he has followed Matt all over the world and done his best to protect him, without the benefit of training or powers, and is still alive as of the DownerEnding BittersweetEnding of ''Necropolis''.''Oblivion''.



** Outside the five, we have Richard Cole and Shang Tsung.

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** Outside the five, we have Richard Cole and Shang Tsung. And ''Lohan''.



--->'''Master of the Mountain:''' I mentioned that I had killed 25 men to attain my position the man who asked me [if he would be willing to work for the Old Ones] was number 25.

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--->'''Master of the Mountain:''' I mentioned that I had killed 25 men to attain my position the position. The man who asked me [if he would be willing to work for the Old Ones] was number 25.



* BadassNormal: Richard has moments where he's at least as competent as any of the Five. Oh. and then there's Lohan in the final book, who casually (and efficiently) murders his way across South America in his quest to survive help Matt.



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Pedro. He's TheMedic and TheHeart, and the only one of the Five with no combat-useful superpowers. But when he has to, he's perfectly capable of escaping a Nightrise-run prison ''specifically designed to break his spirit'', using a combination of SherlockScan, BatmanGambit, ImpossibleThief and GroinAttack.



** Lohan has this reaction when he sees a vivisected child being prepared for use as a 'drug mule'.



** Richard occasionally does this too, as it's implied he has some role in taking down the Old Ones.

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** Richard occasionally does this too, as it's implied he has some role in taking down the Old Ones. It turns out that his role was actually to [[spoiler: ''stab his best friend in the heart''.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Both Nightrise chairmen. The CEO, however, just gets normal-impaled.


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* MessianicArchetype: Matt. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Both of him]].


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* PortalNetwork: There are twenty-five doors, all in sacred places around the world, which the Five can use for this purpose. Two in different churches in England, one in a Tuscan monastery, one in the Ukrainian Monastery of the Cry for Mercy, one in a Native American sacred cave, one in an Inca sacred site in Peru, one in a temple in Hong Kong, one in an Italian church, one in the Vatican, one in Mecca, one in the Pyramids of Giza, one in a Brazilian temple, one in a rock wall in Oblivion, Antarctica... [[FridgeLogic which is apparently sacred to someone]]... and a bunch of others at unspecified locations.


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* TokenEvilTeammate: Lohan in ''Oblivion''. Arguably Scott, too.


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* TortureTechnician: Susan Mortlake.
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* AristocratsAreEvil: More like ''rich people'' are evil.
** This is really hammered home in ''Oblivion'', [[spoiler: where Nightrise has gathered hundreds of the richest, most famous and most repulsive people in the world. You're almost glad to see them going to Oblivion to be mutilated.]]

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* AristocratsAreEvil: More like ''rich people'' are evil.
Played straight and averted with both The Nexus and Nightrise recruiting rich people to their cause.
** This is really hammered home in In ''Oblivion'', [[spoiler: where Nightrise has gathered rewards the hundreds of the richest, most famous and most repulsive people in the world. You're almost glad to see that joined them going to Oblivion to be mutilated.by mutilating them into soldiers for the upcoming battle.]]



* BittersweetEnding:[[spoiler: The final book, "Oblivion", ends like this: the Old Ones have finally been defeated for good, but half the world's population has been wiped out in the process, including Matt and Scott, and it'll probably take humanity a long time to recover from the destruction the Old Ones caused.]]

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* BittersweetEnding:[[spoiler: The final book, "Oblivion", ends like this: the Old Ones have finally been defeated for good, but half the world's population has been wiped out in the process, including Matt and Scott, and it'll probably take humanity a long time to recover from the destruction the Old Ones caused. Also, all Five Gatekeepers decide to leave the world behind for the dream world.]]


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* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: The dream world has a library that holds the book of every persons who has ever lived (and possibly who will live). Each book tells the entire life story of that person from birth to death. [[spoiler: Matt reads his in order to find out how to defeat the Old Ones]].
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