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[[caption-width:210:[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Yeah, it's a children's book.]] And yes, the lizard is a good guy.]]

->"Aurora the Flier, I bond to you...Our life and death are one, we two...Through dark, through flame, through war, though strife...I save you as you save my life."

-->--The bonding ceremony between flier and human

The Underland Chronicles, abbreviated fondly as TUC, was written author [[Literature/TheHungerGames Suzanne Collins]] as her debut series of novels. The books consist of:

*** Gregor the Overlander
*** Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
*** Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
*** Gregor and the Marks of Secret
*** Gregor and the Code of Claw

When a kid named [[KidHero Gregor]] follows his little sister, Boots, through [[DownTheRabbitHole a grate in the laundry room]] of their New York apartment building, he hurtles into the dark [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer Underland beneath the city.]] There, humans live uneasily besides [[NightmareFuel gi]][[AnimalsNotToScale ant]] [[GiantSpider spiders,]] [[GentleGiant bats,]] [[DumbIsGood cockroaches]] and [[RodentsOfUnusualSize rats]] - but the fragile peace is about to fall apart. Of course Gregor [[LittleHeroBigWar wants no part of a conflict]] between these creepy creatures. But when he discovers that a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo strange prophecy]] [[ChosenOne foretells a role for him]] in the Underland's uncertain future, [[spoiler:not to mention find his missing dad]] he knows there's no other choice. Little does he know his [[TheQuest quest]] will change him forever.

Though it sounds like [[AirportFantasy your run-of-the-mill fiction]], the books are surprisingly good and feature great characters. And yes, [[TalkingAnimal the animals talk.]] Big time.

The series has a small but devoted fanbase which has become slightly larger following the success of her other series, Literature/TheHungerGames.
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!!This series includes examples of:

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and his Bat]] Gregor's eventual bond [[spoiler:Ares.]]
* ActionGirl: Queen Luxa. And Solovet. Okay, pretty much all female characters save Nerissa.
* AerithAndBob: Gregor and his sister Boots come down to the Underland, where they meet people with strange names such as Dulcet, Vikus, Solovet, Luxa, etc. and then Gregor finds out that "Here among all these strange names [is] a Henry"
* AppliedPhlebotinum So...many....prophecies. Not to mention [[spoiler: the plot-helping mutations.]]
* BadassBoast: Ripred, whom many fans think is really a [[AGodAmI a god in disguise.]]
* BadassNormal: Gregor. And Luxa. And Ripred. Okay, pretty much everyone here can kick butt.
* BatOutOfHell: Averted. The bats here are friends with the humans, and they [[AccidentalInnuendo allow the humans to ride them.]] [[DragonridersofPern Sound familiar?]] Or not.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: If it weren't for the prophecies, Gregor would not be involved in any of the Underland's battles.
* BeginnersLuck: Gregor seems to get lucky a lot when fighting, even though he's not the brightest.
** Somewhat justified in that [[spoiler: he's a [[TheBerserker rager]].]]
** {{Lampshaded}} in Book 5, when Gregor realizes that if [[spoiler: his [[TheBerserker rager skills]] fail him, he's just a twelve-year-old kid who's had a few sword lessons, and therefore in big trouble.]]
* TheBerserker: [[spoiler:Gregor and Ripred are both "ragers" -- a person with highly developed warrior skills, a natural-born killer.]]
* BigBad: Pearlpelt, or [[spoiler:the Bane. Literally.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: verging on GreyAndGrayMorality before [[spoiler: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the systematic extermination of the nibblers.]] Even afterward individual rats on the Bane's side are portrayed in a sympathetic light.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Everyone in this series has some sort of tragic past.
** More specifically, Twitchtip the 'scent seer' whose sense of smell is so accurate that she can smell secrets -- not a fast track to the popular crowd. Also [[spoiler: Gregor as a rager, which means he has to pay special attention whenever he fights so he doesn't kill anyone. Great fun.]]
** Also, Nerissa. Funny how a society built on one man's prophecies treats their own personal prophetess so poorly.
* BittersweetEnding: Every single book, verging on DownerEnding by the fifth one.
* BondCreatures: The "fliers" here bond with the humans, using a little poem that allows them to protect each other in battle and such. Here it is:
-->[Flier's name] the flier, I bond to you
-->Our life and death are one, we two,
-->Through dark, through flame, through war, though strife,
-->I save you as you save my life
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Rats/gnawers, mice/nibblers, bats/fliers, etc. [[{{HandWaved}} Handwaved]] as the species' names for themselves.
* CharacterDevelopment: Oodles of this. It's quite refreshing, actually. Gregor goes out of his way to point this out in Luxa when she goes to Temp for advice in later books.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Lizzie. In COC, she becomes incredibly useful.
* CoveredWithScars: Ripred. Gregor also racks up an impressive total by the time the last book rolls around.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Apparently not. Gregor, the hero, wears black armor during the final battle, and his bond is black as well. [[spoiler:Not to mention the Bane is white.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to be an inborn trait of the rats, who are also some of the few underlanders to use informal language.
---> '''Twitchtip:''' (when Photos-glow-glow "can't understand" boots): Allow me to translate. She said If you don't stop you incessant bable that big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip you head off.
* DeathIsSuchAnOddThing: The KillEmAll ending leaves Gregor in a state of emotional distress about many characters, many of whom were absolute [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] toward him. On a smaller scale, the TrueCompanions have a very confused, not-quite-stunned reaction to the death of Tick in the first book.
* DieLaughing: Some plants in the Jungle get you so high that you don't notice the attacking vines.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler: Only for the first book.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: And how. All the rats seem to be like this.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Interestingly enough, the villain gets one after his initial introduction. We first meet [[spoiler: the Bane as a baby, whose [[PleaseWakeUp cries for his mother]] make it impossible for Gregor to kill him. What could be more innocent?]] Well, in book 4, [[spoiler: we learn he killed his devoted caretaker. Still, he said it was an accident, and he's so big he might not know his own strength .. he tried to ''eat him'' to cover it up? (Though, real rats do often eat their dead to keep predators from smelling them and finding the nest.)]]
* DividedWeFall: Ares to the max. Makes sense because [[IncrediblyLamePun bats really do hang and all.]]
* [[EvilAlbino Evil]]/HeroicAlbino: The Bane and the Underland humans, respectively.
* TheDragAlong: Temp and Boots, mostly. They never really do anything on the quests.
** Actually, Temp and Boots did do something in book three. Temp [[spoiler:kept on warning them, first suggested the idea that the cradle/cure might not be where they thought it was, and Boots did her dance.]]
** {{Lampshaded}} by Ripred in the same book --
-->Ripred: And if Temp is right, it would explain one thing .. The point of having a [[CallARabbitASmeerp crawler]] on this whole hellish trip! Honestly, how has he added to anything of significance? No offense, Temp, you've been a real champ about babysitting, but what have you contributed? Nothing! Maybe this is it! Your big moment!
* {{Fandom}}: A rather small one, considering, but the [[FanFic fanfiction]] for the series has a few exemplary pieces that rival the original works.
* FantasticRacism: Even though the crawlers/cockroaches, gnawers/rats, spinners/spiders, fliers/bats, etc. that coexist with humans in the Underland are not human, they are sentient and treated as full characters on the same level as humans. Prejudices held among human characters towards these species are even treated as equal to any intra-human bigotry.
* FailureKnight: Poor Hamnet. [[spoiler:He shouldn't have listened to his mother and let the flood gates open so that everyone would drown.]] Later we discover that [[spoiler: Ripred is this for his dead mate and pups.]]
* FairWeatherMentor: Ripred could fit into this, particularly in book three.
* FinalBattle: [[spoiler: Almost all of Underland's species come together against the Bane's army on the Plains of Tartarus.]]
* GardenOfEvil: The Vineyard Of Eyes in the third book.
* GameOfNerds: The code-breaking team in book five. They're the Underland version of computer geeks.
* GrudgingThankYou: People in the Underland are apparently very haughty.
** Just them? Everyone's haughty.
* GutFeeling: Happens a lot.
* HeroicSacrifice: Used in almost every book - and not just from [[IdiotHero Gregor.]] Everyone wants to die for their loved ones. Sometimes this [[SenselessSacrifice doesn't help all that much.]]
* HyperAwareness: Gregor can see his surroundings by using echolocation.
* ICanStillFight: The fifth book has everyone doing this.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Some of the carnivorous plants in the Jungle subdue you by getting you high.
* InsistentTerminology: "Fo-Fo? Fo-Fo? I am he called Photos Glow-Glow and will answer to no other name!"
* IronicNurseryTune: One appears in the fourth book, and [[spoiler:it turns out to actually be a prophecy detailing the genocide of a group of mice.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ripred. So much. Emphasis on jerk in book 3, emphasis on heart of gold in book 5.
** Book 5 is the shining example. [[spoiler: Ripred comes into the code room expecting to see another of Gregor's annoying (to him) siblings. He stops short, sees Lizzie, and gets an expression of ''tenderness'' on his face. Not to mention sleeping next to Lizzie after she has another panic attack during the night. It's explained that Lizzie is very similar to one of Ripred's deceased pups.]]
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: When Gregor's mom gets the plague in book 3, she spends most of the rest of the series recuperating in the Underland.]]
* MoreThanMeetsTheEye: Everyone seems to have hidden depths in this series.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: When your villain is named [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Bane]] you know it's not going to end well.
** What about all the other ones? There's King Gorger, Mange...all the rats have some scary names.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: The Bane]] - scarily good orator, possibly insane, [[spoiler: inspires a mouse holocaust via gassing and cremation]]...
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Everyone dies unexpectedly.
* ProphecyTwist: Pulled off most successfully in book 2.
* PurpleEyes: And how.
* RealityEnsues: The ending refused to find any half-baked excuse to [[spoiler: let them back into the Underland]]... '''HOWEVER''', [[spoiler: The ending was very, very ambiguous, and there was absolutely no way to tell what would happen next.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Luxa owns this trope completely, but makes it seem pretty cool.
** Rebellious Queen, actually.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Lizzie, for Ripred.
* ScarsAreForever: Ripred. Later [[spoiler: Gregor as well, which he realizes in part of his Bittersweet Ending.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Very much averted. Howard seems hellbent on making sure Gregor and Luxa never go on a date.
** Of course, that could be because [[spoiler:he secretly loves Gregor. Fans seem to believe this.]]
** And there's Gregor's mom [[spoiler:who secretly approves of Luxa, because she's "got attitude."]]
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: The cockroaches from ''Gregor The Overlander'' tend to mix up verb and subject placement as well as using repetition of certain sentence elements, such as "Do it, I can, do it," or "be small Human, be?"
* ThemeNaming: All of the bats have names taken from Greek mythology. Additionally, Luxa's mother is named Judith, while Judith's twin is named Hamnet and their sister is named Susannah. William Shakespeare had a daugher named Susannah and twins named Judith and Hamnet.
* WaifProphet: Nerissa.
* WarIsHell: Gregor realizes this is true for both the Underland and Overland [[spoiler: in the ending chapter.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Gregor seems to love mocking Luxa's stiff conduct and all that. Has some pretty funny moments.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: The Regalians still scorn Gregor even though [[spoiler: he's saved their lives multiple times.]]
** [[spoiler: The ending of Book Five has Gregor tell off what amounts to the ENTIRE Underland. The Bane's dead and the humans and rats are ready to live together peacefully. Luxa then announces that the rats are being sent to live in the most hostile region of the Underland. Ripred isn't amused, and both sides are ready to go to war right then and there. Gregor tells all of them off not just for being so stupid after both sides have been devastated, but also for Ripred having come all this way with them and Luxa treating him like dirt.]]
* WhamLine: That encoded message in ''Gregor and the Code of Claw''? It says [[spoiler: Twitchtip died in pit.]] Also, the entirety of Luxa's [[spoiler: declaration of war against the gnawers.]]
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyGirl White Haired Pretty People]]: All the Regalians have silver/blond hair.
* YouCantFightFate: In book 3, when Gregor's mom refuses to let him or his little sister go on the quest, [[spoiler: she falls ill with the plague he needs to help find the cure for.]] Conspiracy Time! Solovet.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Averted, mostly. This happens a bit in the first book, but then [[spoiler:Gregor goes on this quest to find his missing dad and all that.]] [[spoiler: Otherwise they want him to go home. And then come back for the next 4.]]
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[[caption-width:210:[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Yeah, it's a children's book.]] And yes, the lizard is a good guy.]]

->"Aurora the Flier, I bond to you...Our life and death are one, we two...Through dark, through flame, through war, though strife...I save you as you save my life."

-->--The bonding ceremony between flier and human

The Underland Chronicles, abbreviated fondly as TUC, was written author [[Literature/TheHungerGames Suzanne Collins]] as her debut series of novels. The books consist of:

*** Gregor the Overlander
*** Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
*** Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
*** Gregor and the Marks of Secret
*** Gregor and the Code of Claw

When a kid named [[KidHero Gregor]] follows his little sister, Boots, through [[DownTheRabbitHole a grate in the laundry room]] of their New York apartment building, he hurtles into the dark [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer Underland beneath the city.]] There, humans live uneasily besides [[NightmareFuel gi]][[AnimalsNotToScale ant]] [[GiantSpider spiders,]] [[GentleGiant bats,]] [[DumbIsGood cockroaches]] and [[RodentsOfUnusualSize rats]] - but the fragile peace is about to fall apart. Of course Gregor [[LittleHeroBigWar wants no part of a conflict]] between these creepy creatures. But when he discovers that a [[BecauseDestinySaysSo strange prophecy]] [[ChosenOne foretells a role for him]] in the Underland's uncertain future, [[spoiler:not to mention find his missing dad]] he knows there's no other choice. Little does he know his [[TheQuest quest]] will change him forever.

Though it sounds like [[AirportFantasy your run-of-the-mill fiction]], the books are surprisingly good and feature great characters. And yes, [[TalkingAnimal the animals talk.]] Big time.

The series has a small but devoted fanbase which has become slightly larger following the success of her other series, Literature/TheHungerGames.
----
!!This series includes examples of:

* [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy and his Bat]] Gregor's eventual bond [[spoiler:Ares.]]
* ActionGirl: Queen Luxa. And Solovet. Okay, pretty much all female characters save Nerissa.
* AerithAndBob: Gregor and his sister Boots come down to the Underland, where they meet people with strange names such as Dulcet, Vikus, Solovet, Luxa, etc. and then Gregor finds out that "Here among all these strange names [is] a Henry"
* AppliedPhlebotinum So...many....prophecies. Not to mention [[spoiler: the plot-helping mutations.]]
* BadassBoast: Ripred, whom many fans think is really a [[AGodAmI a god in disguise.]]
* BadassNormal: Gregor. And Luxa. And Ripred. Okay, pretty much everyone here can kick butt.
* BatOutOfHell: Averted. The bats here are friends with the humans, and they [[AccidentalInnuendo allow the humans to ride them.]] [[DragonridersofPern Sound familiar?]] Or not.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: If it weren't for the prophecies, Gregor would not be involved in any of the Underland's battles.
* BeginnersLuck: Gregor seems to get lucky a lot when fighting, even though he's not the brightest.
** Somewhat justified in that [[spoiler: he's a [[TheBerserker rager]].]]
** {{Lampshaded}} in Book 5, when Gregor realizes that if [[spoiler: his [[TheBerserker rager skills]] fail him, he's just a twelve-year-old kid who's had a few sword lessons, and therefore in big trouble.]]
* TheBerserker: [[spoiler:Gregor and Ripred are both "ragers" -- a person with highly developed warrior skills, a natural-born killer.]]
* BigBad: Pearlpelt, or [[spoiler:the Bane. Literally.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: verging on GreyAndGrayMorality before [[spoiler: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the systematic extermination of the nibblers.]] Even afterward individual rats on the Bane's side are portrayed in a sympathetic light.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Everyone in this series has some sort of tragic past.
** More specifically, Twitchtip the 'scent seer' whose sense of smell is so accurate that she can smell secrets -- not a fast track to the popular crowd. Also [[spoiler: Gregor as a rager, which means he has to pay special attention whenever he fights so he doesn't kill anyone. Great fun.]]
** Also, Nerissa. Funny how a society built on one man's prophecies treats their own personal prophetess so poorly.
* BittersweetEnding: Every single book, verging on DownerEnding by the fifth one.
* BondCreatures: The "fliers" here bond with the humans, using a little poem that allows them to protect each other in battle and such. Here it is:
-->[Flier's name] the flier, I bond to you
-->Our life and death are one, we two,
-->Through dark, through flame, through war, though strife,
-->I save you as you save my life
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Rats/gnawers, mice/nibblers, bats/fliers, etc. [[{{HandWaved}} Handwaved]] as the species' names for themselves.
* CharacterDevelopment: Oodles of this. It's quite refreshing, actually. Gregor goes out of his way to point this out in Luxa when she goes to Temp for advice in later books.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Lizzie. In COC, she becomes incredibly useful.
* CoveredWithScars: Ripred. Gregor also racks up an impressive total by the time the last book rolls around.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Apparently not. Gregor, the hero, wears black armor during the final battle, and his bond is black as well. [[spoiler:Not to mention the Bane is white.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to be an inborn trait of the rats, who are also some of the few underlanders to use informal language.
---> '''Twitchtip:''' (when Photos-glow-glow "can't understand" boots): Allow me to translate. She said If you don't stop you incessant bable that big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip you head off.
* DeathIsSuchAnOddThing: The KillEmAll ending leaves Gregor in a state of emotional distress about many characters, many of whom were absolute [[{{Jerkass}} jerkasses]] toward him. On a smaller scale, the TrueCompanions have a very confused, not-quite-stunned reaction to the death of Tick in the first book.
* DieLaughing: Some plants in the Jungle get you so high that you don't notice the attacking vines.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler: Only for the first book.]]
* DontYouDarePityMe: And how. All the rats seem to be like this.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Interestingly enough, the villain gets one after his initial introduction. We first meet [[spoiler: the Bane as a baby, whose [[PleaseWakeUp cries for his mother]] make it impossible for Gregor to kill him. What could be more innocent?]] Well, in book 4, [[spoiler: we learn he killed his devoted caretaker. Still, he said it was an accident, and he's so big he might not know his own strength .. he tried to ''eat him'' to cover it up? (Though, real rats do often eat their dead to keep predators from smelling them and finding the nest.)]]
* DividedWeFall: Ares to the max. Makes sense because [[IncrediblyLamePun bats really do hang and all.]]
* [[EvilAlbino Evil]]/HeroicAlbino: The Bane and the Underland humans, respectively.
* TheDragAlong: Temp and Boots, mostly. They never really do anything on the quests.
** Actually, Temp and Boots did do something in book three. Temp [[spoiler:kept on warning them, first suggested the idea that the cradle/cure might not be where they thought it was, and Boots did her dance.]]
** {{Lampshaded}} by Ripred in the same book --
-->Ripred: And if Temp is right, it would explain one thing .. The point of having a [[CallARabbitASmeerp crawler]] on this whole hellish trip! Honestly, how has he added to anything of significance? No offense, Temp, you've been a real champ about babysitting, but what have you contributed? Nothing! Maybe this is it! Your big moment!
* {{Fandom}}: A rather small one, considering, but the [[FanFic fanfiction]] for the series has a few exemplary pieces that rival the original works.
* FantasticRacism: Even though the crawlers/cockroaches, gnawers/rats, spinners/spiders, fliers/bats, etc. that coexist with humans in the Underland are not human, they are sentient and treated as full characters on the same level as humans. Prejudices held among human characters towards these species are even treated as equal to any intra-human bigotry.
* FailureKnight: Poor Hamnet. [[spoiler:He shouldn't have listened to his mother and let the flood gates open so that everyone would drown.]] Later we discover that [[spoiler: Ripred is this for his dead mate and pups.]]
* FairWeatherMentor: Ripred could fit into this, particularly in book three.
* FinalBattle: [[spoiler: Almost all of Underland's species come together against the Bane's army on the Plains of Tartarus.]]
* GardenOfEvil: The Vineyard Of Eyes in the third book.
* GameOfNerds: The code-breaking team in book five. They're the Underland version of computer geeks.
* GrudgingThankYou: People in the Underland are apparently very haughty.
** Just them? Everyone's haughty.
* GutFeeling: Happens a lot.
* HeroicSacrifice: Used in almost every book - and not just from [[IdiotHero Gregor.]] Everyone wants to die for their loved ones. Sometimes this [[SenselessSacrifice doesn't help all that much.]]
* HyperAwareness: Gregor can see his surroundings by using echolocation.
* ICanStillFight: The fifth book has everyone doing this.
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: Some of the carnivorous plants in the Jungle subdue you by getting you high.
* InsistentTerminology: "Fo-Fo? Fo-Fo? I am he called Photos Glow-Glow and will answer to no other name!"
* IronicNurseryTune: One appears in the fourth book, and [[spoiler:it turns out to actually be a prophecy detailing the genocide of a group of mice.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ripred. So much. Emphasis on jerk in book 3, emphasis on heart of gold in book 5.
** Book 5 is the shining example. [[spoiler: Ripred comes into the code room expecting to see another of Gregor's annoying (to him) siblings. He stops short, sees Lizzie, and gets an expression of ''tenderness'' on his face. Not to mention sleeping next to Lizzie after she has another panic attack during the night. It's explained that Lizzie is very similar to one of Ripred's deceased pups.]]
* MissingMom: [[spoiler: When Gregor's mom gets the plague in book 3, she spends most of the rest of the series recuperating in the Underland.]]
* MoreThanMeetsTheEye: Everyone seems to have hidden depths in this series.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: When your villain is named [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Bane]] you know it's not going to end well.
** What about all the other ones? There's King Gorger, Mange...all the rats have some scary names.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: The Bane]] - scarily good orator, possibly insane, [[spoiler: inspires a mouse holocaust via gassing and cremation]]...
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: Everyone dies unexpectedly.
* ProphecyTwist: Pulled off most successfully in book 2.
* PurpleEyes: And how.
* RealityEnsues: The ending refused to find any half-baked excuse to [[spoiler: let them back into the Underland]]... '''HOWEVER''', [[spoiler: The ending was very, very ambiguous, and there was absolutely no way to tell what would happen next.]]
* RebelliousPrincess: Luxa owns this trope completely, but makes it seem pretty cool.
** Rebellious Queen, actually.
* ReplacementGoldfish: Lizzie, for Ripred.
* ScarsAreForever: Ripred. Later [[spoiler: Gregor as well, which he realizes in part of his Bittersweet Ending.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Very much averted. Howard seems hellbent on making sure Gregor and Luxa never go on a date.
** Of course, that could be because [[spoiler:he secretly loves Gregor. Fans seem to believe this.]]
** And there's Gregor's mom [[spoiler:who secretly approves of Luxa, because she's "got attitude."]]
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: The cockroaches from ''Gregor The Overlander'' tend to mix up verb and subject placement as well as using repetition of certain sentence elements, such as "Do it, I can, do it," or "be small Human, be?"
* ThemeNaming: All of the bats have names taken from Greek mythology. Additionally, Luxa's mother is named Judith, while Judith's twin is named Hamnet and their sister is named Susannah. William Shakespeare had a daugher named Susannah and twins named Judith and Hamnet.
* WaifProphet: Nerissa.
* WarIsHell: Gregor realizes this is true for both the Underland and Overland [[spoiler: in the ending chapter.]]
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Gregor seems to love mocking Luxa's stiff conduct and all that. Has some pretty funny moments.
* WhatTheHellTownspeople: The Regalians still scorn Gregor even though [[spoiler: he's saved their lives multiple times.]]
** [[spoiler: The ending of Book Five has Gregor tell off what amounts to the ENTIRE Underland. The Bane's dead and the humans and rats are ready to live together peacefully. Luxa then announces that the rats are being sent to live in the most hostile region of the Underland. Ripred isn't amused, and both sides are ready to go to war right then and there. Gregor tells all of them off not just for being so stupid after both sides have been devastated, but also for Ripred having come all this way with them and Luxa treating him like dirt.]]
* WhamLine: That encoded message in ''Gregor and the Code of Claw''? It says [[spoiler: Twitchtip died in pit.]] Also, the entirety of Luxa's [[spoiler: declaration of war against the gnawers.]]
* [[WhiteHairedPrettyGirl White Haired Pretty People]]: All the Regalians have silver/blond hair.
* YouCantFightFate: In book 3, when Gregor's mom refuses to let him or his little sister go on the quest, [[spoiler: she falls ill with the plague he needs to help find the cure for.]] Conspiracy Time! Solovet.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Averted, mostly. This happens a bit in the first book, but then [[spoiler:Gregor goes on this quest to find his missing dad and all that.]] [[spoiler: Otherwise they want him to go home. And then come back for the next 4.]]
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18th Feb '13 3:44:00 PM Kif
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[[caption-width:210:Yeah, it's a children's book. And yes, the lizard is a good guy.]]

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18th Dec '12 8:26:33 AM Oreochan
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The Underland Chronicles, abbreviated fondly as TUC, was written author [[TheHungerGames Suzanne Collins]] as her debut series of novels. The books consist of:

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The Underland Chronicles, abbreviated fondly as TUC, was written author [[TheHungerGames [[Literature/TheHungerGames Suzanne Collins]] as her debut series of novels. The books consist of:



The series has a small but devoted fanbase which has become slightly larger following the success of her other series, TheHungerGames.

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The series has a small but devoted fanbase which has become slightly larger following the success of her other series, TheHungerGames.Literature/TheHungerGames.
15th Dec '12 12:36:22 AM TorukMacto
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--->Twitchtip (when Photos-glow-glow "can't understand" boots): Allow me to translate. She said If you don't stop you incessant bable that big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip you head off.

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--->Twitchtip ---> '''Twitchtip:''' (when Photos-glow-glow "can't understand" boots): Allow me to translate. She said If you don't stop you incessant bable that big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip you head off.
15th Dec '12 12:34:48 AM TorukMacto
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* DeadpanSnarker: Seems to be an inborn trait of the rats, who are also some of the few underlanders to use informal language.
--->Twitchtip (when Photos-glow-glow "can't understand" boots): Allow me to translate. She said If you don't stop you incessant bable that big rat sitting in the boat next to you will rip you head off.
4th Dec '12 8:13:22 PM mlsmithca
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* ItGotWorse: Over and over and over again.
24th Nov '12 6:36:51 PM Alxiz
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* FairWeatherMentor: Ripred could fit into this, particularly in book three.

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* FairWeatherMentor: Ripred could fit into this, particularly in book three. three.
* FinalBattle: [[spoiler: Almost all of Underland's species come together against the Bane's army on the Plains of Tartarus.]]



* HyperAwareness: Gregor can sense his own urine just by using echolocation.

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* HyperAwareness: Gregor can sense see his own urine just surroundings by using echolocation.



** Book 5 is the shining example. Ripred comes into the code room expecting to see another of Gregor's annoying (to him) siblings. He stops short, sees Lizzie, and gets an expression of ''tenderness'' on his face. Not to mention sleeping next to Lizzie after she has another panic attack during the night.

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** Book 5 is the shining example. [[spoiler: Ripred comes into the code room expecting to see another of Gregor's annoying (to him) siblings. He stops short, sees Lizzie, and gets an expression of ''tenderness'' on his face. Not to mention sleeping next to Lizzie after she has another panic attack during the night. It's explained that Lizzie is very similar to one of Ripred's deceased pups.]]



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: The Bane]] - scarily good orator, possibly insane, [[spoiler: inspires a mouse holocaust]]...

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: The Bane]] - scarily good orator, possibly insane, [[spoiler: inspires a mouse holocaust]]...holocaust via gassing and cremation]]...
6th Nov '12 5:57:47 PM TVRulezAgain
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Interestingly enough, the villain gets one after his initial introduction. We first meet [[spoiler: the Bane as a baby, whose [[PleaseWakeUp cries for his mother]] make it impossible for Gregor to kill him. What could be more innocent?]] Well, in book 4, [[spoiler: we learn he killed his devoted caretaker. Still, he said it was an accident, and he's so big he might not know his own strength .. [[CompleteMonster he tried to ''eat him'' to cover it up?]] (Though, real rats do often eat their dead to keep predators from smelling them and finding the nest.)]]

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Interestingly enough, the villain gets one after his initial introduction. We first meet [[spoiler: the Bane as a baby, whose [[PleaseWakeUp cries for his mother]] make it impossible for Gregor to kill him. What could be more innocent?]] Well, in book 4, [[spoiler: we learn he killed his devoted caretaker. Still, he said it was an accident, and he's so big he might not know his own strength .. [[CompleteMonster he tried to ''eat him'' to cover it up?]] up? (Though, real rats do often eat their dead to keep predators from smelling them and finding the nest.)]]



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: The Bane]] - scarily good orator, possibly insane, [[spoiler: [[CompleteMonster inspires a mouse holocaust]]]]...

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler: The Bane]] - scarily good orator, possibly insane, [[spoiler: [[CompleteMonster inspires a mouse holocaust]]]]...holocaust]]...
7th Oct '12 9:31:23 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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-->The bonding ceremony between flier and human

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-->The -->--The bonding ceremony between flier and human



* ItGotWorse: Over, and over, and over again.

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* IronicNurseryTune: One appears in the fourth book, and [[spoiler:it turns out to actually be a prophecy detailing the genocide of a group of mice.]]
* ItGotWorse: Over, Over and over, over and over again.
9th Aug '12 5:19:08 AM lu127
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* ActionGirl: Queen Luxa. And Solovet. Okay, pretty much all female characters save Nerissa.



* AppliedPhlebotinum So...many....prophecies. Not to mention [[spoiler: the plot-helping mutations.]]
* ActionGirl: Queen Luxa. And Solovet. Okay, pretty much all female characters save Nerissa.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum So...many....prophecies. Not to mention [[spoiler: the plot-helping mutations.]]
* ActionGirl: Queen Luxa. And Solovet. Okay, pretty much all female characters save Nerissa.
]]



* HotChickWithASword: Luxa again. Not only is she a great fighter, but she can do it while doing cartwheels on the backs of giant flying bats.
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