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20th Jan '18 8:16:58 PM Animeking1108
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** Is Drake Merwin a genuinely worthwhile and threatening villain, or has he become [[VillainDecay more of a joke as the books progress?]] This question became the subject of much debate in the fandom, especially after the release of ''LIGHT''.

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** Is Drake Merwin a genuinely worthwhile and threatening villain, or has he become [[VillainDecay more of a joke as the books progress?]] This question became the subject of much debate in the fandom, especially after the release of ''LIGHT''. People are also annoyed at his tendency to keep cheating death, [[spoiler: even coming BackFromTheDead in ''Monster'']].



** Edilio (likely due to being [[spoiler:BadassGay]] and a NiceGuy), and Dekka (black, lesbian, GravityMaster) own Tumblr at this point in time.

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** Edilio (likely due to being [[spoiler:BadassGay]] and a NiceGuy), and NiceGuy).
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Dekka (black, lesbian, GravityMaster) own Tumblr at this point for being a positive Lesbian role model and a badass one to-boot. So much so, she was given a Deuteragonist role in time.''[[SequelSeries Monster]]''.


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** The Gaiaphage crossed it when he tricked Orsay into believing that death was a way out of the FAYZ, leading a few kids to kill themselves.
** Justin ([[NamesTheSame thankfully, not the Justin from the FAYZ]]) crossed it in ''Monster'' when he destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge.
** Peaks crosses it when he gives himself powers and [[spoiler: makes a deal with the newly revived Drake]] just to get revenge on Shade and Dekka for humiliating him.
17th Dec '17 6:14:48 PM Animeking1108
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:
** Orsay had a pretty neat power that probably would have been useful after [[spoiler: Pete AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]]. However, she [[spoiler: gets unceremoniously killed off only one book after her debut]].
** In ''Light,'' Brittney pretty much becomes a non-entity since [[spoiler: Drake only reverted into her a handful of times]]. We don't even get to hear her [[spoiler: dying thoughts]], though you can argue that be for the better since [[spoiler: Drake did all the suffering]].
17th Dec '17 10:37:43 AM ACW
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** Dekka and Orc, despite their IncompatibleSexuality.

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** Dekka and Orc, despite their thei-r IncompatibleSexuality.



* CompleteMonster: Jim [=LaPointe=], known as "Digger", is a SerialKiller who kidnaps women and keeps them in a pit hidden deep in the forest, photographing their struggles before murdering them. Enraged when Jill Conway wounds him and escapes, Jim kidnaps her sister, Molly, one year later, leaving her restrained to starve to death [[spoiler:under her own home]]. After Jim lures Jill to his campsite, she finds photos of his victims, including her and Molly, in his tent, before Jim tricks her into approaching his pit and tries to kill her again to avenge his embarrassment at her injuring him.

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* CompleteMonster: Jim [=LaPointe=], known as "Digger", [=LaPointe=] is a SerialKiller who kidnaps women and keeps them in a pit hidden deep in the forest, photographing their struggles before murdering them. Enraged when Jill Conway wounds him and escapes, Jim kidnaps her sister, Molly, one year later, leaving her restrained to starve to death [[spoiler:under her own home]]. After Jim lures Jill to his campsite, she finds photos of his victims, including her and Molly, in his tent, before Jim tricks her into approaching his pit and tries to kill her again to avenge his embarrassment at her injuring him.
17th Dec '17 9:36:04 AM ACW
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* TheUntwist: One of the biggest criticisms of the series is that the cause of the FAYZ ([[spoiler: Little Pete feeling like he was in danger]]) was too predictable, which is a shame that it came in the first book, given all the other, far more engaging reveals that came later.

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* TheUntwist: One of the biggest criticisms of the series is that the cause of the FAYZ ([[spoiler: Little Pete feeling like he was in danger]]) was too predictable, which is a shame that it came in the first book, given all the other, far more engaging reveals that came later.later.

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* CompleteMonster: Jim [=LaPointe=], known as "Digger", is a SerialKiller who kidnaps women and keeps them in a pit hidden deep in the forest, photographing their struggles before murdering them. Enraged when Jill Conway wounds him and escapes, Jim kidnaps her sister, Molly, one year later, leaving her restrained to starve to death [[spoiler:under her own home]]. After Jim lures Jill to his campsite, she finds photos of his victims, including her and Molly, in his tent, before Jim tricks her into approaching his pit and tries to kill her again to avenge his embarrassment at her injuring him.
16th Dec '17 7:32:36 PM Animeking1108
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* CounterpartComparison:
** Drake in ''Light'' can be compared to [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]. Both are nigh-immortal sadists, they at one point [[spoiler: lose their bodies, have their severed heads dropped in a box underwater, and then later return wearing somebody else's body from below their neck]].
** The Gaiaphage can easily be compared to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Jenova]]. Both are aliens that came to Earth from a meteor, cause mutations and grant powers, and are worshiped as gods by some of the antagonists.
16th Oct '17 6:51:05 PM Animeking1108
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* MoralEventHorizon:
** Drake crossed it when he unleashed a pack of coyotes on [[spoiler: the daycare kids, who were no older than five]].
** Most Horizons didn't get crossed until after the FAYZ erected, but Penny crossed it long before when she poisoned her sister because she was jealous of the sympathy she was getting for being sexually abused by their father.
27th Sep '17 7:25:28 PM Animeking1108
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* RelationshipWritingFumble: If it weren't for the fact that Dekka was a lesbian, she and Sam would have been a good couple. This was even Lampshaded at one point.
22nd Sep '17 11:15:10 PM Sanokal
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** Did [[BigBad Caine]] genuinely love [[DarkChick Diana]] or was he just a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative dick ]] who used her for sex? Who knows, as it's constantly being contradicted in [[UnreliableNarrator Caine's POVS.]] one minute he's thinking about nothing but how beautiful and smart she is and how he wants to marry her, etc, etc, and the next he's dismissing her as a object or pawn, so to speak, with no interest in her emotions or well-being. Either way, it's riled many heated fan debates, especially after the elusiveness of ''Plague''...
*** ''Light'' answers this question quite overtly. [[spoiler: It would seem, yes, he sincerely did care for and love Diana.]]
** Was [[AmbiguouslyGay Howard]] manipulating [[IronWoobie Orc]] to get him money and protection, or did he have genuine concern and understanding for [[IronWoobie Orc?]]
** ''Fear'' spoilers; [[spoiler: Is Gaia the premature corpse of Caine/Diana's daughter being possessed by the soulless gaiaphage, or is she still human somewhere deep down who is simply a victim?]]
** Was [[TeamMom Mary Terrafino]] [[spoiler: euthanized or the victim of divine intervention by the gaiaphage?]]

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** Did [[BigBad Caine]] genuinely love [[DarkChick Diana]] or was he just a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative dick ]] who used her for sex? Who knows, as it's constantly being contradicted in [[UnreliableNarrator Caine's POVS.]] one minute he's thinking about nothing but how beautiful and smart she is and how he wants to marry her, etc, etc, and the next he's dismissing her as a object or pawn, so to speak, with no interest in her emotions or well-being. Either way, it's riled many heated fan debates, especially after the elusiveness of ''Plague''...
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''Plague''... ''Light'' answers this question quite overtly. [[spoiler: It would seem, yes, he sincerely did care for and love Diana.]]
** Was [[AmbiguouslyGay Howard]] manipulating [[IronWoobie Orc]] to get him money and protection, or did he have genuine concern and understanding for [[IronWoobie Orc?]]
** ''Fear'' spoilers; [[spoiler: Is [[spoiler:Is Gaia the premature corpse of Caine/Diana's daughter being possessed by the soulless gaiaphage, or is she still human somewhere deep down who is simply a victim?]]
** Was [[TeamMom Mary Terrafino]] [[spoiler: euthanized [[spoiler:euthanized or the victim of divine intervention by the gaiaphage?]]



** Is Drake Merwin a genuinely worthwhile and threatening villain, or has he become [[VillainDecay more of a joke as the books progress?]] This question became the subject of much debate in the fandom, especially after the release of ''Light''.



** Is Drake Merwin a genuinely worthwhile and threatening villain, or has he become [[VillainDecay more of a joke as the books progress?]] This question became the subject of much debate in the fandom, especially after the release of ''LIGHT''.



* CargoShip: Drake and his whip hand.

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* CargoShip: CargoShip:
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Drake and his whip hand.



** Don't forget Toto and [[ProductPlacement Nutella]]!

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** Don't forget Toto and [[ProductPlacement Nutella]]!



* CrackPairing: Siana gained speed in the shipping world after Sam and Diana both broke up with their significant others in ''Plauge''. Never happened, but its popularity still prevails.

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* CrackPairing: CrackPairing:
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Siana gained speed in the shipping world after Sam and Diana both broke up with their significant others in ''Plauge''. Never happened, but its popularity still prevails.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Considering the series' [[LoadsAndLoadsofCharacters amount of characters,]] it shouldn't be surprising. Some examples include Lana's dog, Patrick, Cookie (who showed up a few times in ''Gone'' and ''Hunger''), The Artful Rodger and Justin, and that's only a few of them.
** Edilio and Dekka own Tumblr at this point in time.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: ''"All we have to fear is fear itself"'' would become pretty ironic by the release of the fifth book...

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Considering the series' [[LoadsAndLoadsofCharacters amount of characters,]] it shouldn't be surprising. Some examples include surprising.
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Lana's dog, Patrick, for being the TeamPet.
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Cookie (who only showed up a few times in ''Gone'' and ''Hunger''), for being a victim of Caine and his {{Adorkable}} worship of Lana.
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The Artful Rodger and Justin, and that's only a few of them.
Rodger, [[spoiler:Edilio's crush]].
** Justin.
** Edilio (likely due to being [[spoiler:BadassGay]] and a NiceGuy), and Dekka (black, lesbian, GravityMaster) own Tumblr at this point in time.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: FunnyAneurysmMoment:
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''"All we have to fear is fear itself"'' would become pretty ironic by the release of the fifth book...



* GrowingTheBeard: Plague.
* HolyShitQuotient: You'll need a paper bag to stop hyperventilating by the time you get to ''Light''.
* HoYay: Caine and Drake. Also strays into FoeYay.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Plague.''PLAGUE'', where the story began to have heavier consequences beyond the ever-decreasing quality of life.
* HolyShitQuotient: You'll need a paper bag to stop hyperventilating by the time you get to ''Light''.
''LIGHT''.
* HoYay: HoYay:
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Caine and Drake. Also strays into FoeYay.



* JerkassDissonance: Caine and Drake seems to have this effect. Sam too, although it's most likely accidental.
** Howard to a less irritating degree
* JerkassWoobie: Diana Ladris has this trope down in ''LIES'' ,''FEAR'' and Debatably the end of ''PLAGUE''.
** Caine also has flashes of this in ''HUNGER'' and ''FEAR'', depending on [[BaseBreakingCharacter your stance on him...]]
** A case could also be made for Astrid in ''PLAGUE'', though some fans argue that the jerkass bit overshadows the woobiedom.
* NightmareFuel: Even without getting into some of the gruesome spoiler details, the nightmare scenario of children on their own without ''any'' adults around is enough to scare the daylights out of anyone.
** ''Hunger'' puts [[spoiler: Duck]] through absolute hell, despite being a mostly innocent bystander, so when you have to read the description of this character who you've come to sympathize with being buried alive (from his perspective), it is quite disturbing.
** In ''Plague'' [[spoiler:Dekka being eaten alive by bugs from the inside. It went FromBadToWorse when the only way to save her was for Sam to cut her open while she was still alive with Lana healing her and killing the bugs that crawled out of her body.]]
** ''Fear'' provides plenty of examples of this, including Penny's visions to Cigar, [[spoiler: the [[BodyHorror fate of the]] [[AndIMustScream kids who poofed]], and the mutations. Plus, the whole idea of all of the light going out is terrifying.]]
** Poor, poor Diana in the fifth book. And holy shit.



* MagnificentBastard: Caine, to fluctuating degrees. In ''Gone'', he is this full stop. In ''Hunger'', he's [[spoiler: really just a tool for the Gaiaphage.]] ''Lies'' sees him desperate, but still [[ManipulativeBastard quite]] [[{{Chessmaster}} intelligent]]. By ''Plague'', he's definitely recovered, but has a ''huge'' dose of {{Jerkass}} thrown in. By ''Fear'', though, [[spoiler: he's gotten what he's always wanted, so]] he has no reason to have any schemes in the works. In ''LIGHT'' sweet, sweet CharacterDevelopment ruins this demeanour for him.

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* MagnificentBastard: JerkassDissonance:
** Caine and Drake seem to have this effect.
** Sam too, although it's most likely accidental.
** Howard to a less irritating degree.
* JerkassWoobie:
** Diana Ladris has this trope down in ''LIES'' ,''FEAR'' and Debatably the end of ''PLAGUE''.
** Caine also has flashes of this in ''HUNGER'' and ''FEAR'', depending on [[BaseBreakingCharacter your stance on him...]]
** A case could also be made for Astrid in ''PLAGUE'', though some fans argue that the jerkass bit overshadows the woobiedom.
* NightmareFuel: {{NightmareFuel/Gone Has its own page.}}
* MagnificentBastard:
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Caine, to fluctuating degrees. In ''Gone'', he is this full stop. In ''Hunger'', he's [[spoiler: really just a tool for the Gaiaphage.]] ''Lies'' sees him desperate, but still [[ManipulativeBastard quite]] [[{{Chessmaster}} intelligent]]. By ''Plague'', he's definitely recovered, but has a ''huge'' dose of {{Jerkass}} thrown in. By ''Fear'', though, [[spoiler: he's gotten what he's always wanted, so]] he has no reason to have any schemes in the works. In ''LIGHT'' sweet, sweet CharacterDevelopment ruins this demeanour for him.



* MemeticMolester: Drake. In ''Gone'' and ''Hunger'', it was mostly just a couple lines he says to/about Diana, but by ''Plague'', he's talking about Brianna enjoying nonspecific torture [[spoiler: he's pretending]] she recieved from him, winking at Astrid while threatening to "come up and play" with her, and fantasizing about what a long time he'll take with Diana when he gets to her. In short, downright creepy.
** The Gaiaphage as well. Especially when you consider that he/it is entering a little child's mind and tempting him to come and play "games" with him...
* MemeticMutation: "I WHIP MY [[CombatTentacles HAND]] BACK AND FORTH"
** Also "Marry me and live on a houseboat !", commonly used by the fans to express admiration toward somebody. It was originally said by Sam to Dekka.

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* MemeticMolester: MemeticMolester:
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Drake. In ''Gone'' and ''Hunger'', it was mostly just a couple lines he says to/about Diana, but by ''Plague'', he's talking about Brianna enjoying nonspecific torture [[spoiler: he's pretending]] she recieved from him, winking at Astrid while threatening to "come up and play" with her, and fantasizing about what a long time he'll take with Diana when he gets to her. In short, downright creepy.
** The Gaiaphage as well.Gaiaphage. Especially when you consider that he/it is entering a little child's mind and tempting him to come and play "games" with him...
* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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"I WHIP MY [[CombatTentacles HAND]] BACK AND FORTH"
** Also "Marry me and live on a houseboat !", commonly used by the fans to express admiration toward somebody. It was originally said by Sam to Dekka.



* {{Narm}}: the trailers are so narm-ish they should be [[IncrediblyLamePun accompanied with rice and curry.]]

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* {{Narm}}: the The trailers are so narm-ish they should be [[IncrediblyLamePun accompanied with rice and curry.]]



* TheScrappy: Zil. It's near impossible to find anyone who likes him. Part of this most likely comes from the fact that he's based on Hitler.
** Albert and Toto are this to a lesser degree.
*** All three have been overtaken by the ultimate scrappy, '''Gaia.''' Literally everyone hates her, and the reveal that the girl on the cover of LIGHT is her rather [[spoiler: than her mother,]] Diana, like it was implied it would be, stirred a lot of feelings up with the fandom.
*** Astrid was this until Fear.
* ShockingSwerve: Everyone agrees this happened in Light [[spoiler: after Brianna died]].
* TakeThatScrappy: Howard exists to give this to Astrid.
** '''''EVERYONE''''' exists to give this to Zil.

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* TheScrappy: Zil. It's near impossible TheScrappy:
** Albert, due
to find anyone becoming a greedy DirtyCoward OnlyInItForTheMoney.
** Toto,
who likes him. Part of this most likely comes from doesn't really contribute much and gets on the fact that he's based on Hitler.
characters' nerves in-universe with his constant truth-telling.
** Albert and Toto are this to a lesser degree.
*** All three have been overtaken by the ultimate scrappy,
'''Gaia.''' Literally everyone hates her, and the reveal that the girl on the cover of LIGHT is her rather [[spoiler: than her mother,]] Diana, like it was implied it would be, stirred a lot of feelings up with the fandom.
*** ** Astrid was this until Fear.
''FEAR''.
* ShockingSwerve: Everyone agrees this happened in Light ''LIGHT'' [[spoiler: after Brianna died]].
* TakeThatScrappy: TakeThatScrappy:
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Howard exists to give this to Astrid.
** '''''EVERYONE''''' exists to give this to Zil.[[HateSink Zil]].
10th Jul '17 4:08:38 PM MagBas
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* GrowingTheBeard: Plague. Though there are those who argue that the same book is a case of JumpingTheShark.

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* GrowingTheBeard: Plague. Though there are those who argue that the same book is a case of JumpingTheShark.
5th Jul '17 8:11:53 AM ChemicalDuck
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