The '''Mediochre Q Seth''' series, otherwise "The Mediochreverse" or just "The Mediochre Series" - although that last [[IThoughtItMeant sounds unfortunate]] – is an in-progress five-part UrbanFantasy series by Calum P Cameron. He started writing it while in high school, primarily out of boredom, but also out of a desire to see if he could write a story about a [[MarySue unique and powerful]] [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor-like]] individual while having them [[DeconstructedTrope remain realistically human and fallible]].

Also, he [[AuthorAppeal really likes]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragons]].

Charlotte Johnson is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent from [[{{Eagleland}} the USA]] whose parents have forced her to move to Edinburgh, Scotland – with predictably resentful results on her part. So far, so normal. Then, one day, she is almost run over by a lorry.

The driver of this lorry is one [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Professor Doctor Laird Sir Mediochre Quirinius Seth, PhD MusD MSc CBE OBE MIMC VC-Bar]] – although he prefers just 'Mediochre' or 'Dr Seth' – an eccentric 'dracologist' from the parallel society that has existed for generations hidden from Charlotte’s own world by a government-enforced {{Masquerade}}. A society very much like her own, but with a few important differences – most obviously: magic.

The world turns out to be a lot more dangerous and interesting than Charlotte had initially assumed, full of giant dragons, emotionless half-vampires, powerful magic-users (or 'mancers', to use [[InsistentTerminology the correct term]]) and, of course, Mediochre himself, who's never been the same since [[DarkAndTroubledPast an accident in his past]] left him [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]], [[CantGrowUp trapped in a fifteen-year-old body]] and [[AwesomenessByAnalysis able to calculate probabilities exactly at the drop of a hat]]. And those are the people on ''her'' side. Or at least, she's pretty sure they are. It's hard to tell, sometimes...

For more information, visit the series's [[http://colourmemediochre.moonfruit.com/# website]].

When complete, the series will consist of:
* ''The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre'' ([[http://www.lulu.com/shop/calum-p-cameron/the-good-the-bad-and-the-mediochre/paperback/product-21098698.html available now]]) – in which Charlotte pretty-much [[JumpedAtTheCall forces]] her way into Mediochre’s ongoing adventure in returning a rare dragon egg to its mother and thwarting the dragon-slaying attempts of an international smuggling ring. But things are never that simple around Mediochre, and it starts to look like there may be a grander conspiracy at work here...
* ''Black, White and Shades of Mediochre'' ([[http://www.lulu.com/shop/calum-p-cameron/black-white-and-shades-of-mediochre/paperback/product-21170284.html Ditto]]) - in which a mancy-related murder [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive practically on Charlotte's doorstep]] gives her a way back into the Mantically Aware world and Mediochre's life, just in time for them to get uncomfortably caught up in the increasingly-murky issue of [[FantasticRacism Undead-human relations]]. Naturally, it soon turns out that something even ''worse'' than murder is going down here, and if someone doesn't stop it then the consequences will be world-changing...
* ''Caught Mediochre-Handed'' - Coming to Lulu.com and the series website on 17th July 2014 (the date of Mediochre's annual mourning for [[ILetGwenStacyDie Pigeon]], as it happens). Coming everywhere else September 2014.
* ''Sent into Mediochre-drive''
* ''Mediochrity''

For Christmas 2012, the author also wrote a [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Special]] short story featuring [[TheLancer Joseph Carrion]] which functions as a sort of prequel to the main series. It was initially posted to his [[http://www.facebook.com/notes/calum-cameron/born-to-raise-the-sons-of-earth/451289464935189 Facebook page]], but eventually uploaded to the website [[http://colourmemediochre.moonfruit.com/#/blog/4572020274/Born-to-Raise-the-Sons-of-Earth-A-Mediochreverse-Christmas-Special/4423534 here]].

A second ChristmasEpisode followed for Christmas 2013, this time featuring Mediochre himself, and can be viewed [[https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-mediochre-q-seth-series/please-to-put-a-penny-in-the-old-mans-hat-christmas-special-2/732361073460537 here]], along with its "[[LooseCanon ambiguously canon]]" companion piece [[https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-mediochre-q-seth-series/a-visit-from-the-yule-goat-a-mediochreverse-poem-of-ambiguous-canonicity/732372716792706 here]].

For those wondering, the name 'Mediochre' is an intentional pun on '[[http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mediocre mediocre]]' – although in-universe, Mediochre insists it’s a shade of red between [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochre pale ochre and dark ochre]].

The author is ''[[Tropers/CorruptMaleMenace literally]]'' OneOfUs, so expect [[TropeOverdosed a lot of tropes]].

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!! The main series provides examples of:

[[folder: Series as a Whole]]
* ActionGirl: Dhampinella and, to a lesser extent, Charlotte and Rowan.
* ActionHero: Joseph.
* AdventurerOutfit: Mediochre.
* AerithAndBob: Mediochre and Charlotte. Joseph and Dhampinella. The list goes on.
* AliensInCardiff: All sorts of magic-related nasties seem to turn up in Scotland these days...
* AntiHero: Mediochre and Joseph both, in different ways. Mediochre aims to be an IdealHero but his impatience, [[HotBlooded hot-bloodedness]] and frightening capacity for cruelty when you push his BerserkButton cause him to fall short. Joseph, meanwhile, is a PragmaticHero more than willing to commit morally reprehensible deeds out of loyalty to Mediochre and his plans.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Chips the IMP.
* TheApprentice: A standard method of education among the Mantically Aware. Dhampinella is Joseph's.
* AuthorAvatar: Mediochre looks much like the author did aged fifteen. The author has also noted that, personality-wise, Mediochre is similar to what he would be if he was an idealist. And more {{badass}}.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Most Mantically Aware. Justified – they choose their own.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Mediochre's gift with probability.
* BadassBookworm: Joseph and, to a lesser extent, Mediochre.
* BadassNormal: Joseph. In a world full of magic-users, TheUndead and HalfHumanHybrids, this guy comes across as particularly badass despite having, at best, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Charles Atlas]] ImprobableAimingSkills.
* BadassLongcoat: Joseph and Dhampinella.
* BadassTeacher: Mediochre and Joseph are both university professors. Joseph actually has an apprentice with him during most of his adventures – although the apprentice is also a {{Badass}} and doesn't really need protecting.
* BatDeduction: Justified with Mediochre.
* BerserkButton: While within range of Mediochre, it is never a good idea to harm a child or a dragon. Harming a child dragon will earn you instant death.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mediochre.
* BigGood: Queen MAB fills this role.
* BigWhat: A staple of any conversation amongst the main TrueCompanions.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Charlotte is the only consistently 'good' hero.
* BrainsAndBrawn: Mediochre and Joseph.
* BrokenMasquerade: The story starts with Mediochre accidentally breaking it for Charlotte.
* BuffySpeak: All over the place.
* BystanderSyndrome: Most Mantically Aware buildings have enchantments that induce this.
* CampStraight: Mediochre.
* CantGrowUp: Mediochre only ages if he gets damaged enough.
* CelibateEccentricGenius: Mediochre. The genius is natural, the eccentricity is implied to be his way of coping with his unusual life, and the celibacy... well, he's [[{{Squick}} physically fifteen]] and [[MayflyDecemberRomance practically immortal]]. It'd be [[NoYay awkward]].
* TheChampion: Joseph for Mediochre, Dhampinella for Joseph.
* ChekhovsGun: Several, including Chips, at least one sword and a few actual guns.
* ChekhovsSkill: Mediochre's training as [[spoiler: a street magician and escapologist]] becomes relevant.
* CheshireCatGrin: One of Mediochre's default expressions.
* TheChessmaster: Whoever leads The Organisation Which I Represent...
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Mediochre seems to have a bit of this going on.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: Mediochre, Joseph and Dhampinella all have unique and notable costumes.
* CluelessMystery: Mediochre has a habit of revealing clues that suddenly make everything obvious just as we get to The Reveal. In fairness, though, there are usually other, less obvious clues scattered around beforehand.
* TheCommissionerGordon: Queen MAB to Mediochre.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Mediochre. All the time.
* CoolTeacher: Mediochre and Joseph. Don't say you don't wish your tutor took you out Undead-hunting.
* CrazyPrepared: Mediochre. He trained his ''mouse'' to [[spoiler: provide a distraction if they got captured]].
* CreatorProvincialism: Most of the action takes place in Scotland, the author’s home country, and the majority of the characters live in Edinburgh, the city of his birth.
* CulturedBadass: Mediochre.
* CursedWithAwesome[=/=]BlessedWithSuck: Mediochre (mainly CWA), Melz (mainly BWS).
* CuteBruiser: For a twisted definition of 'cute', Dhampinella.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Mostly subverted – Dhampinella is only cute in a StoicWoobie sort of a way.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Mediochre.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Joseph and Dhampinella.
* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone, but Charlotte and Mediochre stand out.
* DefectiveDetective: Mediochre has some... issues.
* DemBones: Skeletons are the lowest form of Undead, and are mentioned periodically.
* {{Dhampyr}}: Spelt 'Dhampir' here.
* ElderlyImmortal: Melz.
* EmotionlessGirl: Dhampinella (usually).
* {{Epigraph}}: Perhaps as a testament to his own [[OneOfUs nerdiness]], the author prefers to use the ''Oxford English Dictionary'' for these.
* EpunymousTitle: Every book in the series will have a pun on Mediochre's name in the title.
** ''The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre'' is a pun on 'mediocre' meaning 'of middling quality' and a reference to ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
** ''Black, White and Shades of Mediochre'' is a pun on 'ochre' and a reference to the MoralityKitchenSink ([[BlackAndWhiteMorality Black, White]] and [[GreyAndGreyMorality Shades of Grey]]). Hopefully not a reference to any other [[FiftyShadesOfGrey shades of grey]].
** ''Caught Mediochre-Handed'' is a pun on 'red-handed'.
** ''Sent Into Mediochre-drive'' is a pun on 'over-drive'.
** ''Mediochrity'' is a pun on 'Mediocrity' - 'the quality of being mediocre'.
* ExoticDetective: Mediochre. A slayer-catcher who can [[AwesomenessByAnalysis calculate probabilities on the fly]]. Oh, and [[HealingFactor heal really fast]].
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Even when people recognise Mediochre, they are often surprised by how puny he is.
* {{Expy}}: The author admits Mediochre bears several similarities to IndianaJones, [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] and Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant.
* EurekaMoment: Mediochre, repeatedly.
* EverythingsSpoonierWithSpoons: Mediochre's default method for getting attention is asking someone strong to hammer a spork off a table.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The tempomancer.
* ExtranormalInstitute: St Merlin's University.
* FamedInStory: Everyone has at least heard the rumours about Mediochre.
* FantasticRacism: Mostly against dragons and Undead.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Dragons, unicorns, magic, Undead, semi-intelligent mobiles...
* FascinatingEyebrow: One of Mediochre's default expressions.
* FishOutOfWater: Charlotte initially.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero[=/=]TheSmartGuy: Mediochre.
** TheLancer: Joseph.
** TheBigGuy: Dhampinella.
** TheChick: Charlotte.
** TeamPet: Desra.
* FlatWhat: Almost as common as Big Whats.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The main four.
** Mediochre is Choleric (HotBlooded, [[BerserkButton occasionally tempestuous]], [[TheLeader dominant]], etc)
** Joseph is Sanguine ([[BoisterousBruiser enthusiastic]], [[FunPersonified cheerful]], etc)
** Dhampinella is Melancholic ([[TheStoic detached]], [[IceQueen brooding]], etc)
** Charlotte is Phlegmatic (Well, sort-of - believers in the Four Humours would probably have filed her under [[TakeAThirdOption Leukine]], actually, but compared at least to Mediochre she's a bit of an [[TheChick introverted people-person]].)
* FromDressToDressing: Joseph does this.
* FunWithAcronyms: The Organisation Which I Represent – TOWIR. Also Mantically Aware Britain - MAB. And Intrusively Mantic Phone - IMP.
* GeekPhysique: Mediochre is stuck in the body of an awkward teenager.
* GoodIsNotNice: Mediochre, Joseph and Queen MAB to varying degrees.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Mediochre. Less so Dhampinella.
* GreatDetective: This is basically Mediochre's superpower.
* TheGroup: The Organisation Which I Represent.
* GuileHero: Mediochre.
* TheGunslinger: Joseph.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Dhampinella is half-Vampire.
* HangingSeparately: Mediochre and the [=MABGov=], especially Chrome.
* HealingFactor: Mediochre, because of [[spoiler: his dragon's blood]].
* HealingHands: Medimancy.
* HeroicSafeMode: Mediochre tends to go into this rather than [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]]ing.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mediochre and Joseph.
* HotBlooded: Mediochre and Joseph.
* ImmortalImmaturity: Mediochre zig-zags this.
* {{Immortality}}: Mediochre and Melz have Type III (Regenerative). Maelstrom has a cross between Type III and Type VII (External). Undead obviously have Type V (Undead).
* ImmortalityImmorality: A major theme of the series. Maelstrom in the first book, [[spoiler: the necromancer]] in the second and Stormhold Elect in ''Born to Raise the Sons of Earth'' are all major [[TheHeavy Heavy]] villains who can cheat death and are at least partially motivated by a desire to continue cheating death. Melz somehow manages to be an aversion, remaining a kindly old lady. Mediochre himself... is ''trying'' to avert it, but he's [[ByronicHero pretty]] [[BrokenAce bad]] at it.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Mediochre is technically a laird (among other things) but seemingly requires multiple jobs to get the money needed to justify not selling his house.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Joseph.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Mediochre is fond of them.
* IndyPloy: Mediochre and Joseph’s default Plan B seems to be "wing it".
* InsistentTerminology: Magic is called 'mancy'. Mediochre and Joseph are Doctors – although they only insist on that one with people they dislike.
* TheInsomniac: Mediochre doesn't ever seem to sleep until he actually has to.
* InspectorJavert: Chrome, to an extent.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Well, duh. Mediochre's a dracologist.
* InsufferableGenius: Mediochre. Oh ''so'' much.
* InterdisciplinarySleuth: Mediochre and Joseph are scientific researchers and university professors who also happen to catch monster-slayers on the side.
* InvisibleToNormals: There are enchantments that can do this.
* TheIronLady: Queen MAB.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mediochre and, even moreso, Your Almighty God.
* {{Ladyella}}: Dhampinella.
* LampshadeHanging: Even by the narrative.
* LargeHam: Mediochre. So much.
* LemonyNarrator: Of the sarcastic and self-referential kind.
* LightningBruiser: All Dhampir and Vampires.
* LonelyPianoPiece: Mediochre plays them occasionally.
* MadeOfIron: Vampires, Dhampir, and [[BadassNormal Joseph]].
* MagicAIsMagicA: Mancy does have consistent rules, and at least some types are consistent enough to be taught and studied in university. We don't get most of it explained, though.
* MagicianDetective: Sort-of. Mediochre is a slayer-catcher who has 'MIMC' after his name. [[spoiler: [[ChekhovsSkill This comes in useful]].]]
* MakingASplash: Hydromancy.
* TheManBehindTheMan: TOWIR are somehow behind pretty-much everything that goes wrong, it seems.
* TheMasquerade: The Mantically-Aware.
* MasterOfIllusion: Iconomancy.
* MementoMacGuffin: The dragon scale Charlotte gets from Deep Ocean probably counts.
* MemeticBadass: Mediochre, in-universe.
* MerlinSickness: Mediochre used to have it. Now he CantGrowUp again.
* MilkyWhiteEyes: Melz.
* {{Mooks}}: The SSS in Book I.
* {{Muggles}}: The Mantically Unaware.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: Averted with Mediochre Q Seth, who freely admits that his middle name is Quirinius. However, in a more meta example, the author publishes under Calum P Cameron, and makes several jokes out of what the P could potentially stand for.
* MysteriousPast: Touched on with Mediochre and a few others.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Joseph ''Carrion''. '''Maelstrom'''.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Several times.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: TOWIR.
* NiceHat: Mediochre's isn't really all that nice, beyond its impressive fireproofing, but he treats it as such.
* NonActionGuy: Mediochre, with a few brief exceptions.
* NoNameGiven: The Mantically Aware mostly use aliases. TOWIR use aliases for aliases.
* NoPartyGiven: Queen MAB.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Mediochre is not a fan of puberty.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Joseph and Dhampinella; Mediochre and Joseph.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Mediochre and Joseph have both picked up some useful medical skills, but technically they're only qualified to work on dragons and Undead respectively.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: James Chrome.
* OccultDetective: Mediochre and Joseph are private slayer-catchers, which largely amounts to the same thing.
* OneManArmy: Dhampinella.
* OutGambitted: Pulling this off is what Mediochre seems to be for.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Joseph is pretty sharp himself.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Joseph and Dhampinella.
* PlayingWithFire: Pyromancy.
* PoisonousFriend: Joseph.
* PostModernMagick: Technomancy.
* PretentiousLatinMotto: Two of them above Mediochre's door.
* PrimeDirective: Not breaking the Masquerade for the MAUN.
* TheProfessor: Mediochre and, to a lesser extent, Joseph.
* PunnyName: Rowan Berry; Danny Boy Snapfax.
* PurpleProse: Played Straight and Played For Laughs at different points.
* TheQuietOne: Dhampinella.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: It seems Mediochre is naturally inclined to befriend misfits over normal people.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Only [[spoiler: 400]], but still.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Queen MAB.
* RebelWithoutACause: Mediochre seems to dislike authority in general. Probably because it questions his dominance.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Zig-zagged. The mantically-aware have been making some subtle improvements to the world, but they're very cautious about not doing too much or breaking the {{Masquerade}}.
* RetiredBadass: Melinda Quinn.
* RuleOfDrama: Mediochre sometimes uses this in-universe.
* SavedByTheAwesome: Mediochre by Queen MAB, at first.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Several times.
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: Mediochre does it when he wants to prove that his opponents really do not want to fight him.
* SequelHook: Courtesy of the tempomancer.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Mediochre on occasion.
* SesquipedalianSmith: Mediochre Seth.
* ShoutOut: Many. Repeatedly to Series/TheATeam, for [[AuthorAppeal some reason]].
* ShroudedInMyth: Mediochre may or may not be intentionally fostering some of the rumours about him.
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Dhampinella (technically it's auburn or copper, but her eyes are ''very'' green to make up for it, and she's the second-most significant female present). It adds to the whole 'striking, inhuman creature' shtick she's got going on.
* SinglePowerSuperheroes: Most of the mancies seem to revolve around being able to do one specific superpower really well.
* SmugSuper: Mediochre has a few abnormalities that could be called super-powers. Modesty is not one of them.
* SoYouWantToLiveForever: Generally speaking, the bad guys want to, the good guys [[WhoWantsToLiveForever don't.]]
* TheSpock: Dhampinella.
* StealthPun: TOWIR. As in 'of Babel'.
* TheStoic: Dhampinella.
* StuffBlowingUp: Lampshaded in the introduction to the first book.
* TakeThat: Edgar Rice Burroughs in Book I.
* TechnicalPacifist: Emphasis on the 'technical'.
* {{Technobabble}}[=/=]{{Magibabble}}: Everything which isn't Buffy Speak. [[UpToEleven And some stuff which is]].
* {{Telepathy}}: Psychomancy.
* TerseTalker: Dhampinella.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Mediochre thinks better when playing awesome music.
* ThemeNaming: All TOWIR operatives refer to each other by the names of expensive stones.
* TheyFightCrime: Pretty-much sums up the plot of the series.
* ThirtyGambitPileup: Oh yes.
* TimeMaster: Tempomancy.
* TimeStandsStill: Tempomancy, if you’re good enough.
* TokenNonHuman: Dhampinella.
* TranquilFury: Mediochre.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Professor Doctor Laird Sir Mediochre Quirinius Seth, [=PhD=] [=MusD=] [=MSc=] CBE OBE MIMC VC-Bar. Grade 8 in piano.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Melz is [[UpToEleven old, female, disabled, blind and deaf]].
* UnwittingPawn: Everyone. If you aren't unintentionally working for TOWIR, you're unintentionally working ''against'' them for Mediochre.
* TheVerse: The Mediochreverse. The author began to use this term to refer to the world of his own work, and it kinda stuck.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Mediochre and Charlotte evolve into this.
* TheWatson: Charlotte.
* WeaksauceWeakness: All of the classic Undead weaknesses are out in force. [[spoiler: Dhampinella almost has several used against her at once]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The tempomancer claims TOWIR is this.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman?: Discussed for dragons.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: So far mentioned are necromancy (death), pyromancy (fire), hydromancy (water), technomancy (technology and enchantment), medimancy (healing), tempomancy (time), iconomancy (images), thermomancy (heat), phobiamancy (fear), philiamancy (love), and psychomancy (minds).
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: The tempomancer and Maelstrom. Possibly also Dhampinella.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Melz and Mediochre don't.
* AWizardDidIt: The [[WordOfGod official line]] on any cases of CriticalResearchFailure is that the mantically-aware society is further ahead in their understanding of the world than modern science. Or: "[[InsaneTrollLogic I'm not wrong; the WORLD is wrong]]."
* WorldOfBadass: Most characters, even if not very good in a physical fight, are pretty badass in their own way, or become so over the course of the series.
* WorldOfSnark: Even the narrator gets in on it.
* XanatosSpeedChess:
-->'''Obsidian:''' "She can easily be written in".
* YouCantThwartStageOne: TOWIR are already on Stage III by the start of the first book.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Dr Modern lapses into this when he’s not concentrating.
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[[folder: The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre]]
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dean Kiwi Mashuga. [[spoiler: Subverted]]
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The Sapphire Smuggling Syndicate.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: The SSS thugs threatening Charlotte.
* ArchEnemy: Mediochre and Maelstrom go way back...
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The list of charges against Mediochre ends on 'disturbing the peace'.
* BadassGrandpa: Forthan Forth.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Antler, until he suffers ClothingDamage.
* BarbarianHero: Maelstrom is a deconstruction.
* {{BFG}}: Missile-Bee Launchers.
* [[spoiler: BigBadFriend]]: Sapphire.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Joseph]] vs Isobel; [[spoiler: Mediochre]] vs Maelstrom.
* BillBillJunkBill: Charlotte looking into classrooms.
--> Empty, empty, empty, empty except for a teacher who clearly didn't get enough of her classroom when she was actually teaching or something...
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Kiwi Mashuga]].
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Antler.
* TheCavalry: Subverted. [[spoiler: The timely arrival of the MIPF at the end wasn't ''quite'' timely ''enough'' to help much]].
* CheckAndMate: Subverted for laughs. Mediochre, being a smug git, sets things up to let him pull one of these on the BigBad - but forgets to factor in the fact that he has the body of a [[GeekPhysique scrawny teenager]] and the BigBad is capable of cutting off his airway before he can finish.
-->'''Mediochre:''' You made me ruin it, you moron. It was gonna be so good, [[LampshadeHanging like one of those smug moments in a film]]. You were gonna say 'what?' and I was gonna... look, let’s try that again: [[spoiler: Kiwi]]?
-->'''[[spoiler: Kiwi]]:''' What?!
-->'''Mediochre:''' [[spoiler: The CCTV’s still on]].
-->'''[[spoiler: Kiwi]]:''' [[OutGambitted WHAT]]?
* ClothingDamage: "Dhampinella’s biggest injury seemed to have been to her coat." Antler's suit also gets ruined by the explosion.
* TheCoatsAreOff: Dhampinella, before [[spoiler: taking on the entire SSS army at once]].
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted.
-->'''Joseph:''' "[[spoiler: I can’t do CPR on someone who doesn't ''have'' a chest!]]"
* CuttingTheKnot: Mediochre once brought down a whole load of criminals in a single blow by punching the fire alarm. Joseph gets into an SSS store room by breaking the lock.
* DaChief: The St Merlin's Security Chief.
* DamselInDistress: Hélène.
* DiabolicalMastermind: Sapphire.
* DominoRevelation: Charlotte struggles to cope with the fact the world won't ''stop'' defying what she believes it to be like.
* DoomedHometown: Maelstrom's FreudianExcuse.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: [[spoiler: Maelstrom and the tempomancer]].
* DramaticPause: Mediochre.
-->'''Mediochre:''' "I have... a plan."
* EggMcguffin: Glint.
* EmpathicEnvironment: "Charlotte would have sworn that the temperature in the room had just dropped."
* EtTuBrute: Mediochre is really displeased when [[spoiler: Kiwi turns out to be evil]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler: Hélène]].
* EvilCounterpart: Maelstrom to Mediochre.
* EvilInc: The Sapphire Storage Facility, a front for the [[TheSyndicate Sapphire Smuggling Syndicate]].
* EvilMatriarch: [[spoiler: Kiwi puts her own daughter in danger to further her scheme]].
* [[spoiler: Evil Teacher]]: Dean Kiwi Mashuga (OK, technically [[spoiler: a Dean is not a teacher]]).
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: How Isobel beats the lie detector]].
* ExitVillainStageLeft: [[spoiler: Danny and the tempomancer]].
* ExpositionOfImmortality: Melinda's paintings show that Mediochre is even older than he had previously implied.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Deep Ocean]] gets a stun dart in the eye.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Both the dragon in the painting and Maelstrom]].
* FemmeFatale: Beth Diamond is an arguable inversion.
* FiveBadBand:
** TheBigBad: Sapphire.
** TheDragon: Antler.
** TheBrute: Maelstrom.
** TheEvilGenius: The tempomancer.
** TheDarkChick: Isobel.
* FreudianExcuse: Maelstrom's hatred of dragons stems from the destruction of his home village.
* FriendlyEnemy: Mediochre and Queen MAB. Lampshaded via [[LooneyTunes Sam and Ralph]] reference.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Given to Mediochre and Joseph by the tempomancer.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Combined with MegatonPunch by Joseph [[spoiler: to snap Mediochre out of it when he goes psycho]].
* GunsAkimbo: One of the SSS thugs.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Oscar and Stephanie]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Subverted by Danny]].
* IHaveYourWife: We have your many-times-great aunt.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Alluded to a couple of times.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: Kiwi Mashuga, for [[ItAmusedMe lulz]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Maelstrom's Blood Iron sword.
* IronicEcho: "You have something of mine", and later, "[[spoiler: It ''is'' all in the wrist!]]".
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Charlotte is less affronted by Mediochre's [[spoiler: leaving]] than by his inability to use a door like a normal person.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Dhampinella's name is pronounced "Vamp-in-ella".
-->'''Joseph:''' "Spelt with a D-H, pronounced with a V. Don't ask me why; her parents were weird."
* KansasCityShuffle: How they get both in and out of [[spoiler: the Sapphire Storage Facility]].
* LetsSplitUpGang: Complete with ScoobyDoo reference.
* MadeOfExplodium: Fire glands.
* MauveShirt: Oscar, Stephanie and Kurt.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''Mediochre:''' "This whole scene could have stepped out of a cheesy fantasy adventure were it not for the fact that scenes are incapable of stepping anywhere due to severe deficiency in the foot department."
* MilkmanConspiracy: Sapphire is actually [[spoiler: Kiwi Mashuga]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Danny is TOWIR's mole, and Kiwi is the SSS's... sort of]].
* MookFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Oscar and Stephanie]].
* MotiveRant: Maelstrom gives one to Charlotte.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: In the acknowledgements.
--> Every great novelist steals or borrows a lot of material... as it turns out, [[SelfDepreciation the rest of us do it too]].
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours:
-->'''Mediochre:''' "When it comes to freaky powers, I do beat you."
* NamesTheSame: "Not that Queen" and "Different Merlin."
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Sort-of inverted. Danny brings one to a gunfight and, naturally, wins.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Melinda [[spoiler: takes out several thugs from her wheelchair]].
* NobodyTouchesTheHair: Mediochre.
-->'''Mediochre:''' "''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I... liked... that... hair]]''."
* NoExceptYes: Charlotte's "I wasn’t drooling; I was admiring" and Joseph's "It’s not hypocrisy; it's [[PerfectlyCromulentWord Mediochrisy]]."
* NoodleImplements: [[TheMedic Prometheus Modern]] has seemingly done surgery with a kitchen knife, some slightly rusted tweezers, a bottle of Schnapps and a length of wool.
* NoodleIncident: Several, most notably Mediochre fighting off a horde of Undead with his teeth.
* OnAScaleFromOneToTen: [[DeadpanSnarker Mediochre]] gives the non-sequitur answer "Tuesday".
* OnlyOneName: Maelstrom.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Charlotte.
* OutGambitted: The SSS and then Maelstrom, both by Mediochre.
* OutOfTheInferno: Justified by Isobel, who’s a pyromancer.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "''I... liked... that... hair''."
* RedShirtArmy: The MIPF and the SSS.
* RefugeInAudacity: Sapphire uses it to hide herself and her syndicate.
* TheReveal: Mediochre's 'accident'; Sapphire's identity.
* RightHandAttackDog: Beowulf.
* SelfStitching: Joseph doesn't actually ''stitch'' himself, but he does cut a bullet out of his own hand and bind it up.
* ShapedLikeItself: "Unexpected unexpectedness."
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: An SSS thug describes Charlotte as Mediochre's girlfriend when they've only just met. Mediochre gets sarcastic at him.
* SherlockScan: Mediochre does it at the dragon's cave.
* SmugSnake: Antler.
* SoYouWantToLiveForever: Maelstrom.
* TheStarscream: [[spoiler: The tempomancer]], sort of.
* StealthPun: [[spoiler: [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Kitty Pride]] ''is'' a real person – the character was named after a living artist]].
* [[spoiler: StupidSexyFriend]]: Mediochre suffers from this [[spoiler: in regards to Charlotte.]]
* [[spoiler: TeacherStudentRomance]]: Subverted – Mediochre is determined not to let it get that far.
* ThisMeansWar: Mediochre has his own equivalent phrase.
-->'''Mediochre:''' "[[LetsGetDangerous Get me to a piano]]."
* TheEndOrIsIt: The last line in the book:
--> "[[spoiler: ''Almost'' certainly]]."
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Bomb Brothers.
* TreasureRoom: [[spoiler: Deep Ocean]] has several.
* UnfazedEveryman: Charlotte.
* UniversalDriversLicence: Double-subverted – Mediochre can't [[spoiler: fly the helicopter]] initially, but he learns pretty quickly.
* TheUnreveal: Rowan ''almost'' reveals Mediochre's {{backstory}} to Charlotte.
-->'''Mediochre:''' "If she does, she's not permitted to tell you."
* UnwittingPawn: Maelstrom. To several people.
* TheVamp: [[spoiler: Danny seduces Charlotte as part of TOWIR's plan]].
* VirginPower: Both unicorns and dragons are apparently drawn to virgins.
* VisualPun: [[http://static.lulu.com/browse/product_thumbnail.php?productId=21098698&resolution=320 The cover]] is a shade of red almost slap in the middle of the ochre spectrum. It is literally medi-ochre.
* TheVoice: Most of the members of TOWIR.
* WeCanRuleTogether: [[spoiler: The tempomancer]] offers Joseph the chance to switch sides.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Joseph to Hélène.
* WhatTheHellHero: Bizarrely inverted – Joseph reassures Mediochre that what he did ''was'' justifiable. Joseph seems to be [[TheChampion more loyal to Mediochre than he is to morality]].
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Charlotte asks Mediochre something similar concerning his own name.
* WithMyHandsTied: Mediochre reputedly once fought off a horde of Undead with his hands full ([[spoiler: apparently of Joseph's unconscious form]]) and one foot stuck.
* YouKilledMyFather: Mentioned as how Dhampinella met Joseph.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: Dhampinella]] against the SSS. Also [[spoiler: Danny, but his was part of the tempomancer's scheme]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Black, White and Shades of Mediochre]]
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Partially justified. The older parts of Edinburgh's sewage system ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic are]]'' pretty absurdly spacious. And it's mentioned that they've been widened in secret.
* ActionMom: Ms Du Barry. To ridiculous extremes.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: The attack on [[spoiler: the Dusk, symbolic home of the Undead]].
* ArrowCatch: Almost comically done with a ''paper aeroplane''.
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler: The necromancer]] gives a couple.
* BadassInDistress: [[spoiler: Mediochre]], if you count him as a Badass.
* BadPowersBadPeople: You don’t appear to get good necromancers. Ever.
** BadPowersGoodPeople: ...unless you count all the good ''exorcists''.
* BetterThanABareBulb: This book has even more [[LampshadeHanging lampshades being hung]] than the first one - mostly from Gambit and Joseph.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Irena – naturally, her being a Pontianak.
* {{BFG}}: Joseph’s flame-charm launcher.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: The necromancer]]... [[TheManBehindTheMan ostensibly]]...
* BigDamnGunship: A fantasy-specific variant with [[spoiler: Leeroy]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Archie and the religious leaders. Twice.
* BigWhat: Noteworthy, because one of them came from ''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Dhampinella]]''. Also done in [[UpToEleven three-part harmony]] at one point.
* BlondesAreEvil: Guinevere Spencer certainly qualifies.
* BloodMagic: It can rejuvenate you if you’re a Vampire.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Millacra, fortunately for Rowan.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "Stake, Bowie knife, splintered end of your own arm..."
* CallBack: Several, notably to Dhampinella’s family history.
* CaptainErsatz: Subverted – it’s implied Millacra ''is'' Le Fanu’s {{Carmilla}}.
* CardCarryingVillain: [[spoiler: The necromancer]].
* CatchAndReturn: Irena does it with a firebomb.
* TheChampion: Quicksilver is a villainous example, with her devotion to Guinevere Spencer.
* ChessMotifs: All over the place, though some of it is FauxSymbolism.
* ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive: Fervour. He thinks it looks wise.
* ClothingDamage: So many instances that it becomes noteworthy when Quila Russet ''fails'' to suffer any.
* TheCoatsAreOff: Inverted – Joseph very deliberately dons his coat before he [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]].
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Sort of – the ambulance driver failed to get his friend to a medic.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Scourge Worms.
* CreepyChild: [[spoiler: The necromancer,]] although not [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld exactly]] a child.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: [[spoiler: The necromancer literally explodes all over his own island.]]
* CuttingTheKnot: Joseph gets into the Humanist Movement HQ with threats.
* CutYourHeartOutWithASpoon: Subverted. Joseph threatens to shove a gun down Gambit’s throat so far that it gives him constipation. [[spoiler: He then [[NotHyperbole does so]]. And [[LudicrousGibs fires the gun]].]]
* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler: The necromancer must be killed in body, soul and mind.]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: The necromancer]] used this to survive.
* {{Determinator}}: Sable rivals Mediochre himself in this regard.
* DeusExMachina: Lampshaded by Rowan.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu?: No. I shot him.
* DistressedDude: [[spoiler: Mediochre.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: Abrahams and Fervour are a little bit fascist, bordering on BNP. Millacra's obsession with Rowan, meanwhile, plays out like a stalking [[spoiler: and attempted rape.]]
* DoubleEntendre: "Until they could sterilise her" wasn't ''meant'' to be one...
* [[spoiler: {{Dracolich}}]]: Leeroy.
* TheDragon: Gambit to [[spoiler: the necromancer]]. Tiffany Quicksilver to Guinevere Spencer.
* DramaticWind: Because the only thing [[IncrediblyLamePun cooler]] than Joseph Carrion is Joseph Carrion with air conditioning.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Lampshaded ''severely''.
* EnemyMine: Joseph and Charlotte have to team up with [[spoiler: Sable]].
* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler: The necromancer]]... [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld sort of]]...
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: One of the few types of Undead that aren't important in-book at all – the author just put them in because, in a book about TheUndead, you can't ''not''.
* EvilIsHammy: [[spoiler: The necromancer]] and Guinevere Spencer have their moments, but [[LargeHam Gambit]] blows them out of the park.
* EvilRedhead: Gambit. It's a Strigoi thing.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Dr Modern]].
* FantasticNuke: [[spoiler: The Reaper]].
* FantasticRacism: The Humanist Movement are a Human Supremacy group.
* FiveRoundsRapid: Referenced ''by name'' by [[PopCulturedBadass Joseph]].
* FluffyTheTerrible: [[spoiler: Leeroy]]? [[spoiler: LEEROY]]?
* FoeTossingCharge: Millacra against the Humanists.
* FoetusTerrible: [[spoiler: The necromancer possessed his current body when it was an embryo.]]
* ForcedToWatch: [[spoiler: Obsidian]] threatens Joseph with this regarding Dhampinella to keep him in line.
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler: Spencer]] has no interest in the cause beyond it's ability to serve as an excuse to kill things.
* FromACertainPointOfView: Mediochre is the oldest man alive, "depending on what you count as a man".
* GallowsHumour: Mediochre remembers Pigeon for this.
* GenocideDilemma: Oddly, barely brought up.
* AGlassOfChianti: Subverted. Archie the Vampire is drinking wine when Charlotte first meets him, but he turns out to be perhaps the only unambiguously-good Vampire in the series.
** Naturally. [[{{Dracula}} Evil Vampires]] ''[[FridgeBrilliance never]]'' drink... ''wine''.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Jack Abrahams has an evil one running from his mouth to his eye.
* GoshdangItToHeck: Tanner, until Fervour breaks him.
* GunsAkimbo: Joseph does this when escaping some Vampires.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: The Humanist Movement towards Dhampir.
* HannibalLecture: Dante on Joseph; Mediochre on Gambit.
* HeatWave: And it’s a plot point.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Millacra and Melinoe have both seemingly spent ''decades'' doing this.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Leeroy]]. [[spoiler: Sable]] sort-of did one before the story began.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Leeroy. Millacra.]]
* HesBack: Mediochre, naturally.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: The necromancer, by binding himself to a body]], ensures his eventual death.
* HumansAreBastards: Joseph thinks so.
--> '''Humanist (after getting punched):''' "Resorting to the Neanderthal now, are we?"
--> '''Joseph:''' "No. That was pure Homo Sapiens."
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Vampires can regenerate their bodies after drinking enough blood. Drinking Mediochre's blood makes it happen all the faster.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Joseph's "World of necessity".
* IHaveManyNames: Sable and Millacra.
* IHaveYourWife: Obsidian accurately identifies Joseph's weak spot as being [[PlatonicLifePartners Dhampinella]]'s heart.
* ImplacableMan: Gambit's description of Mediochre.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Poor little [[spoiler: Noddy]].
* IronicEchoCut: "I daresay he can get them out alive" cuts to "What d’ya mean we can’t let them out alive?"
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The necromancer.]]
* KilledMidSentence: Pigeon.
* KissOfTheVampire: Subverted by [[spoiler: Millacra]], who literally [[FoeYay kisses]] Rowan – and then goes to [[VampireBitesSuck bite her throat out]].
* LargeHam: Gambit. Lampshaded.
* LesbianVampire: Millacra and possibly Guinevere.
* LexLuthorSecurity: Mediochre gets in and out of Fervour’s office undetected... somehow.
* MadDoctor: [[spoiler: Prometheus Modern]].
* MadScientist: [[spoiler: Prometheus Modern]].
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Jasper]] is behind [[spoiler: the necromancer]], with The Organisation Which I Represent behind ''him''.
* MathematiciansAnswer: Mediochre, Tanner, Obsidian and Melinoe all give them at different points while being uncooperative.
* MediumAwareness: Maybe?
--> '''Mediochre:''' "You’ve got me speaking in ''italics'' woman!"
* MonsterMash: The Dusk.
* MotiveMisidentification: [[spoiler: Sable hasn't been paid to take out Melinoe – she’s investigating a world domination plan which Melinoe is part of.]]
* MyRuleFuIsStrongerThanYours: Mediochre to Chrome.
* NamesTheSame: Causes some confusion, since Jacqueline Sable is given the media nickname 'Creator/JackBlack'.
--> '''Joseph:''' "Jack Black is back... Yep. ''That'' one."
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: The various Undead under [[spoiler: the necromancer’s control]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Undead [[spoiler: germs]], and later an undead [[spoiler: dragon]].
* NoodleIncident: Who's Samantha Travis?
* NotHyperbole: Joseph to Gambit.
--> '''Joseph:''' "Don’t say I didn't warn you."
* NotSoStoic: Dhampinella finally shows some human emotions - when her [[FamilyButton sister]] gets involved.
* [[spoiler: NukeEm]]: Fervour's proposed solution to the BigBad. Or rather, [[spoiler: Reaper 'Em]].
* ObiWanMoment: [[spoiler: Leeroy]] gets a very dignified death scene.
* OhCrap: Everyone gives one when Dhampinella produces the following result for nearby Undead:
--> '''Dhampinella:''' "I lose count after seventeen trillion."
* OhNoNotAgain:
--> '''Mediochre:''' "Again with the [[DemBones skeletal hordes]]. I ''hate'' the skeletal hordes."
* OnlyOneName: Dante.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: ''[[EmotionlessGirl Dhampinella]]'' loses her cool and even ''[[PrecisionFStrike swears mildly]]''.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: Some of them, anyway. It's even noted that the word is ''pronounced'' differently here.
* PaintingTheFourthWall: [[spoiler: The necromancer’s thoughts]] are in a separate font in an attempt to simulate VoiceOfTheLegion.
* PlotCoupon: The [[spoiler: phylacteries]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Dhampinella gives a Precision ''D'' Strike. It works because it's literally the only time she has ''ever'' been anything but tersely polite.
* PreviouslyOn: The plot of Book I is summarised at the start.
* PropheticName: The fate of [[spoiler: Prometheus Modern]].
* PsychoLesbian: Guinevere, probably. She could equally be a DepravedBisexual or just a CampStraight SissyVillain with a love of GayBravado.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
--> '''Joseph:'''"Where. Is. She?"
* ParentheticalSwearing: Tanner very ''carefully'' measures the way he says "sir" to Fervour.
* PuppetKing: Mediochre believes [[spoiler: Fervour]] may be this.
* PursuedProtagonist: Quill in the opening. [[spoiler: [[DecoyProtagonist He doesn't get very far]].]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Because a Vampire is about to eat you. (Also lampshaded with [[spoiler: Leeroy]].)
* TheReveal: Two big ones – the identity of [[spoiler: Purity/Hyde]] and the true nature of [[spoiler: the necromancer]].
* RoomFullOfCrazy: In a variation, Dante has a Room Full Of Impatient.
* RuleOfCool: The main reason given for Joseph's Guns Akimbo moment. Also mentioned in the zontanecrological note.
* SarcasmFailure: Charlotte, in the Edinburgh Kiss's hideout.
* SaveTheVillain: Mediochre saves [[spoiler: Doctor Modern]].
* ShadesOfConflict: Referenced by the title. For the most part, the denizens of the Dusk are [[HeroicNeutral White]], while the Humanist Movement and the Edinburgh Kiss are two opposing types of [[FantasticRacism Black]]. Maccabeus Fervour is [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Grey]] bordering on [[CorruptBureaucrat Black]], with Queen MAB and the main party as ALighterShadeOfGrey. [[spoiler: The necromancer]] is [[EvilOverlord a whole new level of Black]], but we still don't really ''know'' what shade [[NebulousEvilOrganisation The Organisation Which I Represent]] is.
* ShirtlessScene: Mediochre, Melinoe and Joseph each get one. Mediochre's is [[FanDisservice completely non-Fanservicey]] because he's physically fifteen and [[spoiler: being eaten by a worm]] at the time; Melinoe's ''would'' be Fanservicey if she wasn't covered in her own blood at the time (mind you, [[FetishFuel some people like that]]...); and Joseph's... well, [[Fanservice the fans deserved something]]...
* ShmuckBait: [[spoiler: The 'Call MIPF' button.]]
* ShootTheDog: As Joseph explains, that's what he's ''for''.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Dante – although he might just be tired.
* SmugSnake: Gambit and Fervour both.
* SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb: Fittingly takes place just after AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs.
* SoulJar: [[spoiler: The necromancer has both his phylacteries.]]
* StealthPun: ''Jacqueline'' Sable is [[spoiler: Purity ''Hyde''. Jacqueline/Hyde. JekyllAndHyde.]]
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Shelly.]]
* [[spoiler: SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome]]: Danny.
* TakeAThirdOption: It’s mentioned that both Joseph and Mediochre found third options to an old teacher’s personality test.
* TalkingToThemself: Played for laughs with Joseph's internal dialogue.
* ThanatosGambit: Possibly from [[spoiler: Obsidian]].
* ThickerThanWater: Dhampinella and Melinoe (and, implicitly, their papa.)
* ThouShaltNotKill: Subverted – [[spoiler: Joseph prevents Mediochre killing the necromancer, but only so he can do it]].
* ThrowawayGuns: Joseph when fighting the Vampires – he has no time to re-holster them.
* TitleDrop: Almost. Joseph talks about black, white and shades of ''grey''.
* ToThePain: Gambit tries it.
* TouchOfDeath: [[spoiler: The necromancer]] can do this.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Averted. [[spoiler: Millacra's jaw is dislocated because it isn't]].
* TryNotToDie: Joseph says this to Mediochre.
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: [[spoiler: Maccabeus Fervour overthrows the [=MABGov=]]].
* UnusualEuphemism: Mediochre uses "Mother-of-pearl!" as a curse at one point.
* UnstoppableRage: Being [[spoiler: nailed to a wall]] can't stop an angry Mediochre.
* UpToEleven: The freezing charm.
* VampireBitesSuck: Sure do.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Rather appropriately committed by Zac [[MeaningfulName Abrahams]].
* WakingTheSleepingGiant: Millacra did ''so'' want to remain neutral...
* WhateverHappenedToTheMouse: Chrome just kinda disappears part-way through.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Charlotte struggles to decide whether [[DemBones Skeletons]] are people.
* WhatTheHellHero: Melz calls Joseph "a damn fool".
* WhatYouAreInTheDark: If you're Joseph Carrion, the answer is "[[MookHorrorShow kinda scary]]"...
* WithAllDueRespect: Tanner to Fervour.
* XanatosGambit: An impressive one from Zac Abrahams.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler: The necromancer]] to Gambit; Obsidian to [[spoiler: Danny]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Obsidian to [[spoiler: Gambit]].
* YourVampiresSuck: Several lines could function as a TakeThat to Literature/{{Twilight}}.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler: Millacra holds off Tiffany for Joseph and Charlotte]].
[[/folder]]

!!The Christmas specials provide examples of:

[[folder: Born to Raise the Sons of Earth (Short Story)]]
* AbnormalAmmo: UpToEleven. The DepletedPhlebotinumShells in Joseph's pistol are said to be abnormal even for him.
* ADayInTheLimelight: It focuses on [[TheLancer Joseph]], rather than [[SupportingProtagonist Charlotte]] or [[TheLeader Mediochre]].
* AscendedExtra: Mad Lex Gunpowder was mentioned exactly once in ''The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre''. Here, he's much more prominent.
* AnAssKickingChristmas: Joseph and Mad Lex Gunpowder spend Christmas Eve and the start of Christmas Day fighting Undead. What's not to love?
* AwesomeAussie: Mad Lex Gunpowder, Joseph's {{Mentor}}, turns out to have been Australian.
* BashBrothers: Joseph and Lex.
* BigBad: Stormhold Elect, Dreadlord Servant of the Thousand Voices.
* BiggerBad: Quite possibly [[spoiler: Stormhold's ''schizophrenia''.]] After all, who else do we know with [[spoiler: necromancer powers and a thousand different 'voices' inside them?]]
* ChekhovsGun: Literally, with Joseph's pistol. Zig-zagged, however, in that [[spoiler: it's not the gun that finally kills Stormhold. Also, of the six bullets, only three are useful and one doesn't even get fired]].
* ChekhovsGunman: On reflection, Stormhold Elect - or rather, [[spoiler: his schizophrenia]] - quite possibly counts as one given the nature of [[spoiler: the necromancer]] in ''Black, White and Shades of Mediochre''.
* ChristmasEpisode
* EccentricMentor: Holy crap, ''LEX''.
* EliteMooks: Draugar. Jiang-Shi are more [[{{Mooks}} rank-and-file]].
* EyeScream: Bullets don't kill Draugar. But they ''can'' blind them...
* FutureShadowing: Lex advises Joseph to wear more black. When we first meet him in the series, he's wearing black from head to toe.
* MadScientist: Mad Lex Gunpowder.
* TheMagnificent: [[AwesomeMcCoolname Stormhold Elect]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dreadlord Servant of the Thousand Voices]].
* NiceHat: Mad Lex wears a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrolean_hat Tyrolean]].
* {{Prequel}}: It's set when Joseph is eighteen. He's late 20s in the first book.
* PreMortemOneLiner: "Ho ho ho, ya third-grade wombat."
* SavedByTheAwesome: It's stated that Mad Lex's genius is the only reason he hasn't been ''physically incarcerated''.
* SquishyWizard: Stormhold Elect is a pretty good necromancer, but he goes down immediately when Joseph throws a piece of coal at him.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The fantasy equivalent. How many other stories contain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draugr Draugar]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_shi Jiang-Shi]]?
* TalkativeLoon: Stormhold Elect.
* TeenGenius: Joseph turns out to have been one, which makes sense since he ''is'' a Professor by the time of the main series. Also, Mad Lex Gunpowder earned a doctorate at ''seventeen''. Yeah.
* TitledAfterTheSong: The title is a line from 'Hark, the Herald Angels Sing'. In the song, it refers to Jesus bringing eternal life to human souls. Here, it refers to necromancy.
* TriggerHappy: Mad Lex Gunpowder, although we knew that already. It implies he struggles to ''think'' clearly unless he's shooting at something.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Justified here in that it's ''peachwood'', [[ShownTheirWork which Jiang-Shi are said to be repulsed by]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Please to Put a Penny in the Old Man's Hat (Short Story)]]
* ChristmasEpisode: The second in a row.
* EvilRedhead: Lark is, at least, a pretty scary and unpleasant one.
* FiveFingerDiscount: Pigeon promises in his letter than Mediochre's gift wasn't stolen - although it ''may'' have been bought with money that was "a bit" stolen in the first place.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Exploited by Mediochre. He allows Lark to eat bits of him, to prevent her from hunting down innocent humans for food.
* HorrorHunger: Whatever Lark is, she seems to be compelled to eat human meat.
* HurtingHero: Mediochre's damaged mental state is on full display. He even describes ''himself'' as "too introspective" here.
* MementoMacguffin: Turns out that the cross Mediochre wears around his neck was [[ItWasAGift a gift]] from [[ILetGwenStacyDie Pigeon]].
* PublicDomainCharacter: Mediochre is in London to find Springheel Jack, the famous UrbanLegend.
* SmallStepsHero: This story shows Mediochre to be one.
* TitledAfterTheSong: Specifically, after a line from "Christmas is Coming", a traditional British Christmas carol.
* TragicKeepsake: This is probably why Mediochre is still wearing that cross, many years after Pigeon's death.
* VictorianLondon: The entire story is a flashback to the Victorian era. So, naturally, it ''has'' to take place in London!
[[/folder]]

[[folder: A Visit from the Yule Goat (Poem)]]
* BadSanta: The "Saint Nick" turns out to be a goat-like monster using a disguise to sneak into people's houses and plant eggs which will eventually hatch into murderous babies.
* ChristmasEpisode
* EnfantTerrible: The Yule goat's species doesn't appear to be sapient enough for true evil, but it ''does'' have a life cycle that involves the babies taking the form of the first creature they see and then, uh, disposing of the original.
* KillAndReplace: Part of the natural life cycle of the titular "Yule goat".
* LooseCanon
* MasterOfIllusion: The Yule goat, due to natural iconomancy.
* MonsterIsAMommy: In fact, that's part of what makes it so monstrous.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The Yule goat. Four of them were disguised as a belly when it was pretending to be Santa.
* WholePlotReference: A twisted one to ''A Visit from St Nicholas'' (TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas...)
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