''The Supernaturalist'' is a CyberPunk novel by Creator/EoinColfer. [[{{Dystopia}} In the future,]] fourteen year old Cosmo Hill escapes from the [[OrphanageOfFear Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys]] in an accident that nearly takes his life. He is saved by a group of teenagers calling themselves "The Supernaturalists" because they seek to rid the world of strange, alien-like creatures that they call "Parasites" and believe are sucking the life out of the wounded or dying. However, they soon discover a horrifying secret that turns their world upside down and gets them caught in a web far more complicated than anything they've ever imagined before.

A graphic novel adaptation was released in 2012 by Disney Hyperion Books.
!!Contains examples of the following tropes:

%%* ActionGirl: Mona Vasquez.
* AnachronicOrder: The graphic novel, in comparison to the original book. In particular, the first chapter of the graphic novel jumps between the main events of the first chapter of the book. It can be slightly confusing to people who haven't read the original novel.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The last scene of the book has [[spoiler:Cosmo, Mona, and Ditto gearing up to search for other supernatural beings.]] Could also be seen as a SequelHook, though whether or not a sequel will actually be released remains to be seen.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Abracadabra Street was no great challenge for a squadron that had broken into several foreign banks, two crime lords' strongholds, and a private kindergarten."
%%* BadassLongcoat: Stefan.
%%* BandOfBrothers
* BigBrotherIsEmployingYou: [[spoiler:Faustino, who is working for [[MegaCorp Myishi]], manipulates the Supernaturalists into helping her collect parasites.]]
* BilingualBonus: Mona Vasquez and her Spanish, Pierre from Booshka and his French.
* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind: The Parasites can be seen only by those who have suffered near-death experiences.
* BondOneLiner: [[spoiler:That was for Ziplock, [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Bugs.]]]]
* BookEnds: The graphic novel starts with [[spoiler: Faustino's approach to the Antarctic Base.]] Said graphic novel ends with [[spoiler:Faustino working in the Antarctic base.]] It should be noted that neither of these two events were ever depicted in the original book, although they provide a familiar backdrop to people who did read the original book.
* CannotTalkToWomen: Cosmo, in regards to Mona. The most notable example is on the rooftop, where Cosmo digs himself into a hole by mentioning "Little Piggies." Mona is playfully amused.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The metal plate in Cosmo's head.
---> '''Mona:''' When your skin heals up, Ditto says you'll be able to head-butt your way through a brick wall.
** Unknowingly brought up a Myishi Vatman, as the metal plate is used to armor assault tanks.
--->'''Vatman:''' Plasti-glass. Nothing short of an assault tank is going to get you out of here.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:Ellen Faustino.]]
%%* {{Cyberpunk}}
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Eoin Colfer's other works.
%%* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Ditto.
%%* DoorstopBaby
* {{Dystopia}}: According to this book, the future will behold a polluted, enviromentally destroyed planet, where sunsets are purple because of smog and technology is god.
* EvilLawyerJoke: Colfer seems to be going for this; the heavily militarized police in Satellite City are referred to as "lawyers", and they work for the bad guys.
* FeedItWithFire: [[spoiler: The energy shocks don't blow up the Parasites, they ''make them replicate.'']]
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:The Parasites feed on pain, not life force.]]
%%* IneffectualLoner: Stefan.
* InvisibleToNormals: The Parasites can only be seen by people who've had near-death experiences, or Bartoli babies. [[spoiler: At the end, Ditto says he can see many more things, and some of them are far worse.]]
* ItCanThink: [[spoiler:As Stefan lays dying, he notes that the Parasites surrounding him look sympathetic, rather than mindless.]]
%%* LaResistance
* LineOfSightName:
** Cosmo Hill was named for the Cosmonaut Hill, place where he was found.
** "I once knew a man from San Fransico named Holden Gate. Guess where they found him?"
** This is explicitly stated to be the modus opernadi for naming John Does in this society.
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome: Stefan.
* MagicalDefibrillator: Stefan restarts Cosmo's heart by shooting him in the chest with a Shocker round "strong enough to fry a rhinoceros" (notable for being much more powerful than the weaker versions used against the Parasites). To be fair, though, he had just had thousands of volts go through him and his heart ''was'' in fibrillation.
* {{MegaCorp}}: Satellite City seems to be controlled by Myishi.
* NearDeathExperience: Each of the main cast has had one; it's also the only way to see parasites.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: {{Subverted}}. Stefan is quite horrified to realize that [[spoiler: the shocker weapons he thought were destroying the parasites were actually causing them to multiply]], but then it turns out [[spoiler: that the parasites are actually quite a benevolent species, so this wasn't as bad as Stefan thought.]]
* NoodleImplements: Cosmo has a nightmare involving Ziplock, two parasites, and a hair dryer.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Ditto, who appears 6 when he is actually 28.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Ditto as stated above.
%%* OneOfTheBoys: Mona.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ditto, real name Lucien Bonn.
* PlayingWithSyringes: The origin of the Bartoli babies, Ditto included.
* {{Portmantitle}}: "Supernatural" + "naturalist".
%%* PrivatelyOwnedSociety
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Happens literally to [[spoiler:Faustino at the end.]]
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: The titular satellite of satellite city is described to in a geosynchronous orbit 50 kilometres above the earth. Little wonder then they are having trouble keeping it up.[[note]]Geostationary orbit is normally 35,786 km above the equator. Anywhere else would require a cost-prohibitive amount of fuel to maintain.[[/note]]
* ShoutOut: To Colfer's other works.
** Stefan Bashkir is one of Literature/ArtemisFowl's aliases. And Phonetix, a company that has a rivalry with Myishi, had a rivalry with Jon Spiro's Fission Chips in ''The Eternity Code''.
** Myishi is a scientist working for the demons in ''Literature/TheWishList''
* SupportingProtagonist: While Cosmo Hill is the protagonist, the story is far more Stefan's story.
* TakingYouWithMe: Attempted by [[spoiler:Stefan Bashkir]].
* TemptingFate: Page 36 features Cosmo Hill swearing to never return to Clarissa Frayne. Cut to page 199, when [[spoiler: the Parasite nest]] is revealed to be under Clarissa Frayne, forcing Cosmo to return as he's the only Supernaturalist who has been there.
* TitleDrop: Several times, usually in plural form.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ditto is a huge fan of a new fast food craze called "pazzas," which are basically calzone stuffed with pasta shells and other various sauces. The "vomit comet" incident in orbit doesn't do anything to lessen his love for pazzas.
* VomitDiscretionShot: The graphic novel never actually depicts any of vomiting moments in the book, instead just mentioning the act of throwing up in the text boxes. [[NauseaFuel For that, a lot of readers can be thankful.]]
* WakingNonSequitur: Mona Vasquez after reawakening in the [[spoiler:Myishi Corporation's vat room]].
-->'''Mona:''' No way, Mamá! No way am I going to wear that dress!
* WeHaveBeenResearchingPhlebotinumForYears: [[spoiler:Myishi have been researching Parasites for years.]]
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: Spoken by Cosmo.
-->'''Ditto:''' ''[FacePalm]'' You had to say it, didn't you? You're jinxed now, for sure!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: From the way the Chemist is introduced (a boy who, by watching medicine shows on TV, is the closest thing the orphans have to an in-house physician), you'd think he's built up to be a pretty important character. After the first night, he is never mentioned again.
%%* WrenchWench: Mona.