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''Uglies'' is the collective name given to a series of books by ScottWesterfeld: ''Uglies'', ''Pretties'', ''Specials'', and a [[SpinOff companion book]], ''Extras.'' They are set in the future, three hundred years after a petroleum-destroying bacteria and genetically modified orchids went out of control, leaving the humans of the world to rethink their destructive ways.

Indeed, at first glance, this future seems to be a better place: clothes can be recycled on the spot, the environment is in better shape, and no one goes hungry. The people of the world live under a caste system: once they turn sixteen, teenagers are given operations to become 'Pretties,' beautiful, popular youths who can do what they want all day and night in New Pretty Town.

Nothing is wrong with the world--or so it seems.

A quick summary of the books can be found [[Synopsis/{{Uglies}} here]].

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ArcWords: "Informed consent." Also, "Special Circumstances".
* AerithAndBob: Tally, Zane, Peris, Fausto, Ho, Az, Tachs...David and Andrew Simpson Smith. This is very much on purpose, as the last two are the only characters born outside the city.
** In ''Extras'', Aya, Hiro, Ren, Miki, Udzir and Jai/Kai/Lai/Ai are all names contrasting with Eden Maru, Nana Love and Frizz.
*** ''Extras'' has an interesting twist on this. Aya, Hiro, Ren, Miki, Jai/Kai (though not Lai), and Nana are all rather standard Japanese names for today's time; Eden is not and Frizz not even possible to say using current standard Japanese phonemes. In terms of surnames, however, only Frizz's is a viable surname (Mizuno) and Eden's a Japanese word (''maru'', meaning circle).
* AesopAmnesia: At the beginning of every book Tally has to re-learn why the status quo is bad. But it's justified because it's not stupidity, [[spoiler: (not intentional stupidity at least). In the beginning of ''Pretties'' the Pretty operation has made her vapid and oblivious, while in ''Specials'' she starts out brainwashed to serve the city.]]
* AfterTheEnd: Petroleum-eating bacteria and an overgrowth of genetically modified white orchids cause destruction for the Rusties, who are now regarded as greedy and insane.
* AllThereInTheManual: All the interesting worldbuilding that Westerfeld couldn't put in the books, plus explanations for many of his ideas, are in companion book ''Bogus To Bubbly''. It also addresses, if leaving ambiguous, some {{fanon}}, like that the Rusty Ruins are Seattle, and could easily serve as a sourcebook for a RolePlayingGame set in the ''Uglies'' verse.
* AndManGrewProud
* AndThatsTerrible:
--> "If you've just created a cool new building with smart matter supports, you don't want someone coming along and turning that matter into, say, liquid. Because that would be bad."
* AssimilationPlot: Inverted with the people who started the utopia: they solved racial and image problems by making everyone a generic sort of beautiful.
* AudienceSurrogate: Tally.
* BadAss: The Specials in general. [[spoiler:The Cutters and [[TheHero Tally]] especially.]]
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[spoiler:Dr. Cable in Specials.]]
* TheBeautifulElite: Taken to an interesting extreme.
* BecomingTheMask: Tally, at first sent to infiltrate the Smoke, comes to like it and love David.
* BigBad: Dr. Cable.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Shay eventually becomes this. The exact point that she does is an exercise left to the reader.
** Though Shay's character is treated with bafflingly little sympathy, considering that her original role was to save Tally from Pretty obscurity by introducing her to another culture [[spoiler:only to have Tally return the favor by (mostly unintentionally) betraying her trust, moving in on her crush, and ultimately bringing ruin upon her home.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Tally becomes progressively more broken as she's dicked about with by the various authorities.
* CanNotTellALie: The members of Frizz's clique in ''Extras'', Radical Honesty, take (brain) surgery so that it's impossible for them to lie.
* CityInABottle: Andrew Simpson Smith's reservation. Tally's city can be considered one of these, too: the self-sufficient citizens don't seem to know that there's much outside beyond Rusty Ruins.
* ComicBookAdaptation: There's a trilogy that tells the story from Shay's point of view.
* CrapSaccharineWorld: It is a dystopian novel after all.
* CreatorProvincialism: Ai, a non-English speaker, changes her name by adding a new consonant to the beginning, going through the English alphabet in order. Lampshaded in ''Bogus to Bubbly''.
-->'' '''Note''': Jai/Kai/Lai's names change in alphabetical order, which makes no sense for someone who doesn't even speak English.''
* DeadpanSnarker: Meta-example. Westerfeld gets this way in ''Bogus to Bubbly''.
-->''Obviously [Tally's] name can't be annoying or unwieldy. My original name for her, "Pazercappitastica Bonechmper," was dropped for this reason.''
* DontTryThisAtHome: The reader is advised not to use nanotechnology to rewire your brain.
* {{Epigraph}}s: the beginnings of the different parts of books in the Uglies Trilogy.
* EternalEnglish: Averted, English has become much more flexible and has different grammar rules. Tally comments that old black and white movies are "in an English she could hardly understand."
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shay in Pretties. Tally arguably pulls one of these as well, but since it's mind control, it may not count; while we don't see Shay actually choosing to join the Specials, it's not at all a leap to assume she did so willingly.]]
* FanDisservice: In Specials, [[spoiler:Tally's operation. She's naked, conscious and about to be cut into pieces. Eww.]]
* FantasticCasteSystem: In the tie-in book ''Bogus to Bubbly'', Scott Westerfeld tells about the strict age-defined hierarchy in the society. Littlies (age 0-11) lived with their parents and were the only people allowed to have traditional family bonds. In fact, parents were encouraged only to have one child every 10 years to keep the population down and stop sibling bonds from forming. Uglies (12-16) were forced to move away to dorms and socially programmed to hate themselves and anticipate the upcoming "Pretty" surgery. New pretties were people who had just had the surgery to make them prettier and more complacent, and they were encouraged to live a crazy lifestyle. Middle pretties were pretties with children and jobs. Late pretties or crumblies were the elderly, who often lived to their middle hundreds
* FantasticHonorifics: People in Tally's city use '-wa' (if the name contains an L) or '-la' (if it does not) at the end of names to refer to their friends.
* [[spoiler:[[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: David.]]
* FiveManBand: Technically, if Aya is TheChick / SixthRanger.
* FacialMarkings: The flash tattoo Tally gets in ''Pretties'' sticks around.
* FullNameBasis: Andrew Simpson Smith.
* FutureSlang: 'Happy-making', 'bubbly', 'icy'...Mostly notably, the English language has become more flexible. For example, instead of saying "It looks pretty", you could say "It's pretty-making." Amusingly, the author decided the only way to determine if the slang is good enough for a book series and not just silly is to try it out in real life, so he actually did use words like "bubbly" in real conversation without explaining to others what it was all about.
* GodGuise: The tribes maintained by scientists believe Pretties are a race of gods, because of their beauty.
* GreenAesop Sometimes mildly {{Anvilicious}}.
* HealingFactor: The nanos in the Specials' blood.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Approaches Buffy-level in the third book. [[spoiler:Zane rejects his new neural grafts at the same time the war Tally accidentally started jammed Diego's comms network. As a result the doctors don't reach him in time, and he is reduced to a vegetable. They have to switch the life-support off, yet she must dash over to her home city and give herself up.]]
* HoverBoard: The only way of transportation for uglies. Pretties aren't able to focus enough to use them.
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Moggle from ''Extras''. Despite being a cheap, run-of-the-mill ''video camera''. How's that for a PlayfulHacker achievement?
* JapaneseHonorifics: Since Aya lives in Japan, these get used. "-chan" gets used pretty much like it does nowadays, "-sama" is used to show respect when speaking to someone of much higher face rank, and "-sensei" is used only for the top 1000 famous people in the city.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Don't read the back of any of the books if you haven't completely finished the previous book. The very first sentence on the backs of ''Pretties,'' ''Specials,'' and ''Extras'' give away, respectively, that [[spoiler:Tally becomes a Pretty, Tally becomes a Special, and Tally brings down the dystopian system at the end of the original trilogy.]]
* LeapOfFaith: Finding your way to the Smoke includes making one.
* LoveTriangle: Tally, Shay, and David. Tally, David, and Zane.
* [[MagicalComputer Magical Floating Camera]]: Apparantly, the protagonist of Extra saved a ''backup copy of the entire Internet'' on her hovercam (which isn't even exactly a high-quality model). It should be noted that the future's version of the Internet is mostly video data (with some blogging).
* MeaningfulName: Subverted with David and Zane. In ''From Bogus to Bubbly'', Westerfeld reveals that he just chose the names of Tally's two love interests without knowing that both of them mean "beloved".
** Played straight with a lot of names, though.
-->'''Westerfeld''': Yes, you actually can be ''that'' obvious as a novelist, and no one ever seems to notice.
* TheMole: Tally in ''Uglies''. [[spoiler:This was also Shay and Tally's plan for Zane in ''Specials''.]]
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Cable.
* {{Nanomachines}}: In ''Specials'' it's revealed that the Specials have nanobots in their blood to make them heal quickly, and Tally and Shay accidentally destroy a museum with some destructive nanos.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A minor version of this is used as a plot device in the first two books; In the first, Tally is given a medallion to use to signal the specials to come take out the Smoke. [[spoiler:She throws it in the fire once she decides to stay in the Smoke, not knowing that damaging the pendant causes it to automatically send out a signal.]] In the second, she and her new boyfriend find pills to reverse the Pretty brain lesions. [[spoiler:Turns out that the two pills were supposed to be taken by one person. One pill eats the lesions. The second pill stops the first pill from eating the entire brain.]]
* NoFameNoWealthNoService: Aya Fuse's entire city has a fame and merit economy. You get merits by having a job, going to school, cleaning the streets etc. and can spend them on items or save for a bigger house/apartment. Fame however is what people value, and without fame you cannot get into any parties. They even have a ''ranking system'' for everyone in the city, from the most popular to the most obscure.
* NoPoverty
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: In-universe in ''Extras'', thanks to their new economy system.
* OnlyOneName: Only Tally, Dr. Cable, and Andrew Simpson Smith get last names in the original trilogy. Most of the ''Extras'' characters get last names, but we still don't find out those of the trilogy characters who show up.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Gods? You mean those invisible superheroes in the sky that the Rusties believed in? Later subverted, in ''Extras'' Aya mentions that the post-mind rain society has rediscovered religion. There are even Tally Youngblood cults.
** And then double subverted, as religions are largely out of fashion after the first few years.
* {{Paparazzi}}: In ''Extras'', all the people with high ranks have paparazzi cameras following them at all times.
* PluckyGirl: Tally. She [[spoiler:reverses her own ''brain damage'']] through sheer determination.
** Could also have partially been [[spoiler: a placebo effect. Even though the pill she took didn't do anything to fix her, she didn't know that at the time.]]
* PostCyberpunk: Arguably.
* PostPeakOil: What caused the new world to come into being.
* {{Premiseville}}: New Pretty Town, Uglyville, and Crumblyville. And in Extras, there is also a Prettyville.
* RunningGag: Tally's hatred of [=SpagBol=].
* SuperSoldier: The Specials.
* TookALevelInBadass: Tally. Arguably all the Specials/Cutters.
* TotallyRadical: Prettyspeak. And it's infectious--beware, oh reader, of GotMeDoingIt.
* TranslationConvention: Averted in Extras. Aya does not speak good English.
* TrilogyCreep: ''Extras'' is dedicated to all the people who wrote to the author to "reveal the secret definition of the word 'trilogy'".
* TroubleFromThePast: People in the future still have to clean up the hole in the ozone layer and contain a species of nigh-invulnerable genetically engineered ecosystem-destroying orchids.
* UnusualUserInterface: Most noticeable in ''Extras'', where the characters could view the in-universe equivalent of internet, television, and video games through screens inside artificial eyeballs.
* UnwittingPawn / SpannerInTheWorks: Yep,Tally again.
* UrbanSegregation: Uglies, New Pretties, and Middle and Late Pretties all live in different parts of the city.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Sure, it's a utopia of sorts, but Pretties are mindless airheads.
* VillainousBreakdown
* WellIntentionedExtremist: WordOfGod says that the brainwashing was originally intended to prevent people from becoming as destructive as the Rusties were.
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: One of the benefits of the Pretty operation.
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: Freeze-dried food is labelled like this. For example, '[=SpagBol=]' is spaghetti bolognese.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Extras'' was originally going to be told from the point of view of Aya's brother Hiro, but in ''Bogus to Bubbly'', Westerfeld says that he felt that all the interesting things happened to Aya.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Lots of fans on the author's website wondered what happened to Croy.
** Well Scott Westerfeld has said that there is going to be more Croy in the future, so that may be answered.

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