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Literature: The Supernaturalist

The Supernaturalist is a Cyber Punk novel by Eoin Colfer. In the future, 14-year-old Cosmo Hill escapes from the 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:

  • Action Girl: Mona Vasquez.
  • Anachronic Order: 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.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The last scene of the book has Cosmo, Mona, and Ditto gearing up to search for other supernatural beings. Could also be seen as a Sequel Hook, though whether or not a sequel will actually be released remains to be seen.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Abracadabra Street was no great challenge for a squadron that had broken into several foreign banks, two crime lords' strongholds, and a private kindergarten."
  • Badass Longcoat: Stefan.
  • Band of Brothers
  • Big Brother Is Employing You: Faustino, who is working for Myishi, manipulates the Supernaturalists into helping her collect parasites.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Mona Vasquez and her Spanish, Pierre from Booshka and his French.
  • By the Eyes of the Blind: The Parasites can be seen only by those who have suffered near-death experiences.
  • Bond One-Liner: That was for Ziplock, Bugs.
  • Book Ends: The graphic novel starts with Faustino's approach to the Antarctic Base. Said graphic novel ends with 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.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: 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."
  • Conveniently an Orphan
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Ellen Faustino.
  • Cyberpunk
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to Eoin Colfer's other works.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Ditto.
  • Doorstop Baby
  • 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.
  • Feed It with Fire: The energy shocks don't blow up the Parasites, they make them replicate.
  • Four Man Band: Stefan is The Hero, Ditto is The Lancer and The Medic, Mona is The Smart Guy, and Cosmo is The Chick.
  • Good All Along: The Parasites.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Stefan.
  • It Can Think: As Stefan lays dying, he notes that the Parasites surrounding him look sympathetic, rather than mindless.
  • La Résistance
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Cosmo Hill was named for the Cosmonaut Hill, place where he was found.
    • Somewhat Lampshaded. "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.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Happens literally to Faustino at the end.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Stefan.
  • Magical Defibrillator: 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.
  • Near Death Experience: Each of the main cast has had one; it's also the only way to see parasites.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Subverted. Stefan is quite horrified to realize that the shocker weapons he thought were destroying the parasites were actually causing them to multiply, but then it turns out that the parasites are actually quite a benevolent species, so this wasn't as bad as Stefan thought.
  • Noodle Implements: Cosmo has a nightmare involving Ziplock, two parasites, and a hair dryer.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Ditto, who appears 6 when he is actually 28.
  • Older Than They Look: Ditto as stated above.
  • One of the Boys: Mona.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ditto, real name Lucien Bonn.
  • Playing with Syringes: The origin of the Bartoli babies, Ditto included.
  • Portmantitle: "Supernatural" + "naturalist".
  • Privately Owned Society
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: 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…
  • Shout-Out: To Colfer's other works.
    • Stefan Bashkir is one of Artemis Fowl'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 The Wish List
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Cosmo Hill is the protagonist, the story is far more Stefan's story.
  • Taking You with Me: Attempted by Stefan Bashkir.
  • Tempting Fate: Page 36 features Cosmo Hill swearing to never return to Clarissa Frayne. Cut to page 199, when the Parasite nest is revealed to be under Clarissa Frayne, forcing Cosmo to return as he's the only Supernaturalist who has been there.
  • Title Drop: Several times, usually in plural form.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: 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.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: 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. For that, a lot of readers can be thankful.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: Mona Vasquez after reawakening in the Myishi Corporation's vat room.
    '"Mona:'" "No way, Mamá!" she cried. "No way am I going to wear that dress!"
  • We Have Been Researching Phlebotinum For Years: Myishi have been researching Parasites for years.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Spoken by Cosmo, lampshaded by Ditto:
    *Face Palm* "You had to say it, didn't you? You're jinxed now, for sure!"
  • Wrench Wench: Mona.

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