[[caption-width-right:300:Two Dominators are better than one.]]

[[http://www.duumvirate.net Duumvirate]], the sequel to [[http://www.billyandhoward.com Billy and Howard]], like many other novels, features a few gifted teenagers discovering their place in the world.

The only difference is that here, they own it.

The book gathers a number of strange reactions in people who read it.

!!Tropes present:
* ApeShallNeverKillApe - Engineered shall never kill engineered.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking - Played dead straight for the main characters. This is because [[EvilutionaryBiologist The Operator]] [[JustifiedTrope made them that way]]. GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke.
* BigBadDuumvirate - The title gives a hint.
* ColorCodedPatrician - Masters wear light colors, and servants wear dark ones. This is the only clothing rule they tend to follow.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy - Almost every named character. Being Dangerously Genre Savvy is considered basic competence.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes - The main characters have a number of people they protect and cherish, including each other.
* EvenEvilHasStandards - Apparently running an OrphanageOfFear is something that can get you killed.
* EvilAlbino - Howard and William are very, very white.
* EvilVersusEvil - Hedonistic, bioengineered killers who don't see ordinary humans as people, versus insane, sadistic creeps.
* EliteMooks - Enforcers.
* EvilOverlord - Deconstructed entirely. The [[EvilOverlordList Evil Overlord's Guide]] is quoted more than once. The Illuminati is portrayed as a society of six thousand of them, and it's the Duumvirate's job to keep them under control.
* GambitPileup - Where to even begin? Between the two books there is a pileup of Gambit Pileups. It is implied that this state of affairs is more or less constant.
* LittleMissBadass - At the age of fourteen and a half, Sarah Mortis has a body count in the hundreds and commands a small army of assassins. The previous commander steps aside because he knows what's good for him.
* MoralGuardians - It really should be no surprise that they've come after this. [[http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/hdwdw/billy_and_howard_free_ebook_blacklisted_by/ Reddit has a link]]
* MoreDakka - A five hundred megawatt laser isn't enough? Try [[UpToEleven two hundred gigawatts]]!
* PowerEchoes - The twins have a doubled larynx for exactly this reason.
* RuleOfCool - It is heavily, repeatedly implied that Illuminati technicians regularly sit down and work for years on projects simply to accomplish this trope.
* ShownTheirWork - There are a number of parts where the author clearly did the math and wants everyone to know it.
* TheDragon - Sarah.
* {{Transhuman}} - Almost everyone is either born transhuman, becomes transhuman, or desperately wants to be transhuman. When your regeneratively immortal friends can play BulletHell games at maximum difficulty without breaking a sweat, and [[DodgeTheBullet dodge actual bullets]] for that matter, you tend to get a deep appreciation for genetic superiority.
* TranshumanTreachery - Averted, with the main characters ''wishing'' this would happen.
* TykeBomb - Every last Northberg kid is this and a ChildProdigy.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans - The main characters eventually determine that [[spoiler:human society cannot survive genetic alteration]]. No points for guessing their solution.
* VillainProtagonist - And villain antagonists, villain contagonists, and villains for minor characters. There are [[AffablyEvil nice guys]], but no heroes. Paul [[spoiler:tries to be one, but his loyalty to the villains puts an end to that quickly]].
* YoungAndInCharge - Howard takes total, world-controlling power at age '''ten'''. He is underestimated at first. That does not last long.