YMMV / Gone

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • In both the fandom and the series, one of the most controversial questions is whether Astrid is a troubled but well meaning heroine who tried desperately hard to be the good guy or a manipulative, sanctimonious Icequeen who thinks only of herself, as Sinder put it. Like when she pushed her little brother out a window was she trying to save 200 children and bring back 200 more, or was it a selfish act when she should of been there for her defenceless little brother? Or did she genuinely love and care about Sam or was she just using him as protection? Did she think telling the whole town about Mary's bulimia was so she could get her some support and help and keep the littles safe, or did she do it because she saw Mary as a threat and wanted to distract from her own faults? Debatable stuff. Expect things to get nasty whichever side you come down on.
    • Did Caine genuinely love Diana or was he just a manipulative dick who used her for sex? Who knows, as it's constantly being contradicted in Caine's POVS. one minute he's thinking about nothing but how beautiful and smart she is and how he wants to marry her, etc, etc, and the next he's dismissing her as a object or pawn, so to speak, with no interest in her emotions or well-being. Either way, it's riled many heated fan debates, especially after the elusiveness of Plague... Light answers this question quite overtly. It would seem, yes, he sincerely did care for and love Diana.
    • Was Howard manipulating Orc to get him money and protection, or did he have genuine concern and understanding for Orc?
    • Fear spoilers; Is Gaia the premature corpse of Caine/Diana's daughter being possessed by the soulless gaiaphage, or is she still human somewhere deep down who is simply a victim?
    • Was Mary Terrafino euthanized or the victim of divine intervention by the gaiaphage?
    • ...Some fans believe that Diana pushed her mother down the stairs, and that it was not by any means a accident.
  • Angst Dissonance: Sam Temple.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Try finding someone who's indifferent either way to Astrid Ellison.
    • There are only two types of people aware of Caine Soren; People who think he's a complete Jerkass and prayed he'd just drop dead in LIGHT and those who are completely obsessed with him and want his demon-babies.
    • Is Drake Merwin a genuinely worthwhile and threatening villain, or has he become more of a joke as the books progress? This question became the subject of much debate in the fandom, especially after the release of LIGHT.
  • Broken Base: Whether you ship the Caine/Diana romance is purely a matter of taste. It is by far the most popular ship in the fandom, with a exceptionally large, vocal and dedicated fan-base. It is also by far the most critisized and refuted. Many argue that it's a beautifully-written, moving, complex, intriguing and ultimately tragic ship which brings out the best in both components. Others argue that it's romanticized abuse which undermines Diana's independence and strength, and that the two were simply manipulating each other start to finish.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • Drake and his whip hand.
    • Petey/Gameboy is pretty popular too.
    • Toto and Nutella!
  • Complete Monster: Drake Merwin is a monstrous fourteen-year-old who managed to earn the hatred and fear of everyone in the FAYZ. A psychopath even before the series began, he was sent to Coates Academy for shooting a boy with an air rifle, and was diagnosed by staff as a sadist. A few days after all the adults disappeared, Drake essentially became a Psycho for Hire, first serving Caine Soren in his efforts to take over Perdido Beach, then switching his allegiance over to the Gaiaphage after it helped regrow his amputated arm into a whip-like weapon. Drake's many crimes include preparing to feed a daycare full of little kids and infants to mutant coyotes if they resisted him, threatening to cause a nuclear meltdown if Sam didn't allow Drake to torture him, commanding an army of mutant bugs to massacre Perdido Beach, and whipping and slave-driving a pregnant girl across a desert. Drake was also a virulent misogynist, who victim-blamed his mother for her abuse at his stepfather's hands, insults every girl who crosses his path, and expresses an intent to torture, rape and murder Astrid, Diana, and even the Gaiaphage after it stole a female body as its host. Drake's goal wasn't power, it was pain. He admitted that he tortured and murdered his fellow children because he enjoyed it, because it made him feel powerful, and he believed that despite all the diagnoses psychiatrists had tried to give him, the word that best summed him up was "evil".
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Siana gained speed in the shipping world after Sam and Diana both broke up with their significant others in Plauge. Never happened, but its popularity still prevails.
    • Zil and Lance. If you Chose To ignore certain elements..
    • There are several fanfictions featuring Astrid leaving Sam for Caine, and Diana leaving Caine for Sam...
    • Dekka and Orc, despite their Incompatible Sexuality.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Caine and Drake, believe it or not. Even the author has expressed discomfort with the level of fangirling the series' resident psychopath gets.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Considering the series' amount of characters, it shouldn't be surprising.
    • Lana's dog, Patrick, for being the Team Pet.
    • Cookie (who only showed up a few times in Gone and Hunger), for being a victim of Caine and his Adorkable worship of Lana.
    • The Artful Rodger, Edilio's crush.
    • Justin.
    • Edilio (likely due to being Badass Gay and a Nice Guy), and Dekka (black, lesbian, Gravity Master) own Tumblr at this point in time.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • "All we have to fear is fear itself" would become pretty ironic by the release of the fifth book...
    • Also in the first book, when Caine ponders why his real mother gave him up, Diana guesses that she was "Just a messed up teenager" when she had him...Again, this becomes almost tragically bitter in the fifth book When Diana becomes a more than messed up teen mother herself...
  • Growing the Beard: PLAGUE, where the story began to have heavier consequences beyond the ever-decreasing quality of life.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: You'll need a paper bag to stop hyperventilating by the time you get to LIGHT.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Caine and Drake. Also strays into Foe Yay.
    Caine: (leans close to Drake and whispers in his ear) Don't start thinking you can take me down, Drake. You're useful to me. The minute I start thinking you're no longer useful... (smiles and pats Drake on the cheek.)
    "Don't you know what I want Sam?" Drake cried. "Me," Sam said dully. "You want me." "That's the idea, Sam. And you're going to stand there and take it. Because if you don't..."
  • Iron Woobie: Orc, after his mutation.
  • Jerkass Dissonance:
    • Caine and Drake seem to have this effect.
    • Sam too, although it's most likely accidental.
    • Howard to a less irritating degree.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Diana Ladris has this trope down in LIES ,FEAR and Debatably the end of PLAGUE.
    • Caine also has flashes of this in HUNGER and FEAR, depending on your stance on him...
    • A case could also be made for Astrid in PLAGUE, though some fans argue that the jerkass bit overshadows the woobiedom.
  • Nightmare Fuel: {{Nightmare Fuel/Gone Has its own page.}}
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Caine, to fluctuating degrees. In Gone, he is this full stop. In Hunger, he's really just a tool for the Gaiaphage. Lies sees him desperate, but still quite intelligent. By Plague, he's definitely recovered, but has a huge dose of Jerkass thrown in. By Fear, though, he's gotten what he's always wanted, so he has no reason to have any schemes in the works. In LIGHT sweet, sweet Character Development ruins this demeanour for him.
    • Penny almost ascends to this rank in Fear. If only it had occurred to her to, y'know, figure out what she was going to do with Perdido Beach once she'd taken over.
  • Memetic Badass: John Terrafino.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Drake. In Gone and Hunger, it was mostly just a couple lines he says to/about Diana, but by Plague, he's talking about Brianna enjoying nonspecific torture he's pretending she recieved from him, winking at Astrid while threatening to "come up and play" with her, and fantasizing about what a long time he'll take with Diana when he gets to her. In short, downright creepy.
    • The Gaiaphage. Especially when you consider that he/it is entering a little child's mind and tempting him to come and play "games" with him...
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "I WHIP MY HAND BACK AND FORTH"
    • "Marry me and live on a houseboat !", commonly used by the fans to express admiration toward somebody. It was originally said by Sam to Dekka.
    • "X? What X?", from Quinn's "Radiation? What radiation?"
    • "I had a [insert complicated word here] once. My doctor removed it."
    • Sanjit's "can't be vinced" line.
  • Narm: The trailers are so narm-ish they should be accompanied with rice and curry.
  • Narm Charm: ...Or the trailers could come off as this.
  • No Yay: A lot of the things Drake says, particularly to Diana, fall under this. And then there's the Gaiaphage and Little Pete. Actually, the Gaiaphage and everyone.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Astrid in FEAR.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Albert, due to becoming a greedy Dirty Coward Only in It for the Money.
    • Toto, who doesn't really contribute much and gets on the characters' nerves in-universe with his constant truth-telling.
    • Gaia. Literally everyone hates her, and the reveal that the girl on the cover of LIGHT is her rather than her mother, Diana, like it was implied it would be, stirred a lot of feelings up with the fandom.
    • Astrid until FEAR.
  • Shocking Swerve: Everyone agrees this happened in LIGHT after Brianna died.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Howard exists to give this to Astrid.
    • EVERYONE exists to give this to Zil.
  • The Untwist: One of the biggest criticisms of the series is that the cause of the FAYZ ( Little Pete feeling like he was in danger) was too predictable, which is a shame that it came in the first book, given all the other, far more engaging reveals that came later.
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