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YMMV: The Saga of Darren Shan
  • Complete Monster:
    • The Vampenze Lord aka Steve "Leopard" Leonard is an unstable tyrant who starts up a war with the vampires to get back at Mr. Crepsley for turning Darren into a vampire and not him. Probably his worst actions are seducing the hero's sister in order to get her pregnant and use his son as a bargaining chip against Darren and snapping the neck of Evra's son just for his own sick joy. There is a reason the other Vampenze dislike and only serve him because they have to.
    • Mr. Tiny is a sadistic time traveler who is revealed to have manipulated almost all the terrible events in history just for his own personal pleasure. He brags about the way he likes to drink the blood of children claiming "it's so sweet", and on another occasion claims he is excited to witness a volcano that will kill thousands. The worst part is the way he pitted Darren and Steve against one another, insisting that the vampires only have three chances to kill Steve before he overthrows the Vampires. Whichever boy won - Darren or Steve - would become the Lord of Shadows, kill all of their friends, and became the ruler of the world. When Darren decides to Screw Destiny and let both himself and Steve die, Mr. Tiny instead creates dragons which results in the Post-Apocalyptic world as seen in The Lake of Souls. The reason he did all of this? He looked into the future and saw that things were going to be too peaceful for his liking, so he set the stage for a lot of chaos to amuse him.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • In Tunnels of Blood where Mr.Crepsley kills Murlough in 3 moves!
    • Also in the same book, Darren climbing the wall of Debby's house just to go up to her window and kiss her.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Yellow pants with pink elephants. "Bad choice in boyfriend", indeed.
  • Magnificent Bastard.
    • Steve. Oh, God, Steve.
    • Mr Desmond Tiny
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Steve, when he kills Shancus Von. There was no reason for it neither; he did it just to screw with Evra.
    • Desmond Tiny may have already had his a long time ago, as it's implied that he's been screwing with people and time for centuries.
  • Narm: ''Vampaneze" is a name that belongs more in a parody of urban fantasy.
  • Nausea Fuel: Book 2 helpfully gives us a description of the gruesome aftermath of the werewolf's attack on Sam Grest. Made even worse by the fact that he's only TWELVE YEARS OLD.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everything from creepy crawlies to out-and-out squicky violence.
    • That said, the scene from The Vampire's Assistant where Reggie Veggie has just had his hands ripped off by a werewolf he'd been trying to "liberate" and proceeds to run around the forest screaming about his "hands, my haaaaands man, my haaaands" is right up there.
    • The main character just barely stops himself from attacking his beloved younger sister. That's bad enough, but he realizes that the only thing he can do to keep his family safe is to fake his own death and leave them and all his friends, forever. He's about 12 years old. It's made worse by the fact that we have to read the reactions of the distraught family.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • After Mr.Crepsley dies, the way Darren describes him is heartbreaking.
    • Sam's death, especially how Darren acts afterwards.
    • Darren's description of his abandoning his friends and family in the first book is crushingly depressing.
    • When Darren said good bye to Mr Crepsley before entering the Hall of Flames, and asked him to take his body to his hometown and burry him in his grave, in case he didn't make it, so he could be close to his family. Even Larten dropped a Single Tear.
  • Ugly Cute: Evra looks like half-snake, half-human, but has an adorable personality.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: This is a kid's book series, but the author himself says that he knows people both above and below the series' age demographics read them. And he gets a LOT past the radar:
    • Book two mentions marijuana (or some other herbal drug; it's not mentioned by name) and 'shrooms.
    • Book eight has a character who, though appearing to be fifteen (and probably around the same stage of puberty as any real teen), is really about 27, first outright saying that he wants to date said real teens ("That's the thing I love about high school girls: I keep getting older, they stay the same age") and then trying to do... something to his much-older teacher (who is very likely younger than him.)
    • Plus, the books are so violent and gory, it's not even funny.

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