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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He has a superhuman ability to read people, making him a valuable investigator. As a child, he once observed two people having sex and quickly deduced that the one on top had suffered a death in the family and was contemplating the afterlife.

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He has a superhuman ability to read people, making him a valuable investigator. As a child, he once observed two people having sex and quickly deduced that the one on top had suffered a the death in the family of a parent and was contemplating the afterlife.reincarnation.


* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: He has a superhuman ability to read people, making him a valuable investigator. As a child, he once observed two people having sex and quickly deduced that the one on top had suffered a death in the family and was contemplating the afterlife.



* KirkSummation: As part of his CharlesAtlasSuperpower, JEDD demonstrates several times that he can break people with just a single, emotionally devastating sentence. Hes so good at it that Carlyle initially suspects hes telepathic.



* ThouShallNotKill: Death is a special evil in his eyes.

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* ThouShallNotKill: Death is a special evil in his eyes. Death of anything at all. In his childhood, he once crushed an insect by accident, and the shock of discovering he could kill something unintentionally left him almost comatose until he could be convinced that humans killed thousands of microscopic creatures every instant just by living and breathing. This stems from his belief that [[spoiler: hes a god, because if him, why not anyone or anything else? And if a god dies, will their infinite universe die with them?]]

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* TheVamp: Danaë is so seductively feminine that she is able to make anyone do what she wants basically just by being in the same room as them. It is eventually revealed that she was raised in a brothel and educated to undermine others by using her sex appeal, giving her a dark streak despite her innocent demeanor. Justified in that it's quite clear that any modern person would easily be able to resist her charms, but in the genderless world of the 25th century, the only experience anyone has with sexuality and sexual appeal outside the bedroom are historical videos and pornography. Mycroft describes this as giving people "the weakness but no resistance."

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* GenreRefugee: He's a hard boiled cop with DaChief aspects in a peaceful, futuristic world. The narrative gets a minor GenreShift into a mystery/cop show whenever Papadelias is active.


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* CharacterShilling: Mycroft and MASON both talk extensively about how wonderful and visionary Apollo was, but he doesn't come across as all that he's said to be.


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* PosthumousCharacter: Died before the events of the book, [[spoiler: as Mycroft murdered him before Mycroft was redeemed]], but still shows up in flashbacks and hallucinations of Mycroft's.


* GodEmperor: [[spoiler: Madame wants to turn him into this.]]
* GodInHumanForm: [[spoiler: He claims to be this, although he doesn't hold it against anyone who disbelieves him.]]
* IHaveManyNames: The phrase is never used, but JEDD goes by many names to many people, [[spoiler: as fitting a god.]] The names include JEDD, his four first names, The ''Porphygene'' (Masons), Micromegas, [[SpecialPersonNormalName Mike]] (Utopia), Xiao Hei Wang, Tai-kun (Mitsubishi), The Prince...

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* GodEmperor: [[spoiler: Madame wants to turn him into this.to rule the world, and many believe that he is a god.]]
* GodInHumanForm: [[spoiler: He claims to be this, a god from another universe trapped in a human body, although he doesn't hold it against anyone who disbelieves him.]]
* IHaveManyNames: The phrase is never used, but JEDD goes by many names to many people, [[spoiler: as fitting a god.]] The names include JEDD, his four first names, The ''Porphygene'' (Masons), Micromegas, [[SpecialPersonNormalName Mike]] (Utopia), Xiao Hei Wang, Tai-kun (Mitsubishi), The Prince...Prince, He Who Visits, The Alien...


* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: He has tried to kill himself many times over the years.]]
* EinsteinHair

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: He has tried to kill himself many times over the years.years, plagued by guilt due to causing deaths via OS.]]
* EinsteinHair EinsteinHair: He has long, wild, stand-up hair, as part of his deliberate attempts to look like a mad scientist.



* TrappedInVillainy: [[spoiler: His bash foils his suicide attempts so that he can keep working for them.]]

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* TrappedInVillainy: [[spoiler: His bash foils his suicide attempts so that he can keep working for them.them to strategically murder people.]]


* FreudianExcuse: Discussed In-Universe. Many people, including many Cousins, justified Mycroft's crimes by the fact that he was an orphan and had a deprived childhood. This enrages Mycroft, as it obscures the very detailed, pivotal (to him) reasons he did what he did.



* GiveHimANormalLife: She was forced to part with Carlyle after he was born.

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* GiveHimANormalLife: She was forced to part with Carlyle [[spoiler: Carlyle]] after he was born.



* YamatoNadeshiko: Although she is European, she is the model of a traditional Japanese Lady, something that appeals to her Japanese husband and to her Hive. In a world where gender is taboo, her unabashed femininity is in itself very traditional. Danae is beautiful, demure, deferrent to her husband, sexually modest, and always wears a kimono. However, she's also deeply loyal to her family, going out of her way to protect her children [[spoiler: who she personally rescused from the Nurturists]] and place them in positions of power. She's also skilled at using her feminity to manipulate people in a very subtle manner.



* IHaveManyNames: The phrase is never used, but JEDD goes by many names to many people, [[spoiler: as fitting a god.]] The names include JEDD, his four first names, The ''Porphygene'' (Masons), Micromegas, [[SpecialPersonNormalName Mike]] (Utopia), Xiao Hei Wang, Tai-kun (Mitsubishi), The Prince...



* ThePhilosopherKing: Deconstructed. [[spoiler: JEDD was raised by Madame]] to have nearly perfect knowledge, a love of truth, and deeply ingrained ethics, and she clearly tried to raise him to be a perfect ruler. However, these traits make him seem weird and inhuman, and the conditions of his raising cause him to [[spoiler: think of himself as a God]]. Virtuous though JEDD is, the idea of rule by one seemingly perfect man threatens many of the world's most basic principles and is alarming enough to many to [[spoiler: trigger a world war to stop him]].



* WalkingSpoiler: JEDD's true name, parentage, and self-identity spoils every major twist in the first book and ends up being key to the conflict in the rest of the books.



* MissKitty: An older woman who runs a brother with an iron fist.



Mycroft's secret lover and former (biologically unrelated) sibling. He survived the accident that killed Mycroft's bash but kept his survival a secret. He helped Mycroft commit the infamous murders of the Mardi bash.

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Mycroft's secret lover and former (biologically unrelated) sibling. He survived the accident that killed Mycroft's bash but kept his survival a secret. [[spoiler: He helped Mycroft commit the infamous murders of the Mardi bash.]]


* GiftedlyBad: He rewrote the Iliad with giant robots in space.

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* GiftedlyBad: He rewrote the Iliad with giant robots in space. Everyone who reads the new version in-universe cauciously comments that it's... not very good.

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* FriendlySniper: Practically embodies this trope.

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* ItIsDehumanizing: Exploited in-universe, where celebrity performance artist [[AmbiguousGender Sniper]] prefers the pronoun "it" because it's spent years creating an image of a "living doll" (including purchasable life-like replica sex dolls of any sex) and catering to the fantasies of the entire world by presenting itself as every possible gender. Sniper ''wants'' to be dehumanized so that its fans will better be able to fantasize that ''their'' Sniper-doll is the real Sniper.


* InSeriesNickname: Mycroft Guildbreaker was nicknamed Martin by J.E.D.D. Mason during their early acquaintance and the name caught on so much that everyone calls him Martin by the time of the series. For years, he himself and several other people wonder who the name refers to, considering Saint Martin, Martin Luther, and other various historical personalities. Mycroft Canner eventually [[TheReveal figures out]] that it refers to [[Literature/{{Candide}} Martin the Manichean]] and is based on Martin Guildbreaker's Manichean-like view of the world. He later apologizes to Martin for taking away his opportunity of figuring it out himself.

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* InSeriesNickname: Mycroft Guildbreaker was nicknamed Martin by J.E.D.D. Mason during their early acquaintance and the name caught on so much that [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname everyone calls him Martin by the time of the series.series]]. For years, he himself and several other people wonder who the name refers to, considering Saint Martin, Martin Luther, and other various historical personalities. Mycroft Canner eventually [[TheReveal figures out]] that it refers to [[Literature/{{Candide}} Martin the Manichean]] and is based on Martin Guildbreaker's Manichean-like view of the world. He later apologizes to Martin for taking away his opportunity of figuring it out himself.himself.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Though, technically, his name is Mycroft Guildbreaker, everyone calls him Martin Guildbreaker thanks to J.E.D.D. Mason giving him the nickname. For years, Martin and everyone he knows puzzles over what the nickname refers to, which turns out to be [[Literature/{{Candide}} Martin the Manichean]].


* UnreliableNarrator: Justified and exploited InUniverse. Book three, ''The Will to Battle'', reveals that Mycroft's chronicle as presented in the first two books has been redacted to remove any signs of his growing madness, though the person responsible for that admits at the end of ''The Will to Battle'' to have refrained from doing so in the third book due to said madness having become too intertwined with the text itself; which explains how Mycroft can see people who have been dead for over a decade and have side conversations with his presumed future reader and [[HobbesWasRight argue with Thomas Hobbes]]. InUniverse, Mycroft's madness is actually used by the heads of the Hives as a crowd control method by releasing said chronicle to the public. It contains the whole, true story of the events leading up the the war, but since Mycroft is assumed to be insane by most people it means everyone is entitled to pick and choose which parts of the chronicle they believe and which parts they dismiss as fabrication.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Justified and exploited InUniverse. Book three, ''The Will to Battle'', reveals that Mycroft's chronicle as presented in the first two books has been redacted to remove any signs of his growing madness, though the person responsible for that admits at the end of ''The Will to Battle'' to have refrained from doing so in the third book due to said madness having become too intertwined with the text itself; which explains how Mycroft can see people who have been dead for over a decade and have side conversations with his presumed future reader and [[HobbesWasRight argue with Thomas Hobbes]]. InUniverse, Mycroft's madness is actually used by the heads of the Hives as a crowd control method by releasing said chronicle to the public. It contains the whole, true story of the events leading up the to the war, but since Mycroft is assumed to be insane by most people it means everyone is entitled to pick and choose which parts of the chronicle they believe and which parts they dismiss as fabrication.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Justified and exploited InUniverse. Book three, ''The Will to Battle'', reveals that Mycroft's chronicle as presented in the first two books has been redacted to remove any signs of his growing madness, though the person responsible for that admits at the end of ''The Will to Battle'' to have refrained from doing so in the third book due to said madness having become too intertwined with the text itself; which explains how Mycroft can see people who have been dead for over a decade and have side conversations with his presumed future reader and [[HobbesWasRight argue with Thomas Hobbes]]. InUniverse, Mycroft's madness is actually used by the heads of the Hives as a crowd control method by releasing said chronicle to the public. It contains the whole, true story of the events leading up the the war, but since Mycroft is assumed to be insane by most people it means everyone is entitled to pick and choose which parts of the chronicle they believe and which parts they dismiss as fabrication.


[[folder:Martin Guildbreaker]]

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[[folder:Martin [[folder:Mycroft "Martin" Guildbreaker]]


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* InSeriesNickname: Mycroft Guildbreaker was nicknamed Martin by J.E.D.D. Mason during their early acquaintance and the name caught on so much that everyone calls him Martin by the time of the series. For years, he himself and several other people wonder who the name refers to, considering Saint Martin, Martin Luther, and other various historical personalities. Mycroft Canner eventually [[TheReveal figures out]] that it refers to [[Literature/{{Candide}} Martin the Manichean]] and is based on Martin Guildbreaker's Manichean-like view of the world. He later apologizes to Martin for taking away his opportunity of figuring it out himself.


* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He listens to others' advice and is willing to cooperate with his fellow leaders in the name of the greater good

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He listens to others' advice and is willing to cooperate with his fellow leaders in the name of the greater goodgood and is not above wading in and doing things if it can help the events, like [[spoiler:personally holding a filibuster in front of the entire Senate in order to calm everyone down]].

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