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* SuperLoser: When he first gained his shapeshifting powers, he wasn't able to use them effectively, because he was an horrible actor with no stage presence. He got better in his late career, as a junior partner in Jay Ackroyd's detective agency.

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* SuperLoser: When he first gained his shapeshifting powers, he wasn't able to use them effectively, because he was an horrible actor with no stage presence. He got better in his late later career, as a junior partner in Jay Ackroyd's detective agency.


** This leads to one or two other problems- first off, he gets [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale way too much mass for not enough energy]] and then there's the SquareCubeLaw.

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** This leads to one or two other problems- first off, he gets [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale way too much mass for not enough energy]] and then there's the SquareCubeLaw. However, it has been speculated way back in Book 1 that some aces and jokers' ignoring the SquareCubeLaw could be explained by means of unconscious telekinesis.



* SuperLoser: When he first gained his shapeshifting powers, he wasn't able to use them effectivelly, because he was an horrible actor with no stage presence. He got better in his late career, as a junior partner in Jay Ackroyd's detective agency.

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* SuperLoser: When he first gained his shapeshifting powers, he wasn't able to use them effectivelly, effectively, because he was an horrible actor with no stage presence. He got better in his late career, as a junior partner in Jay Ackroyd's detective agency.



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* SuperLoser: When he first gained his shapeshifting powers, he wasn't able to use them effectivelly, because he was an horrible actor with no stage presence. He got better in his late career, as a junior partner in Jay Ackroyd's detective agency.

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* PetTheDog: Even when she is deep into villain mode in the later portion of ''Down and Dirty'', she still risks her life to help out Water Lily.


* AboveGoodAndEvil: How Ti Malice sees itself. It also encourages its mounts to adopt his worldview.

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* AboveGoodAndEvil: How Ti Malice sees itself. It also encourages its mounts to adopt his this worldview.

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* AboveGoodAndEvil: Fond of using this justification in his Hannibal Lectures.


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* AboveGoodAndEvil: How Ti Malice sees itself. It also encourages its mounts to adopt his worldview.

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* ThouShaltNotKill: Cordelia believes in this, due to her Catholic background. She is very troubled by having a power that is mostly useful to kill and is committed to not using it on human beings.


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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Water Lily is attracted to "bad boy" aces like Jumpin' Jack Flash and the Sleeper, and feels guilty about not being able to return the affections of "nice guy" Hiram Worchester.


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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Becomes infatuated with mobster Chris Mazzucchelli, seeing him as a "romantic rebel", despite obvious signs that he is a selfish bastard. She eventually comes to realize that he is just a "vicious punk", right before he tries to kill her.


* EntitledToHaveYou: He feels like this with any woman that enters his life.

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* EntitledToHaveYou: He feels like this with any woman that enters his life.he becomes interested in.


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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: All of his stories after Book 1 have the word "color" or some synonym like "tint" or "hue" in their title.


* StealthExpert: Not as much as Cosmic Traveller, but a close second among Captain Trips's alter-egos, since she can become invisible in shadows.

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* StealthExpert: Not as much as Cosmic Traveller, Traveler, but a close second among Captain Trips's alter-egos, since she can become invisible in shadows.



* TokenGoodTeammate: The most virtuous and kind among Mark Meadows' alter-egos. She was also TokenWholesome, particularly when compared to J. J. Flash and Cosmic Traveller, the other two most commonly manifested alter-egos.

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* TokenGoodTeammate: The most virtuous and kind among Mark Meadows' alter-egos. She was also TokenWholesome, particularly when compared to J. J. Flash and Cosmic Traveller, Traveler, the other two most commonly manifested alter-egos.


* HeroicBSOD: Modular Man gets one in ''Down and Dirty'', after he discovers that his creator has become unable to repair or replicate him. Basically, he has to come to grips with his own mortality for the first time.

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* HeroicBSOD: Modular Man He gets one in ''Down and Dirty'', after he discovers that his creator has become unable to repair or replicate him. Basically, he has to come to grips with his own mortality for the first time.



* MagicPoweredPseudoscience: Modular Man is an android built by scientist Maxim Travnicek, but he is actually a function of Travnicek's ace powers, and not based on any sound scientific principles. He can't be replicated or mass produced. Travnicek is initially unaware of this.

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* MagicPoweredPseudoscience: Modular Man He is an android built by scientist Maxim Travnicek, but he Modular Man is actually a function of Travnicek's ace powers, and not based on any sound scientific principles. He can't be replicated or mass produced. Travnicek is initially unaware of this.

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* InterserviceRivalry: Polyakov cynically notes that the KGB spends most of their time fighting other Soviet agencies. Polyakov himself is above this.

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* CaptainPatriotic: A very unusual example, but Polyakov really is a believer and supporter of Soviet ideals, even though he is [[KnightInSourArmor fully aware of all the shortcomings of Soviet reality]].

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Perhaps his greatest secret is that Polyakov actually [[RealEventFictionalCause killed Josef Stalin in 1953]] when he learned that the dictator was about to purge all Wild Cards in the Soviet Union.


* TheDreaded: He is first mentioned in ''Aces Abroad'', and all through the book he is seen as the personification of the prejudice and hatred fueling the anti-Wild Card hysteria that is beginning to grip the US in late-1986. When we finally meet Barnett in ''Down and Dirty'' and ''Ace in the Hole'', he is [[AntiVillain surprisingly sympathetic]].

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* TheDreaded: He is first mentioned in ''Aces Abroad'', and all through the book he is seen as the personification of the prejudice and hatred fueling the anti-Wild Card hysteria that is beginning to grip the US in late-1986. When we finally meet Barnett in ''Down and Dirty'' and ''Ace in the Hole'', Dirty'', he is [[AntiVillain surprisingly sympathetic]].

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* TheDreaded: He is first mentioned in ''Aces Abroad'', and all through the book he is seen as the personification of the prejudice and hatred fueling the anti-Wild Card hysteria that is beginning to grip the US in late-1986. When we finally meet Barnett in ''Down and Dirty'' and ''Ace in the Hole'', he is [[AntiVillain surprisingly sympathetic]].

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