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* DefrostingIceQueen: It takes quite a while, but Telsa eventually begins to reveal genuine affection for others.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The "Images of Tomorrow" variant cover for Issue #22 features a little girl riding a fantasy creature. While initially appearing to be a brief OutOfGenreExperience, [[spoiler:it ultimately foreshadows the GenreShift of the series from science fiction to science fantasy in between ''Descender'' and ''Ascender''.]]
* GenreShift: What starts off as a somewhat hard ScienceFiction story eventually balloons into a ScienceFantasy epic. This becomes more apparent in the teaser for ''Ascender'', which explains that [[spoiler:robotkind's rapture heralded the return of magic to the universe.]]


* FinalBattle: After tracking Tim-21 to Mata the UGC and the Hardwire each mass all of their remaining forces in orbit.It gets even more out of hand with the arrival of [[spoiler:the Gnishians and the Harvesters.]]

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* FinalBattle: After tracking Tim-21 to Mata the UGC and the Hardwire each mass all of their remaining forces in orbit. It gets even more out of hand with the arrival of [[spoiler:the Gnishians and the Harvesters.]]

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* FinalBattle: After tracking Tim-21 to Mata the UGC and the Hardwire each mass all of their remaining forces in orbit.It gets even more out of hand with the arrival of [[spoiler:the Gnishians and the Harvesters.]]

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* FieryRedhead: Telsa is quick to anger when she feels others are interfering with her mission and isn't afraid to use violence to get her way.


* Big"No!": Both Psius and Tim-21 drop one of these when [[spoiler: the Gnishians fire their superweapon.]]

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* Big"No!": BigNo: Both Psius and Tim-21 drop one of these when [[spoiler: the Gnishians fire their superweapon.]]

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* Big"No!": Both Psius and Tim-21 drop one of these when [[spoiler: the Gnishians fire their superweapon.]]

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* WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide: The 'Robot Culls'. Later explicitly called out by Dr. Solomon.

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After a thirty two issue run, a direct sequel, ''Ascender'', was announced in the final pages of ''Descender'''s conclusion.


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* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler:''Descender'' ends with the titular race of mysterious beings deciding to rapture all of machinekind out of the universe, including Tim. However, the series truly ends with a TimeSkip to another ten years later, where Andy has fathered a daughter and it is revealed she will partake on her own quest to find Tim.]]


* HeelFaceDoorSlam: It's heavily implied that Tim-22's owner was coming around to treating him better right before the Harvesters start their attack.



* LikeADaughterToMe: Tullis tells Andy to tell Telsa and he always saw her as his own daughter [[spoiler:before pulling off his HeroicSacrifice.]]

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* LikeADaughterToMe: Tullis tells Andy to tell Telsa and that he always saw her as his own daughter [[spoiler:before pulling off his HeroicSacrifice.]]


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* ThePowerOfLove: Tim-21's life, surrounded by people who love and want to protect him, is what convinces the Descenders to give humanity a second chance. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the Gnishes fire on their Harvester and completely dissolves whatever revelation they've had.]]


* LikeADaughterToMe: Tullis tells Andy to tell Telsa and he always saw her as his own daughter [[spoiler:before pulling off his HeroicSacrifice.]]



* ShoutOut: It's really easy to notice that this series about an artificially intelligent robot boy searching for his missing, human family with an equally robotic pet bears some similarities to ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. Thankfully, this time both the mother and the brother are kind to the boy.

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It's really easy to notice that this series about an artificially intelligent robot boy searching for his missing, human family with an equally robotic pet bears some similarities to ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. Thankfully, this time both the mother and the brother are kind to the boy.boy.
** Driller encounters and befriends a small, elderly frog-like alien [[spoiler:who is eventually revealed to have magical powers]] when he ends up in the swamps of a planetoid. [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Sounds familiar, doesn't it?]]



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: One of the themes of the series. The Tim series is seen as the answer to this question due to its very human-like ability to emotionally adapt, but even then, people like Telsa are quick to respond with telling Tim-21 to tone down his emotion settings.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: One of the themes of the series. The Tim series is seen as the answer to this question due to its very human-like ability to emotionally adapt, but even then, people like Telsa are quick to respond with telling Tim-21 to tone down his emotion settings.settings.
* YouKilledMyFather: Andy's vendetta against robots stems from the fact that the Harvester's arrival resulted in his mother's death. [[spoiler:He wastes no time blasting Driller out the airlock when the robot repentantly confesses that he's responsible for the gas leak that killed Andy's mom.]]


Descender is a space opera comic book about a young boy robot, Tim-21, who awakens from ten years of sleep mode to find a galaxy vastly changed. Enormous robots appeared over several key planets one day, making no communications before unleashing devastating attacks. In a day, billions were killed and the UGC (United Galatcic Council), a species-spanning government body, was left weakened. Violence and strife rose up and as one, organics turned against robots, leading to vast cullings driven by fear.

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Descender is a space opera SpaceOpera comic book about a young boy robot, Tim-21, who awakens from ten years of sleep mode to find a galaxy vastly changed. Enormous robots appeared over several key planets one day, making no communications before unleashing devastating attacks. In a day, billions were killed and the UGC (United Galatcic Galactic Council), a species-spanning government body, was left weakened. Violence and strife rose up and as one, organics turned against robots, leading to vast cullings driven by fear.



** Queen Between, a cyborg (who are seen as freaks by both organics and robots) is leader of The Between (as the name indicates) and not bad in a fight.

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** Queen Between, a cyborg (who are seen as freaks by both organics and robots) is leader of The Between (as the name indicates) and not bad in a fight.'
* TheAgeless: Being a robot, Tim retains the look of a young boy over ten years since his creation and activation.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Telsa has been growing more and more attached to Tim as the series progresses, but refuses to acknowledge this and holds her ground when people call her out on it. When she reunites with Tim on Mata, she admits that she missed him while hugging him.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Andy seeing Tim for the first time in years sends him immediately running to find a way to get to him.


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* HeelRealization: Andy has grown up to become a Scrapper thanks to his hatred of robots brought about by the death of his family. After ten years of doing this ([[FantasticRacism mostly for fun]], we might add), the sight of Tim for the first time in years snaps Andy back to his senses and makes him realize [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone how hypocritical he's been in his quest to kill robots]].


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* ShoutOut: It's really easy to notice that this series about an artificially intelligent robot boy searching for his missing, human family with an equally robotic pet bears some similarities to ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence''. Thankfully, this time both the mother and the brother are kind to the boy.


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* WellDoneSonGuy: "Well Done ''Daughter''" Lady, really. In spite of Telsa's insistence that her choices are her own, everyone can see that she's doing it to earn her father's approval.


* DoingInTheWizard: An afterlife for robots? Nah, it's actually a secret server that contains backup memories of deceased artificial intelligence.



* GreenEyedMonster: Tim-22 is quite jealous of 21 living with a loving family unlike him, whose owner was a grouchy old man who regularly abused him.



* ItCanThink: The robots throughout the series show variety of capability to feel and think for themselves, but the Tim series is shown to be quite the revolution in terms of this. While their purposes vary between servitude and companionship, a consistent motif is their ability to emotionally and intelligently adapt and evolve based on their experiences.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: One of the themes of the series.

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* WhamShot: The red-haired robot hunter is revealed to be a grown up Andy.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: One of the themes of the series. The Tim series is seen as the answer to this question due to its very human-like ability to emotionally adapt, but even then, people like Telsa are quick to respond with telling Tim-21 to tone down his emotion settings.

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* TwinSwitch: [[spoiler: Tim-22 switches places with Tim-21 at the end of the third arc]].

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