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* CruelToBeKind: Aikuro considers getting Ryuuko a flu vaccine this, as she's had not a good experience with needles and he hates the idea of traumatizing her.
**This trope is played subtly in Chapter 25, as, initially, Satsuki wanted to shield Ryuuko from Shiro's dying but opted not to because, to her, Ryuuko had to "see what death was for herself".



* NecessarilyEvil: Aikuro calls getting Ryuuko a flu vaccine this, considering she's had not a good experience with needles and he hates the idea of traumatizing her.


* AdaptationDyeJob: [[WordOfGod Word Of Goddess]] states that Nui's hair is either a tawny-ish or something of a very light brown, instead of blonde as in canon, along with it being shorter. Averted otherwise with Satsuki and Ryuuko, whose hair colors are as they were in canon.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: [[WordOfGod [[Creator/{{Amoridere}} Word Of Goddess]] states that Nui's hair is either a tawny-ish or something of a very light brown, instead of blonde as in canon, along with it being shorter. Averted otherwise with Satsuki and Ryuuko, whose hair colors are as they were in canon.


* AmbiguousDisorder: As we find out from chapter 21, Ragyo seemed to have some sort of mental illness the which is characterized by her erratic behavior, bitterness, and fits of anger. However, said mental illness being the concern of her husband, who [[spoiler: opted on leaving her and taking the children with her]].

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* AmbiguousDisorder: As we find out from chapter 21, Ragyo seemed to have some sort of mental illness the which is characterized by her erratic behavior, bitterness, and fits of anger. However, said mental illness being the concern of her husband, who [[spoiler: opted on leaving her and taking the children with her]].him]].

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**This happens again when Satsuki is quite worried about how the absence of her, Nui, and Aikuro would affect Ryuuko's future and dreads the notion of sending her to a home, as she fears such option may not be affordable or that she wouldn't be taken care of.

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*MarriageOfConvenience: Satsuki's narration of Ch. 35 discusses this , along with NobilityMarriesMoney and a deconstruction of AwfulWeddedLife, as she wonders if she should get married to someone to delay Nui from getting a job to pick up any financial slack.
-->"[...]I wonder if I should find someone wealthy and get married just to secure a constitutable future. Of course, while I had the thought, I would find that to be far worse in comparison, as I'd probably be selling ourselves to a long life of misery. Likewise, I figured that the idea would make little sense as we don't live in any sort of dark or primitive ages where marrying into money was the thing that everyone did."

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*OlderThanTheyLook: While Ryuuko's age isn't revealed, Amoridere states that Ryuuko's general appearance can be described as "prepubescent".

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**Averted in chapter 33, where the social worker is competent and reasonable, acknowledging that Ryuuko was in no harm but does tell Satsuki that Ryuuko should get a medical bracelet.

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*StrayingBaby: While technically not a baby (besides behavior), Ryuuko decides to venture out of her home when Nui leaves the door open.


*AfraidOfNeedles: Touched upon in chapter 31, where Aikurou worries about Ryuuko getting a flu shot, noting how she doesn't like to cooperate, especially when she's afraid. Obviously, true to canon and by being a wild child who's terrified of most things, Ryuuko hates needles, however, this extends to being AfraidOfDoctors, as she doesn't like hospitals or clinics, remembering her stay in an instituion and a hospital where she stuck with needles and I.Vs.



*NecessarilyEvil: Aikuro calls getting Ryuuko a flu vaccine this, considering she's had not a good experience with needles and he hates the idea of traumatizing her.



* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: Ryuuko]], initially, as Ragyo never named her, however, her sisters give her one. For the most part, her sisters, not knowing what else to call her, earlier in the story, called her "She". According to chapter 21, Souchiro initially wanted to call her [[spoiler: "Marigold".]]

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* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: Ryuuko]], initially, as Ragyo never named her, however, her sisters give her one. For the most part, her sisters, not knowing what else to call her, earlier in the story, called her "She". According to chapter 21, Souchiro Souichiro initially wanted to call her [[spoiler: "Marigold".]]

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*AdaptationalHeroism: Ragyou. She's still antagonistic and abusive but, compared to canon and her canon counterpart, she's tame, considering that the worst she's ever done was [[spoiler: lock her youngest child in a cage, kept her in the cellar, abuse, and neglect her]]. Likewise, she is given some sympathetic moments in her diary.
**So is Nui, considering she is one of the protagonist characters.


* ADayInTheLimelight: A couple of times. The most recent chapter is narrated by Nui and part of chapter 18 is narrated by Uzu.

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* ADayInTheLimelight: A couple few of times. The most recent chapter is narrated by Nui and Nui, part of chapter 18 is narrated by Uzu.Uzu, and chapter 30 is being narrated by Ryuuko.



* HiddenDepths: For a FeralChild who lacks comprehension and is terrified of most things, Ryuuko seems to be rather perceptive, figuring out, to a degree, of what's going on around her.

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* HiddenDepths: For a FeralChild who lacks comprehension and is terrified of most things, Ryuuko seems to be rather perceptive, figuring out, to a degree, of what's going on around her. She also has a mischievous side.

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*ADayInTheLimelight: A couple of times. The most recent chapter is narrated by Nui and part of chapter 18 is narrated by Uzu.


* HappilyMarried: Souchiro and Ragyo once, as Nui and Satsuki once found out. Sadly, [[spoiler: Ragyou's mental illness and her refusal to get help, along with her bitterness, and secrets got in the way]].

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* HappilyMarried: Souchiro Souichiro and Ragyo once, as Nui and Satsuki once found out. Sadly, [[spoiler: Ragyou's mental illness and her refusal to get help, along with her bitterness, and secrets got in the way]].


''"Every family has secrets, there is no lie in that."''

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''"Every ->''"Every family has secrets, there is no lie in that."''



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!!''Cellar Secrets'' provides examples of:



* ShoutOut: The Scene where Satsuki and Nui come home to an ambulance is reference to the ''Depressing Episode'' of CyanideAndHappiness and the final entry of Rei's diary is a reference to ''[[DanAndMabsFurryAdventures Abel's Story]]''
** Chapter 20 has a shoutout to ForrestGump.
* ShownTheirWork: While information on feral children is scant, the authoress did research some of the reported cases, in which case most of Ryuuko's behaviors were drawn from Genie and Oxana Malaya, though mostly the former.
** To be more specific, the older Ryuuko is, the less they can actually reclaim what was lost to [[spoiler: abuse, neglect, and severe isolation]] like Genie, who was about 12 or 13 when she was rescued), however, at least, she's learned language due to living around it, even if she didn't have normal human interaction (like Oxana, who lived around dogs but otherwise not away from other humans).

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The Scene where Satsuki and Nui come home to an ambulance is reference to the ''Depressing Episode'' "Depressing Episode" of CyanideAndHappiness ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' and the final entry of Rei's diary is a reference to ''[[DanAndMabsFurryAdventures Abel's Story]]''
"Abel's Story" in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''.
** Chapter 20 has a shoutout to ForrestGump.
''Film/ForrestGump''.
* ShownTheirWork: While information on feral children is scant, the authoress did research some of the reported cases, in which case most of Ryuuko's behaviors were drawn from Genie and Oxana Malaya, though mostly the former. \n** To be more specific, the older Ryuuko is, the less they can actually reclaim what was lost to [[spoiler: abuse, [[spoiler:abuse, neglect, and severe isolation]] like Genie, who was about 12 or 13 when she was rescued), however, at least, she's learned language due to living around it, even if she didn't have normal human interaction (like Oxana, who lived around dogs but otherwise not away from other humans).

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*NeverLearnedToRead: Teaching Ryuuko how to read and spell is the subject of Chapter 27, as by means of [[spoiler: WildChild]], she never learned literacy. They managed to, however, she can't read much besides kindergarten and preschool level, along with the fact that she tends to disregard the syntaxes and the fact that she can't spell too many things, rendering, in most senses of the term, functionally illiterate. Satsuki notes she might not advance very far.


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*SitcomArchNemesis: For some reason, Ryuuko does ''not'' like Nonon and will never miss a chance to enforce some kind of boundary. Apparently, her reasons why boil down to that they never got to know each other or that Ryuuko didn't like Nonon's greeting when they first met.


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**IntelligibleUnintelligible: Her sisters can understand her and would translate/interpret what she says or gestures based on the situation should anyone else not understand, as was alluded to in chapter 26, where Nui says, vehemently, "I'm not translating ''any'' of that!" in response to Ryuuko's gestures towards Nonon.

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