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* AbusiveParents: Mr Danvers establishes himself as a subtle psychological abuser when he first appears in chapter 6. It's intentionally depicted as insidious and very hard to pin down [[TruthInTelevision (as psychological abuse often is)]]. He tries to force his two older children to become what he thinks they should be (and honestly thinks would be best for them) - their polar opposites, essentially. Carol is a sporty, HotBlooded teenage ActionGirl, while Stevie is a slight, [[TheQuietOne softly spoken]], arty boy. As Alison notes, if they'd been the other way around, he'd have been delighted. As it is, he tries to forcibly mould them into what he wants them to be.
** The form it takes means that it only becomes clear in retrospect, to both characters and readers, but when it does... Carol's understated but rampant self-esteem issues, spiky attitude, reflexive reaction against authority (usually male), and latching onto [[ParentalSubstitute alternate father figures]], such as her uncle Jack and Steve, her great-grandfather, are a clear product of that abuse, for instance. As for Stevie, one incident makes it clear: Harry's invited round to dinner at the Danvers house in chapter 6. He asks about Stevie's drawing. Before Stevie can say anything, his little brother Joe Junior loudly says that "drawing's for girls," whereupon his father laughs and ruffles his hair in approval. Stevie wilts and shuts his mouth. While his mother does her best, buying him art supplies and supporting him, as well as reprimanding her husband, [[WellDoneSonGuy he desperately wants his father's approval]], and the latter's constant subtle put-downs giving him what Alison terms as [[BreakTheCutie 'a psychological death by a thousand cuts'.]]
** Also in chapter 6, it turns out that Mr Danvers invited Harry to get the measure of his daughter's BestFriend and to [[spoiler: ask him to use his PsychicPowers to change her, to [[MindRape 'make her take the right path'.]]]] Harry erupts with rage, gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, then telepathically knocks him out, but only ends up giving only a limited account to Carol's mother (who thinks that they simply argued, Harry having been engaging in PassiveAggressiveKombat with him all evening). When Alison gets the full account from Carol in chapter 20, which she passes onto Carol's mother, they both agree that Mr Danvers has to go: Alison pulls strings and he's KickedUpstairs to a job out of state and [[NeverMessWithGranny she terrifies him]] into going along with it, as well as staying away from his family.

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* AbusiveParents: Mr Danvers establishes himself as a subtle psychological abuser when he first appears in chapter 6. It's intentionally depicted as insidious and very hard to pin down [[TruthInTelevision (as psychological abuse often is)]]. He tries to force his two older children to become what he thinks they should be (and honestly thinks would be best for them) - their polar opposites, essentially. Carol is a sporty, HotBlooded teenage ActionGirl, while Stevie is a slight, [[TheQuietOne softly spoken]], arty boy. As Alison notes, if they'd been the other way around, he'd have been delighted.
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As it is, he tries to forcibly mould them into what he wants them to be.
** The form it takes means that it only becomes clear in retrospect, to both characters and readers, but when it does...
be. In Carol's understated but rampant case, resulting in her spiky personality, self-esteem issues, spiky attitude, reflexive reaction against distaste for authority (usually (especially male), and latching onto [[ParentalSubstitute alternate father figures]], such as her uncle Jack Jack, and Steve, her great-grandfather, are a clear product of that abuse, for instance. As for Stevie, one incident makes it clear: Harry's invited round to dinner at the Danvers house in chapter 6. He asks about Stevie's drawing. Before Stevie can say anything, his little brother Joe Junior loudly says that "drawing's for girls," whereupon his father laughs Steve. In Stevie's, he's shy, withdrawn, and ruffles his hair in approval. Stevie wilts and shuts his mouth. While his mother does her best, buying him art supplies and supporting him, as well as reprimanding her husband, [[WellDoneSonGuy he desperately wants his father's approval]], and the latter's constant flinches away from every subtle put-downs giving him what Alison terms as put-down by his father, particularly of the art he loves, [[BreakTheCutie 'a "a psychological death by of a thousand cuts'.]]
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cuts."]] Then, in chapter 6, it turns out that Mr Danvers invited Harry he tries to get the measure of his daughter's BestFriend and to Harry [[spoiler: ask him to use his PsychicPowers to change her, to [[MindRape 'make her take MindRape Carol so she'll "take the right path'.]]]] path"]]. This was an incredibly bad idea in both short and long term: Harry erupts with rage, terrifies him into backing down, and when Carol gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, then telepathically knocks him out, but only ends up giving only a limited account to Carol's mother (who thinks that they simply argued, Harry having been engaging in PassiveAggressiveKombat with him all evening). When Alison gets the full account from Carol in chapter 20, which she passes onto Carol's mother, they both agree that Mr Danvers has to go: Alison pulls strings and he's KickedUpstairs to a job out of state and [[NeverMessWithGranny she terrifies him]] into going along with it, as well as staying away Alison]] the full account, [[MamaBear her mother]] and grandmother ensure he's effectively separated from his family.family, only present at supervised holidays, and one breath out of line will have ''very'' unpleasant consequences).

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** In chapter 53, Harry calls back to his rebuttal to Chthon at the end of the first book when he tells Gorakhnath that he never wanted power, or to be a god, much less "capital-G God."


* TheEveryman: Ron, to an extent, like in canon. It's only to an extent, however, because he's increasingly focused on becoming a SHIELD Agent and being trained in hand-to-hand by Sean Cassidy on the grounds that he wants to go after HYDRA to avenge his father and figures that that's the best way to get at them.

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* TheEveryman: Ron, to an extent, like in canon. [[DownplayedTrope It's only to an extent, extent]], however, because he's increasingly focused on becoming a SHIELD Agent and being trained in hand-to-hand by Sean Cassidy on the grounds that he wants to go after HYDRA to avenge his father and figures that that's the best way to get at them.


* AlwaysSecondBest: Uhtred averts this, having long since got over his issues with Harry's prominence and being content to be his right hand (or possibly left, considering Carol) and loyal Sworn Sword. Ron, by contrast, still has this to Harry, though a little less than in canon (as noted in the previous book, he definitely does ''not'' envy all the hell that Harry goes through). However, also unlike in canon, Hermione's development of new and unusual powers (which are less obviously traumatic than Harry's) and being mentored not only by Loki (distantly) but also by Wanda Maximoff, a LivingLegend in her own right compounds his feelings. Harry, being more perceptive than in canon (and psychic) picks up on it, and explains it to Carol, while Uhtred (who's in a very similar situation) discusses it with Ron when the two meet.



* ASharedSuffering: Harry and Carol's shared experiences, shared traumas, and shared resultant nightmares etcetera, play a significant role in deepening their bond.
* AutobotsRockOut: In order to provide Harry with a suitable background music to strike at [[spoiler:an Elder Wyrm]], Strange has Tony hack the ''Valiant'' so its loudspeakers start to crank out "[[Music/{{ACDC}} Thunderstruck]]", much to [[spoiler:Peter Wisdom's]] (very vocal) displeasure.

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* ASharedSuffering: Harry and Carol's shared experiences, shared traumas, and shared resultant nightmares etcetera, play a significant role in deepening their bond.
bond. On the downside, this leads to Ron and Hermione being somewhat LockedOutOfTheLoop.
* AudienceSurrogate: This role shifts from Harry and Carol to Ron and, to a lesser extent, Hermione, in this book, due to Harry and Carol's CharacterDevelopment and increased weirdness factor/habit of being totally FantasticallyIndifferent. Ron and Hermione, by contrast, are normal teenagers, magic powers aside, and react much more normally.
** The Red Room prisoners function as this in the first half of ''Forever Red'', being somewhat disturbed by how casually Harry and Carol are treating everything - right down to them FlirtingUnderFire.
** Likewise, Steven 'Stevie' Danvers (Carol's little brother) and Peter Parker both serve as this in ''Bloody Hell''.
* AutobotsRockOut: In order to provide Harry with a suitable background music to strike at [[spoiler:an Elder Wyrm]], Strange has Tony hack the ''Valiant'' so its loudspeakers start to crank out "[[Music/{{ACDC}} Thunderstruck]]", much to [[spoiler:Peter Wisdom's]] [[ParentheticalSwearing (very vocal) vocal)]] displeasure.



* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Harry and Carol in Chapter 46, when she agrees to be his date to the Yule Ball.]]

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* TheBigDamnKiss: [[spoiler: Harry and Carol in Chapter 46, when she agrees to be his date to the Yule Ball.]] As Bucky observes... "About damn time."]]



* BrutalHonesty: Ron retains his canonical habit of this, while Carol's proclivity for it (which includes puncturing Harry's more melodramatic moments) is a key character trait.



* CapturedSuperEntity: The canonical example of Dream is mentioned by the Gatekeeper, as is the attempt by the Clan Akkaba to capture and control the Phoenix in Vienna in 1897. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge In neither case did it end well,]] though the latter has continued significance, as before breaking loose, the Phoenix did as the Clan desired and all but wiped out the Grey Court of Vampires (mainly because She really doesn't like vampires), and it's indicated repeatedly that Dracula might just have a grudge against Harry because of this. When he appears, he isn't particularly interested in fighting Harry, but when the latter rudely insists on being a SpannerInTheWorks, Dracula does attack him, [[{{Foreshadowing}} and seems to both recognise the Phoenix within him and fear it.]] [[spoiler: This gives Harry the idea to pretend to be the Dark Phoenix to scare Dracula and keep him from thinking straight for long enough to keep him on the back foot and rescue Carol.]]
* CasualDangerDialogue: Harry and Carol continue this trend from ''Child of the Storm'', flirting[=/=]snarking at each other even when in the middle of an escape attempt from the Red Room.

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* CapturedSuperEntity: The canonical example of Dream is mentioned by the Gatekeeper, as is the attempt by the Clan Akkaba to capture and control the Phoenix in Vienna in 1897. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge In neither case did it end well,]] though the latter has continued significance, as before breaking loose, the Phoenix did as the Clan desired and all but wiped out the Grey Court of Vampires (mainly because She really doesn't like vampires), and it's indicated repeatedly that Dracula might just have a grudge against Harry because of this. When he appears, he isn't particularly interested in fighting Harry, but when the latter rudely insists on being a SpannerInTheWorks, Dracula does attack him, [[{{Foreshadowing}} and seems to both recognise the Phoenix within him and fear it.]] [[spoiler: This gives Harry the idea to pretend to be the Dark Phoenix to scare Dracula and keep him from thinking straight for long enough to keep him on the back foot and rescue Carol. It works for long enough to get Carol away. Then Dracula figures it out and promptly goes berserk.]]
* CasualDangerDialogue: Harry and Carol continue this trend from ''Child of the Storm'', flirting[=/=]snarking at each other even when in the middle of an escape attempt from the Red Room. This is considered somewhat disturbing by most other people.


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* TheEveryman: Ron, to an extent, like in canon. It's only to an extent, however, because he's increasingly focused on becoming a SHIELD Agent and being trained in hand-to-hand by Sean Cassidy on the grounds that he wants to go after HYDRA to avenge his father and figures that that's the best way to get at them.


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* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Harry's still prone to this, like in canon, with the main exception being when he wants to overawe someone. At that point, he'll quite happily remind everyone what he's capable of. As he puts it, "I don't know what you know, or what you ''think'' you know, but it boils down to this: you have limits. ''I don't."''
** Ron also tends towards this, with Uhtred disagreeing and pointing out how remarkable some of the things Ron has done (which he's heard about from Harry) are.


* BatmanGambit: Voldemort has Crouch send up the Dark Mark during the fight at the World Cup, knowing that its reputation will cause panic and confusion among the heroes and assembled allies.
** The Avengers pull several on the Red Room in Chapter 13, counting on exactly how they're going to react to provocation in order to lead them into several traps. [[spoiler: Harry]] notes rather scathingly that they were blatantly obvious and wouldn't have worked were it not for Belova being mad and Lukin's sensitive ego. However, it could also be said that the latter was kind of the point.
** [[spoiler: Alison Carter]] pulled one in the backstory, when she arranged for [[MagnificentBastard Fury]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Coulson]] to be the first SHIELD Agents to run into a recently landed infant Kal-El a.k.a. Clark Kent, knowing that they'd react sympathetically to a lost child. Even more impressively, she managed it without once indicating that she was involved.

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* BatmanGambit: Voldemort has Crouch send up the Dark Mark during the fight at the World Cup, knowing that its reputation will cause panic and confusion among the heroes and assembled allies.
allies. It works perfectly, and with a psychic nudge, he very nearly tricks Thor into accidentally killing Harry and [[spoiler: Pepper in Carol's body]], only being prevented by a brief intervention by the Phoenix.
** The Avengers pull several on the Red Room in Chapter 13, counting on exactly how they're going to react to provocation in order to lead them into several traps. While [[spoiler: Harry]] notes rather scathingly that they were blatantly obvious and wouldn't have worked were it not for Belova being mad and Lukin's sensitive ego. However, ego, it could also be said that the latter this was kind of the point.
** [[spoiler: Alison Carter]] pulled one in the backstory, when she arranged for [[MagnificentBastard Fury]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Coulson]] to be the first SHIELD Agents to run into a recently landed infant Kal-El a.k.a. Clark Kent, knowing that they'd react sympathetically to a lost child. Even more impressively, she managed it without once indicating - not even to them - that she was involved.



* BigBadEnsemble: While Voldemort appears to be the OverarchingVillain of this book, the StoryArc format provides plenty of other antagonists time to shine: in ''Forever Red'' there's the Red Room as led by General Lukin and [[spoiler: Sinister]]; in ''Bloody Hell'' Voldemort is joined by Selene and the Kemmlerites (all in opposition to each other) in the Dresden storyline, and Dracula and his Grey Court in the Harry storyline; in ''Of Dungeons and Dragons'', an [[spoiler: Elder Wyrm]] is inadvertently awakened by the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament and comes into conflict with Harry as it tries to devour him and the other Champions.

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* BigBadEnsemble: While Voldemort appears to be the OverarchingVillain of this book, book and Surtur is the GreaterScopeVillain, the StoryArc format provides plenty of other antagonists time to shine: in ''Forever Red'' there's the Red Room as led by General Lukin and [[spoiler: Sinister]]; in ''Bloody Hell'' Voldemort is joined by Selene and the Kemmlerites (all in opposition to each other) in the Dresden storyline, and Dracula and his Grey Court in the Harry storyline; in ''Of Dungeons and Dragons'', an [[spoiler: Elder Wyrm]] is inadvertently awakened by the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament and comes into conflict with Harry as it tries to devour him and the other Champions.



** Carol notes after [[spoiler: being kidnapped by the Grey Court]] that what really angers her isn't being captured, nor is it innocents getting hurt, but her baby brother crying.

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** Carol notes after [[spoiler: being kidnapped by the Grey Court]] that what really angers her isn't being captured, nor is it innocents getting hurt, but her baby brother crying. [[TearsOfFear crying.]]



** Strange gets another in Chapter 37, stating casually (while inspecting his fingernails) that [[TheDreaded Queen]] [[PhysicalGod Mab]] knows much better than to get in his way.

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** Strange gets another in Chapter 37, stating casually (while inspecting his fingernails) that [[TheDreaded Queen]] [[PhysicalGod Mab]] knows much better than to get in his way. Since Mab is as powerful as Thor and Loki at her ''weakest'' and someone they tread lightly around for good reason, this is no small thing.



* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Played With, in terms of Harry and Carol. On the one hand, Harry is prone to brooding, much more after the brutal TraumaCongaLine of ''Forever Red'' thanks to a world-class case of [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]. Likewise, Carol is much gentler than her reputation and initial spiky attitude leads most to assume, particularly with Harry, and listens to him when he's miserable, comforts him, and counsels him. However, she is also not shy of giving him a firm kick up the arse if he's wallowing, and sometimes ends up brooding in her own right, resulting in the dynamic being inverted.



** Thor demonstrates during the second half of ''Forever Red'' that being without Mjolnir doesn't really slow him down. How? He snaps into [[UnstoppableRage the Warrior's Madness]] and beats the freaking ''Juggernaut'' to a pulp.
* TheBusCameBack: Sean and Warren make cameos in chapter 2, and the latter gets one in chapter 27.

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** Thor demonstrates during the second half of ''Forever Red'' that being without Mjolnir doesn't really slow him down. How? He snaps into [[UnstoppableRage the Warrior's Madness]] and beats the freaking ''Juggernaut'' to a pulp.
pulp with his bare hands.
* TheBusCameBack: Sean and Warren make cameos in chapter 2, and the latter gets one before becoming supporting characters again in chapter 27.



** In chapter 28, Harry refers both to Crouch Senior's role in Sirius' incarceration and Thor's violent reaction to it, noting that they haven't forgotten, just been distracted by more important things - therefore, Crouch would be wise not to draw attention to himself.

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** In chapter 28, Harry (when in an extremely bad mood) refers both to Crouch Senior's role in Sirius' incarceration and Thor's violent reaction to it, noting that they haven't forgotten, just been distracted by more important things - therefore, Crouch would be wise not to draw attention to himself.


* AloofBigSister: It's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing CoolBigSis to Diana and others, is this to her younger brothers. She's kind enough to both of them, and extremely protective, but dealing with her own problems: she has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents (though she ends up getting on better with her mother after the two have a talk) and in the previous year has undergone several [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]-inspiring experiences. This leads to her sometimes not noticing her brothers' own struggles and being distant. The older of the two points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time.


* AloofBigSister: It's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing CoolBigSis to Diana and others, is this to her younger brothers. She's kind enough to both of them, and extremely protective, but dealing with her own problems (she has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents, and in the previous year has undergone several [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]-inspiring experiences) leads to her sometimes not noticing her brothers' own struggles and being distant. The older of the two points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time.

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* AloofBigSister: It's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing CoolBigSis to Diana and others, is this to her younger brothers. She's kind enough to both of them, and extremely protective, but dealing with her own problems (she problems: she has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents, parents (though she ends up getting on better with her mother after the two have a talk) and in the previous year has undergone several [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]-inspiring experiences) experiences. This leads to her sometimes not noticing her brothers' own struggles and being distant. The older of the two points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time.


* AloofBigSister: It's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing CoolBigSis to Diana and others, is this to her younger brothers. The older of the two, Stevie, points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that Carol tends to have a lot of problems of her own, and has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents (she patches things up with her mum. Her dad, not so much), and in the previous year has undergone several [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] inspiring experiences. She admits that he has a point, and tries to better thereafter. It should also be said that even before that she's kind enough to both of them, albeit distant, and extremely (sometimes violently) protective.

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* AloofBigSister: It's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing CoolBigSis to Diana and others, is this to her younger brothers. She's kind enough to both of them, and extremely protective, but dealing with her own problems (she has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents, and in the previous year has undergone several [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]]-inspiring experiences) leads to her sometimes not noticing her brothers' own struggles and being distant. The older of the two, Stevie, two points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that Carol tends to have a lot of problems of her own, and has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents (she patches things up with her mum. Her dad, not so much), and in the previous year has undergone several [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] inspiring experiences. She admits that he has a point, and tries to better thereafter. It should also be said that even before that she's kind enough to both of them, albeit distant, and extremely (sometimes violently) protective.time.



* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Thor occasionally enjoys winding up his son, having remarked in the previous books that it's pretty much his duty. Usually, said teasing revolves around Harry's attraction to Carol. Harry, naturally, ends up mortified.

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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents:
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Thor occasionally enjoys winding up his son, having remarked in the previous books that it's pretty much his duty. Usually, said teasing revolves around Harry's attraction to Carol. Harry, naturally, ends up mortified.

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* AloofBigSister: It's revealed that Carol, despite her habit of playing CoolBigSis to Diana and others, is this to her younger brothers. The older of the two, Stevie, points this out when she admits that she hadn't noticed that the youngest of the three siblings, Joe junior, was having a bad time. This is somewhat mitigated by the fact that Carol tends to have a lot of problems of her own, and has a difficult home life thanks to poor relationships with her parents (she patches things up with her mum. Her dad, not so much), and in the previous year has undergone several [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] inspiring experiences. She admits that he has a point, and tries to better thereafter. It should also be said that even before that she's kind enough to both of them, albeit distant, and extremely (sometimes violently) protective.


* FieryStoic: Harry starts becoming this in after ''Forever Red'', as part of a general drift away from his previous HotBlooded and impulsive nature, and trying to [[spoiler: control his inner Phoenix]], becoming wiser and more thoughtful as he recovers and mellows out. However, there's a still a significant capacity for TranquilFury in him.

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* FieryStoic: The ideal nature of a Phoenix Host is described as being along these lines. Separately, Harry starts becoming this in after ''Forever Red'', as part of a general drift away from his previous HotBlooded and impulsive nature, and trying to [[spoiler: control his inner Phoenix]], becoming wiser and more thoughtful as he recovers and mellows out.out, while retaining his proclivity for PlayingWithFire. However, there's a still a significant capacity for TranquilFury in him.


* FateWorseThanDeath: Chapter 46 reveals that after the Red Room's defeat, Dream punished [[spoiler: Belova for her part in Harry's torture by sending her nightmares that tore away all her self-delusions and justifications for her actions. Due to the magic involved, this warped her waking world self, transforming her physically into "Gollum's uglier sister" and driving her completely insane]]. It was bad enough that Loki, mid RoaringRampageOfRevenge, took one look at [[spoiler: her]] and decided that he couldn't make it worse.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Chapter 46 reveals that after the Red Room's defeat, Dream punished [[spoiler: Belova for her part in Harry's torture by sending her nightmares that tore away all her self-delusions and justifications for her actions. Due to the magic involved, this warped her waking world self, transforming her physically into "Gollum's uglier sister" and driving her completely insane]]. It was bad enough that Loki, ''Loki'', mid RoaringRampageOfRevenge, took one look at [[spoiler: her]] and decided that he couldn't make it worse.


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* FieryStoic: Harry starts becoming this in after ''Forever Red'', as part of a general drift away from his previous HotBlooded and impulsive nature, and trying to [[spoiler: control his inner Phoenix]], becoming wiser and more thoughtful as he recovers and mellows out. However, there's a still a significant capacity for TranquilFury in him.


%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* CuriousQualmsOfConscience: [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] starts developing these in ''Forever Red'', thanks to Gambit's steadily DefusingTheTykeBomb, and Harry's appeal to a better nature she didn't even know she had.

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%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* * CuriousQualmsOfConscience: [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] starts developing these in ''Forever Red'', thanks to Gambit's steadily DefusingTheTykeBomb, and Harry's appeal to a better nature she didn't even know she had.had, when she starts doubting the morality of her commands when she'd previously executed them without question.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Coulson and Gambit himself imply that Gambit has one in chapters 9 and 10. The details are elaborated upon in chapter 34, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Gambit is a clone of Scott Summers.]]
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]], oh dear god, [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel.]]
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Harry Dresden makes note of his own in passing in chapter 15.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExampl** Stephen Strange has one at least equal to any of the others, which he finally elaborates on in chapter 20.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: There are several.
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Coulson and Gambit himself imply that Gambit has one in chapters 9 and 10. The details are elaborated upon in chapter 34, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Gambit is a clone of Scott Summers.]]
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** ** [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]], oh dear god, [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel.]]
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]] [[spoiler: Stolen at birth]], raised as an ArtificialHuman and a LivingWeapon, raised to believe that the latter was her sole purpose for existence and that even the idea of free will was an aberration in her programming, [[MoreThanMindControl shaped to obey without question]] and programmed with shut down commands if this isn't enough... it's not surprising that she breaks down entirely when she finds out the truth.
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Harry Dresden makes note of his own (orphaned at 6, in an orphanage 'til 11, adopted by a dark wizard who manipulated his developing powers and personality to shape him - and his other ward, Elaine Mallory, Dresden's first love - into his enforcer, forcing Dresden to kill him in a duel at 16, nearly executed for that by the White Council... and in some ways, it arguably got worse from there) in passing in chapter 15.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExampl** ** Stephen Strange has one at least equal to any of the others, which he finally elaborates on in chapter 20. In brief, [[spoiler: his real name is Taliesin, his parents were slaughtered as part of Uther Pendragon's purge of magical practitioners, his mother set him adrift in a basket a la Moses, he ended up in Uther's Camelot and had to keep the secret of his magic on pain of death from the age of 9 onwards, was taught by Merlin and Merlin's own teacher, his life getting better as he became Arthur's Court Physician and Bard, as well as a secondary CourtMage after Merlin... then he tried WalkingTheEarth for a few years and came back to find Arthur dead (slain by Mordred, Taliesin/Strange's EvilCounterpart and ArchEnemy), Merlin in grief-struck exile, and Camelot and all they'd built falling apart.]] The following [[spoiler: five hundred odd]] millennia haven't been all that kind to him, either.



%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExampl* DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler: Sinister.]] Additionally, his {{Archenemy}} Doctor Strange is a (mostly) benevolent variant on this trope.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* DeadlyUpgrade: The [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] usually serves as this to Harry.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Likewise the Warrior's Madness to Thor.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Also to Harry, in chapter 33, he gets supercharged by Jean and Maddie and spends a portion of the chapter [[PowerHigh drunk on the power surge and has difficulty focusing on what he's meant to be doing.]]

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%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExampl* * DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler: Sinister.]] Sinister]], who though he rarely fights, is genuinely good at it, and uses his extensive medical knowledge for torture in ''Forever Red''. Additionally, his {{Archenemy}} Doctor Strange is a (mostly) benevolent variant on this trope.trope, using his medical knowledge as part of creatively making [[spoiler: Sinister]] suffer when he finally catches up to him.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* * DeadlyUpgrade: Several examples.
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The [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] usually serves as this to Harry.
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Harry, since it risks a SuperPowerMeltdown and transformation into a HumanoidAbomination, then an EldritchAbomination.
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Likewise the Warrior's Madness to Thor.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Also to Harry, in chapter 33, he gets supercharged by Jean and Maddie and spends a portion of
Thor, which greatly enhances his strength at the chapter [[PowerHigh drunk on the power surge and has difficulty focusing on what he's meant to be doing.]]cost of putting him in a potentially planet-busting berserker rage.



%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** In chapter 10, O'Neill, Kurt, and unexpectedly, [[spoiler: [[TheComicallySerious Maddie]]]], have their moments.

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%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** ** In chapter 10, O'Neill, Kurt, O'Neill (snarking that their extraction mission is really a sight-seeing trip), Kurt (dryly wondering why he could feel his head again after a PsychicNosebleed writ large), and unexpectedly, [[spoiler: [[TheComicallySerious Maddie]]]], have their moments.



%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* TheDragon: Barty Crouch Junior, to Voldemort, as usual.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Belova to Lukin.

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%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* * TheDragon: Barty Crouch Junior, to Voldemort, as usual.
%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample**
usual, being his chief willing minion - though we see very little of him, in large part because Voldemort himself is moving around behind the scenes.
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Belova serves as this to Lukin.Lukin, being the only other person in the Red Room other than him and [[spoiler: Sinister]] who can command the Red Son, leading the Winter Guard as a result.



%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: A usual hazard of [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] possession.

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%%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* * DrunkOnTheDarkSide: A usual hazard of [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] possession.possession, as it hits the person involved with a massive power-rush and magnifies all emotions, both good and bad, and gets magnified by them in turn.


* CuriousQualmsOfConscience: [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] starts developing these in ''Forever Red'', thanks to Gambit's steadily DefusingTheTykeBomb, and Harry's appeal to a better nature she didn't even know she had.

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* %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* CuriousQualmsOfConscience: [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] starts developing these in ''Forever Red'', thanks to Gambit's steadily DefusingTheTykeBomb, and Harry's appeal to a better nature she didn't even know she had.



** [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]], oh dear god, [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel.]]
** Harry Dresden makes note of his own in passing in chapter 15.
** Stephen Strange has one at least equal to any of the others, which he finally elaborates on in chapter 20.

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** %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]], oh dear god, [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel.]]
** %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Harry Dresden makes note of his own in passing in chapter 15.
** %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExampl** Stephen Strange has one at least equal to any of the others, which he finally elaborates on in chapter 20.



* DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler: Sinister.]] Additionally, his {{Archenemy}} Doctor Strange is a (mostly) benevolent variant on this trope.
* DeadlyUpgrade: The [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] usually serves as this to Harry.
** Likewise the Warrior's Madness to Thor.
** Also to Harry, in chapter 33, he gets supercharged by Jean and Maddie and spends a portion of the chapter [[PowerHigh drunk on the power surge and has difficulty focusing on what he's meant to be doing.]]

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* %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExampl* DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler: Sinister.]] Additionally, his {{Archenemy}} Doctor Strange is a (mostly) benevolent variant on this trope.
* %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* DeadlyUpgrade: The [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] usually serves as this to Harry.
** %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Likewise the Warrior's Madness to Thor.
** %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Also to Harry, in chapter 33, he gets supercharged by Jean and Maddie and spends a portion of the chapter [[PowerHigh drunk on the power surge and has difficulty focusing on what he's meant to be doing.]]



** In chapter 10, O'Neill, Kurt, and unexpectedly, [[spoiler: [[TheComicallySerious Maddie]]]], have their moments.

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** %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** In chapter 10, O'Neill, Kurt, and unexpectedly, [[spoiler: [[TheComicallySerious Maddie]]]], have their moments.



* TheDragon: Barty Crouch Junior, to Voldemort, as usual.
** Belova to Lukin.

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* %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* TheDragon: Barty Crouch Junior, to Voldemort, as usual.
** %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample** Belova to Lukin.



* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: A usual hazard of [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] possession.

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* %%Administrivia/ZeroContextExample* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: A usual hazard of [[spoiler: Dark Phoenix]] possession.


* CouldSayItBut: During a fight, [[spoiler: Gambit]] uses banter to cover that he's telling Harry how to find where Carol and the other captives are being held.

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* CouldSayItBut: During a fight, [[spoiler: Gambit]] uses banter to cover that he's telling Harry how to find where Carol and the other captives are being held.held, before throwing the fight.



** [[spoiler: Maddie]] picked it up from him, as part of her EmotionlessGirl and LivingWeapon shtick, contrasting her with Jean. Notably, as her HeelFaceTurn progresses, she starts doing this less and less.

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** [[spoiler: Maddie]] picked it up from him, as part of her EmotionlessGirl and LivingWeapon shtick, contrasting her with Jean. Notably, as her HeelFaceTurn progresses, she starts doing this less and less.less - though she remains TheStoic, as a rule.



** Diana gets a small one when Ginny's mentioned, after meeting her.

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** Diana gets a small one when Ginny's mentioned, after meeting her.her, which Harry immediately spots.



* CuriousQualmsOfConscience: [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] starts developing these in ''Forever Red'', thanks to Gambit's steadily DefusingTheTykeBomb, and Harry's appeal to a better nature she didn't even know she had.



* DeadGuyJunior: Ada Maria Potts-Stark is named after Tony's deceased mother.
* DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler: Sinister.]]
** Doctor Strange is a benevolent variant on this trope. Well. Mostly.

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* DeadGuyJunior: Ada Maria Potts-Stark is named middle-named after Tony's deceased mother.
* DeadlyDoctor: [[spoiler: Sinister.]]
**
]] Additionally, his {{Archenemy}} Doctor Strange is a (mostly) benevolent variant on this trope. Well. Mostly.


** In chapter 38, when discussing the [[GreyAndGreyMorality moral ambiguity]] of hiding Bucky's past as the Winter Soldier, Alison - who supports keeping the secret - recalls that the Winter Soldier killed Brian Falsworth a.k.a. Union Jack (the [[FlyingBrick Captain Britain]] of his day, and son of Lt. Montgomery Falsworth) and his partner, Roger Aubrey a.k.a. [[BadassNormal Dyna-Mite/the Destroyer]] in the 1970s. This was mentioned in passing in ''Child of the Storm'' to establish the Soldier's badassery, and the two made a brief post-mortem cameo at the Battle of London. However, it's expanded upon here, with Alison stating that she knew Brian very well (after all, their parents were friends), and that he was the little brother she never had. She also confirms what their cameo implied - [[BadassGay they were more than]] [[BattleCouple just professional partners]] - remarking that she acted as Brian's [[TheBeard beard]] a couple of times. Accordingly, her decision to support keeping Bucky's secret is not one made lightly.

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** In chapter 38, when discussing the [[GreyAndGreyMorality moral ambiguity]] of hiding Bucky's past as the Winter Soldier, Alison - who supports keeping the secret - recalls that the Winter Soldier killed Brian Falsworth a.k.a. Union Jack (the [[FlyingBrick Captain Britain]] of his day, and son of Lt. Montgomery Falsworth) and his partner, Roger Aubrey a.k.a. [[BadassNormal Dyna-Mite/the Destroyer]] in the 1970s. This was mentioned in passing in ''Child of the Storm'' to establish the Soldier's badassery, and the two made a brief post-mortem cameo at the Battle of London. However, it's expanded upon here, with Alison stating that she knew Brian very well (after all, their parents were friends), and that he was the little brother she never had. She also confirms what their cameo implied - [[BadassGay they were more than]] [[BattleCouple than just professional partners]] - remarking that she acted as Brian's [[TheBeard beard]] a couple of times. Accordingly, her decision to support keeping Bucky's secret is not one made lightly.



** It's mentioned in ''Child of the Storm'' that Brian Falsworth a.k.a. [[FlyingBrick Union Jack,]] and his partner [[BattleCouple (professionally]] [[BadassGay and otherwise)]] Roger Aubrey, who were both killed by the Winter Soldier in the 1970s, mainly as a throwaway reference. In chapter 38 of this story, however, it's revealed that Brian was a close friend to Alison, and the nearest thing she had to a little brother - she even played TheBeard for him on a couple of occasions. Bearing in mind that the Winter Soldier turned out to be her long lost father's brainwashed best friend, who she interacts with on a regular basis...

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** It's mentioned in ''Child of the Storm'' that Brian Falsworth a.k.a. [[FlyingBrick Union Jack,]] and his partner [[BattleCouple (professionally]] [[BadassGay (professionally and otherwise)]] Roger Aubrey, who were both killed by the Winter Soldier in the 1970s, mainly as a throwaway reference. In chapter 38 of this story, however, it's revealed that Brian was a close friend to Alison, and the nearest thing she had to a little brother - she even played TheBeard for him on a couple of occasions. Bearing in mind that the Winter Soldier turned out to be her long lost father's brainwashed best friend, who she interacts with on a regular basis...



** Mentioned by Harry Dresden in chapter 29. He speculates that the reason Voldemort is not interested in becoming a Greater God is because then he would make himself fair game/an easy target not only for Thor and Loki, but also for [[BadassGrandpa Odin]], who wouldn't so much as step in as step ''on''. Given the latter's truly epic PapaWolf moments seen so far, this is probably a fair guess.

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** Mentioned by Harry Dresden in chapter 29. He speculates that the reason Voldemort is not interested in becoming a Greater God is because then he would make himself fair game/an easy target not only for Thor and Loki, but also for [[BadassGrandpa Odin]], Odin, who wouldn't so much as step in as step ''on''. Given the latter's truly epic PapaWolf moments seen so far, this is probably a fair guess.

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