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* ProtagonistTitle: It could refer to Ti-Jeanne living in the circular remenants of Metropolitan Toronto, but more as a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Girl_in_the_Ring_(song) the song]], and the Ring games that are mentioned in {{Epigraph}}s.


Large-scale chaos in the city core: the Riots\\

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It's set about [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture more than twelve / thirteen years in the future]] of 1999, given lines and news that has not occurred at the time, like:

Large-scale chaos in the city core: the Riots\\
In the twelve years since the Riots, repeated efforts to reclaim and rebuild the core were failing\\\
He'd cut headlines from newspapers that were twelve, thirteen years old\\
Ti-Jeanne had read the headlines:\\\
TEMAGAMI INDIANS TAKE ONTARIO TO COURT: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FUNDS TEMEAUGAMI ANISHNABAI LAND CLAIM FEDERAL GOVT.


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* UrbanHellscape: Implied by one of the newspaper headlines Ti-Jeanne reads that are "twelve, thirteen years old" or so:
--> [[AC:Crime at all-time high but budget cuts force Ontario provincial police to downsize]]


''Brown Girl in the Ring'' is a 1999 novel by Creator/NaloHopkinson. Ti-Jeanne, a [[TeenPregnancy young mother]] lives in what remains of Central Toronto after it was abandoned by the wealthy and powerful. Speaking of the wealthy and powerful, the premier of Canada needs a human heart to replace her own. She calls on Rudy, who is a powerful gangster who controls the flow of [[FantasticDrug Buff]] to procure it for her. He deputizes Tony, Ti-Jeanne's baby father, to do the killing for the organ. Frightened, Tony calls on Ti-Jeanne and her grandmother Gros-Jeanne for help. And so Ti-Jeanne's journey begins.

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''Brown Girl in the Ring'' is a 1999 novel by Creator/NaloHopkinson. Ti-Jeanne, a [[TeenPregnancy young mother]] mother]], lives in what remains of Central Toronto after it was abandoned by the wealthy and powerful. Speaking of the wealthy and powerful, the premier of Canada needs a human heart to replace her own. She calls on Rudy, who is a powerful gangster who controls the flow of [[FantasticDrug Buff]] to procure it for her. He deputizes Tony, Ti-Jeanne's baby father, to do the killing for the organ. Frightened, Tony calls on Ti-Jeanne and her grandmother Gros-Jeanne for help. And so Ti-Jeanne's journey begins.


* FateWorseThaDeath - [[spoiler: Instead of allowing Dunston to pass to [[AscendtoaHigherPlaneofExistence Guinea Land]] after killing him, Rudy forces his tormented soul to a purgatory-type world where he is forced to outrun murderous spirits for all eternity. He is finally freed of this torture when Ti-Jeanne shoots the duppy bowl, and his spirit returns to earth by occupying Baby's body.]]

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* FateWorseThaDeath FateWorseThanDeath - [[spoiler: Instead of allowing Dunston to pass to [[AscendtoaHigherPlaneofExistence Guinea Land]] after killing him, Rudy forces his tormented soul to a purgatory-type world where he is forced to outrun murderous spirits for all eternity. He is finally freed of this torture when Ti-Jeanne shoots the duppy bowl, and his spirit returns to earth by occupying Baby's body.]]

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* FateWorseThaDeath - [[spoiler: Instead of allowing Dunston to pass to [[AscendtoaHigherPlaneofExistence Guinea Land]] after killing him, Rudy forces his tormented soul to a purgatory-type world where he is forced to outrun murderous spirits for all eternity. He is finally freed of this torture when Ti-Jeanne shoots the duppy bowl, and his spirit returns to earth by occupying Baby's body.]]

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* BodyHorror - Crazy Betty gouged her eyes out years ago and walks around blind with the holes in her head still visible.

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* AndIMustScream - The duppy is conscious of what it's doing when Rudy sends it after his victims, although it despises him and wants to be free. The reveal that [[spoiler: it's actually Mi-Jeanne's soul ramps this trope up to eleven. She is ordered by Rudy to kill Ti-Jeanne, and the helpless mother is fully aware and helpless to stop the spirit as she burns her own daughter alive.]]


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* ThePigPen: The street kids. Justified in that they live in the filth and squalor of the abandoned subway. Their odor and grimy appearance are often mentioned.


* NoNameGiven: Ti-Jeanne's child is named only 'Baby'.

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* NoNameGiven: Ti-Jeanne's child is named only 'Baby'. Justified by the fact that it seems to be common practice to wait to name children until a certain amount of time has passed.

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* SleazyPolitician: Downplayed with Premier Uttley. She's only seeking a human heart instead of the typical pig heart for her transplant to look good in her upcoming reelection campaign, not out of any moral stance on pig farming.


* DomesticAbuser - Rudy is depicted to have hit his wife [[spoiler:Gros-Jeanne]]

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* DomesticAbuser DomesticAbuse - Rudy is depicted to have hit his wife [[spoiler:Gros-Jeanne]]

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''Brown Girl in the Ring'' is a 1999 novel by Nalo Hopkinson. Ti-Jeanne, a [[TeenPregnancy young mother]] lives in what remains of Central Toronto after it was abandoned by the wealthy and powerful. Speaking of the wealthy and powerful, the premier of Canada needs a human heart to replace her own. She calls on Rudy, who is a powerful gangster who controls the flow of [[FantasticDrug Buff]] to procure it for her. He deputizes Tony, Ti-Jeanne's baby father, to do the killing for the organ. Frightened, Tony calls on Ti-Jeanne and her grandmother Gros-Jeanne for help. And so Ti-Jeanne's journey begins.

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''Brown Girl in the Ring'' is a 1999 novel by Nalo Hopkinson.Creator/NaloHopkinson. Ti-Jeanne, a [[TeenPregnancy young mother]] lives in what remains of Central Toronto after it was abandoned by the wealthy and powerful. Speaking of the wealthy and powerful, the premier of Canada needs a human heart to replace her own. She calls on Rudy, who is a powerful gangster who controls the flow of [[FantasticDrug Buff]] to procure it for her. He deputizes Tony, Ti-Jeanne's baby father, to do the killing for the organ. Frightened, Tony calls on Ti-Jeanne and her grandmother Gros-Jeanne for help. And so Ti-Jeanne's journey begins.


* FamilyThemeNaming - Gros-Jeanne, Mi-Jeanne and Ti-Jeanne - Big, Medium and Small Jeanne - Grandmother, mother and child.
* FlayingAlive: Rudy does this to his zombified housekeeper Mabel while a paralyzed Tony is ForcedToWatch

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* FamilyThemeNaming - FamilyThemeNaming: Gros-Jeanne, Mi-Jeanne and Ti-Jeanne - Big, Medium and Small Jeanne - Grandmother, mother and child.
* FlayingAlive: Rudy does this to his zombified housekeeper Mabel while a paralyzed Tony is ForcedToWatchForcedToWatch.
* ForcedToWatch: A paralyzed Tony is forced to watch while Rudy {{flay|ingAlive}}s Mabel alive.
* {{Hologram}}: Presumably, it's what a "deeplight projector" makes, as it creates the visuals and noise of angry kids made to scare people away from the actual kids who live in the subway.


* TheParalyzer: Synapse Cordons and their portable version, the Dazer. Synapse Cordons uses "baseball-sized lump[s] of what looked like modelling clay" to create "stake[s] sprouting a good eight feet high" that define the cordon's borders, and kicking the cordon creates a "synapse surge of current", a.k.a a "daze charge" inside the field, that "short-circuit[s] [the] neuromuscular system".



* VoodooZombies: Rudy, the gang lord, controls several zombies, [[spoiler:one of which is his own daughter, Mi-Jeanne]], using a process taught to him by a Ioa.

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* VoodooZombies: VoodooZombie: Rudy, the gang lord, controls several zombies, [[spoiler:one of which is his own daughter, Mi-Jeanne]], using a process taught to him by a Ioa.

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