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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: A character in the fifth book is notable for having his head shrunken by an enemy Peruvian tribe, but they left him alive because he was a child at the time. Needless to say, actual head-shrinking processes are not something that you could live through, and would probably at least involve significant brain damage. Notable because there was presumably no magic involved in this.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: A character in the fifth book is notable for having his head shrunken by an enemy Peruvian tribe, but they left him alive because he was a child at the time. Needless to say, actual Actual head-shrinking processes are involve skinning the skull and shrinking the skin while tanning it into leather, so needless to say, this is not something that you could live through, and would probably at least involve significant brain damage. Notable because there was presumably no magic involved in this.through.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Villainous example; an irritated Iblis in the first book empties an entire brandy decanter in one gulp right after [[spoiler:Philippa tricks him into eating a mouse.]] Becomes plot relevant shortly afterward, since he [[spoiler:then binds the twins to the now-conveniently-empty decanter using some of their hair that he'd gathered earlier.]]


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Since Iblis' clan is evil by nature, his family doesn't mind what he does and he even conducts some of his schemes with his oldest son Rudyard's help. His sons are also shown to be bitter towards the twins for helping foil their father's plan in the first book. This trope is played with when it comes to Iblis' relationship with [[spoiler:his youngest son Dybbuk]]; he's shown to care about him to an extent, but not enough to keep from using him to his own ends.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Since Iblis' clan is evil by nature, his family doesn't mind what he does and he even conducts some of his schemes with his oldest son Rudyard's help. His sons are also shown to be bitter towards the twins for helping foil their father's plan in the first book. This trope is played with when it comes to Iblis' relationship with [[spoiler:his youngest son Dybbuk]]; Dybbuk,]] who is ''not'' purely evil like the rest of Iblis' family; he's shown to care about him to an extent, but not enough to keep from using him to his own ends.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Most Djinn can live for several Hundred years and still look pretty young. They also mature pretty young and get their wisdom teeth at around thirteen years old.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Most Djinn can live for several Hundred hundred years and still look pretty young. They also mature pretty young and get their wisdom teeth at around thirteen years old.


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* YearInsideHourOutside: John and Philippa get bound into a brandy decanter in the first book and spend what seems to be ''weeks'' inside, while in reality Nimrod rescues them just a few minutes later.


* AlwaysFemale: The Blue Djinn of Babylon, essentially the leader of all Djinn, is always female. Presumably this is grounded in tradition as Ishtar was the fist Blue Djinn.

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* AlwaysFemale: The Blue Djinn of Babylon, essentially the leader of all Djinn, is always female. Presumably this is grounded in tradition as Ishtar was the fist first Blue Djinn.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Since Iblis' clan is evil by nature, his family doesn't mind what he does and he even conducts some of his schemes with his oldest son Rudyard's help. His sons are also shown to be bitter towards the twins for helping foil their father's plan in the first book. This trope is played with when it comes to Iblis' relationship with [[spoiler:his youngest son Dybbuk]]; he's shown to care about him to an extent, but not enough to keep from using him to his own ends.



* FateWorseThanDeath: In The Day of the Djinn Warriors, [[spoiler:Ibis and his son Rudyard are sealed in suits of jade armour forever. This is an awful fate even for a human, but even more so for djinns who are claustrophobic by nature.]]
** In the second book, when Philipa is [[spoiler:taken captive by the titular Blue Djinn]], she meets a trapped Djiin in a bottle, with only a single book as a diversion and is moved by pity to release him. When the Djinn decides to kill her, she is saved by [[spoiler:the Blue Djinn]], who gives her the choice of punishment. Philipa decides to make the guy reread the book that he had during captivity, but the Blue Djinn makes him do it again and again for as long as he lives.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: In The Day of the Djinn Warriors, [[spoiler:Ibis [[spoiler:Iblis and his son Rudyard are sealed in suits of jade armour forever. This is an awful fate even for a human, but even more so for djinns who are claustrophobic by nature.]]
** In the second book, when Philipa Philippa is [[spoiler:taken captive by the titular Blue Djinn]], she meets a trapped Djiin in a bottle, with only a single book as a diversion and is moved by pity to release him. When the Djinn decides to kill her, she is saved by [[spoiler:the Blue Djinn]], who gives her the choice of punishment. Philipa decides to make the guy reread the book that he had during captivity, but the Blue Djinn makes him do it again and again for as long as he lives.


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* HeelFaceTurn: Mr. Gaunt's brothers. They tried to kill him sometime before the twins were born, [[spoiler:leading to Layla turning them into dogs,]] but in the second book they [[spoiler:transform back into their human selves after performing a HeroicSacrifice to save their nephew (and were very loyal family pets even before that.)]] They're shown to regret what they tried to do and have no hard feelings [[spoiler:towards Layla for transforming them.]]


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Dybbuk has this reaction for a brief moment when his plot to get his powers back results in his evil side literally coming out, staring in horror at what he'd done. Then said evil side kills his good half.]]

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* ChildHater: Nimrod is a downplayed example in that he doesn't hate "children," but ''despises'' babies (he also professes to hate Literature/PeterPan, claiming that Peter Pan is akin to a baby for not wanting to grow up.) It's PlayedForLaughs, with a flashback in a later book showing him trying to give his niece and nephew gifts when they were born while going on about how disgusting they are.


* FateWorseThanDeath: In The Day of the Djinn Warriors, [[spoiler:Ibis and his son Rudyard are sealed in suits of jade armour forever.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: In The Day of the Djinn Warriors, [[spoiler:Ibis and his son Rudyard are sealed in suits of jade armour forever. This is an awful fate even for a human, but even more so for djinns who are claustrophobic by nature.]]


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* VillainsWantMercy: As he and Rudyard are about to be [[spoiler:sealed inside Jade suits for all eternity,]] Iblis starts begging and pleading for Nimrod and the twins to put a stop to it, despite how he'd been planning similarly gruesome fates for them just a moment ago, as they point out.


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* EvenEvilHasStandards: During the climax of ''The Day of the Djinn Warriors'', Nimrod continually pesters Iblis about the fact that he manipulated [[spoiler:his youngest son Dybbuk into losing his powers for his goals,]] since as evil as he is it's especially heinous for him to treat his own child that way. Iblis attempts to brush him off, before eventually getting frustrated and admitting that he ''is'' sorry about what happened to [[spoiler:Dybbuk]] and that he hadn't intended it, not anticipating how much magic [[spoiler:Dybbuk]] would use.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: During the climax of ''The Day of the Djinn Warriors'', Nimrod continually pesters Iblis about the fact that he manipulated [[spoiler:his youngest son Dybbuk into losing his powers for his goals,]] since as evil as he is it's especially heinous for him to treat his own child that way. Iblis attempts to brush him off, before eventually getting frustrated and admitting that he ''is'' sorry about what happened to [[spoiler:Dybbuk]] [[spoiler:Dybbuk losing his powers]] and that he hadn't intended it, not anticipating how much magic [[spoiler:Dybbuk]] would use.use. Significant since this is the same person who is shown in an earlier book [[WouldHurtAChild cursing a child to turn into stone]] after said child [[UngratefulBastard unwittingly rescued him,]] purely ForTheEvulz.


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* TakenForGranite: An unfortunate young boy who stumbles upon a trapped Iblis ends up setting him free in exchange for chocolate-covered ants to eat. Iblis, being [[BigBad Iblis]], curses the chocolate-covered ants to turn the boy into stone. [[spoiler:Layla decides to undo his curse and take him on as her attendant when she's on her way to becoming the Blue Djinn of Babylon.]]


* EvenEvilHasStandards: During the climax of ''The Day of the Djinn Warriors'', Nimrod continually pesters Iblis about the fact that he manipulated [[spoiler:his youngest son Dybbuk into losing his powers for his goals,]] since as evil as he is it's especially heinous for him to treat his own child that way. Iblis attempts to brush him off, before eventually getting frustrated and admitting that he ''is'' sorry about what happened to [[spoiler:Dybbuk]] and that he hadn't intended it, not anticipating how much magic [[spoiler:Dybbuk]] would use.



** In the third book, it is discovered [[spoiler:Dybukk's sister Faustina]] is unable to attach her soul to a body and is therefore fated to wander around unseen by anyone. [[spoiler:Her situation gets better, however.]]

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** In the third book, it is discovered [[spoiler:Dybukk's [[spoiler:Dybbuk's sister Faustina]] is unable to attach her soul to a body and is therefore fated to wander around unseen by anyone. [[spoiler:Her situation gets better, however.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The first five novels.]]


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* ''The Akhenaten Adventure'' (2004)
* ''The Blue Djinn of Babylon'' (2006)
* ''The Cobra King of Kathmandu'' (2006)
* ''The Day of the Djinn Warriors'' (2007)
* ''The Eye of the Forest'' (2009)
* ''The Five Fakirs of Fazibad'' (2010)
* ''The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan'' (2011)

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* # ''The Akhenaten Adventure'' (2004)
* # ''The Blue Djinn of Babylon'' (2006)
* # ''The Cobra King of Kathmandu'' (2006)
* # ''The Day of the Djinn Warriors'' (2007)
* # ''The Eye of the Forest'' (2009)
* # ''The Five Fakirs of Fazibad'' (2010)
* # ''The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan'' (2011)

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* AlliterativeTitle: All of the books, as part of their IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming:
** ''The Akhenaten Adventure''
** ''The Blue Djinn of Babylon''
** ''The Cobra King of Kathmandu''
** ''The Day of the Djinn Warriors''
** ''The Eye of the Forest''
** ''The Five Fakirs of Fazibad''
** ''The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan''



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The names of the books are alphabetic, with some alliteration in some of the titles.
* ItsFakeFurItsFine: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] - When Philipa conjures up a fur coat for herself in The Five Fakirs, she makes sure to make it out of fake fur. She later finds out that her uncle Nimrod also conjured up a fur coat for himself - except with real fur. He says he isn't bothered by it, since it's not like any animals died to make that coat.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The names of the books are alphabetic, titled alphabetically, with some alliteration in some {{Alliterative Title}}s:
** ''The Akhenaten Adventure''
** ''The Blue Djinn of Babylon''
** ''The Cobra King of Kathmandu''
** ''The Day
of the titles.
Djinn Warriors''
** ''The Eye of the Forest''
** ''The Five Fakirs of Fazibad''
** ''The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan''
* ItsFakeFurItsFine: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] - When Philipa conjures up a fur coat for herself in The ''The Five Fakirs, Fakirs'', she makes sure to make it out of fake fur. She later finds out that her uncle Nimrod also conjured up a fur coat for himself - except with real fur. He says he isn't bothered by it, since it's not like any animals died to make that coat.



** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Yes, sir.]]


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* TwoBeingsOneBody: Djinni can remove their spirits from their bodies and possess humans either by taking total control if the host is human or just riding in the backseat. Things get a bit awkward for a group of the heroes when Finlay has to serve as a host body for not only John but also Faustina. During this time Finlay refuses to take a shower because of Faustina's presence since he doesn't want her to see him naked. [[SarcasmMode To make things even more enjoyable,]] both John and Finlay have a crush on Faustina. And a djinn passenger tends to pick up their host's thoughts.


** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Yes, sir.]]

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** [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Yes, sir.]]


* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: In the first book, Nimrod states that Harry Houdini was a djinn.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: A character in the fifth book is notable for having his head shrunken by an enemy Peruvian tribe, but they left him alive because he was a child at the time. Needless to say, actual head-shrinking processes are not something that you could live through, and would probably at least involve significant brain damage. Notable because there was presumably no magic involved in this.
* AlwaysFemale: The Blue Djinn of Babylon, essentially the leader of all Djinn, is always female. Presumably this is grounded in tradition as Ishtar was the fist Blue Djinn.
* BalefulPolymorph: Mrs. Gaunt is very fond of this as her method of punishment; for instance, [[spoiler:the family dogs are Mr. Gaunt's treacherous brothers.]] She eventually promises to stop doing this when she realizes how badly it freaks her husband out.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: In This is a recurring trope in the series; for example in the first book, Nimrod states that Harry Houdini was a djinn. djinn, and a more plot-relevant revelation is that [[spoiler:Genghis Khan was also a djinn.]] It starts to take the tone that ''any'' human capable of great feats in history, obviously, had to be djinn.



* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: or "mundane" as the conclusion of the last book has John and Philippa use the full extent of their djinn powers to save the world, but it bereaves them of their djinn powers in doing so. Phillippa and John are actually quite at peace with this.]]

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* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: or [[spoiler:Or "mundane" as the conclusion of the last book has John and Philippa use the full extent of their djinn powers to save the world, but it bereaves them of their djinn powers in doing so. Phillippa Philippa and John are actually quite at peace with this.]]
** Earlier in the series this happened to [[spoiler:Dybbuk, when he used up too much of his power as a celebrity magician, and it's treated like a horrible tragedy.
]] It also happened to Layla Gaunt late in the series, but by choice, so Mr. Gaunt won't be afraid of her.
* ExactWords: The conditions to become the Blue Djinn of Babylon is to stay in hanging gardens of Babylon, breathing in the scents of the apple blossoms and drinking apple juice that will harden their heart, until they have become completely cold and logical. [[spoiler:Faustina keeps her old personality intact by keeping her soul somewhere else while her body stays in the gardens.]]



** In the second book, when Philipa is [[spoiler:taken captive by the titular Blue Djinn]], She meets a trapped Djiin in a bottle, with only a single book as a diverison and is moved by pity to release him. When the Djinn decides to kill her, she is saved by [[spoiler:the Blue Djinn]], who gives her the choice of punishment. Philipa decides to make the guy reread the book that he had during captivity, but the Blue Djinn makes him do it again and again for as long as he lives.
** In the third book, it is discovered [[spoiler:Dybukk's sister Faustina]] is unable to attach her soul to a body and is therefore unseen by anyone.

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** In the second book, when Philipa is [[spoiler:taken captive by the titular Blue Djinn]], She she meets a trapped Djiin in a bottle, with only a single book as a diverison diversion and is moved by pity to release him. When the Djinn decides to kill her, she is saved by [[spoiler:the Blue Djinn]], who gives her the choice of punishment. Philipa decides to make the guy reread the book that he had during captivity, but the Blue Djinn makes him do it again and again for as long as he lives.
** In the third book, it is discovered [[spoiler:Dybukk's sister Faustina]] is unable to attach her soul to a body and is therefore fated to wander around unseen by anyone.anyone. [[spoiler:Her situation gets better, however.]]
** Many djinn seem to treat losing their powers for good as this, [[spoiler:like when it happens to Dybbuk.]] Although at the end of the series [[spoiler:John and Philippa seem just fine with losing their powers.]]



* GenieInABottle: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Duh]]

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** Also from the first book is all of the talk about how intelligent the family dogs are, how they seem to crave cigar smoke, and how distressed John and Phillipa's father gets when the twins decide to give the dogs new names. [[spoiler:They're his own brothers turned into animals.]]
* GenieInABottle: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Duh]]It doesn't have to be a bottle, but djinn can apparate themselves into any container that they wish--subsequently, they can be trapped inside them as well.



* {{Masquerade}}

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* {{Masquerade}}{{Masquerade}}: Djinn, of course, need to keep their existence a secret from humans, and djinn who live among them, like John and Phillipa, need to pretend that they're human.



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\n* YouNeedABreathMint: It's mentioned multiple times that Liskeard, who's basically a giant monitor lizard, has bad breath. There's even a scene in ''The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan'' where Philippa tries to inform him about his halitosis without angering him.

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* ''The Five Fakirs of Fazibad'' (forthcoming)

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* ''The Five Fakirs of Fazibad'' (forthcoming)
(2010)
* ''The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan'' (2011)


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*BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: or "mundane" as the conclusion of the last book has John and Philippa use the full extent of their djinn powers to save the world, but it bereaves them of their djinn powers in doing so. Phillippa and John are actually quite at peace with this.]]

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