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* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: "Robber Baron" is eventually revealed to have been only his most recent alias. He's also been known by [[spoiler: Saint-Diable, the pirate who founded Devil's Cape, and also Hangman, the creepy vigilante who patrolled the city a generation ago]].


* TheCowl: Hangman seems to have been this, but from the sound of it, he went beyond "dark" into "SociopathicHero" (and even that might be over-generous; he's implied to have been involved with the KKK). Nobody feels bad when the Robber Baron arranges his death.

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* TheCowl: Hangman seems to have been this, but from the sound of it, he went beyond "dark" into "SociopathicHero" (and even that might be over-generous; he's implied to have been involved with the KKK). Nobody feels bad when the Robber Baron arranges his death. [[spoiler: Of course, if Costas is right, then Robber Baron ''was'' the Hangman all along]].



* EvilUncle: Costas is the uncle of Jason and Julian, and he's a crook who works for the Robber Baron. Of course, part of that is under duress, and later he helps the heroes work against his boss. He's still a crook, though.



* KillItThroughItsStomach: How Sam Small [[spoiler: beats Werewolf after being swallowed whole]].



* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: the map of Devil's Cape at the beginning of the book shows that it's in the same geographic location as Slidell, Louisiana

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: the map of Devil's Cape at the beginning of the book shows that it's in the same geographic location as Slidell, LouisianaLouisiana.



* PowerTrio: our three main superhero characters are the new Doctor Camelot (Kate Brauer), Argonaut (Jason Kale), and Bedlam (Cain Ducett).

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* PowerTrio: our Our three main superhero characters are the new Doctor Camelot (Kate Brauer), Argonaut (Jason Kale), and Bedlam (Cain Ducett).


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* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Argonaut, Dr. Camelot, and Bedlam all announce their intention to remain in Devil's Cape, and the Robber Baron, though set back by the deaths of the Circe d'Obscurite, is still out there.]]


* TheCape: Every one of the Storm Raiders, but Doctor Camelot is the one we hear most about.

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* TheCape: Every one of the Storm Raiders, but Doctor Camelot is the one we hear most about. Argonaut also has a dash of this.



* {{Expy}}: the map of Devil's Cape at the beginning of the book shows that it's in the same geographic location as Slidell, Louisiana.


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* ManOfWealthAndTaste: The Robber Baron is a pretty classy guy for a remorseless crime lord.


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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: the map of Devil's Cape at the beginning of the book shows that it's in the same geographic location as Slidell, Louisiana


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* PowerTrio: our three main superhero characters are the new Doctor Camelot (Kate Brauer), Argonaut (Jason Kale), and Bedlam (Cain Ducett).

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* CainAndAbel: Julian and Jason Kalodimes. Jason seems like the black sheep at first, but when Julian reveals himself as a total sociopath he's firmly cemented as the Cain of the relationship.
* TheCape: Every one of the Storm Raiders, but Doctor Camelot is the one we hear most about.


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* TheCowl: Hangman seems to have been this, but from the sound of it, he went beyond "dark" into "SociopathicHero" (and even that might be over-generous; he's implied to have been involved with the KKK). Nobody feels bad when the Robber Baron arranges his death.


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* ReformedCriminal: Cain Ducett is a former juvenile delinquent who's now a respected psychologist at the same reform institute he was once held in.


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* WretchedHive: Devil's Cape has had this reputation for centuries, and has the nickname of "Pirate Town".


Devil's Cape is a novel by Rob Rogers set in a world of superheroes and supervillains. Although early in the story the narrative alternates between significant past and present events, the main storyline is set in the modern-day town of [[WretchedHive Devil's Cape, Louisiana,]] a former pirate town that attracts tourism mainly through its famous crimes, and the fact that it was home to the first named supervillain, notorious pirate St. Diable, and his nemesis Lady Danger.

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Devil's Cape [[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/devils_cape.png]]
'''Devil's Cape'''
is a novel by Rob Rogers set in a world of superheroes and supervillains. Although early in the story the narrative alternates between significant past and present events, the main storyline is set in the modern-day town of [[WretchedHive Devil's Cape, Louisiana,]] a former pirate town that attracts tourism mainly through its famous crimes, and the fact that it was home to the first named supervillain, notorious pirate St. Diable, and his nemesis Lady Danger.

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* {{Expy}}: the map of Devil's Cape at the beginning of the book shows that it's in the same geographic location as Slidell, Louisiana.

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* KarmaHoudini: By the end of the book the Robber Baron is no closer to being brought to justice than before and continues to run Devil's Cape's criminal element.


A group of carnies are exposed to the moment of death of a famous superhero, and as a result gain superpowers based on their own abilities. Taking the name of the "[[CircusOfFear Cirque d'Obscurite]]," they make a name for themselves as a deadly group of supervillains, killing the superhero Doctor Camelot. When the rest of his team, the Storm Raiders, track the Cirque D'Obscurite to Devil's Cape to bring them to justice, they are all killed with brutal efficiency. They settle in as enforcers to the Robber Baron, Devil's Cape's [[VillainWithGoodPublicity resident]] [[ObviouslyEvil well-known mob boss]].

Around the same time as the Cirque D'Obscurite are rising, Cain Ducett, a young juvenile delinquent, has a run-in with Jazz Rydland, a girl his age with a deep interest in voodoo. When he knocks her down and almost kills her, she curses him, and he soon finds himself morphing into a demonic monster, sending him into a panic that drives him to take hostages, until he realizes the change is gone, seemingly imagined, and reforms his life. He leads a normal, respected life as a psychiatrist, dismissing the incident as hallucination, until twenty-two years later, he suddenly begins to change again and seeks out Jazz to discover that not only was her curse genuine, she made him relapse to force him to protect her - from the Robber Baron himself.

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A group of carnies are exposed to the moment of death of a famous superhero, and as a result gain superpowers based on their own abilities. Taking the name of the "[[CircusOfFear Cirque d'Obscurite]]," they make a name for themselves as a deadly group of supervillains, killing the superhero Doctor Camelot. When the rest of his team, the Storm Raiders, track the Cirque D'Obscurite ''Cirque d'Obscurite'' to Devil's Cape to bring them to justice, they are all killed with brutal efficiency. They settle in as enforcers to the Robber Baron, Devil's Cape's [[VillainWithGoodPublicity resident]] [[ObviouslyEvil well-known mob boss]].

Around the same time as the Cirque D'Obscurite ''Cirque d'Obscurite'' are rising, Cain Ducett, a young juvenile delinquent, has a run-in with Jazz Rydland, a girl his age with a deep interest in voodoo. When he knocks her down and almost kills her, she curses him, and he soon finds himself morphing into a demonic monster, sending him into a panic that drives him to take hostages, until he realizes the change is gone, seemingly imagined, and reforms his life. He leads a normal, respected life as a psychiatrist, dismissing the incident as hallucination, until twenty-two years later, he suddenly begins to change again and seeks out Jazz to discover that not only was her curse genuine, she made him relapse to force him to protect her - from the Robber Baron himself.



* AffirmativeActionLegacy: Katie takes the name of Doctor Camelot after her father.



* BadassNormal: Swashbuckler, one of the Storm Raiders, had no superpowers.

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* BadassNormal: Swashbuckler, one of the Storm Raiders, had no superpowers. None of the Doctors Camelot did either.


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* UnderestimatingBadassery: The Storm Raiders badly underestimated the ''Cirque d'Obscurite''.

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* BoxingLessonsForSuperman: Of a sort. Katie initially intends to rely entirely on her PoweredArmor, but Sam convinces her to work out, starting with long runs with 70 odd pounds of weight (the same that the armor weighs) strapped to her back. Comes in handy in the climax when [[spoiler: her armor's systems get fried by Hector Hell and she has to stumble into the swimming pool on her own strength.]]


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* NotWearingTights: Of the Cirque d'Obscurite only [[AtrociousAlias Hector Hell]] actually wears a "supervillain" costume, with flame motifs and such-like.


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: It's not until Behemoth finds Hector Hell's corpse that he is really enraged by the attacking superheroes, and he comes rampaging out of the mansion holding the body and hunting for the culprit.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:
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It's not until Behemoth finds Hector Hell's corpse that he is really enraged by the attacking superheroes, and he comes rampaging out of the mansion holding the body and hunting for the culprit.



* ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler:The Robber Baron. He reveals himself to be St. Diable, and that he killed the woman he loved in order to live forever. He began as a pirate, and became a mob boss.]]



* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Initially what Jazz's curse is.
** ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler:The Robber Baron. He reveals himself to be St. Diable, and that he killed the woman he loved in order to live forever. He began as a pirate, and became a mob boss.]]

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* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Initially what Jazz's curse is.
** ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler:The Robber Baron. He reveals himself to be St. Diable, and that he killed the woman he loved in order to live forever. He began as a pirate, and became a mob boss.]]
Jazz cursed Cain with.



* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Bedlam's major ability is this.
** Werewolf is also capable of changing shape - he can appear fully human or fully wolf, but he prefers his third shape, a hybrid of the two.

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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Bedlam's major ability is this.
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this. Werewolf is also capable of changing shape - he can appear fully human or fully wolf, but he prefers his third shape, a hybrid of the two.


* CircusOfFear: The Cirque d'Obscurite.



** [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Scion finds the heroes and tells them where they can find the Cirque d'Obscurite, and involves himself in the fight to help take out Hector Hell. Julian is furious that Costas brought Zhdanov to his and Jason's father's restaurant, especially when he made it clear to Costas that his father and brother are to be left out of Costas' work entirely.]]

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** [[spoiler:At the end * FeelNoPain: Gork, one of the book, Scion finds the heroes and tells them where they can find the Cirque d'Obscurite, and involves himself is mentioned as either having this or being in so much pain all the fight to help take out Hector Hell. Julian is furious time that Costas brought Zhdanov to his and Jason's father's restaurant, especially when he made it clear to Costas that his father and brother are to be left out of Costas' work entirely.]]further pain makes no difference.


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* TakeUpMySword: Katie does this with the Doctor Camelot armor.


* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Initially what Jazz's curse is.



* {{Shapeshifting}}: Bedlam's major ability is this.
** Werewolf is also capable of changing shape - he can appear fully human or fully wolf, but he prefers his third shape, a hybrid of the two.



* SuperStrength: Most of what Behemoth got as his superpower.

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* SuperStrength: Most of what Behemoth got as his superpower. Argonaut, Scion, and Bedlam also have this, though.


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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Bedlam's major ability is this.
** Werewolf is also capable of changing shape - he can appear fully human or fully wolf, but he prefers his third shape, a hybrid of the two.


* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Katie's "Uncle" Samuel, alias Sam Small, abruptly drops his MissionControl role when she insists on taking down the Cirque d'Obscurite at the first opportunity. After being blasted and having her armor set on fire and rendered useless, Werewolf arrives to finish her off. He's intercepted in midair by Sam Small moments before he reaches her.]]



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: It's not until Behemoth finds Hector Hell's corpse that he is really enraged by the attacking superheroes, and he comes rampaging out of the mansion holding the body and hunting for the culprit.
** [[spoiler:Hector was killed by Scion. His uncle Costas put his father in danger by bringing Zhdanov to his restaurant, so Julian helps the heroes who recaptured her bring down the Cirque d'Obscurite, though only Jason sees him do it.]]



** [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Scion finds the heroes and tells them where they can find the Cirque d'Obscurite, and involves himself in the fight to help take out Hector Hell. Julian is furious that Costas brought Zhdanov to his and Jason's father's restaurant, especially when he made it clear to Costas that his father and brother are to be left out of Costas' work entirely.]]



* WingedHumanoid: Osprey, Bedlam, and the late Winged Tornado. The latter two are both specifically targeted by the former, as Osprey has a vendetta against other superbeings with wings.

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* WingedHumanoid: Osprey, Bedlam, and the late Winged Tornado. The latter two are both specifically targeted by the former, as Osprey has a vendetta against other superbeings with wings.wings.
* YouKilledMyFather: Katie's motivation, although she never tells anyone but Samuel for the sake of her and her father's [[SecretIdentity secret identities.]]


Devil's Cape is a novel by Rob Rogers set in a world of superheroes and supervillains. Although early in the story the narrative alternates between significant past and present events, the main storyline is set in the modern-day town of [[WretchedHive Devil's Cape, Louisiana,]] a former pirate town that attracts tourism mainly through its famous crimes, and the fact that it was home to the first named supervillain, notorious pirate St. Diable.

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Devil's Cape is a novel by Rob Rogers set in a world of superheroes and supervillains. Although early in the story the narrative alternates between significant past and present events, the main storyline is set in the modern-day town of [[WretchedHive Devil's Cape, Louisiana,]] a former pirate town that attracts tourism mainly through its famous crimes, and the fact that it was home to the first named supervillain, notorious pirate St. Diable.
Diable, and his nemesis Lady Danger.



* BadassNormal: Swashbuckler, one of the Storm Raiders, had no superpowers.



* CorruptCop: Dustin Bilbray, who is both overtly racist, only even attempting to stop a young Cain from doing whatever he wants when he threatens the white Jazz, and who outright demands a bribe to let Jason into the scene of the Storm Raiders' murder.

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* CorruptCop: Dustin Bilbray, who is both overtly racist, only even attempting to stop a young Cain from doing whatever he wants when he threatens the white Jazz, and who outright demands a bribe to let Jason into the scene of the Storm Raiders' murder. Also Warren Sims, though Sims is much more sympathetic due to his [[ShameIfSomethingHappened reasons.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When the question is put to him, Costas, one of the major figures in Devil's Cape's underground, wonders if he could bring himself to kill his wife in exchange for gaining immortality. He decides he couldn't. [[spoiler:The Robber Baron, however, could.]]



** ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler:The Robber Baron. He reveals himself to be St. Diable, and that he killed the woman he loved in order to live forever. He began as a pirate, and became a mob boss.]]
* KnifeNut: Osprey uses knives designed as extensions of her fists.



* PlayingWithFire: Hector Hell's ability, making him one of only two members of the Cirque d'Obscurite who can appear fully normal.



* RubberMan: Kraken's power.



** Werewolf is also capable of changing shape - he can appear fully human or fully wolf, but he prefers his third shape, a hybrid of the two.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: The Robber Baron wants to do this when Warren Sims comes to Devil's Cape and becomes D.A. Unfortunately, Sims has no one close enough to him for it to work, so the Robber Baron pulls some strings to get Sims to meet his college sweetheart. Once Sims marries her and they are expecting a child, he gets a visit from the Baron.



* SuperStrength: Most of what Behemoth got as his superpower.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Robber Baron. While he has [[ShameIfSomethingHappened his talk]] with Warren Sims, passersby are more excited than frightened to see him.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Robber Baron. While he has [[ShameIfSomethingHappened his talk]] with Warren Sims, passersby are more excited than frightened to see him.him.
* WingedHumanoid: Osprey, Bedlam, and the late Winged Tornado. The latter two are both specifically targeted by the former, as Osprey has a vendetta against other superbeings with wings.


Katie Brauer discovers a secret of her father's several years after his death. He was the late Doctor Camelot, [[LegacyCharacter the third to take the title,]] and she makes the decision to [[TakeUpMySword become the fourth]] and bring the Cirque d'Obscurite to justice - especially [[HeroKiller the Behemoth,]] [[YouKilledMyFather who killed her predecessor.]]

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Katie Brauer discovers a secret of her father's several years after his death. He was the late Doctor Camelot, [[LegacyCharacter the third to take the title,]] and she makes the decision to [[TakeUpMySword become the fourth]] new Doctor Camelot]] and bring the Cirque d'Obscurite to justice - especially [[HeroKiller the Behemoth,]] [[YouKilledMyFather who killed her predecessor.]]


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* FlyingBrick: Argonaut and Scion are both this type of super, though they use it for different purposes.


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* IncredibleShrinkingMan: Sam Small is this. It comes in handy twice, once when it lets him escape the attack on the Storm Raiders and once when [[spoiler:Werewolf eats him whole.]]
* LegacyCharacter: Doctor Camelot. Katie is the fourth to take that identity.


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* MeaningfulName: Jason goes by Argonaut. Besides having led the Argonauts, Jason's powers come from a piece of the Golden Fleece, which in the Greek myth Jason and the Argonauts were seeking.
* PoweredArmor: Both Katie and her father use this as Doctor Camelot, though the first two didn't.
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Bedlam's major ability is this.
* SuperSenses: Bedlam's other ability, which he retains as Cain.

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