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'''''Don't Call Me Ishmael!''''' is a light-hearted trilogy of Young Adult novels written by Michael Gerard Bauer and centering around cheery [[CoolLoser loser]] [[EmbarrassingFirstName Ishmael Leseur]] and his friends, in an Australian all-boys school. Notable largely for an infectious enthusiasm, which suggests that Bauer enjoyed the novel as much as his characters, and for being highly quotable, to the extent that the series named [[ThanksForTheMammary a trope]] before receiving its own page on the wiki.

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'''''Don't ''Don't Call Me Ishmael!''''' Ishmael!'' is a light-hearted trilogy of Young Adult novels written by Michael Gerard Bauer and centering around cheery [[CoolLoser loser]] [[EmbarrassingFirstName Ishmael Leseur]] and his friends, in an Australian all-boys school. Notable largely for an infectious enthusiasm, which suggests that Bauer enjoyed the novel as much as his characters, and for being highly quotable, to the extent that the series named [[ThanksForTheMammary a trope]] before receiving its own page on the wiki.





* RefugeInAudacity: Occasionally lampshaded. Bauer typically sets up as many over-the-top climaxes as possible.



* RefugeInAudacity: Occasionally lampshaded. Bauer typically sets up as many over-the-top climaxes as possible.


* DoggedNiceGuy: Hugely and unapologetically built around this trope.



* GayGuySeeksPopularJock: [[spoiler: Bill's relationship with Jimmy "The Main Event" Mainwaring takes place largely off-screen, but seems to be this, since Jimmy is as his nickname implies one of the popular jocks at St Daniel's.]]



* KavorkaMan: Bizarrely, Ignatius.

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* PlatonicDeclarationOfLove: Razza and Ishmael towards the end of the third book:
--> '''Razz:''' Love ya, man! You know, in a totally non-Hoop Boy sort of a way.
--> '''Ishmael:''' Love you too, Razz. Same way.

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
-->'''Barry Bagsley:''' You haven't got a prayer. Have - not - got - a - prayer.

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[[caption-width-right:150:Poor Ringo.]]

->''"And you've never heard of Ishmael Leseur's Syndrome consider yourself lucky. It's been known to destroy the 'normal behaviour' gene and expose a person's innermost idiot to the world."''
-->-- '''[[DoggedNiceGuy Ishmael Leseur]]''' (the world's one and only sufferer)

'''''Don't Call Me Ishmael!''''' is a light-hearted trilogy of Young Adult novels written by Michael Gerard Bauer and centering around cheery [[CoolLoser loser]] [[EmbarrassingFirstName Ishmael Leseur]] and his friends, in an Australian all-boys school. Notable largely for an infectious enthusiasm, which suggests that Bauer enjoyed the novel as much as his characters, and for being highly quotable, to the extent that the series named [[ThanksForTheMammary a trope]] before receiving its own page on the wiki.

Characters with major roles in all works of the series include:
* Ishmael Leseur, generally mopey {{everyman}}.
* Orazio "Razz" Zorzotto, Ishmael's eventual best friend and self-professed [[TheMatchmaker master of all things romantic]].
* James Scobie, [[BadassAdorable unlikely champion]] for losers everywhere.
* Bill Kingsley, dreamy geek, described as [[HiddenDepths "still waters,]] [[ActuallyPrettyFunny running shallow"]].
* Ignatius Prindabel, socially-awkward nerd that eventually develops [[KavorkaMan astounding chick-pulling abilities]].
* Kelly Faulkner, the weatherman's sunny daughter, serving as Ishmael's {{love interest}}.
* Sally Nofke, Kelly's friend, a math geek that serves as Razz's.
* Prue Leseur, Ishmael's sister, a [[TeenGenius bright lass]] that, funnily enough, serves as Scobie's love interest.
* Miss Tarango, Ishmael's eternally cheerful homeroom [[CoolTeacher teacher]].
* Mr. Guthrie: [[HippieTeacher environmentally-conscious teacher]], serving as Miss Tarango's love interest.

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!!''Don't Call Me Ishmael!'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* BadassAdorable
* BookDumb: Razz
* BreakTheCutie: Kelly, in the third book.
* BriarPatching: Scobie was always totally afraid of bugs. Totally.
* BrickJoke: Apparently, Razz is rather well suited to writing Heavy Metal lyrics.
* CharacterDevelopment: Ishmael's name barely earns a mention in the third book due to growing self-confidence.
* ChekhovsGun: Of all things, a character's habit of proffering an index finger whilst quibbling over itty bitty issues of semantics.
* TheChewToy: Ishmael
* CoolLoser: Ishmael
* CoolTeacher: Miss Tarango, and others.
* DeadpanSnarker: Near everyone. A chapter in the first book is dedicated to allowing [[NewKid Scobie]] to mock the resident bully in the most deadpan tones imaginable.
* DemotedToExtra: Scobie, after the first book.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Hugely and unapologetically built around this trope.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Beyond Ishmael, we also have a chap Slobo and another named Emerson.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Several, courtesy of school bully Barry Bagsley.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Ishmael serves this role for Scobie for much of the first book.
* FreudianExcuse: Implied with Bagsley.
* HotForTeacher
* HiddenDepths: A major theme of the second book. Barry Bagsley, Mr Barker and Orazio are all seen through new eyes.
* HippieTeacher: Mr Guthrie.
* HurricaneOfPuns: Crap, mega-crap, the crap to which other crap aspires, crème da la crap...
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: In the third book, [[spoiler:Ishmael kisses Sally]] when he accidentally gets drunk on vodka.
* KavorkaMan: Bizarrely, Ignatius.
* LampshadeHanging: Often, and cheerfully.
* LastSecondWordSwap: Razza is talking about Ignatius when he realizes Mr. Guthrie is in the room.
-->'''Razza:''' He wouldn't recognise a poem if it jumped up and bit him on the dic--tionary.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

* LoveDodecahedron: Notably averted. Despite the sheer volume of romances teased in the book, there are very few conflicts of interest displayed.
* {{Malaproper}}: Running joke fueled by Razz: "elephant of surprise", "male chauffeuring pigs". The first example is [[JustifiedTrope somewhat justified]]. All things being equal, an elephant ''would'' be more surprising than an element.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: At times, Kelly.
* TheMatchmaker: Razz.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Ishmael feels this way in book three, after [[spoiler:drunkenly kissing Sally.]]
* NewMeat: Subverted with the self-assured Scobie, much to the shock of the class.
* OverprotectiveDad: Razz's uncle Henry to his daughter Cindy.
* PromIsForStraightKids: In the third book, [[spoiler:Bill Kingsley]] initially doesn't want to bring a date to prom, because he doesn't want to make trouble for the school. However, Razz sets up a [[RunningGag Win-Win-Win-Win-situation]] by suggesting that [[spoiler: Bill and his date Jimmy]] officially go with two girls from Sally's school who were in the same situation and couldn't attend their own prom.
* PutOnABus: An odd case. After the second book, Barry Bagsley does not appear. He still attends the school, presumably, but is simply "not bothering us anymore".
* {{Scandalgate}}:
** In the second book, an event at a pool-party later discussed as Piss-in-the-watergate. [[spoiler:It was cordial.]]
** The first book also: Buggate.
* RefugeInAudacity: Occasionally lampshaded. Bauer typically sets up as many over-the-top climaxes as possible.
* SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX: PlayedForLaughs. Razza even has friends who are fans of Manchester United. Manchester ''United'', if you can imagine that.
* TeenGenius: Prue.
* ThanksForTheMammary: The first entry into the series. Having fainted due to nerves, Ishmael is mortified to discover to whom he had lunged.
* UnluckyEverydude

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