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** Born immortals can also explode due to PowerIncontinence, in which case it takes months for their bodies to regenerate to the point where they can resurrect.

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** Born immortals can also explode explode, either at will or due to PowerIncontinence, in which case it takes months for their bodies to regenerate to the point where they can resurrect. resurrect.



* BettyAndVeronica: Silas is the Archie to [[spoiler: Sky's Veronica and Reno's Betty.]]



* CastFullOfGay: The vast majority of characters- and all the viewpoint ones- are gay men. Justified with the chimeras- since Silas designed them to be so- and the born immortals themselves, since [[spoiler:the nazis designed them with this trait so as to keep them from reproducing.]]

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* CastFullOfGay: The vast majority of characters- and all the viewpoint ones- are gay men. Justified with the chimeras- since Silas designed them to be so- and the born immortals themselves, since [[spoiler:the nazis designed them with this trait so as to keep them from reproducing.]]]] Also possibly justified among non chimeras, as well, since given the SterilitiyPlague there aren't as many females available.



* HoYay: Literally all over the place.



* ItCanThink: Downplayed with the proxy worms, because it's made clear soon after their first appearance that they can think. By the end of ''A God Among Insects'' they've managed to outsmart and outmanoeuvre the heroes, take over large parts of Skyfall, and incapacitate three of the four biggest threats to their plans.

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* ItCanThink: Downplayed with the proxy worms, because it's made clear soon after their first appearance that they can think.think, but nobody thought about how ''well''. By the end of ''A God Among Insects'' they've managed to outsmart and outmanoeuvre the heroes, take over large parts of Skyfall, and incapacitate three of the four biggest threats to their plans.



** [[spoiler:By the time ''A God Among Insects'' rolls around, Reno's depression has gotten so bad that he refuses to even consider being made immortal, having seen the pain it's caused so many people. When he's forcibly made immortal against his will by Reaver and Silas, he is ''not'' happy.]]

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** [[spoiler:By the time ''A God Among Insects'' rolls around, Reno's fallen squarely into the camp of WhoWantsToLiveForever? His depression has gotten so bad that he refuses to even consider being made immortal, having seen the pain it's caused so many people.people, even while in a committed relationship with Garrett. When he's forcibly made immortal against his will by Reaver and Silas, he is ''not'' happy.]]



* SuperpowerLottery: Even among the chimera, empaths stand out as a prime example.

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* SuperPrototype: Played straight with Born Immortals and Chimeras, although Silas is working hard to make more Born Immortals.
** Played with with [[spoiler: Born Immortals and Nightcrawlers: While Nightcrawlers were created afterwards and have mental powers that exceed a Born Immortal's, they also have a more debilitating weakness; they need a constant supply of blood, semen, or even spit (although it's not as effective)- either their own or another Nightcrawlers. Without this they suffer from debilitating migraine's.]]
* SuperpowerLottery: Even among the chimera, empaths stand out as a prime example. Not only can they absorb the powers of other chimeras if they didn't have them already, such as [[spoiler: SuperStrength and RessurectiveImmortality]], they also have powers unique to them such as AuraReading, CompellingVoice, and MakesMeWannaShout. The only power they haven't displayed the ability to reproduce is radiation manipulation, which is solely a power for Born Immortals.



** Jack slowly but surely becomes more of a jerk as the books progress, although it's not as pronounced as Killian's and he does have a good reason for his actions in his eyes.



* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Every main series book after ''Fallocaust'' follows multiple plotlines.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Every main series TwoPersonLoveTriangle: Happens a few times. [[spoiler: In ''The Suicide King'' Adler mentions his desire to find Asher, who he'd fallen in love with, and Silas, who had created him as a potential suitor, unaware that they're the same person.]]
* [[Spoiler: A particularly bizarre version with Sanguine, Crow, and Jack comes about in ''A God Among Insects''. Crow and Sanguine are both in love with Jack, but for the majority of the
book after ''Fallocaust'' follows multiple plotlines.Crow is in control of Sanguine's body, and Jack initially only has eyes for Sanguine before developing feelings for Crow, as well. At the end of the book, when Crow gets a body of his own and LiteralSplitPersonalities comes into play, he ultimately remains open to choosing him now that Sanguine's LostLenore Valen is back in the picture.]]
* Played with again in ''A God Among Insects'' with [[spoiler: Silas, Sky, and Perish; Sky and Perish are both inhabiting Adler's body, with Sky as the abusive boyfriend working on his own agenda to destroy the chimeras and Perish working to sabotage Sky's efforts. Towards the end of the book Perish reveals that he's been in love with Silas all along, and resented Sky for his treatment of him and the resulting mess Silas became. DeathOfTheHypotoneuse ensues as he insists Silas destroy them both, eliminating Sky from Silas's primary love triangle (Himself, Reno, and Sky)


** Any immortal possessed infested by proxy worms becomes this, but special mention goes to [[spoiler: Jade and Sasha, who's empathic abilities make them ideally suited to become worm kings.]]
** [[spoiler: Elish also gets this throughout ''A God Among Insects'', being manipulated by a proxied Jade's telepathic powers into developing new strains of proxy worms under Jade's control, among other things.]]



* DarkestHour: The ending of ''A God Among Insects.'' [[spoiler: Jade and Sasha have been fully taken over by worm kings, Reaver exploded and took Silas with him, effectively incapacitating them both for decades, and large parts of Skyfall have been completely taken over by the proxy worms. However, see RayOfHope ending.]]



* FromASingleCell: The only way to permanently kill an immortal is to flood their brain with a highly concentrated dose of sestic radiation, then eat it. If so much as one cell survives, the entire body regenerates, and that cell is insanely hard to kill. Immortals have been eaten, blown up, and even dissolved in acid, but they keep coming back.



* Immortality: A combination of TheAgeless and ResurrectiveImmortality.

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* Immortality: A combination of TheAgeless TheAgeless, FromASingleCell and ResurrectiveImmortality.



* ItCanThink: Downplayed with the proxy worms, because it's made clear soon after their first appearance that they can think. By the end of ''A God Among Insects'' they've managed to outsmart and outmanoeuvre the heroes, take over large parts of Skyfall, and incapacitate three of the four biggest threats to their plans.



* RayOfHopeEnding: [[spoiler: ''A God Among Insects'' ends with Jade and Sasha as worm kings, Reaver and Silas caught in sestic fire for at least the next twenty years, and large parts of Skyfall completely uninhabitable. However Elish, Killian, Reno, and Kheva are leading the charge to rescue them and save the world, aided by the surviving chimeras and nightcrawlers. Even better, they have a lead on a way to kill the worms permanently. Too bad the epilogue shows Silas and Reaver waking up in a ruined Skyfall, showing that at least part of their plans were unsuccessful.]]



* SuperpowerLottery: Even among the chimera, empaths stand out as a prime example.



** Downplayed in ''A God Among Insects.'' [[spoiler: In volume three, Elish becomes convinced that he's been infected by proxy worms, leading to his own unstable frame of mind. An MRI scan shows he's clear, but a comparison MRI of Jade's head during his own infection shows three proxy worms, when four were implanted in him. It turns out that ''Jade'' has been infected throughout the book, subtly manipulated into driving Elish to further the worm's agenda.]]
* TooCleverByHalf: Elish's biggest failing is that he knows he's the smartest person in just about any room he walks into, and he's frequently the victim of this.



* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Zig-zagged [[spoiler: after Aras is occupied by legion forces at the end of ''Fallocaust.'']] While it's played completely straight for Reaver and Killian, Reno spends some time there in ''The Ghost and the Darkness''

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Zig-zagged [[spoiler: after Aras is occupied by legion forces at the end of ''Fallocaust.'']] '' While it's played completely straight for Reaver and Killian, Reno spends some time there in ''The Ghost and the Darkness''Darkness''.


** [[Until ''A God Among Insects'', where it's revealed he was encased in a concrete prison.]]



* ItsNotYouItsMe: Although he's grown increasingly close to Reno, [[spoiler:Silas refuses to enter a relationship with him due to his own depression and lingering feelings for Sky.]]

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* ItsNotYouItsMe: Although he's grown increasingly close to Reno, [[spoiler:Silas initially refuses to enter a relationship with him due to his own depression and lingering feelings for Sky.Sky. This becomes a moot point when Sky comes back, but it's clear that Silas's love for Reno rivals his love for Sky. Eventually this is subverted entirely, with Silas choosing Reno after seeing Sky's true colours.]]



** [[spoiler:By the time ''A God Among Insects'' rolls around, Reno's depression has gotten so bad that he refuses to even consider being made immortal, having seen the pain it's caused so many people.]]

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** [[spoiler:By the time ''A God Among Insects'' rolls around, Reno's depression has gotten so bad that he refuses to even consider being made immortal, having seen the pain it's caused so many people. When he's forcibly made immortal against his will by Reaver and Silas, he is ''not'' happy.]]



* MakeMeWantToShout: [[spoiler: A God Among Insects shows that Hunter and Valen have this ability, channeled through shouting.]]

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* MakeMeWantToShout: [[spoiler: A God Among Insects shows that Hunter and Valen have this ability, channeled can channel their powers through shouting.]]



* PowerLimiter: [[spoiler:Jade is implanted with one at the end of ''Breaking Jade''.]]

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* PowerLimiter: [[spoiler:Jade is implanted with one at the end of ''Breaking Jade''. It's removed permanently after he's made immortal.]]



* TakesOneToKillOne: Zig-zagged. A born immortal can only be killed by [[spoiler:taking a massive dose of sestic radiation and then having their brain eaten.]] The first step can only be done by a born immortal, either by suicide or murder, the second step can be done by anyone.

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* TailorMadePrison: Instead of encasing him in concrete as is the usual punishment for an immortal, Silas [[spoiler:chains Sanguine in the basement where he was kept captive by a pedophile for over a decade.]]* TakesOneToKillOne: Zig-zagged. A born immortal can only be killed by [[spoiler:taking a massive dose of sestic radiation and then having their brain eaten.]] The first step can only be done by a born immortal, immortal [[spoiler:or, eventually, proxy worms]], either by suicide or murder, the second step can be done by anyone.



* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Whenever Reaver is forced to work with Silas.
* TailorMadePrison: Instead of encasing him in concrete as is the usual punishment for an immortal, Silas [[spoiler:chains Sanguine in the basement where he was kept captive by a pedophile for over a decade.]]

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Whenever Reaver is forced to work with Silas.
* TailorMadePrison: Instead of encasing
Silas. [[spoiler:Eventually subverted as they're forced to work together more frequently, eventually coming to an understanding, with Reaver siding with him in concrete as is the usual punishment for an immortal, over Elish and ''Killian'' on some occasions.]]
* TheLostLenore: Given his reaction when they're reunited, it's clear that [[spoiler: Valen was this to Sanguine]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted with
Silas [[spoiler:chains Sanguine in the basement where he and Sky, since it's clear to everyone but Silas that Sky was kept captive by a pedophile for over a decade.horrendously abusive, and Silas slowly comes to realize this himself after they're reunited.]]



* ThrowTheDogABone: After [[spoiler:Valen defects from the family and rejoins the family, he's initially delegated to a position as Sanguine's sengil. As his health fails, Sanguine leaves Jack to become Valen's boyfriend, making his last few years the happiest of his life.]]

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* ThrowTheDogABone: After [[spoiler:Valen defects from the family and rejoins the family, he's initially delegated to a position as Sanguine's sengil. As his health fails, Sanguine leaves Jack to become Valen's boyfriend, making his last few years the happiest of his life.]][[spoiler: until ''A God Among Insects'' reveals that he's been alive the whole time, finally reuniting the two.]]


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* TookALevelInJerkass: Killian slowly becomes more self-centred and ruthless as the series progresses, still determined to bring down Silas when even ''Reaver'' is on his side.


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** Downplayed with Silas, since he always had a kinder side, we just rarely got to see it until ''SeveringSanguine''. Reno's friendship and influence on him eventually makes his kinder side more pronounced.


* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Lycos, Doc and Finneus’ deaths]] were by a single long distant shot to their skull.

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* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:Lycos, Doc and Finneus’ deaths]] were by a single long distant shot to their skull.



* CastFromLifePoints: An empath's mental abilities. Downplayed in the case of immortals, since they'll regenerate shortly after their deaths. [[spoiler:after Valen's return in ''A God Among Insects'' it becomes clear that empaths can absorb immortality.]]

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* CastFromLifePoints: An empath's mental abilities. Downplayed in the case of immortals, since they'll regenerate shortly after their deaths. [[spoiler:after Valen's return in ''A God Among Insects'' it becomes clear theorized that empaths can absorb immortality.]]


* AwesomeMccoolname: All over the place, but Reno Nevada stand out.

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* AwesomeMccoolname: All over the place, but Reno Nevada stand stands out.


* BitchInSheepsClothing: Garrett is generally one of the more likeable chimeras, but can be pretty controlling. [[spoiler:Come ''A God Among Insects'' he graduates to strangling Reno, stalking him, trying to have three greywasters he's befriended and Chally executed, and sodomizing Reno with a golf club after Reno leaves him.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Technically applies to all empaths, but particularly [[spoiler:Jade.]] On the plus side they get retrocognition, mind control, aura reading, and the ability to emulate the powers of chimeras they spend enough time with. On the other hand actually ''using'' these powers puts an enormous amount of strain on their brains, leading to seizures and severely limiting their lifespans- no mortal empath has ever lived past 24. In [[spoiler:Jade's]] case he develops into one of, if not the most powerful empath ''of all time'', but the amount of damage this does to his brain almost kills him more than once. [[spoiler: until he's made immortal, that is, and shows greater control and less drawbacks than any empath seen before.]]

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Garrett is generally one of the more likeable chimeras, but can be pretty controlling. [[spoiler:Come ''A God Among Insects'' he graduates to strangling Reno, stalking him, trying to have three greywasters he's befriended and Chally executed, and sodomizing Reno with a golf club after Reno leaves eventually killing him.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Technically applies to all empaths, but particularly [[spoiler:Jade.]] Jade. On the plus side they get retrocognition, mind control, aura reading, and the ability to emulate the powers of chimeras they spend enough time with. On the other hand actually ''using'' these powers puts an enormous amount of strain on their brains, leading to seizures and severely limiting their lifespans- no mortal empath has ever lived past 24. In [[spoiler:Jade's]] Jade's case he develops into one of, if not the most powerful empath ''of all time'', but the amount of damage this does to his brain almost kills him more than once. [[spoiler: until Until he's made immortal, that is, and shows greater control and less drawbacks than any empath seen before.before.
[[spoiler: ''A God Among Insects'' reveals that Valen, the only previous empath chimera, gained immortality and was sealed in concrete for decades, and when he's released he quickly shown to rival Jade's power.
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* RevengeMyopia: The Dekker family thrives on this, particularly Kessler.

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* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: In ''A God Among Insects'', a recently exiled Elish steps in to protect the others from the Worm King with a flamethrower.]]


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* MakeMeWantToShout: [[spoiler: A God Among Insects shows that Hunter and Valen have this ability, channeled through shouting.]]


* AndIMustScream: The punishment King Silas saves for immortals: [[spoiler:They're encased alive in concrete with an air tube, continuously resurrecting and dying over and over again. Some chimeras have been in this state for years, and at least one has been in it for over a ''century''.]]

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* AndIMustScream: The punishment King Silas saves for immortals: [[spoiler:They're They're encased alive in concrete with an air tube, continuously resurrecting and dying over and over again. Some chimeras have been in this state for years, and at least one [[spoiler:Kel has been in it for over a ''century''.]]



* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Reno gives one to [[spoiler:Silas]] in ''The Suicide King.''

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* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Reno gives one to [[spoiler:Silas]] Silas in ''The Suicide King.''



* BaitAndSwitch: [[spoiler:Elish spends the majority of ''A God Among Insects'' slowly losing his mind, eventually coming to the conclusion that he's been infected by the proxy worms. An MRI scan quickly proves him wrong, but after examining Jade's MRI's from his infection in ''The Suicide King'' he and Killian realize that Jade has been infected all along, and subconsciously used his empath powers to manipulate everyone to further the proxy worm's goals. Jade's infection itself is foreshadowed several times throughout volumes two and three of ''A God Among Insects'', but most would assume he was infected by Elish to further his plans.]]



* CastFromLifePoints: An empath's mental abilities. Downplayed in the case of immortals, since they'll regenerate shortly after their deaths.

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* CastFromLifePoints: An empath's mental abilities. Downplayed in the case of immortals, since they'll regenerate shortly after their deaths. [[spoiler:after Valen's return in ''A God Among Insects'' it becomes clear that empaths can absorb immortality.]]



* Foreshadowing: [[spoiler: Jade mentions his stomach pains throughout volumes two and three of ''A God Among Insects'', hinting at his proxy worm infection.]]



* PowerLimiter: [[spoiler:Jade is implanted with one at the end of ''Breaking Jade.]]

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* PowerLimiter: [[spoiler:Jade is implanted with one at the end of ''Breaking Jade.Jade''.]]



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Subverted with Jade. When he first [[spoiler:becomes a SerialKiller]] he’s verging into DeathSeeker territory, and honestly doesn’t care if he’s caught since, due to how the justice system works in Skyfall, he can earn his freedom by defeating Ares and Siris at Stadium- something he already managed once. In short either he dies in combat or he gets released to continue killing people. [[spoiler:When he ''is'' caught, however, Ellis basically gives him free reign to kill as many people as he wants, as long as he restrains his rampage to Moros.]]

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Subverted with Jade. When he first [[spoiler:becomes becomes a SerialKiller]] SerialKiller he’s verging into DeathSeeker territory, and honestly doesn’t care if he’s caught since, due to how the justice system works in Skyfall, he can earn his freedom by defeating Ares and Siris at Stadium- something he already managed once. In short either he dies in combat or he gets released to continue killing people. [[spoiler:When When he ''is'' caught, however, Ellis basically gives him free reign to kill as many people as he wants, as long as he restrains his rampage to Moros.]]



* SecretSecretKeeper: Due to assisting with [[spoiler: Perish's suicide]], Killian is one of the only people alive who knows how to kill a born immortal.

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* SecretSecretKeeper: Due to assisting with [[spoiler: Perish's suicide]], suicide, Killian is one spends most of ''The Suicide King'' as the only people alive person who knows how to kill a born immortal. an immortal.


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** [[spoiler: Reno. Zig-zagged, as Reaver and Silas make him immortal, despite his protests, because neither of them can bear to let him go.]]


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** [[spoiler: Reno gives a devastating one to Reaver and Silas after they make him immortal against his wishes, eventually abandoning both of them and leaving Skyfall.]]


* Done in [[spoiler:''A God Among Insects: Volume One'', where the Reaver and Killian's storyline takes place a year after the events of ''The Suicide King'', compared to the Skyfall plotlines, with Silas's storyline covering the whole period. They all sync up in volume two, though.]]]

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* Done in [[spoiler:''A God Among Insects: Volume One'', where the Reaver and Killian's storyline takes place a year after the events of ''The Suicide King'', compared to the Skyfall plotlines, with Silas's storyline covering the whole period. They all sync up in volume two, though.]]]]]



* [[spoiler:Valen returns in ''A God Among Insects'', having been encased in cement by Silas since his death, showing that empaths can absorb immortality.]]



* GilliganCut: [[spoiler: The final chapter of ''A God Among Insects'' shows the survivors of the book coming up with a plan to stop the proxy worms once and for all, saving Jade, Silas, and Reaver from their fates. The epilogue has Reaver resurrecting an indeterminate amount of time later with Silas (Given the fact that they were trapped in a sestic fire, a fair assumption would be in the region of decades, at the very least) in a ruined Skyfall, showing that, at the very least, parts of the plan were unsuccessful.]]
* GlassCannon: Jade is one of, if not the, single most badass character in a world full of them. However, he's also not particularly tough, and several characters manage to incapacitate him by virtue of getting a lucky hit in.



* GlassCannon: Jade is one of, if not the, single most badass character in a world full of them. However, he's also not particularly tough, and several characters manage to incapacitate him by virtue of getting a lucky hit in.


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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Most of the inhabitants of Ciel Tower, including ''Gage'', join forces with the Skyfallers to oppose Bastian and the proxy worms in ''A God Among Insects''. Especially notable with Gage, as he was the big bad of TheSuicideKing''.]]


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* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler:A subplot in ''A God Among Insects'' revolves around Crow's efforts to secure a body of his own. By the end of the book, he's succeeded.]]


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* [[spoiler:Malachy and Gage show signs of this, with hints that a romance could develop down the line.]]


* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Silas.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Silas. As the series progresses we learn that [[spoiler:he was in an abusive relationship with the love of his life, Sky, and has spent the decades since Sky's suicide trying to find a way to get him back, purely because he hopes that he could fix things, and that getting Sky back would finally make him happy. Adding to that, Elish has spent decades intentionally sabotaging his efforts, and taking any successful Sky clones to help further his own plans, manipulating the situation to keep Silas unstable to garner more allies for his cause. By the time ''The Suicide King'' rolls around Silas is fully broken, to the point where he's verging into DeathSeeker territory.]]


* BerserkButton: Chimera's generally react badly to their lovers being hurt.
** As low as it may be, the age of consent is fifteen for a reason, and Silas ''will'' kill you- or, in some cases, your partner- if he finds out you violated it.
** [[spoiler:For Sky, Reno is a big one. Silas so much as mentioning him causes a lot of trouble in their relationship.]]

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* BerserkButton: Chimera's generally react badly to their lovers being hurt.
** As low as it may be, the age of consent is fifteen for a reason, and Silas ''will'' kill you- or, in some cases, your partner- if he finds out you violated it.
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[[spoiler:For Sky, Reno is a big one. Silas so much as mentioning him causes a lot of trouble in their relationship.]]


* BiggerBad: After they're introduced in ''The Suicide King'' the proxy worms, and ''especially'' the Worm King, become this.


* AerithAndBob: Meet Cepherus, Sanguine, Sidonius, Tom, Jade, and Ellis. Generally, the more unusual a character’s name is, the more likely they are to be a chimera.

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* AerithAndBob: Meet Cepherus, Sanguine, Sidonius, Tom, Jade, Jade (Albeit, while this is a unisex name, it's much more uncommon in men), and Ellis. Generally, the more unusual a character’s name is, the more likely they are to be a chimera.



** Reaver calls Killian Killicat or Killer Bee fairly frequently. [[spoiler:Once he befriends Nero they take to calling each other Duck and Goose.]]

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** Reaver calls Killian Killicat Killicat, Killibee, or Killer Bee fairly frequently. [[spoiler:Once he befriends Nero they take to calling each other Duck and Goose.]]



* BadassNormal: Killian has shades of this. Despite being untrained in combat, he's smart enough to manipulate and kill [[spoiler:both Perish and Asher]], and eventually [[spoiler: uses an entire angry mob formed by The Crimstones]] to meet his goals.

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* BadassNormal: Killian has shades of this. Despite being untrained in combat, and lacking any enhancements even after being made immortal, he's smart enough to manipulate and kill [[spoiler:both Perish and Asher]], and eventually [[spoiler: uses an entire angry mob formed by The Crimstones]] to meet his goals.



* BetaCouple: Jade and Elish.



* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Dekker's.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Dekker's.Dekkers.
* BiggerBad: After they're introduced in ''The Suicide King'' the proxy worms, and ''especially'' the Worm King, become this.



* BlessedWithSuck: Technically applies to all empaths, but particularly [[spoiler:Jade.]] On the plus side they get retrocognition, mind control, aura reading, and the ability to emulate the powers of chimeras they spend enough time with. On the other hand actually ''using'' these powers puts an enormous amount of strain on their brains, leading to seizures and severely limiting their lifespans- no mortal empath has ever lived past 24. In [[spoiler:Jade's]] case he develops into one of, if not the most powerful empath ''of all time'', but the amount of damage this does to his brain almost kills him more than once. [[spoiler: until he's made immortal, that is, and shows greater control and less drawbacks than any empath seen before.

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* BlessedWithSuck: Technically applies to all empaths, but particularly [[spoiler:Jade.]] On the plus side they get retrocognition, mind control, aura reading, and the ability to emulate the powers of chimeras they spend enough time with. On the other hand actually ''using'' these powers puts an enormous amount of strain on their brains, leading to seizures and severely limiting their lifespans- no mortal empath has ever lived past 24. In [[spoiler:Jade's]] case he develops into one of, if not the most powerful empath ''of all time'', but the amount of damage this does to his brain almost kills him more than once. [[spoiler: until he's made immortal, that is, and shows greater control and less drawbacks than any empath seen before.]]



* CrapsackWorld: Crops are nearly impossible to grow, mutated monsters roam the wasteland, human meat is a delicacy and there's a good chance you could be raped, murdered, eaten or sold as meat by the very people meant to protect you.

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* CrapsackWorld: Crops are nearly impossible to grow, mutated monsters roam the wasteland, human meat is a delicacy and there's a good chance you could be raped, murdered, eaten eaten, or sold as meat by the very people meant to protect you.



* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Leo]]

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* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Leo]][[spoiler:Leo and Dexter]]



* HappinessInSlavery: Sengils and cicaros are generally treated well, given plenty of gifts by those trying to court favor with their masters, and have their every need taken care of.

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* HappinessInSlavery: Sengils and cicaros are generally treated well, given plenty of gifts by those trying to court favor with their masters, and have their every need taken care of. In fact, many of the cicaros we see are romantically linked with their owners, to the point of marriage in some cases, and many sengils are given the chance to get an education and career after their terms are completed.



* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Reaver might be HappilyAdopted, but Leo and Grayson ''did'' once chain him up in the backyard when he was out of control. [[spoiler:As a born immortal there's also nothing stopping them from killing him if he gets out of hand.]]

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* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: Reaver might be HappilyAdopted, but Leo and Grayson Greyson ''did'' once chain him up in the backyard when he was out of control. [[spoiler:As a born immortal there's also nothing stopping them from killing him if he gets out of hand.hand, which Greyson did ''at least'' once.]]



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Perish's motive for [[spoiler:making Killian immortal.]]

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Perish's motive for [[spoiler:making making Killian immortal.]]



** It's not as pronounced, but Killian's is ''Load Me Up'' by Matthew Good Band, which turns up in his internal monologue when he's been pushed to breaking point.



* NonActionBigBad: [[spoiler:Bastian, part of the BigBadDuumvirate and ArcVillain of ''A God Among Insects'', has no powers outside of genius-level intellect and immortality; he's also physically in his fifties, at least twenty years older than any other immortal.]]



* TownWithADarkSecret: Dextopia, for a given definition of town, given that it's sole occupant is Dexter. [[spoiler:Although he's kind and hospitable, he warns Reaver, Killian, and Drake not to go out at night, and has a steady supply of meat. The reason they can't go outside? Finder Seekers, monsters sent out from Ciel Tower to hunt down and retrieve immortals. And the meat? Maverick, a born immortal locked up both for food and to distract the Finder Seekers. Subverted, somewhat, in that Dexter is genuinely a good guy, with good intentions.]]

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* TownWithADarkSecret: Dextopia, for a given definition of town, given that it's sole occupant is Dexter. [[spoiler:Although he's kind and hospitable, he warns Reaver, Killian, and Drake not to go out at night, and has a steady supply of meat. The reason they can't go outside? Finder Seekers, monsters sent out from Ciel Tower to hunt down and retrieve immortals. And the meat? Maverick, a born immortal locked up both for food and to distract the Finder Seekers. Subverted, somewhat, in that Dexter is genuinely a good guy, with good intentions.intentions, whereas Maverick is a psychopathic sadist and rapist allied with Bastian.]]



* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Every main series book after ''Fallocaust''.

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Every main series book after ''Fallocaust''.''Fallocaust'' follows multiple plotlines.


* Done in [[spoiler:''A God Among Insects: Volume One'', where the Reaver and Killian's storyline takes place a year after the events of ''The Suicide King'', compared to the Skyfall plotlines, with Silas's storyline covering the whole period. They all sync up in volume two, though.]]]



** Caligua [[spoiler: spearheads Reaver's rescue from Nero and Kiki after he tells him where the crimstones are keeping Reno and Nico captive.]]

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** Caligua Caligula [[spoiler: spearheads Reaver's rescue from Nero and Kiki after he tells him where the crimstones are keeping Reno and Nico captive.]]



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The chimeras. Sure, they're bloodthirsty and murderous, but they were [[spoiler:genetically engineered]] to be so.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The chimeras. Sure, they're bloodthirsty and murderous, but they were [[spoiler:genetically engineered]] to be so.so, and vary in character as much as the human characters.



* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted with Chaser and Hunter. In ‘’The Ghost and the Darkness’’ little five years old Chaser and Hunter were taken to Stadium to execute a convict by ‘’biting him to death’’.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: Averted with Chaser and Hunter. In ‘’The ''The Ghost and the Darkness’’ Darkness'' little five years old Chaser and Hunter were taken to Stadium to execute a convict by ‘’biting ''biting him to death’’.death''.



* DeathFakedForYou: In ''The Suicide King'' [[spoiler:Kerres' latest attempt to kidnap Jade from Olympus just happens to coincide with Gage accidentally destroying the place. Although Kerres is able to get him out, Jade is presumed dead in the explosion and Kerres uses the opportunity to hold him captive.]]

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* DeathFakedForYou: In ''The Suicide King'' [[spoiler:Kerres' [[spoiler:Kerres's latest attempt to kidnap Jade from Olympus just happens to coincide with Gage accidentally destroying the place. Although Kerres is able to get him out, Jade is presumed dead in the explosion and Kerres uses the opportunity to hold him captive.]]



* EveryoneKnowsMorse: Subverted. When he's held captive by the Crimstones, [[spoiler:Reno manages to figure out their location and, when they use him to make a ransom video, he blinks the location in morse code expecting this trope to come into play.]] RealityEnsues, and he's there for weeks before [[spoiler:Reaver sees the video, decodes the message, and manages to get a message to Caligua with their location.]]

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* EveryoneKnowsMorse: Subverted. When he's held captive by the Crimstones, [[spoiler:Reno manages to figure out their location and, when they use him to make a ransom video, he blinks the location in morse code expecting this trope to come into play.]] RealityEnsues, and he's there for weeks before [[spoiler:Reaver sees the video, decodes the message, and manages to get a message to Caligua Caligula with their location.]]


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**[[spoiler:By the time ''A God Among Insects'' rolls around, Reno's depression has gotten so bad that he refuses to even consider being made immortal, having seen the pain it's caused so many people.]]


* AbscenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Zigzagged with [[spoiler:King Silas. Despite spending close to a century trying to bring Sky back, he slowly falls in love with Reno over the course of ''The Suicide King'', and in ''A God Among Insects'' resident matchmaker Jade tells Reno that his Aura has changed. This is notable because not only do auras only change if their owner is truly in love, but Silas's aura was previously a void that put even Reaver's to shame. However, Silas still chooses to reunite with Sky.]]

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* AbscenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Zigzagged with [[spoiler:King Silas. Despite spending close to a century trying to bring Sky back, he slowly falls in love with Reno over the course of ''The Suicide King'', and in ''A God Among Insects'' resident matchmaker Jade tells Reno that his Aura has changed. This is notable because not only do auras only change if their owner is truly in love, but Silas's aura was previously a void that put even Reaver's to shame. However, Silas still chooses to reunite with Sky.]]



+ MilesToGoBeforeISleep: In 'The Ghost and the Darkness'' Perish refuses to kill himself until he's made Killian immortal. Played with to an extent since he needs someone with him to make his death permanent, and he can only kill himself once they reach their destination.

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+ MilesToGoBeforeISleep: In 'The ''The Ghost and the Darkness'' Perish refuses to kill himself until he's made Killian immortal. Played with to an extent since he needs someone with him to make his death permanent, and he can only kill himself once they reach their destination.



** Subverted with Silas and Reno. The two were fuck buddies when Silas was masquerading as Asher, and their time at Skyfall was initially complicated, with Reno actively working with Elish to kill Silas and Silas himself willing to kill Reno to get information out of Garrett. Their relationship gradually develops in ''The Suicide King'', with Reno taking on the role of Silas's confidant and right hand man, and falling for him as he begins to realize how depressed Silas is.
** [[spoiler:Reno and Silas have shades of this. After they both believe Reaver and Killian to be dead they grow closer and, despite Reno having every reason to hate him and the fact that he's engaged to Garrett, he finds himself falling in love. Although Silas returns his affections, Sky's return brings their relationship grinding to a halt.]]

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