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* KingBobTheNth: Kevin's home kingdom had a King Eric before his father, known as King Eric the Good. For a while, the second Eric worried that since the previous one was Eric the Good, history would assume that he must be Eric the Bad. So he went through quite a bit of effort to be known for something, eventually becoming King Eric the Totally Cool after acquiring some CoolShades.

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* ThePerformerKing: Prince Kevin thinks back to when he took his then girlfriend to a small jazz club, only for his father King Eric the Totally Cool to show up in his trademark CoolShades and a saxophone to jam with the band.
-->'''Kevin:''' Parents should not be cooler than their children.


* CoolShades: Kevin's father wears a pair of mining glasses leading to his title of ''King Eric the Totally Cool''

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* CoolShades: Kevin's father wears a pair of mining glasses glasses, leading to his title of ''King Eric the Totally Cool''Cool''.

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* SecretRelationship: Kevin and Rebecca have been seeing each other in secret for the past several months. Rebecca's cold reputation is actually a mask she adopted to deter other potential suitors.


* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Played with. The main character thinks back to how he once snuck out of the castle to take his then girlfriend to a small jazz club, only for his father, King Eric the Totally Cool, to show up with his trademark [[CoolShades shades]] and a saxophone so he can jam with the band. As the hero puts it, "parents should not be cooler then their children."

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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Played with. The main character thinks back to how he once snuck out of the castle to take his then girlfriend to a small jazz club, only for his father, King Eric the Totally Cool, to show up with his trademark [[CoolShades shades]] and a saxophone so he can jam with the band. As the hero puts it, "parents should not be cooler then than their children."

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* ChekhovsGag: It's impossible to leave the Fortress of Doom without going through the gift shop. Thus when Voltmeter tries to escape through a secret passage, the heroes are able to intercept him by heading to the gift shop.


* ContractualGenreBlindness: The evil overlord mentions trying to foreclose the mortgage on an orphanage and chase down puppies to kick because that's how one becomes an evil overlord. This is an interesting case, as the overlord manages to be a stereotypical villain while still being DangerouslyGenreSavvy. The only reason he's ultimately defeated is because the hero doesn't use conventional "heroic" methods.

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* ContractualGenreBlindness: The evil overlord mentions trying to foreclose the mortgage on an orphanage and chase down puppies to kick because that's how one becomes an evil overlord. This is an interesting case, as the overlord manages to be a stereotypical villain while still being DangerouslyGenreSavvy.savvy. The only reason he's ultimately defeated is because the hero doesn't use conventional "heroic" methods.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Lord Voltmeter is this; it's part of how he came to power, in addition to having to outbid others on orphanages to forclose, or chase puppies down roads to fill the kicking quota. He hired a StrawFeminist man-hating woman to be the Lovely Assistant, who is therefore impossible to seduce and his chief EvilMinion is quite intelligent and graduated with a prestigious degree, and therefore cannot be tricked. He is ''livid'' that Thunk seduced the ''minion'' and tricked the ''assistant''.



* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: Mentions a villain who succeeded to the throne of a kingdom by slaughtering the rightful ruler, his wife, their children, and so on. The catch was he couldn't get all of the children -- even though he'd been wise enough to schedule an assault on ''every potential heir and his or her family'' (Every adult member of the royal family had a disturbingly large number of children, and as a result at least one member of each household was able to get away). Amazingly, the villain was GenreSavvy enough to '''not''' attempt to break it; not because he didn't want the successors dead, but because if he did kill everyone in the necessary age groups -- teenagers and under -- he'd cripple the country's economy down the road. Instead, he went [[ProperlyParanoid psychotically paranoid and ended up locking himself in a nigh-inaccessible room.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: Mentions a villain who succeeded to the throne of a kingdom by slaughtering the rightful ruler, his wife, their children, and so on. The catch was he couldn't get all of the children -- even though he'd been wise enough to schedule an assault on ''every potential heir and his or her family'' (Every adult member of the royal family had a disturbingly large number of children, and as a result at least one member of each household was able to get away). Amazingly, the villain was GenreSavvy savvy enough to '''not''' attempt to break it; not because he didn't want the successors dead, but because if he did kill everyone in the necessary age groups -- teenagers and under -- he'd cripple the country's economy down the road. Instead, he went [[ProperlyParanoid psychotically paranoid and ended up locking himself in a nigh-inaccessible room.]]


* PunnyName: The EvilOverlord is called Lord Voltmeter. It's more of a {{Shallow P|arody}}un on "Lord Voldemort" than a meaningful name though, since he doesn't have electric powers. He is also referred to as "He Who Must Be Named", furthering the parody. Apparently, it's dangerous to use personal pronouns when referring to him.

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* PunnyName: The EvilOverlord is called Lord Voltmeter. It's more of a {{Shallow P|arody}}un shallow pun on "Lord Voldemort" than a meaningful name though, since he doesn't have electric powers. He is also referred to as "He Who Must Be Named", furthering the parody. Apparently, it's dangerous to use personal pronouns when referring to him.

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* VirginSacrifice: Mention is made of an attempt to perform this. Once the king in question announced that he was going to do this, his subjects promptly had a massive two-week orgy in order to disqualify themselves. Then one of the King's nobles assassinated him while the King's bodyguards were participating in said orgy.


* BarbarianHero: Thunk the Barbarian, who tries to break into the Fortress of Doom at the beginning of the story, is a classic version bordering on parody. The "bordering" part is because he is notably unsuccessful - true, his actions bring about Voltmeter's downfall, but only in an indirect AlmostDeadGuy {{Messenger}}. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And aside from his unanticipated escape, he falls for every one of Voltmeter's traps]].

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* BarbarianHero: Thunk the Barbarian, who tries to break into the Fortress of Doom at the beginning of the story, is a classic version bordering on parody. The "bordering" part is because he is notably unsuccessful - true, his actions bring about Voltmeter's downfall, but only in an indirect AlmostDeadGuy {{Messenger}}. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking [[EpicFail And aside from his unanticipated escape, he falls for every one of Voltmeter's traps]].

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* TheMole: To everyone's surprise, it's[[spoiler: the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter]].


* ReverseThePolarity: This is Kevin's initial assumption on how to stop the Doomsday Device. He's informed that no, you can't just do that, it wouldn't work... [[{{Subversion}} and then goes on]] to admit that, yes, all right, in ''this'' case that's the plan, but it required a great deal of calculation that he'd worked out earlier.

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* ReverseThePolarity: This is Kevin's initial assumption on how to stop the Doomsday Device. He's informed that no, you can't just do that, it wouldn't work... [[{{Subversion}} and then the scientist goes on]] to admit that, yes, all right, in ''this'' case that's the plan, but it required a great deal of calculation that he'd worked out earlier.


* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Specifically how Lord Voltmeter has browbeat the man into work on the Doomsday Device.[[Spoiler: Unbeknownst to him, she switched to Voltmeter's side, and has been undermining him at every turn]].

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* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Specifically how Lord Voltmeter has browbeat the man into work on the Doomsday Device.[[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to him, she switched to Voltmeter's side, and has been undermining him at every turn]].



* WeaksauceWeakness: The Lovely Assistant is deathly afraid of showing signs of aging. That,[[Spoiler: coupled with Voltmeter going behind her back to replace her with the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, who is evil]].

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* WeaksauceWeakness: The Lovely Assistant is deathly afraid of showing signs of aging. That,[[Spoiler: That,[[spoiler: coupled with Voltmeter going behind her back to replace her with the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, who in this case is evil]].evil, leads to her switching sides]].


* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Played with. The main character thinks back to how he once snuck out of the castle to take his then girlfriend to a small jazz club, only for his father, King Eric the Totally Cool, to show up with his trademark [[CoolShades shades]] and a saxophone so he can jam with the band. As the hero puts it "Parent's should not be cooler then their children."

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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Played with. The main character thinks back to how he once snuck out of the castle to take his then girlfriend to a small jazz club, only for his father, King Eric the Totally Cool, to show up with his trademark [[CoolShades shades]] and a saxophone so he can jam with the band. As the hero puts it "Parent's it, "parents should not be cooler then their children."



* BarbarianHero: Thunk the Barbarian, who tries to break into the Fortress of Doom at the beginning of the story, is a classic version bordering on parody.

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* BarbarianHero: Thunk the Barbarian, who tries to break into the Fortress of Doom at the beginning of the story, is a classic version bordering on parody. The "bordering" part is because he is notably unsuccessful - true, his actions bring about Voltmeter's downfall, but only in an indirect AlmostDeadGuy {{Messenger}}. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And aside from his unanticipated escape, he falls for every one of Voltmeter's traps]].



* DoomsdayDevice: The crux of Lord Voltmeter's plan. [[spoiler: It oversaturates the air with carbon dioxide, making it impossible to breathe within a given area.]]

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* DoomsdayDevice: The crux of Lord Voltmeter's plan. [[spoiler: It oversaturates the air with carbon dioxide, making it impossible to breathe within a given area.]]



* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Specifically how Lord Voltmeter has browbeat the man into work on the Doomsday Device.[[Spoiler: Unbeknownst to him, she switched to Voltmeter's side, and has been undermining him at every turn]].



* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and parodied. The hero meets a mysterious fortuneteller, but complains that her prophecies don't rhyme. Exasperated, she whips up a quatrain on the spot (or tries to ... she has to send him a message later with the last line).

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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Parodied. The seeress who gives Kevin a warning of doom is ''amazingly'' specific; when told to beware a tall man in dark clothes, Kevin complains that it could be anyone - she responds by giving him detail down to the ring on his finger and how he likes his tea and biscuits. A stunned Kevin notes that if she were ''really'' that good, she'd be making a fortune on the stock market; her response is to mutter that she needs to check on her investments and leave before the hero can hear more about her financial planning.
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and parodied. The hero meets a mysterious fortuneteller, but complains that her prophecies don't rhyme. Exasperated, she whips up a quatrain on the spot (or tries to ... to; she has to send him a message later with the last line).


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* ReluctantMadScientist: Lord Voltmeter has obtained one; true to the trope, he switches sides. Shame about[[spoiler: his daughter joining Lord Voltmeter behind his back and sabotaging his efforts]]. Notably, the Lovely Assistant is furious that she's going to be replaced by someone who lacks the typical TheVamp qualities.
* ReverseThePolarity: This is Kevin's initial assumption on how to stop the Doomsday Device. He's informed that no, you can't just do that, it wouldn't work... [[{{Subversion}} and then goes on]] to admit that, yes, all right, in ''this'' case that's the plan, but it required a great deal of calculation that he'd worked out earlier.


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* TheVamp: Specifically what the Lovely Assistant is hired for, and in an unusual twist, she's not interested in men - usually.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Lovely Assistant is deathly afraid of showing signs of aging. That,[[Spoiler: coupled with Voltmeter going behind her back to replace her with the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter, who is evil]].


* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: Mentions a villain who succeeded to the throne of a kingdom by slaughtering the rightful ruler, his wife, their children, and so on. The catch was he couldn't get all of the children -- even though he'd been wise enough to schedule an assault on ''every potential heir and his or her family''. Amazingly, the villain was GenreSavvy enough to '''not''' attempt to break it; not because he didn't want the successors dead, but because if he did kill everyone in the necessary age groups -- teenagers and under -- he'd cripple the country's economy down the road. Instead, he went [[ProperlyParanoid psychotically paranoid and ended up locking himself in a nigh-inaccessible room.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: Mentions a villain who succeeded to the throne of a kingdom by slaughtering the rightful ruler, his wife, their children, and so on. The catch was he couldn't get all of the children -- even though he'd been wise enough to schedule an assault on ''every potential heir and his or her family''.family'' (Every adult member of the royal family had a disturbingly large number of children, and as a result at least one member of each household was able to get away). Amazingly, the villain was GenreSavvy enough to '''not''' attempt to break it; not because he didn't want the successors dead, but because if he did kill everyone in the necessary age groups -- teenagers and under -- he'd cripple the country's economy down the road. Instead, he went [[ProperlyParanoid psychotically paranoid and ended up locking himself in a nigh-inaccessible room.]]

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