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* {{Expy}}: Ereshkigal is a DarkerAndEdgier version of her younger twin, Inanna. Some scholars believe they were at one point two aspects of the same goddess before becoming separate entities.

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* {{Expy}}: Ereshkigal is a DarkerAndEdgier version of her younger twin, sister, Inanna. Some scholars believe they were at one point two aspects of the same goddess before becoming separate entities.

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* OwMyBodyPart: Enki tells his servants that when they find Ereshkigal, she will be in pain and moaning things like, "oh, my heart!" and "oh, my liver!" To get on her good side, they are to moan along with her, "oh, your heart!" and "oh, your liver!"


* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The closest approximation is the Hollows of Manga/{{Bleach}} fame.

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* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The closest approximation is the Hollows of Manga/{{Bleach}} ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' fame.



* ToHellAndBack: One of the oldest stories of this type; possibly even ''the'' UrExample

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* ToHellAndBack: One of the oldest stories of this type; possibly even ''the'' UrExampleUrExample.


* {{NiceGuy}}: Enki, who helps Inanna, despite her earlier stealing his holy me(powers/laws), [[spoiler: and the fact she has gone to the underworld nab Ereshkigal's powers in the same way she grabbed Enki's ''me'']]. Enki in general is the TokenGoodTeammate [[JerkassGods among gods]].
** {{NiceGirl}}: Ninshubur, who is [[UndyingLoyalty very loyal]] to Inanna, and is one of the only really positive characters in this myth, along with Enki.

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* {{NiceGuy}}: NiceGuy: Enki, who helps Inanna, despite her earlier stealing his holy me(powers/laws), [[spoiler: and the fact she has gone to the underworld nab Ereshkigal's powers in the same way she grabbed Enki's ''me'']]. Enki in general is the TokenGoodTeammate [[JerkassGods among gods]].
** {{NiceGirl}}: NiceGirl: Ninshubur, who is [[UndyingLoyalty very loyal]] to Inanna, and is one of the only really positive characters in this myth, along with Enki.

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* HerosJourney: One of the stories Campbell used to argue the existence of the monomyth, actually.


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* VillainProtagonist: Inanna breaks through her own sister's house, casually threatens a ZombieApocalypse, causes biological reproduction to cease altogether in her absence and ultimately wants domination over all three realms.


* {{Yandere}}: Inanna has her husband, Tammuz/Dumuzid, dragged off to the Underworld for failing to mourn for her while she was dead. [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] even lists this as one of her defining character traits when refusing her affections, even citing what she did to Tammuz as an example. [[note]]To quote him,: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar#Ishtar_in_the_Epic_of_Gilgamesh "There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year."]][[/note]] - Which [[EpilepticTrees doesn't quite make sense if this myth is set after]] ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.

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* {{Yandere}}: Inanna has her husband, Tammuz/Dumuzid, dragged off to the Underworld for failing to mourn for her while she was dead. [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] even lists this as one of her defining character traits when refusing her affections, even citing what she did to Tammuz as an example. [[note]]To quote him,: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar#Ishtar_in_the_Epic_of_Gilgamesh "There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year."]][[/note]] - Which [[EpilepticTrees doesn't quite make sense if this myth is set after]] ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.


* {{Yandere}}: Inanna has her husband, Tammuz/Dumuzid, dragged off to the Underworld for failing to mourn for her while she was dead. [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] even lists this as one of her defining character traits when refusing her affections, even citing what she did to Tammuz as an example. [[note]]To quote him,: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar#Ishtar_in_the_Epic_of_Gilgamesh "There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year."]][[/note]] - which [[EpilepticTrees doesn't quite make sense if this myth is set after]] ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.

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* {{Yandere}}: Inanna has her husband, Tammuz/Dumuzid, dragged off to the Underworld for failing to mourn for her while she was dead. [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] even lists this as one of her defining character traits when refusing her affections, even citing what she did to Tammuz as an example. [[note]]To quote him,: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar#Ishtar_in_the_Epic_of_Gilgamesh "There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year."]][[/note]] - which Which [[EpilepticTrees doesn't quite make sense if this myth is set after]] ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.


* PimpedOutDress: Inanna wears one during her descent into Irkalla. She's stripped of it partway through by the guards, though, in order to strip her of her power[[note]]For completeness, she is described beginning her descent while wearing a turban, a wig, a lapis lazuli necklace, beads upon her breast, a "pala dress" (ladyship's garment), mascara, pectoral, a golden ring on her hand, and a lapis lazuli measuring rod.[[/note]].

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* PimpedOutDress: Inanna wears one during her descent into Irkalla. She's stripped of it partway through by the guards, though, in order to strip her of her power[[note]]For power.[[note]]For completeness, she is described beginning her descent while wearing a turban, a wig, a lapis lazuli necklace, beads upon her breast, a "pala dress" (ladyship's garment), mascara, pectoral, a golden ring on her hand, and a lapis lazuli measuring rod.[[/note]].[[/note]]


* PimpedOutDress: Inanna wears one during her descent into Irkalla. She's stripped of it partway through by the guards, though, in order to strip her of her power.

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* PimpedOutDress: Inanna wears one during her descent into Irkalla. She's stripped of it partway through by the guards, though, in order to strip her of her power.power[[note]]For completeness, she is described beginning her descent while wearing a turban, a wig, a lapis lazuli necklace, beads upon her breast, a "pala dress" (ladyship's garment), mascara, pectoral, a golden ring on her hand, and a lapis lazuli measuring rod.[[/note]].


* [[MoneyDearBoy Power, Dear Boy]]: Inanna. Her reason for going to Irkalla in the first place? [[WorldDomination She wants dominion over the heavens, Earth, ''and'' the underworld, and everything there.]] She actually gets it, too, though not in the exact way she wanted it and at some great cost.



* TakeOverTheWorld: Inanna's reason for going to Irkalla in the first place? She wants dominion over the heavens, Earth, ''and'' the underworld, and everything there. She actually gets it, too, though not in the exact way she wanted it and at some great cost.



* WorldDomination: Inanna wants this, and not just in this world either.

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* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: Inanna girds herself with clothes and artifacts before her descent, making her powerful. She passes through seven infernal gates, and at each one, part of her clothing is taken from her. When she reaches the throne room, she is naked and therefore powerless, and she is carried off to be tormented.


* GenderFlip: In later retellings of the myth, Ninshubur was turned into a male god, to [[HeteronormativeCrusader remove homosexual conext from the myth]].

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* GenderFlip: In later retellings of the myth, Ninshubur was turned into a male god, to [[HeteronormativeCrusader remove homosexual conext context from the myth]].

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* BiTheWay: Inanna is married to Dumuzi, but also has the goddess Ninshubur as her consort.


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* GenderFlip: In later retellings of the myth, Ninshubur was turned into a male god, to [[HeteronormativeCrusader remove homosexual conext from the myth]].


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* {{NiceGuy}}: Enki, who helps Inanna, despite her earlier stealing his holy me(powers/laws), [[spoiler: and the fact she has gone to the underworld nab Ereshkigal's powers in the same way she grabbed Enki's ''me'']]. Enki in general is the TokenGoodTeammate [[JerkassGods among gods]].
** {{NiceGirl}}: Ninshubur, who is [[UndyingLoyalty very loyal]] to Inanna, and is one of the only really positive characters in this myth, along with Enki.


* LaserGuidedKarma: Inanna loses her husband for half the year because she tried to steal Ereshkigal's husband Gugalana in ''TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' [[spoiler: only for him to get killed by Gilgamesh and Enkidu]] and tried to steal Ereshkigal's power.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Inanna loses her husband for half the year because she tried to steal Ereshkigal's husband Gugalana in ''TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' [[spoiler: only for him to get killed by Gilgamesh and Enkidu]] and tried to steal Ereshkigal's power.



* SpinOff: Takes place just after Gilgamesh and his friend kill [[LivingMacGuffin Gugalana (The Bull of Heaven)]] in Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh, but is considered its own separate story.

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* SpinOff: Takes place just after Gilgamesh and his friend kill [[LivingMacGuffin Gugalana (The Bull of Heaven)]] in Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh, ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', but is considered its own separate story.



* {{Yandere}}: Inanna has her husband, Tammuz/Dumuzid, dragged off to the Underworld for failing to mourn for her while she was dead. [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] even lists this as one of her defining character traits when refusing her affections, even citing what she did to Tammuz as an example. [[note]]To quote him,: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar#Ishtar_in_the_Epic_of_Gilgamesh "There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year."]][[/note]] - which [[EpilepticTrees doesn't quite make sense if this myth is set after]] Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh.

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* {{Yandere}}: Inanna has her husband, Tammuz/Dumuzid, dragged off to the Underworld for failing to mourn for her while she was dead. [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]] even lists this as one of her defining character traits when refusing her affections, even citing what she did to Tammuz as an example. [[note]]To quote him,: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishtar#Ishtar_in_the_Epic_of_Gilgamesh "There was Tammuz, the lover of your youth, for him you decreed wailing, year after year."]][[/note]] - which [[EpilepticTrees doesn't quite make sense if this myth is set after]] Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh.''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.


* PimpedOutDress

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* PimpedOutDressPimpedOutDress: Inanna wears one during her descent into Irkalla. She's stripped of it partway through by the guards, though, in order to strip her of her power.

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