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* "Quest of the Starstone" -- A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character Literature/JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband Creator/HenryKuttner.

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* "Quest of the Starstone" -- A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character Literature/JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband Creator/HenryKuttner.[[note]]At least that's what the credits say -- it is now believed that almost all stories credited to either Moore or Kuttner after their marriage were actually co-written by them as a partnership[[/note]]


** In "Paradise Lost", it is revealed that a mysterious and insular fictional ethnic group living somewhere in the Himalayas are actually the descendents of the survivors of a long-destroyed civilisation from the Moon.

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** In "Paradise Lost", "Lost Paradise", it is revealed that a mysterious and insular fictional ethnic group living somewhere in the Himalayas are actually the descendents of the survivors of a long-destroyed civilisation from the Moon.


** In "Paradise Lost", it is revealed that a mysterious and insular fictional ethnic group living somewhere in the Himalayas are actually the descendents of the survivors of a long-destroyed civilisation from the Moon.



* DecoyDamsel: The eponymous Shambleau from the first story.

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* DecoyDamsel: DecoyDamsel:
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The eponymous Shambleau from the first story.story is actually a StarfishAlien intending to eat Smith's psyche.
** The unnamed girl in "The Tree of Life" is luring Smith into an alternate dimension to be eaten by her EldritchAbomination PhysicalGod.


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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The abomination Thag in "The Tree of Life" is banished back to its own reality with a single shot from Smith's ray-gun.


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* StableTimeLoop: In "Lost Paradise", Smith is sent back to the ancient and inhabited Moon via mental time-travel. It turns out that his actions there caused the collapse of its civilisation.

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* SexySlitDress: Formal attire for Venusian women traditionally consists of a dress that has a slit up one side, and also [[FashionableAsymmetry bares one shoulder]].


* "Nymph of Darkness" -- co-written with ForrestJAckerman

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* "Nymph of Darkness" -- co-written with ForrestJAckermanCreator/ForrestJAckerman


* "Nymph of Darkness - Written with ForrestJAckerman

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* "Nymph of Darkness - Written Darkness" -- co-written with ForrestJAckerman



* "Quest of the Starstone" - A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character Literature/JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband Creator/HenryKuttner.

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* "Quest of the Starstone" - -- A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character Literature/JirelOfJoiry, co-written with her husband Creator/HenryKuttner.


* HeroicWillpower: Smith frequently survives encounters with telepathic beings that would leave most people hopelessly mind-controlled, insane, or dead, thanks to the iron will at the core of his mind.

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* HeroicWillpower: Smith frequently survives encounters with telepathic beings that would leave most people hopelessly mind-controlled, possessed, insane, or dead, thanks to the iron will at the core of his mind.


* AllJustADream: Song in a Minor Key seems to be this as Smith dreams about his past, though it's never quite made clear how much was real.
* AncientAstronauts: A variation. It is implied that a prehistoric human civilization mastered spaceflight and brought back tales of the creatures they encountered on other worlds, inspiring later legends.

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* AllJustADream: Song "Song in a Minor Key Key" seems to be this as Smith dreams about his past, though it's never quite made clear how much was real.
* AncientAstronauts: A variation. It is implied that a prehistoric human civilization mastered spaceflight and brought back tales of the creatures they encountered on other worlds, inspiring later legends. In particular, Northwest speculates that the shambleaux were the source for the myth of Medusa, and Yvala for the myth of Circe.



* {{Crossover}}: With Moore's fantasy character Literature/JirelOfJoiry. This is not as mad as it sounds - both characters often end up in strange realms facing powerful, mysterious creatures and the word "magic" even pops up a few times in the Northwest Smith stories.

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* {{Crossover}}: With Moore's fantasy character Literature/JirelOfJoiry.Literature/JirelOfJoiry in "Quest of the Starstone". This is not as mad as it sounds - both characters often end up in strange realms facing powerful, mysterious creatures and the word "magic" even pops up a few times in the Northwest Smith stories.



* EldritchAbomination: Usually in disguise.

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* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Nysa in "Nymph of Darkness" is the offspring of a human woman with an eldritch being composed of living darkness. From the way she talks about her parents, it appears to have been consensual and romantic.
* EldritchAbomination: Usually They appear in disguise.almost all the stories. The most eldritch are the entity in "The Cold Gray God", the guardian entities in "Dust of Gods", the man-eating being in the dream dimension in "Scarlet Dream", the title character in "Yvala", and Thag in "The Tree of Life".
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: In "Yvala", the title character simultaneously appears to Smith and Yarol as a beautiful woman of their own ethnicities, and speaking their own first languages. When Smith eventually sees her while her attention isn't directed towards him, he sees her true form as an EnergyBeing.


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* HeroicSacrifice: The unnamed girl who falls in love with Smith in the dream dimension in "Scarlet Dream" sacrifices her own life to send him back to his body in the waking world.
* HeroicWillpower: Smith frequently survives encounters with telepathic beings that would leave most people hopelessly mind-controlled, insane, or dead, thanks to the iron will at the core of his mind.


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* InformedAbility: Smith is viewed as a highly dangerous man by everyone, but tends to barely survive the stories and even sometimes (eg in "Shambleau" and "The Cold Gray God") has to get rescued by another character. This is because in the stories that Moore writes he tends to get pitted against enemies who are well out of what is implied to be his normal league.


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* InvisibleStreaker: Nysa in "Nymph of Darkness" is invisible and stark naked throughout the story.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: "Quest of the Starstone" anticipates the traditional plot of later superhero comic crossovers, by having Smith initially fighting against Jirel as an employee of the villain, before teaming up with her against him.


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* NoManShouldHaveThisPower: After managing to find their way to a PhysicalGod's physical remains in "Dust of the Gods", Smith and Yarol decide to destroy it (with this explicit justification) rather than actually deliver it to their client. The fact that the client seemed somewhat unstable and untrustworthy was just the icing on the cake.


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* PossessionBurnout: The "smoke" entity in "The Cold Gray God" possesses humanoids, who don't survive the experience.


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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Averted, unusually. In "Yvala", Smith and Yarol join up in an expedition to capture alien woman as sex slaves, with Smith only having a few initial qualms, and they only don't engage in slavery because the rumors of beautiful alien women turn out to be a trap by a man-eating EldritchAbomination.


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* UhOhEyes: People possessed by the entity in "The Cold Grey God" have their eyes replaced with gray clouds of smoke.

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse: A disturbing take on the idea in "Black Thirst", and not just because the beautiful women [[spoiler: are essentially bred like cattle to make their beauty more nourishing to the BigBad]]:
-->''You must have noticed the vacuity that accompanies perfect beauty in so many women--the force so strong that it drives out all other forces and lives vampirishly at the expense of [[BrainlessBeauty intelligence]] and [[BeautyIsBad goodness]] and [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful conscience]] and all else.''


* {{Bishonen}}[=/=]PrettyBoy: Yarol. This is apparently typical of people from Venus.



* DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.

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* DepravedBisexual: The BigBad of Black Thirst "Black Thirst" fed on the beauty of women and later tries to devour Smith as well, finding him beautiful in his own way.


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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Both "Shambleau" and "Black Thirst" have {{Abstract Eater}}s who inflict MindRape or [[ImHavingSoulPains soul pain]] on their victims, and the former story also plays with the myth of Medusa.


* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries a heat-gun in a holster.

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* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries a heat-gun in a holster.[[SpaceWestern low-slung holster on his hip.]]


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* SpaceWestern: The character was actually created for a Western, and C.L. Moore just transferred him over. She kept the name 'Northwest' because it amused her to have a character with that name when there are no directions in space.


* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries one around.

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* RayGun: Northwest Smith carries one around.a heat-gun in a holster.


* HalfHumanHybrid: The titular character in "Nymph of Darkness."

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* HalfHumanHybrid: The titular character in "Nymph of Darkness."" Smith initially assumes the Shambleau is this.

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* VenusIsWet: Venus is depicted as dark and swampy.
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* StarfishAlien: In "Shambleau" the "cat girl" form is shown to be how the creature interacts with others, when it feeds it reverts to its true form of a tentacled mass.

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