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* DeathOfPersonality: Slake moth victims are left permanently comatose. One character claims they've been, "drunk up."

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* ParasitesAreEvil: The Handlingers; on top of being cold-hearted {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s that create their own shadow communities among other sentient races, they're also supporters of Mayor Rudgutter's corrupt regime, serving as elite spies and operatives across the city.

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* BreakTheComedian: Minor character Teafortwo is usually an eminently silly figure, serving as a whimsical contrast to the dark and cynical goings-on throughout the city. However, when the mysterious cocoon that Isaac's been tending to finally hatches, Lublumai and Teafortwo end up being cornered by the monster that emerges from it; [[spoiler: Teafortwo manages to escape alive, but not before the Slake Moth eats Lublumai's psyche.]] When questioned on what happened, Teafortwo promptly suffers a complete meltdown, sobbing like a child.

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* {{Scienceville}}: Brock Marsh is widely known as New Crobuzon's "science district." Though it features the same pubs, pollution and urban decay as the rest of the city, it's become famous as a residence and workplace for some of the brightest minds outside the University of New Crobuzon, to the point that the local water is so tainted with magical runoff that mudlarks scavenging on the riverbanks have been known to randomly vanish into nothingness. Isaac works here, along with his friends Lublumai and David.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler: Motley automatically assumes Issac is studying the moths to start his own dreamshit enterprise.]]

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* MistakenForDisease: When people across New Crobuzon start turning up as brain-dead Empty Shells, people initially believe that this is the result of some kind of new epidemic. However, observers soon report glimpses of shadowy figures attacking the victims just before the bodies are discovered, and though the exact cause remains unknown to all but a select few, the epidemic is no longer accepted as an explanation - especially once a vampire is also found catatonic. It's actually the result of five Slake Moths being accidentally released from containment and going on a feeding frenzy across the city.


%%* InterspeciesRomance: Isaac and Lin.

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%%* * InterspeciesRomance: Isaac and Lin.is a human while Lin is a Khepri. Despite the bizarre biological asymmetry of him having a head for a head while she has a beetle for a head, it's mainly treated as a language barrier they have to overcome.

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* CrisisPointHospital: The Veruline Hospital is this ''at the best of times.'' Originally a mental hospital for the rich, it went through a dozen different owners and purposes before finally being reopened as a charity hospital by the Veruline Order... but with no actual doctors on hand except when conscience allows it, no money to pay for drugs, and only a staff of untrained monks and nuns on hand, it's not even equipped to provide the most basic forms of treatment. Consequently, the Veruline Hospital is universally known as the place where the poor go to die - and yet another shining example of the quality of life in New Crobuzon. [[spoiler: Derkhan goes here in the climax of the story to search for a terminally-ill patient that Isaac can use as TheBait to lure out the Slake-Moths.]]

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* IntroducedSpeciesCalamity: Slake Moths are a near-invincible mind-devouring predator species with the ability to mesmerize prey with their wings, but are normally kept in check by the many of hazards their native environment - a Death World heavily polluted by the Torque. However, five larvae are brought to the city of New Crobuzon and put to use in producing Dreamshit for a crime syndicate... and when they get loose, the same traits that allow the Moths to merely survive their native environment make them damn near unstoppable in the city. With no competitors to stop them and no chance for the heroes to bring in competitors from their homeland without causing an even bigger disaster, the Moths are free to feast at will; worse still, they're smart enough to pick locks in pursuit of their prey. After seeing the bodies of their victims piling up over the next few days, both the heroes and the government are forced to take insane risks just to kill or capture the Slake-Moths before they can reproduce.

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* SexyDimorphism: Male khepri are giant, non-sapient beetles. Female khepri are sexy women with beetles for heads.


* CategoryTraitor: The dockworker strikes in the middle of the novel develops along racial lines, with humans who side with the vodyanoi being labeled as "race traitors."



* DealWithTheDevil: Averted the devil ''refuses''. See OhCrap.

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* DealWithTheDevil: Averted -- when New Crobuzon tries to make a deal with Hell to get ride of the devil ''refuses''. See OhCrap.slake moths, the devils ''refuse''.



** The dockworker strikes in the middle of the novel develops along racial lines, with humans who side with the vodyanoi being labeled as "race traitors."



** Shankell, or the few times when its described, anyway, has a sort of Middle Eastern feel to it.

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** Shankell, or the few times when its it's described, anyway, has a sort of Middle Eastern feel to it.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Pretty much everybody who doesn't die.
* ForScience: A big part of why Isaac wants to help Yagharek.

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* %%* FateWorseThanDeath: Pretty much everybody who doesn't die.
* %%* ForScience: A big part of why Isaac wants to help Yagharek.%%Is?



* GiantSpider: The Weaver.
* HandicappedBadass: Jack Half-a-Prayer, the one-man LaResistance who has been Remade with a giant Praying Mantis arm.
* HelpingHands: The Handlingers.

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* %%* GiantSpider: The Weaver.
* HandicappedBadass: Jack Half-a-Prayer, the one-man LaResistance who has been Remade with a giant Praying Mantis praying mantis arm.
* %%* HelpingHands: The Handlingers.



* HumanResources: The avatar of [[spoiler: the Construct Council]].
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler: the Construct Council itself]].

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* %%* HumanResources: The avatar of [[spoiler: the Construct Council]].
* %%* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:The Construct Council itself]].itself.]]



* IconOfRebellion: Jack Half-a-Prayer.
* InterspeciesRomance: Isaac and Lin.
* LaResistance: Runagate Rampant.

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* %%* IconOfRebellion: Jack Half-a-Prayer.
* %%* InterspeciesRomance: Isaac and Lin.
* %%* LaResistance: Runagate Rampant.



* MacabreMothMotif: Slake-moths.

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* %%* MacabreMothMotif: Slake-moths.



* MalignantPlotTumor: The [[spoiler:slake-moths]].

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* %%* MalignantPlotTumor: The [[spoiler:slake-moths]].slake-moths.



* NeverTrustATitle: The titular station is pretty tangential to the story, with only two conversations and [[spoiler: the final battle]] taking place there, and even then only in passing. Near the end of the book's 600-odd pages a character dramatically announces, "We have to go to Perdido Street Station," bringing the station to the forefront again, but he later reveals he only said it to trick another character and that they don't really need to go there after all.
** The title actually fits the book very well on a metaphorical level and correlates to the underlying theme of mixture, heterogenity, mutation and transition - Perdido Street is the central station that connects the city to other parts of the world.

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* NeverTrustATitle: The titular station is pretty tangential to the story, with only two conversations and [[spoiler: the final battle]] taking place there, and even then only in passing. Near the end of the book's 600-odd pages a character dramatically announces, "We have to go to Perdido Street Station," bringing the station to the forefront again, but he later reveals he only said it to trick another character and that they don't really need to go there after all.
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all. The title actually fits the book very well on a metaphorical level and correlates to the underlying theme of mixture, heterogenity, mutation and transition - -- Perdido Street is the central station that connects the city to other parts of the world.



* NoSell: [[spoiler:The slake-moths' most terrifying ability is their hypnotic wings, but the Construct Council isn't even slightly affected by them.]]

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* NoSell: [[spoiler:The The slake-moths' most terrifying ability is their hypnotic wings, but the [[spoiler:the Construct Council isn't even slightly affected by them.]]them]].



* OneGenderRace: The Khepri, effectively, due to the males being mindless beetles. Unusual for the trope, they are not at all pretty.
* OrificeInvasion: How the slake-moths feed.
* PostModernMagik: Too many examples to list.

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* OneGenderRace: The Khepri, effectively, due to the males being mindless beetles. Unusual Unusually for the trope, they are not at all pretty.
* %%* OrificeInvasion: How the slake-moths feed.
* %%* PostModernMagik: Too many examples to list.%%List them.



* PuppeteerParasite: The handlingers.
* PupatingPeril: Early in the story, Isaac obtains a mysterious grub along with all the other test subjects he requested; once he works out that it only eats Dreamshit, the grub begins growing at an impressive rate and eventually spins a large cocoon for itself. While Isaac continues his more optimistic experiments, the narrative segments focussed on the pupa quickly take a turn for the unsettling as it gets closer and closer to hatching. [[spoiler: What emerges from the cocoon is a Slake Moth, an AnimalisticAbomination with a hunger for living minds; Isaac isn't in his lab when it hatches, but one of his friends is - and quickly ends up becoming its first victim. From here on, the Slake Moths are the main villains of the story.]]

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* %%* PuppeteerParasite: The handlingers.
* PupatingPeril: Early in the story, Isaac obtains a mysterious grub along with all the other test subjects he requested; once he works out that it only eats Dreamshit, the grub begins growing at an impressive rate and eventually spins a large cocoon for itself. While Isaac continues his more optimistic experiments, the narrative segments focussed on the pupa quickly take a turn for the unsettling as it gets closer and closer to hatching. [[spoiler: What emerges from the cocoon is a Slake Moth, [[spoiler:a slake moth, an AnimalisticAbomination with a hunger for living minds; Isaac isn't in his lab when it hatches, but one of his friends is - -- and quickly ends up becoming its first victim. From here on, the Slake Moths slake moths are the main villains of the story.]]story]].



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: "You would call it, 'rape.'"]]
* RobotBuddy: David & Lublumai's cleaning construct.

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* %%* TheReveal: [[spoiler: "You would call it, 'rape.'"]]
* %%* RobotBuddy: David & and Lublumai's cleaning construct.



* SecretPolice: The Militia. Overlaps with StateSec.

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* %%* SecretPolice: The Militia. Overlaps with StateSec.



* StaticStunGun: Stingboxes.

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* %%* StaticStunGun: Stingboxes.



* SwappedRoles: By the end of the book [[spoiler: Yagharek and Isaac, Derkhan and whats left of Lin, have an interesting one. Isaac and company are now Nomads. Where Yagharek has found a home.]]

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* SwappedRoles: By the end of the book [[spoiler: Yagharek and Yagharek, Isaac, Derkhan and whats what's left of Lin, Lin have an interesting one. Isaac and company are now Nomads. Where nomads, while Yagharek has found a home.]]



--> Derkhan: "[[OnlyInItForTheMoney Anything for gold]] and [[ExperiencePoints experience]]."

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--> Derkhan: -->'''Derkhan:''' "[[OnlyInItForTheMoney Anything for gold]] and [[ExperiencePoints experience]]."



* TheWorfEffect: Lemuel's bodyguard, Mr. X, is presented as an intimidating badass through and through. Not only does a slake-moth kill him virtually instantly, but it does so simply to ''have something to throw'' at its intended target.

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* TheWorfEffect: TheWorfEffect:
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Lemuel's bodyguard, Mr. X, is presented as an intimidating badass through and through. Not only does a slake-moth kill him virtually instantly, but it does so simply to ''have something to throw'' at its intended target.





* BodyHorror:
** The Remade. Oh God, the Remade...
** Don't forget Mr. Motley.
** The accounts of torquebombs' effects that Isaac describes to Yagharek. With photographs that readers are ''glad'' aren't described in detail.
** The Avatar of [[spoiler: the Construct Council]] is a rather grisly example.
** [[spoiler: Yagharek's transformation via self mutilation into a "man"]] at the very end of the book.
** It says something about the novel that [[spoiler: the handlingers]] are a distant ''last'' on its list of BodyHorror examples.

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* BodyHorror:
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%%* BodyHorror:%%All ZCEs
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The Remade. Oh God, the Remade...
** %%** Don't forget Mr. Motley.
** %%** The accounts of torquebombs' effects that Isaac describes to Yagharek. With photographs that readers are ''glad'' aren't described in detail.
** %%** The Avatar of [[spoiler: the Construct Council]] is a rather grisly example.
** %%** [[spoiler: Yagharek's transformation via self mutilation into a "man"]] at the very end of the book.
** %%** It says something about the novel that [[spoiler: the handlingers]] are a distant ''last'' on its list of BodyHorror examples.

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* PupatingPeril: Early in the story, Isaac obtains a mysterious grub along with all the other test subjects he requested; once he works out that it only eats Dreamshit, the grub begins growing at an impressive rate and eventually spins a large cocoon for itself. While Isaac continues his more optimistic experiments, the narrative segments focussed on the pupa quickly take a turn for the unsettling as it gets closer and closer to hatching. [[spoiler: What emerges from the cocoon is a Slake Moth, an AnimalisticAbomination with a hunger for living minds; Isaac isn't in his lab when it hatches, but one of his friends is - and quickly ends up becoming its first victim. From here on, the Slake Moths are the main villains of the story.]]


-->''...this great wen, this dusty city dreamed up in bone and brick, a conspiracy of industry and violence, steeped in history and battened-down power, this badland beyond my ken.''

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-->''...->''...this great wen, this dusty city dreamed up in bone and brick, a conspiracy of industry and violence, steeped in history and battened-down power, this badland beyond my ken.''

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* StarfishLanguage: The khepri (humanoid people with giant scarab beetles for heads) communicate with each other by emitting scents. To communicate with humans, they have to use sign language. Even more strangely, the mute PuppeteerParasite handlingers' language consists entirely of touch. Ten of the creatures, which look like disembodied hands with snakes' tails, crawl all over one another when they confer.

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