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* LargeHam: Van Klomp.

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* LargeHam: Van Klomp.Klomp is a booming-voiced man with plenty of BlingOfWar and a willingness to insult the incompetent General's Staff.
* LastSecondWordSwap: When Talbot Castrup is told that his brother-in-law, the GeneralFailure was under arrest for drunk and disorderly conduct during Fitzhugh's charge rather than overseeing it himself like the official report claims, Talbot has this to say.
--> '''Talbot:''' "That's a blatant lie! Those charges have been squa . . . dropped!"



* MajorlyAwesome: Both Fitzhugh and Van Klomp

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* MajorlyAwesome: Both Fitzhugh and Van KlompKlomp are both majors who actually have an understanding of the military's situation and are willing to buck the chain of command to achieve results.


* IgnoredExpert: Fitzhugh the intelligence officer is constantly observing unprecedented movement and chaos behind the enemy lines which, if taken advantage of, could lead to a major victory. He spends most of his scenes in the first book practically begging his superiors (besides Von Klomp) not just to believe his reports, but to ''read'' them, and eventually has to launch an AntiMutiny just to get ''something'' done before it's too late.



* AccuseTheWitness: Done to great affect, as most of the witnesses are in fact lying scumbags and the cross-examination tends to bring this out.



* ClearTheirName: Of course.

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* ClearTheirName: Of course. First Chip has to clear his name for desertion. Then he has to clear his name for supposedly raping Ginny. And throughout this Fitzhugh has to deal with charges of mutiny (while in the prequel he had to deal with false assault charges).



* CrusadingLawyer: Mike Capra.

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* CrusadingLawyer: Mike Capra.Capra is described as a legal beagle in the appendix and is a younger, more idealistic guy who nonetheless is capable of absolutely ''hammering'' witnesses against his clients and invested in tearing down the corrupt prosection. The same is also true of his older and more calculating colleague Ogata.
* ExactWords: At one point, a corrupt Special Branch officer spying on Fitzhugh is asked by Ogata why his duty log lists him as far away from Fitzhugh when he was supposedly spying on him taking bribes. The man replies his log was doctored for security reasons. Ogata asks that "If I was to say" that Fitzhugh had been in a certain place at a certain time, then would the special branch officer have been there as well, watching. The detective smugly states that he was there and Ogata gives an insincere sigh and says it's a shame that he ''wasn't'' going to say that Fitzhugh had ben in that place at that time, and he can prove it. The detective is left flustered, having just said on record that he'd been spying on Fitzhugh at a place where they can prove Fitzhugh wasn't even at.



* KangarooCourt: Part of a XanatosGambit to let the evil conspirators get ''exactly what they want'', because a fair trial without trumped-up charges would actually have worked. Fitzhugh was a all too willing to make a HeroicSacrifice out of sense of honour.

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* KangarooCourt: Part of a XanatosGambit to let the evil conspirators get ''exactly what they want'', because a fair trial without trumped-up charges would actually have worked. Fitzhugh was a all too willing to make a HeroicSacrifice out of sense of honour. Instead, the kangaroo court is so blatantly rigged that it causes a public outcry and the authorities are forced to overturn the verdict and try Fitzhugh again, while the first trial has hardened Fitzhugh and his lawyers enough to drag the witnesses through the mud and try to convince the judge that his actions were justified.

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* HauteCuisineIsWeird: Chip was an indentured servant at a fancy French restaurant before the war broke out. He notes several times how the patrons would come in and pay outrageous prices for tiny dishes. It's his dream, if he ever wins his freedom, to open a steakhouse right next door to the restaurant so the rich people who previously scorned him will have to go next to it and watch his patrons eat huge portions of meat served at a fraction of the price of their fancy, unfilling meals.


* CrusadingLawyer: Mike Capra, of the repeated CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* CrusadingLawyer: Mike Capra, of the repeated CrowningMomentOfAwesome.Capra.


* LargeHam: Van Klomp

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* LargeHam: Van KlompKlomp.


* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: or at least uplifted Galagos (aka bushbabies).

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: or Or at least uplifted Galagos (aka bushbabies).


** Hard-Shields are DeflectorShields set up to not allow anything to travel past a certain speed in a certain perimeter, which conveniently means that if a firearm is set off inside that perimeter the bullet [+BLENDS+] the user

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** Hard-Shields are DeflectorShields set up to not allow anything to travel past a certain speed in a certain perimeter, which conveniently means that if a firearm is set off inside that perimeter perimeter, the bullet [+BLENDS+] the useruser.



*** Both Shield types come in installation sizes

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*** Both Shield types come in installation sizessizes.


* {{Uplifted Animal}}s: the Rats and Bats are genetically engineered (the Rats are actually elephant shrew/garden shrew/rat chimeras) bipedal [[HollywoodCyborg cyborgs]] that require Soft-Cyber and vocal implants to soldier and talk.

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* {{Uplifted Animal}}s: the The Rats and Bats are genetically engineered (the Rats are actually elephant shrew/garden shrew/rat chimeras) bipedal [[HollywoodCyborg cyborgs]] that require Soft-Cyber and vocal implants to soldier and talk.


** PhlebotinumOverload what happens when two Hard-Shields meet

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** PhlebotinumOverload is what happens when two Hard-Shields meetmeet.


* BigEater: the uplifted Rats; due to being primarily shrews by genetics, they have extremely demanding metabolisms, to the point where it is mentioned repeatedly that they eat their enemies after every fight if it all possible, and if hungry enough they are compelled to turn on their allies. In the prequel, Fitzhugh pioneers a unit organization where humans carrying sizable loads of sugar and rations are attached to squads of rats; the Rats exhaust themselves after a few frenzied minutes of killing, and so these supply troopers dole out the high-energy boosting food to restore the Rats and get them straight back into the fight.

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* BigEater: the The uplifted Rats; due to being primarily shrews by genetics, they have extremely demanding metabolisms, to the point where it is mentioned repeatedly that they eat their enemies after every fight if it all possible, and if hungry enough they are compelled to turn on their allies. In the prequel, Fitzhugh pioneers a unit organization where humans carrying sizable loads of sugar and rations are attached to squads of rats; the Rats exhaust themselves after a few frenzied minutes of killing, and so these supply troopers dole out the high-energy boosting food to restore the Rats and get them straight back into the fight.


* DeadlyUpgrade: the [[BarrierWarrior shield]] implants. If not used correctly they will kill their users and/or explode. [[spoiler: Subverted in that this is exactly what they are designed to do; not only are the evil alien masterminds' natural weapons not covered by the two types of shield provided, the implants also don't even have a [[PowerIncontinence on/off switch]]]].

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* DeadlyUpgrade: the The [[BarrierWarrior shield]] implants. If not used correctly they will kill their users and/or explode. [[spoiler: Subverted in that this is exactly what they are designed to do; not only are the evil alien masterminds' natural weapons not covered by the two types of shield provided, the implants also don't even have a [[PowerIncontinence on/off switch]]]].


* TheMedic: an oddly [[ContemplateOurNavels philosophical]] rat with a good deal of HeroicWillpower.

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* TheMedic: an An oddly [[ContemplateOurNavels philosophical]] rat with a good deal of HeroicWillpower.


* LiteralMinded: The uplifted animals suffer from this, resulting in many a case of IThoughtItMeant.

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* LiteralMinded: The uplifted animals suffer from this, resulting in many a case of IThoughtItMeant.JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant.

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* UnusualEuphemism: Fal accuses Captain Tesco of "[[ADateWithRosiePalms hoisting his own petard]]".

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