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* AirVentPassageway: Averted when one of the good guys proposes taking a vent grille off of a wall to get to the room on the other side. His friend points out that there will certainly be a similar grille on the other side, fastened by screws they won't be able to reach.



* ArtificialOutdoorsDisplay: A common feature of rooms in the underground Martian cities, complete with an artificial Sun in the "sky" which mimics the position of the real Sun outside.



* AirVentPassageway: Averted when one of the good guys proposes taking a vent grille off of a wall to get to the room on the other side. His friend points out that there will certainly be a similar grille on the other side, fastened by screws they won't be able to reach.
* ArtificialOutdoorsDisplay: A common feature of rooms in the underground Martian cities, complete with an artificial Sun in the "sky" which mimics the position of the real Sun outside.

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* HibernationMigrationSituation: The human colonists migrate to avoid the harsh Martian winters, while the native "bouncers" like the protagonist's "pet" hibernate. [[spoiler: It turns out the colonial administrator is planning to stop the migration in order to populate the habitats year-round with new colonists. And bouncers actually aestivate for decades before emerging as mature Martians with immense PsychicPowers.]]


* AnimatedAdaptation: An animated three-episode miniseries based on the book aired on Fox in 1994.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: An animated [[WesternAnimation/RedPlanet three-episode miniseries miniseries]] based on the book aired on Fox in 1994.



%% * HighSchoolHustler: Smythe.

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%% * HighSchoolHustler: Smythe.Smythe manipulates Jim and Frank into paying him to do favors for them.


* NotInFrontOfTheParrot: Willis the Bouncer is confiscated by the new headmaster, who is unaware that the Martian 'pet' has sentience and can repeat any sound with perfect clarity. Willis overhears a discussion between the headmaster and the colonial administrator, who in a money-saving measure is planning to stop the colonists from migrating away from the harsh Martian winters. Willis repeats this conversation to the protagonists, setting off the plot as they set off to warn the colonists of the EvilPlan.

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* NotInFrontOfTheParrot: Willis the Bouncer is confiscated by the new headmaster, headmaster Howe, who is unaware that the Martian 'pet' has sentience and can repeat any sound with perfect clarity. Willis overhears a discussion between the headmaster and the colonial administrator, who in a money-saving measure is planning to stop the colonists from migrating away from the harsh Martian winters. Willis repeats this conversation to the protagonists, setting off the plot as they set off to warn the colonists of the EvilPlan.

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* BringNewsBack: Having found about about the EvilPlan, the students have to take a risky journey across the frozen Martian canals to warn the colonists.


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* EvilPlan: The company administration back on Earth plans to stop the yearly winter migration to save money, by using both the summer and winter colonies to house settlers. Nobody tells the colonists this, as the plan is to stall the migration until it's too late for them to do anything about it.

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* SuperweaponSurprise: [[spoiler:The Martians use their PsychicPowers to make Howe and Beecher ''disappear'' right in front of everyone. Then they demand that all humans leave the planet immediately or face extermination. Fortunately Doctor [=MacRae=] is able to talk them out of it.]]


* CorruptPolitician: The colonial administrator wants to sell Willis to the London Zoo, and to save money aims to prevent the colonists from their yearly migration from the harsh Martian winter. Unfortunately he discusses his EvilPlan in front of Willis, unaware that the alien can [[NotInFrontOfTheParrot repeat any conversation with perfect clarity]]. Turns out the Martians are rather annoyed as well, as you would if someone tried to sell a child into captivity.

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* CorruptPolitician: The colonial administrator Resident Agent General Beecher wants to sell Willis to the London Zoo, and to save money aims to prevent the colonists from their yearly migration from the harsh Martian winter. Unfortunately he discusses his EvilPlan in front of Willis, unaware that the alien can [[NotInFrontOfTheParrot repeat any conversation with perfect clarity]]. Turns out the Martians are rather annoyed as well, as you would if someone tried to sell a child into captivity.

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* CutTheJuice: When the rebel colonists hold up in the school, Beecher cuts the power, figuring they'll be forced to surrender without light and heat.


* SentryGuns: The rebel colonists are trapped in a building, [[spoiler:but when a couple of them are gunned down trying to surrender, the others realise that no-one is actually watching the door except some automatic {{Ray Gun}}s triggered by photosensor, so they're able to escape.]]

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* SentryGuns: SentryGun: The rebel colonists are trapped in a building, [[spoiler:but when a couple of them are gunned down trying to surrender, the others realise that no-one is actually watching the door except some automatic {{Ray Gun}}s triggered by photosensor, so they're able to escape.]]


* CorruptPolitician: The colonial administrator wants to sell Willis to the London Zoo, and to save money aims to prevent the colonists from their yearly migration from the harsh Martian winter. Unfortunately he discusses his EvilPlan in front of Willis, unaware that the alien can [[NotInFrontOfTheParrot repeat any conversation with perfect clarity]].

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* CorruptPolitician: The colonial administrator wants to sell Willis to the London Zoo, and to save money aims to prevent the colonists from their yearly migration from the harsh Martian winter. Unfortunately he discusses his EvilPlan in front of Willis, unaware that the alien can [[NotInFrontOfTheParrot repeat any conversation with perfect clarity]]. Turns out the Martians are rather annoyed as well, as you would if someone tried to sell a child into captivity.


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* NotInFrontOfTheParrot: Willis the Bouncer is confiscated by the new headmaster, who is unaware that the Martian 'pet' has sentience and can repeat any sound with perfect clarity. Willis overhears a discussion between the headmaster and the colonial administrator, who in a money-saving measure is planning to stop the colonists from migrating away from the harsh Martian winters. Willis repeats this conversation to the protagonists, setting off the plot as they set off to warn the colonists of the EvilPlan.


* CorruptPolitician: The colonial administrator wants to sell Willis to the London Zoo, and to save money aims to prevent the colonists from their yearly migration from the harsh Martian winter. Unfortunately he discusses his EvilPlan in front of Willis, unaware that the alien can [[NotInFrontOfTheParrot repeat any conversation with perfect clarity]].



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%% * TheWarOfEarthlyAggressionSentryGuns: The rebel colonists are trapped in a building, [[spoiler:but when a couple of them are gunned down trying to surrender, the others realise that no-one is actually watching the door except some automatic {{Ray Gun}}s triggered by photosensor, so they're able to escape.]]


* ABoyAndHisX: A Martian [[spoiler:Larval Form]] forms an emotional bond with [[spoiler:her]] boy.

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%% * ABoyAndHisX: A Martian [[spoiler:Larval Form]] forms an emotional bond with [[spoiler:her]] boy. %% Add more context to describe their relationship and what effect it has on them. %%



* HighSchoolHustler: Smythe.

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%% * HighSchoolHustler: Smythe.



* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression

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%% * TheWarOfEarthlyAggression


* ABoyAndHisX: A Martian [[spoiler:Larval Form]] and [[spoiler:Her]] Boy.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: An animated three-episode miniseries based on the book aired on Fox in 1994.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Martian [[spoiler:Larval Form]] and [[spoiler:Her]] Boy.forms an emotional bond with [[spoiler:her]] boy.

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* ArtificialOutdoorsDisplay: A common feature of rooms in the underground Martian cities, complete with an artificial Sun in the "sky" which mimics the position of the real Sun outside.


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* NoMoreForMe: A low-key example; when the boys get back to the station after their first major encounter with the native Martians--with Jim, Frank, and Willis the Martian "bouncer" all quite improbably being carried by their new Martian friends--the driver of the mail scooter turns to the station master and says "We should have left that stuff alone, George. I'm seeing things."


* ABoyAndHisX: A Martian Larval Form and Her Boy.

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* ABoyAndHisX: A Martian Larval Form [[spoiler:Larval Form]] and Her [[spoiler:Her]] Boy.


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* WorldWarIII: A long time ago, there was a WorldWarIII. No details are given except that the "eastern allies" (whether the "eastern allies" are [[HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection meant as an euphemism for "Soviet Bloc"]] or allies of the Western Bloc, is not clarified) stockpiled nukes in the Egyptian pyramids and that the pyramids got destroyed in the course of the war.

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