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* ChekovsGun: A master thief gets hit with a curse that takes away his reflection; when he looks in a mirror, he sees nothing. Later on, when he riddles his way through Ruddygore's vault, the final trap is a magical mirror that creates evil duplicates to slay intruders -- but can't do a thing to someone with no reflection.

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: A master thief gets hit with a curse that takes away his reflection; when he looks in a mirror, he sees nothing. Later on, when he riddles his way through Ruddygore's vault, the final trap is a magical mirror that creates evil duplicates to slay intruders -- but can't do a thing to someone with no reflection.


* ChekovsSkill: A master thief gets hit with a curse that takes away his reflection; when he looks in a mirror, he sees nothing. Later on, when he riddles his way through Ruddygore's vault, the final trap is a magical mirror that creates evil duplicates to slay intruders -- but can't do a thing to someone with no reflection.

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* ChekovsSkill: ChekovsGun: A master thief gets hit with a curse that takes away his reflection; when he looks in a mirror, he sees nothing. Later on, when he riddles his way through Ruddygore's vault, the final trap is a magical mirror that creates evil duplicates to slay intruders -- but can't do a thing to someone with no reflection.


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%% * BodyHorror: If you're transformed by magic, or even just if you adopt a disguise, the new shape begins to mess with your mind. You'll find your original personality wearing away to be replaced by whatever you now appear to be. In the worst examples, two characters are effectively [[CessationOfExistence erased]], transformed into generic stereotypes, while [[spoiler:Joe is eventually trapped in the form of a wood nymph for eternity]].



* ChekovsSkill: A master thief gets hit with a curse that takes away his reflection; when he looks in a mirror, he sees nothing. Later on, when he riddles his way through Ruddygore's vault, the final trap is a magical mirror that creates evil duplicates to slay intruders -- but can't do a thing to someone with no reflection.



* EngineeredPublicConfession: The villain is defeated with a two-step plan. First, edit the script of a speech being given by TheDragon to contain the phrase "I wish you could all see what the world will be like when we win." Then, conceal a MagicLamp in the podium he's speaking from. All of the BigBad's previous dupes find out ''exactly'' what they've been supporting.



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%%* * GenderBender: Joe is a big tough guy, good with a sword. Until he gets turned into a wood nymph.



* {{Isekai}}: The core concept of the series is that two humans from Earth have been brought to a fantasy world.



* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The fair folk in the fantasy world take the place of our world's natural processes. They live eternal, but sadly limited, lives.

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* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The fair folk Fair Folk in the fantasy world take the place of our world's natural processes. They live eternal, but sadly limited, lives.



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%% * {{Shapeshifting}}: Several times; Joe is turned into a wood nymph, turned back to human, then back into a wood nymph. On first arriving in the world, Marge is also turned into a "sexily exotic" form that turns out to be another type of Fae. Joe's girlfriend gets turned into a mermaid. This is [[AuthorAppeal one of Chalker's "things."]]
* SpecialPersonNormalName: The main characters are Joe and Marge which is fair, as it's an Isekai series and they're from Earth. But then Joe receives one of the very last unnamed magic swords in existence and is granted the great privilege of giving it the name that it will bear for now and ever after through centuries of legend. He picks Irving.


* SecondLawOfGenderBending: Averted, unusually for a Chalker protagonist, in the case of Joe, who never accepts being changed from a barbarian hero into a tree nymph.

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* SecondLawOfGenderBending: Averted, unusually for a Chalker protagonist, in the case of Joe, who never accepts being changed from a barbarian hero into a tree nymph. The final book hinted that he might eventually start moving in that direction as a teaser for another book that was never written.


* GenreSavvy: The equivalent of StreetSmarts in a world that explicitly runs on fantasy tropes.

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* GenreSavvy: The equivalent of StreetSmarts StreetSmart in a world that explicitly runs on fantasy tropes.


* FiveManBand: "All companies shall consist of at least nine people, one of whom is not to be trusted"

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* FiveManBand: "All companies shall consist of at least nine people, one of whom is not to be trusted"trusted".



* GenreSavvy: the equivalent of StreetSmarts in a world that explicitly runs on fantasy tropes

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* GenreSavvy: the The equivalent of StreetSmarts in a world that explicitly runs on fantasy tropestropes.


* AuthorAppeal: Among Jack Chalker's trademarks:
** BodyHorror
** EmergencyTransformation
** GenderBender: Complete with the [[FirstLawOfGenderBending First]], [[SecondLawOfGenderBending Second]], and [[ThirdLawOfGenderBending Third Laws of Genderbending]]
** {{Shapeshifting}} (in various flavors)

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* AuthorAppeal: Among As with many of Jack Chalker's trademarks:
** BodyHorror
** EmergencyTransformation
** GenderBender: Complete
novels, this series features plenty of his trademarks, including plenty of BodyHorror, {{Emergency Transformation}}s, {{Gender Bender}}s (complete with the [[FirstLawOfGenderBending First]], [[SecondLawOfGenderBending Second]], and [[ThirdLawOfGenderBending Third Third]] Laws of Genderbending]]
** {{Shapeshifting}} (in various flavors)
Gender Bending) and {{Shapeshifting}}.



* BarbarianHero: Middle-aged truck driver Joe finds himself reborn in a fantasy world as Joe, the Barbarian! With a mighty sword...Irving!

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* BarbarianHero: Middle-aged The middle-aged truck driver Joe finds himself reborn in a fantasy world as Joe, the Barbarian! With a the mighty sword...sword... Irving!



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* ContinuityCameo: In Book 4, the villain, who has been banished from both heaven and hell wonders where his soul will end up. It turns out he goes to a limbo where all the great defeated villains go. There he meets Baal, Sauron, and even great Cthulhu.

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* ContinuityCameo: In Book 4, the villain, who has been banished from both heaven and hell hell, wonders where his soul will end up. It turns out he goes to a limbo where all the great defeated villains go. There he meets Baal, Sauron, and even great Cthulhu.



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* MagicalLand:

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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: The were (not were''wolf'', just were) transforms into whatever animal is nearest when the full moon takes effect. And since humans count as animals, many find it convenient to marry other were, combining a FreakyFridayFlip with PowerPerversionPotential.

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* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: The were (not were''wolf'', just were) transforms into whatever animal is nearest when the full moon takes effect. And since humans count as animals, many find it convenient to marry other were, weres, combining a FreakyFridayFlip with PowerPerversionPotential.



* RedHerring: Alvi, the AuthorAppeal laden purported LivingMacGuffin of ''Horrors of the Dancing Gods'' actually turned out to be a SequelHook for a following book which was never written.

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* RedHerring: Alvi, the AuthorAppeal laden AuthorAppeal-laden purported LivingMacGuffin of ''Horrors of the Dancing Gods'' actually turned out to be a SequelHook for a following book which was never written.



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* TrappedInAnotherWorld:

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* LampshadeHanging: in spades


* LeastRhymableWordL In ''Vengeance'', there's a magical oracle who can only speak in rhyme. He keeps a guy called Porange Chilver around as insurance, in the case he accidentally ends a sentence with "orange" or "silver".

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* LeastRhymableWordL LeastRhymableWord: In ''Vengeance'', there's a magical oracle who can only speak in rhyme. He keeps a guy called Porange Chilver around as insurance, in the case he accidentally ends a sentence with "orange" or "silver".

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* BarbarianHero: Middle-aged truck driver Joe finds himself reborn in a fantasy world as Joe, the Barbarian! With a mighty sword...Irving!
* BecomingTheGenie: This is the curse of the Lamp of Lakash. People assume they can get three wishes, but in fact the lamp only grants two, and only the first is free; the second will replace the current genie with the wisher automatically (although the wish must still be fulfilled).


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* ChainmailBikini: One of the most famous Rules is that "weather and climate permitting, all beautiful young women must be scantily clad". This means the female barbarian character must compromise between protection and conforming with the Rules.


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* CoolSword: Joe the Barbarian's mighty sword Irving.


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* EvilVersusOblivion: In ''Demons'', there's a sorcerer plotting to bring about the end of the world. Every other evil sorcerer in the world is against him, once they find out, because they've all done a DealWithTheDevil to enhance their power, and consequently want to postpone Judgement Day as long as possible.
* FirstLawOfGenderBending: Joe gets temporarily genderbent a few times as a result of various magical shenanigans, but at the climax of ''Songs of the Dancing Gods'' he winds up permanently stuck in a female body after his own body is destroyed in a HeroicSacrifice.


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* FreeingTheGenie: Anyone greedy enough to make a second wish from the Lamp of Lakash would automatically free the genie and take its place (though they did also get their wish, for whatever good it might do them). The "three wishes" story was a clever dodge by the genies to get themselves freed by unwitting masters.
* FreudianExcuse: Subverted in one of the books, wherein a) the character discussing his tragic early life is on the side of good, and b) it transpires that this tale of a sad past is complete and utter nonsense designed to throw the villain off his game. It works.
* FunctionalMagic: Combines Theurgy with ludicrously elaborate Rule Magic and takes them to their humorous extreme, resulting in a universe entirely governed by fantasy tropes.
* GenieInABottle: The Lamp of Lakash.


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* LeastRhymableWordL In ''Vengeance'', there's a magical oracle who can only speak in rhyme. He keeps a guy called Porange Chilver around as insurance, in the case he accidentally ends a sentence with "orange" or "silver".


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* {{Magitek}}: Magic follows very specific rules and mathematically precise patterns, such that every high-ranking wizard also has to be a genius mathematician. One of the major subplots follows how much this system is screwed up by the introduction of technology smuggled from Earth; even a pocket calculator could turn a mediocre magician into a powerhouse, and more powerful computers can be programmed to work out new spells at high speeds. Also, in one plot where a powerful wizard came to Earth, he discovered that creating magic spells was analogous to computer programming, which allowed him to bring magic to our world.
* MermaidProblem: Discussed. The mermaids that live in the River of Dancing Gods are 100% mammal (more half-dolphin than half-fish), and when a male character gets involved with one it's explicitly mentioned that their bits are human-compatible.


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* OurFairiesAreDifferent: The fair folk in the fantasy world take the place of our world's natural processes. They live eternal, but sadly limited, lives.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Mermaids are half human and half dolphin but their social organization resembles a pack of hyenas crossed with the mafia. They make their living extorting protection money from fishermen.


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* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Prophecies from the better oracles are always true: the only problems are that you usually don't know what the specifics mean right away, and the prophecies don't state what the outcome will be, only what is needed to have a chance of getting the outcome you want.


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* SecondLawOfGenderBending: Averted, unusually for a Chalker protagonist, in the case of Joe, who never accepts being changed from a barbarian hero into a tree nymph.
* ThirdLawOfGenderBending: The version where the character simply cannot resist adopting stereotypical attire or behavior due to irresistible compulsion, latent desires, Mind Control, biological imperatives, or some combination of the above is written into the Rules.


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* UnscaledMerfolk: Mermaids are all-mammal, with their "fish" half most closely resembling a dolphin.
* VirginPower: The female protagonist starts out learning a form of magic that demands virginity. Naturally, once she's passed her tests she's instead taught a form of power based on prostitution.
* WorldOfHam: It's in the Rules.


* ICallItVera: A magical sword named Irving.


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* NamedWeapons: One of the Rules is that all magical swords must have names. Joe, to the bemusement of pretty much everybody, names his "Irving".

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Consists of:
* ''The River of Dancing Gods'' (1984)
* ''Demons of the Dancing Gods'' (1984)
* ''Vengeance of the Dancing Gods'' (1985)
* ''Songs of the Dancing Gods'' (1990)
* ''Horrors of the Dancing Gods'' (1994)


* MacGuffinGirl: who actually turns out to be a RedHerring



* RedHerring: Alvi, the AuthorAppeal laden purported MacGuffinGirl of ''Horrors of the Dancing Gods'' actually turned out to be a SequelHook for a following book which was never written.

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* RedHerring: Alvi, the AuthorAppeal laden purported MacGuffinGirl LivingMacGuffin of ''Horrors of the Dancing Gods'' actually turned out to be a SequelHook for a following book which was never written.


A {{troperiffic}} fantasy series written by JackChalker. As with all Chalker products, expect copious amounts of AuthorAppeal between the heaping servings of high parody. What can you say about any series where most popular fantasy tropes have been literally written into the ''physical laws of the universe'' by powerful magicians?

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A {{troperiffic}} fantasy series written by JackChalker.Creator/JackChalker. As with all Chalker products, expect copious amounts of AuthorAppeal between the heaping servings of high parody. What can you say about any series where most popular fantasy tropes have been literally written into the ''physical laws of the universe'' by powerful magicians?


* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Literally enforced by the rules. Change bodies (which is [[AuthorAppeal Chalker's thing]]) and you're subject to the rules affecting the new body. Possess someone and you have to live by the rules affecting ''their'' body. http://barrecertification.com/

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* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Literally enforced by the rules. Change bodies (which is [[AuthorAppeal Chalker's thing]]) and you're subject to the rules affecting the new body. Possess someone and you have to live by the rules affecting ''their'' body. http://barrecertification.com/

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