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* DarwinistDesire: The motive behind Violet's ArrangedMarriage to Eddie. The DeMauve line has been drifting closer to Blue for a while now, and they need a strong Red such as Eddie to keep them Purples.

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* MalignedMixedMarriage: Chromatacian culture has an ''extemely'' strong taboo against complementary-color relationships.

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: The Riffraff (or the Digenous, as they call themselves), are implied to be the descendants of unaltered humanity.


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** [[spoiler: Though she's only just barely a Green (she's rated as having 14% Yellow vision and 12% Blue, with 10% being the cutoff) so it's not impossible that she simply didn't notice.]]


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** Many parts of the book could be construed as references to [[TheGiver The Giver]], but perhaps the most obvious one is the discussion of the confusion between "snack" and "smack".

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** Many parts of the book could be construed as references to [[TheGiver The Giver]], ''Literature/TheGiver'', but perhaps the most obvious one is the discussion of the confusion between "snack" and "smack".


** Most characters have last names relating to their colors, however grays are only referred to as G-(insert number here). So we end up having [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zane_Grey Zane the Grey]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Jane_Grey Jane the Grey]], and [[ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian the Grey]].

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** Most characters have last names relating to their colors, however grays are only referred to as G-(insert number here). So we end up having [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zane_Grey Zane the Grey]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Jane_Grey Jane the Grey]], and [[ThePictureOfDorianGray [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian the Grey]].


* IWishItWereReal: Perpetulite, a material used to build roads. Technically alive, it shifts to push obstacles out of the way and survives by absorbing nutrients from any organic debris that may fall on it, including dead leaves, weeds, roadkill, [[spoiler:and people]] essentially eliminating the need for any road maintenance. It was developed by the Previous long before the start of the novel, and the technology used to create it has been lost to time.


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* {{Phlebotinum}}: Perpetulite, a material used to build roads. Technically alive, it shifts to push obstacles out of the way and survives by absorbing nutrients from any organic debris that may fall on it, including dead leaves, weeds, roadkill, [[spoiler:and people]] essentially eliminating the need for any road maintenance. It was developed by the Previous long before the start of the novel, and the technology used to create it has been lost to time.


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* AbhorrentAdmirer - Violet [=deMauve=], first for Doug, then for Eddie.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer - AbhorrentAdmirer: Violet [=deMauve=], first for Doug, then for Eddie.



* AfterTheEnd
* AmbiguousGender - The citizens of Chromatacia are implied to be this, including Eddie. At least when compared to The Previous (us).
* AuthorAppeal The barcodes. No [[http://www.jasperfforde.com/grey/barcode.html really.]]
* AndManGrewProud - The book's setting is in a post-'Something That Happened' England where the culture is based around a book of English boarding school rules.
* ArrangedMarriage - Eddie to Constance Oxblood, [[spoiler: then to Violet deMauve.]]
* BerserkButton - Don't talk about Jane's nose. Call it ''retrousse'' and you die.
* BittersweetEnding - [[spoiler: Sure, Eddie is going to be Red prefect and has a chance of getting into National Color, but he and Jane can't get married because she's certified as Green, so he has to marry Violet and poor Dorian and Imogen got sent to High Saffron, where they will probably die horrible deaths.]]
* BrownNote - Redlax and Lincoln.
** A whole lot of other hues too. The main job of a swatchmen (read: doctor) is to show people certain swatches of colour to get an appropriate physical reaction.
* ChekhovsGun - As noted elsewhere, each chapter begins with a quote from what are presumably the rules of Munsell. Most of them don't appear to have any greater significance, but one of the earlier chapters foreshadows part of the ending, namely [[spoiler:Jane and Eddie being incompatible because they are complementary colours.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience - Chromaticia's entire social structure.
* ColorCodedPatrician - What color people can see defines their social standing; Purples command the most respect. Wealthy people may choose to artificially dye their clothes so all can see it - a practice which the main character calls "a proudfully expensive and tastelessly ostentatious display."
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale - [[spoiler:Violet on Eddie.]] The fact that ''[[spoiler: Eddie's own dad set it up]]'' just adds insult to injury.
* EncyclopediaExposita - Each chapter opens with a quote from the rules.
* {{Fingore}} - A blue girl accidentally chops some of her fingers off early in the book. It's not a big deal, and Holden sews them back on easily - one of the first signs of just how odd the inhabits of Chromatacia are.
* GRatedDrug - Specific colors have this effect on the citizenry, including Lincoln.
* HowWeGotHere - The book starts with Eddie inside a [[ManEatingPlant Yateveo]]. The first 9/10ths of the book are explaining how he ended up in such a pickle.
* IWishItWereReal - Perpetulite, a material used to build roads. Technically alive, it shifts to push obstacles out of the way and survives by absorbing nutrients from any organic debris that may fall on it, including dead leaves, weeds, roadkill, [[spoiler: and people]] essentially eliminating the need for any road maintenance. It was developed by the Previous long before the start of the novel, and the technology used to create it has been lost to time.
* InformedAbility - Jane [[spoiler: turns out to be a Green. Given how much she knows about herself (and assuming it isn't some sort of head office conspiracy implemented by Gloss), there is no way in hell she wouldn't have known or suspected and let Edward know as soon as they began to really draw closer.]]
* InventorOfTheMundane - More like Rediscoverer of the Mundane. Eddie sits on the sharp end of "a spoon or fork or something" which turns out to be a spork. After it's removed, he uses the concept of a spoon-fork hybrid as a valuable bargaining chip, because there is a law against ''manufacturing spoons'' and they've become so rare that people engrave their names on theirs and pass them on to their descendants.
* LoopholeAbuse - How a surprising amount of things are accomplished in Chromatacia, really. Stuck between the inviolable rules and the need for certain things to get done (things usually required by ''other'' rules), loopholery has become a proud tradition.
* LovableRogue - Tommo Cinnabar. A snitch, drug addict, and all-around ne'er-do-well with a {{money fetish}}, but a charming and likeable one nonetheless.
* LukeIAmYourFather - [[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]]]]
* MadeOfPlasticine - The denizens of Chromatacia lose body parts and break bones with surprising frequency and generally not by what we'd consider sufficient force. Often played for laughs.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident
* ManEatingPlant - The Yateveo.
* MeaningfulName - Family names suggest the colors they can see: the Russetts, a Red family; the deMauves, a Purple family; Gamboge, the Yellow prefect; etc.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Legends of the Previous, such as [[{{Music/Madonna}} M'Donna]] and [[Creator/ChuckNorris Chuck Naurice.]]
* NotHimself - Eddie and Jane pass off [[spoiler:Courtland's]] death as misadventure while [[HeroicSacrifice saving Eddie's life]]. Most of the townsfolk accept this, but [[spoiler:Courtland's]] mother confronts Eddie in private, saying that she knows perfectly well her son hated Eddie and wouldn't have even done Eddie a minor favor, much less risk his own life on Eddie's behalf. Eddie realizes that he and Jane may have to come up with more convincing cover stories in the future.
* OurFounder - Both East Carmine and High Saffron have a twice-life size statue of Our Munsell in the town square.
* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Four Hundred And Fifty One Years Old]] - [[spoiler:The Apocryphal man]].
* ReleasedToElsewhere - [[spoiler:Rebooted]].
* ScannableMan: Barcodes. They're ''everywhere''.
* ScavengerWorld
* SequelHook
* ShoutOut - One of Eddie Russett's friends is named [[Music/PinkFloyd Floyd Pinken.]]

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* %%* AfterTheEnd
* AmbiguousGender - AmbiguousGender: The citizens of Chromatacia are implied to be this, including Eddie. At least when compared to The Previous (us).
* AuthorAppeal %%* AuthorAppeal: The barcodes. No [[http://www.jasperfforde.com/grey/barcode.html really.]]
* AndManGrewProud - AndManGrewProud: The book's setting is in a post-'Something That Happened' England where the culture is based around a book of English boarding school rules.
* ArrangedMarriage - ArrangedMarriage: Eddie to Constance Oxblood, [[spoiler: then [[spoiler:then to Violet deMauve.]]
* BerserkButton - BerserkButton: Don't talk about Jane's nose. Call it ''retrousse'' and you die.
* BittersweetEnding - [[spoiler: Sure, BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Sure, Eddie is going to be Red prefect and has a chance of getting into National Color, but he and Jane can't get married because she's certified as Green, so he has to marry Violet and poor Dorian and Imogen got sent to High Saffron, where they will probably die horrible deaths.]]
* BrownNote - %%* BrownNote: Redlax and Lincoln.
** %%** A whole lot of other hues too. The main job of a swatchmen (read: doctor) is to show people certain swatches of colour to get an appropriate physical reaction.
* ChekhovsGun - ChekhovsGun: As noted elsewhere, each chapter begins with a quote from what are presumably the rules of Munsell. Most of them don't appear to have any greater significance, but one of the earlier chapters foreshadows part of the ending, namely [[spoiler:Jane and Eddie being incompatible because they are complementary colours.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience - ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Chromaticia's entire social structure.
structure is set up on a color basis.
* ColorCodedPatrician - ColorCodedPatrician: What color people can see defines their social standing; Purples command the most respect. Wealthy people may choose to artificially dye their clothes so all can see it - a practice which the main character calls "a proudfully expensive and tastelessly ostentatious display."
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale - DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: [[spoiler:Violet on Eddie.]] The fact that ''[[spoiler: Eddie's ''[[spoiler:Eddie's own dad set it up]]'' just adds insult to injury.
* EncyclopediaExposita - EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter opens with a quote from the rules.
* {{Fingore}} - {{Fingore}}: A blue girl accidentally chops some of her fingers off early in the book. It's not a big deal, and Holden sews them back on easily - one of the first signs of just how odd the inhabits of Chromatacia are.
* GRatedDrug - %%* GRatedDrug: Specific colors have this effect on the citizenry, including Lincoln.
* HowWeGotHere - HowWeGotHere: The book starts with Eddie inside a [[ManEatingPlant Yateveo]]. The first 9/10ths of the book are explaining how he ended up in such a pickle.
* IWishItWereReal - IWishItWereReal: Perpetulite, a material used to build roads. Technically alive, it shifts to push obstacles out of the way and survives by absorbing nutrients from any organic debris that may fall on it, including dead leaves, weeds, roadkill, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and people]] essentially eliminating the need for any road maintenance. It was developed by the Previous long before the start of the novel, and the technology used to create it has been lost to time.
* InformedAbility - InformedAbility: Jane [[spoiler: turns [[spoiler:turns out to be a Green. Given how much she knows about herself (and assuming it isn't some sort of head office conspiracy implemented by Gloss), there is no way in hell she wouldn't have known or suspected and let Edward know as soon as they began to really draw closer.]]
* InventorOfTheMundane - InventorOfTheMundane: More like Rediscoverer of the Mundane. Eddie sits on the sharp end of "a spoon or fork or something" which turns out to be a spork. After it's removed, he uses the concept of a spoon-fork hybrid as a valuable bargaining chip, because there is a law against ''manufacturing spoons'' and they've become so rare that people engrave their names on theirs and pass them on to their descendants.
* LoopholeAbuse - LoopholeAbuse: How a surprising amount of things are accomplished in Chromatacia, really. Stuck between the inviolable rules and the need for certain things to get done (things usually required by ''other'' rules), loopholery has become a proud tradition.
* LovableRogue - LovableRogue: Tommo Cinnabar. A snitch, drug addict, and all-around ne'er-do-well with a {{money fetish}}, money fetish, but a charming and likeable one nonetheless.
* LukeIAmYourFather - [[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope %%* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:[[InvertedTrope Inverted]]]]
* MadeOfPlasticine - MadeOfPlasticine: The denizens of Chromatacia lose body parts and break bones with surprising frequency and generally not by what we'd consider sufficient force. Often played for laughs.
* %%* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident
* ManEatingPlant - %%* ManEatingPlant: The Yateveo.
* MeaningfulName - MeaningfulName: Family names suggest the colors they can see: the Russetts, a Red family; the deMauves, a Purple family; Gamboge, the Yellow prefect; etc.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Legends of the Previous, such as [[{{Music/Madonna}} M'Donna]] and [[Creator/ChuckNorris Chuck Naurice.]]
* NotHimself - NotHimself: Eddie and Jane pass off [[spoiler:Courtland's]] death as misadventure while [[HeroicSacrifice saving Eddie's life]]. Most of the townsfolk accept this, but [[spoiler:Courtland's]] mother confronts Eddie in private, saying that she knows perfectly well her son hated Eddie and wouldn't have even done Eddie a minor favor, much less risk his own life on Eddie's behalf. Eddie realizes that he and Jane may have to come up with more convincing cover stories in the future.
* OurFounder - OurFounder: Both East Carmine and High Saffron have a twice-life size statue of Our Munsell in the town square.
* %%* [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really Four Hundred And Fifty One Years Old]] - Old]]: [[spoiler:The Apocryphal man]].
* ReleasedToElsewhere - %%* ReleasedToElsewhere: [[spoiler:Rebooted]].
* ScannableMan: Barcodes. They're ''everywhere''.
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Every person has one somewhere on themselves.
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ScavengerWorld
* %%* SequelHook
* ShoutOut - ShoutOut:
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One of Eddie Russett's friends is named [[Music/PinkFloyd Floyd Pinken.]]



*** Word of God holds it that the Oz Memorial is not actually to The Wizard of Oz, but instead to Frank Oz, the voice actor.

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*** %%*** Word of God holds it that the Oz Memorial is not actually to The Wizard of Oz, but instead to Frank Oz, the voice actor.



* StarCrossedLovers - Eddie and [[spoiler: Jane]]. At first [[spoiler: due to different social standing, and the fact she keeps threatening to kill him]], later [[spoiler: due to him being a very strong Red and her being a very weak Green, and complementary colors must never mate]].
* StealthPun - One of the minor characters is a photographer who can only see grey and is called Dorian. [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Hmmm...]]

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* StarCrossedLovers - StarCrossedLovers: Eddie and [[spoiler: Jane]]. [[spoiler:Jane]]. At first [[spoiler: due [[spoiler:due to different social standing, and the fact she keeps threatening to kill him]], later [[spoiler: due [[spoiler:due to him being a very strong Red and her being a very weak Green, and complementary colors must never mate]].
* StealthPun - StealthPun:
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One of the minor characters is a photographer who can only see grey and is called Dorian. [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Hmmm...]]



* TakeANumber - Eddie sets one up in his father's office.
* {{Tsundere}} - Jane. Very much so.
* {{Unperson}} - Apocryphals would be... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial if they existed, which they don't]].
* UnusualEuphemism - You know (sex) and thingying ([[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation]])
* WhenTreesAttack - The Yateveo.

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* TakeANumber - TakeANumber: Eddie sets one up in his father's office.
* {{Tsundere}} - %%* {{Tsundere}}: Jane. Very much so.
* {{Unperson}} - {{Unperson}}: Apocryphals would be... [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial if they existed, which they don't]].
* UnusualEuphemism - UnusualEuphemism: You know (sex) and thingying ([[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation]])
* WhenTreesAttack - %%* WhenTreesAttack: The Yateveo.
Yateveo.

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* InformedAbility - Jane [[spoiler: turns out to be a Green. Given how much she knows about herself (and assuming it isn't some sort of head office conspiracy implemented by Gloss), there is no way in hell she wouldn't have known or suspected and let Edward know as soon as they began to really draw closer.]]


Over seven hundred years into the future, following a vague [[AfterTheEnd Something That Happened,]] the country of Chromatacia lies where Britain does today. The human race has transformed into an [[AmbiguousGender androgynous-looking race]] of people with very small pupils that can see one ''and only one'' color, all others appearing as [[TitleDrop shades of grey.]] Your social standing depends entirely on the one color you can see; those who see purple belong in the aristocracy, whereas those who see red are the working class. Achromatics, or "Greys", cannot see any color at all, and thus they're little more than slaves. These humans share the world with many species of giant, mutant creatures, [[ManEatingPlant including killer trees.]] Most oddly, every living creature has a [[ScannableMan barcode pattern]] growing naturally somewhere on their bodies. The entire country is run in the manner of a British boarding school, to the point where a person's worth is measured on how many merits they have.

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Over seven hundred years into the future, following a vague [[AfterTheEnd Something That Happened,]] the country of Chromatacia lies where Britain does today. The human race has transformed into an [[AmbiguousGender androgynous-looking race]] of people with very small pupils that can see one ''and only one'' color, all others appearing as [[TitleDrop shades of grey.]] Your social standing depends entirely on the one color you can see; those who see purple [[PurpleIsPowerful purple]] belong in the aristocracy, whereas those who see red are the working class. Achromatics, or "Greys", cannot see any color at all, and thus they're little more than slaves. These humans share the world with many species of giant, mutant creatures, [[ManEatingPlant including killer trees.]] Most oddly, every living creature has a [[ScannableMan barcode pattern]] growing naturally somewhere on their bodies. The entire country is run in the manner of a British boarding school, to the point where a person's worth is measured on how many merits they have.

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* NotHimself - Eddie and Jane pass off [[spoiler:Courtland's]] death as misadventure while [[HeroicSacrifice saving Eddie's life]]. Most of the townsfolk accept this, but [[spoiler:Courtland's]] mother confronts Eddie in private, saying that she knows perfectly well her son hated Eddie and wouldn't have even done Eddie a minor favor, much less risk his own life on Eddie's behalf. Eddie realizes that he and Jane may have to come up with more convincing cover stories in the future.


** Prefect Yewberry warns Eddie and his father about Pookas in Rusty Hill, saying they've appeared [[{{Harvey}} here and there, now and then, to this one and that one.]]

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** Prefect Yewberry warns Eddie and his father about Pookas in Rusty Hill, saying they've appeared [[{{Harvey}} [[Film/{{Harvey}} here and there, now and then, to this one and that one.]]


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Legends of the Previous, such as [[{{Music/Madonna}} M'Donna]] and [[ChuckNorris Chuck Naurice.]]

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed - Legends of the Previous, such as [[{{Music/Madonna}} M'Donna]] and [[ChuckNorris [[Creator/ChuckNorris Chuck Naurice.]]

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