Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Literature / SkippyDies

Go To



* AlwaysSecondBest: Jeekers to Ruprecht. When Ruprecht loses it after Skippy dies, Jeekers secretly relishes being first in the class for once.

to:

* AlwaysSecondBest: Jeekers to Ruprecht. When Ruprecht loses it after Skippy dies, dies and starts under performing academically, Jeekers secretly relishes being first in the class for once.



* BettyAndVeronica: Skippy is the Betty to Carl's Veronica, for Lori's Archie.

to:

* BettyAndVeronica: Skippy is the Betty to Carl's Veronica, for Lori's Archie. Skippy is an innocent, good-hearted nerd, while Carl is a sexually aggressive bad boy.



* BoardingSchoolofHorrors: Seabrook College is a {{downplayed}} example compared to classic Victorian cases (the narration notes that corporal punishment is no longer allowed). Still, students regularly beat and harass each other, most of the teachers are completely ineffective [[spoiler: if not sexually abusing the students themselves]] and those in power prefer to cover things up rather than help any of the students.
* BreakingSpeech: Dennis gives one to Ruprecht, Geoff, and Mario and Costigan gives one to Howard in the third volume.

to:

* BoardingSchoolofHorrors: Seabrook College College, a boarding school, is a {{downplayed}} example compared to classic Victorian cases (the narration notes that corporal punishment is no longer allowed). Still, students regularly beat and harass each other, most of the teachers are completely ineffective [[spoiler: if not sexually abusing the students themselves]] and those in power prefer to cover things up rather than help any of the students.
%% ZCE * BreakingSpeech: Dennis gives one to Ruprecht, Geoff, and Mario and Costigan gives one to Howard in the third volume.



* CannotTalkToWomen: Skippy, when he first tries to speak to Lori.

to:

* CannotTalkToWomen: Skippy, when Skippy. When he first tries to speak to Lori.Lori, he stutters and makes a fool of himself, and almost completely bungles the encounter. He's saved only by the fact that she wants drugs, and he happens to have them.



** Carl goes to the Hop specifically to drug Lori’s drink and do this. Thankfully, she’s already snuck out with Skippy.

to:

** Carl goes to the Hop specifically to drug Lori’s drink and do this.have sex with her. Thankfully, she’s already snuck out with Skippy.



* DeadpanSnarker: Dennis

to:

* DeadpanSnarker: Dennis is constantly making fun of his friends and dropping witticisms.



* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Skippy challenges Carl to a one-on-one fight and wins by [[spoiler: getting a lucky hit right to Carl’s glass jaw.]]
* DestructiveRomance: The Skippy-Lori-Carl love triangle, for all three of them.

to:

* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Skippy challenges Carl to a one-on-one fight and wins by [[spoiler: getting a lucky hit right to Carl’s glass jaw.]]
]] Nobody believed he could do it-- all of Skippy's friends were convinced Carl would kill him.
* DestructiveRomance: The Skippy-Lori-Carl love triangle, for all three of them. The fallout of the relationship drama leaves [[spoiler: Skippy Dead and Lori and Carl deeply psychologically damaged and on the brink of suicide.]]



* HighSchoolDance: The Halloween Hop.

to:

* HighSchoolDance: The Halloween Hop.Hop, a dance held in the gym, is the big social event at Seabrook College and one of the few opportunities for the all-boys-school students to interact with girls. As such, the characters treat it as a pivotal event for their romantic lives.



* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Many people have this reaction when things start falling apart at Seabrook after Skippy dies.

to:

* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Many people have this reaction when things start falling apart at Seabrook after Skippy dies.dies, becoming angry and blaming him.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dennis.

to:

* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dennis.Dennis constantly makes fun of his friends and belittles Ruprecht, but he secretly does care about them.



* LackOfEmpathy: Carl seems to be this way.
* LastRequest: “Tell Lori he loves her! Oh my god!”

to:

* LackOfEmpathy: Carl seems to be this way.
unable to empathize with others, and he's clearly not wired correctly.
* LastRequest: “Tell Lori he loves her! Oh my god!”god!” on Skippy's deathbed in the doughnut shop.



* LongingForFictionland: Skippy becomes increasingly withdrawn into his video game, ''Hopeland.''

to:

* LongingForFictionland: Skippy becomes increasingly withdrawn into his video game, ''Hopeland.''''Hopeland'' and events in the game and in his real life become increasingly fused in his mind as the story progresses.



* MyGreatestFailure: Howard regards [[spoiler: letting Tom take the bungee jump in his place, which ended up causing Tom’s life-ruining injuries,]] as this.

to:

* MyGreatestFailure: Howard regards [[spoiler: letting Tom take the bungee jump in his place, which ended up causing Tom’s life-ruining injuries,]] as this. It still haunts him years afterward.



* NiceGuy: Skippy.

to:

* NiceGuy: Skippy.Skippy is earnest, quiet, and never says a bad thing to anyone.



* OverprotectiveDad: Lori’s father, Gavin, shows signs of this. Though considering his daughter and her taste in men, it’s probably justified.

to:

* OverprotectiveDad: Lori’s father, Gavin, shows signs of this. He is very suspicious of any and all boys she interacts with, and grounds her after she skips out after the Hop. Though considering his daughter and her taste in men, it’s probably justified.



* PoisonousFriend: Janine is one to both Carl and Lori.

to:

* PoisonousFriend: Janine is one to both Carl and Lori.Lori, exploiting both of them in order to get what she wants.



* VomitChainReaction: Happens when someone spikes the punch at the Halloween Hop.

to:

* VomitChainReaction: Happens when someone spikes the punch at the Halloween Hop. Everyone in a packed gym starts vomiting in unison after drinking the punch.

Added DiffLines:

* BandGeek: Seabrook doesn't have a proper band, but the authorities forcefully form a small wind ensemble out of a few boys, all of whom are extremely dorky. It's led by Ruprecht, a TeenGenius with limited social skills whose french horn hobby is listed as one of his many geeky traits. Rounding out the quartet is Jeekers, Ruprecht's academic rival and a conscientiously rule-abiding dweeb, Geoff, a RPG-obsessed CloudCuckoolander, and Dennis, who is incredibly embarrassed to be in the group as he views being in a wind quartet the least cool thing he could do.


* TheNewRockAndRoll: {{Rap}} is portrayed in the book as farcially offensive, containing ludicrous amount of sexual and violent references. Once rap gets played at the Halloween Hop, it turns instantly into APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy. There's also a lot of discussion about how Rock 'n Roll itself was once edgy and cool but is now the province of staid adults such as The Automator. The Seabrook boys who have a rock band aren't portrayed as particularly cool.

to:

* TheNewRockAndRoll: {{Rap}} [[HipHop Rap]] is portrayed in the book as farcially offensive, containing ludicrous amount of sexual and violent references. Once rap gets played at the Halloween Hop, it turns instantly into APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy. There's also a lot of discussion about how Rock 'n Roll itself was once edgy and cool but is now the province of staid adults such as The Automator. The Seabrook boys who have a rock band aren't portrayed as particularly cool.


* HormoneAddledTeenager: Nearly all the teen characters fall into this. Various references are made to Seabrook being filled with "a cloud of hormones". All the boys are constantly talking and thinking about sex, and all the girls are very concerned with boys and making poor relationship choices (and sex, though not as single-mindedly as the boys). The only exceptions are Skippy, who's a late bloomer (and has some other reasons to feel weird about that stuff) and Ruprecht, a TVGenius who's sexuality is somewhat unclear.



* TheSociopath: Carl.

to:

* %%* TheSociopath: Carl.



* TeenGenius: Ruprecht.

to:

* TeenGenius: Ruprecht.Ruprecht, a brilliant student who spends his spare time building inventions that he says will prove String Theory.



* TroubledChild: Skippy.

to:

* %%* TroubledChild: Skippy.

Added DiffLines:

* TeensLoveShopping: Zigzagged. At first, Lori loves shopping with her friends, but when Skippy dies, Lori's mom tries to cheer her up by taking her shopping but it just makes her sadder.


* EmbarrassingNickname: The Seabrook students give insulting nicknames to most of their teachers. Notable ones include Howard the Coward for Howard and Pere Vert for French teacher Father Green.

to:

* EmbarrassingNickname: The Seabrook students give insulting nicknames to most of their teachers. Notable ones include Howard the Coward for Howard and Pere Vert for French teacher Father Green. Dennis also frequently calls Ruprecht "Van Blowjob" and variations.



* FirstNameBasis: The Automator's insistence that all the teachers call him "Greg", to the affront of Father Green, signifies his new, modern corporate approach to running the school and his disregard for tradition and history.



* SkewedPriorities: The Automator prioritizes the school's image over the well-being of the students. He makes it very clear that he thinks [[spoiler: molesting a student and driving him to suicide]] if you're important to the sports program is much less bad than [[spoiler: chickening out of a dangerous teen prank]]. He also has a tendency to hold minor, teenage physiological accidents against his students, insisting that Skippy throwing up in class or Ruprecht [[spoiler: poppi

to:

* SkewedPriorities: The Automator prioritizes the school's image over the well-being of the students. He makes it very clear that he thinks [[spoiler: molesting a student and driving him to suicide]] if you're important to the sports program is much less bad than [[spoiler: chickening out of a dangerous teen prank]]. He also has a tendency to hold minor, teenage physiological accidents against his students, insisting that Skippy throwing up in class or Ruprecht [[spoiler: poppipopping a boner in the gymn showers]] is irrefutable proof of their delinquency.

Added DiffLines:

* ReassignedToAntarctica: [[spoiler: Tom Roche]] gets a new job at a school in Mauritius midway through the year as punishment/coverup for [[spoiler: molesting Skippy, contributing to his suicide and drug abuse]]. It's treated as a sad event by some of the characters, but it's actually a secretly intentional ReassignmentBackfire, as the new job gives him his dream of [[spoiler: coaching rugby.]]


%% ZCE * ConsummateLiar: Greg Costigan, a lot.

to:

%% ZCE * ConsummateLiar: Greg Costigan, a lot.Costigan is obsessed with managing the school's image and is incredibly convincing when he talks about the many, many coverups he executes.



* DeathSeeker: Near the end of the book, [[spoiler: Father green realizes the building is on fire, pulls the fire alarm, and goes back in his office in the burning building]] to sit there and wait to die.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Possibly how Skippy dies; he takes a whole bottle of pills after a very rough day. Carl was later driven to this after his hallucinations and possible HeelRealization makes him think he has to die to prove his love to Lori, but is saved from the fire by Howard. Towards the end of the book, Lori contemplates suicide as well to escape what her life’s become, but decides that she will live to see the good in the world.]]

to:

* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Possibly how Skippy dies; he takes a whole bottle of pills after a very rough day. Carl was later driven to this after his hallucinations and possible HeelRealization makes him think he has to die to prove his love to Lori, but is saved from the fire by Howard. Towards the end of the book, Lori (and perhaps Ruprecht as well) contemplates suicide as well to escape what her life’s become, but decides that she will live to see the good in the world.]]



* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Mario gets a lot of these moments. When it seems like his friends are about to get expelled, he says something along the lines of "If you guys left I would miss you. For the record, that does not mean that I am a homosexual."



* HeelRealization: At the end of the book, Carl realizes that he is the demon [[spoiler: and decides he has to die in order to be free of Skippy's ghost.]]



** Carl gets no official rebuke for drugging the entire school, injuring other kids, or any of the other bad (and illegal) things he does. The ending letter implies that Carl was not found responsible for [[spoiler: deliberately burning down the school and killing Father Green]]. Unlike some other characters, Carl at least is wracked with mental torment for what he sees as his role in Skippy's death.



%% ZCE * RichBitch: Lori.
* SadistTeacher: Father Green.

to:

%% ZCE * RichBitch: Lori.
Lori is a deconstructed example. Due to her beauty and wealthy parents, she's accustomed to getting everything she wants, and is sometimes randomly cruel to other kids she deems unworthy. After Skippy's death, she finds that her parents substitute material things for affection or emotional expression, and that everyone around her are fake friends. She also angsts about how her own selfishness caused such harm to Skippy, who actually loved her, and learns that you simply can't get everything you want, as her love for both Skippy and Carl was incompatible and led to destruction for all three of them.
* SadistTeacher: Father Green.Green hates teaching, hates teaching French, and hates his students. One devastating scene has him tormenting Skippy over perceived obscenity.
* SkewedPriorities: The Automator prioritizes the school's image over the well-being of the students. He makes it very clear that he thinks [[spoiler: molesting a student and driving him to suicide]] if you're important to the sports program is much less bad than [[spoiler: chickening out of a dangerous teen prank]]. He also has a tendency to hold minor, teenage physiological accidents against his students, insisting that Skippy throwing up in class or Ruprecht [[spoiler: poppi


* TheGhost: Skippy's mom, who is mentioned and described by other characters but never directly by the narration.

to:

* TheGhost: Skippy's mom, who is mentioned and described by other characters but never directly by doesn't get any dialog.
* GiveGeeksAChance: Skippy, who loves video games and science more than anything, falls in love with
the narration.incredibly beautiful and popular Lori, who actually ends up somewhat reciprocating. [[RealityEnsues It doesn't work out well for them though.]]


Added DiffLines:

* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: After Skippy's taken a fatal dose of pills, he relives many of his happiest memories in life, including many from his childhood.


* DeanBitterman: The Automator. He's dead-set against Howard's attempts to deviate from the textbook or anything that challenges social expectations, and becomes increasingly an enemy of Howard as the book progresses. He's dead-set on modernizing the school, but only cares about money and prestige, not the well-being of students. He also is set against Skippy in particular, seeing him as a troublemaker (rather than the person in trouble that he is) due to his sometimes odd behavior and using him as a scapegoat.

to:

* DeanBitterman: The Automator.Acting Principal Greg Costigan, aka "The Automator". He's dead-set against Howard's attempts to deviate from the textbook or anything that challenges social expectations, and becomes increasingly an enemy of Howard as the book progresses. He's dead-set on modernizing the school, but only cares about money and prestige, not the well-being of students. He also is set against Skippy in particular, seeing him as a troublemaker (rather than the person in trouble that he is) due to his sometimes odd behavior and using him as a scapegoat.


Added DiffLines:

* FormerTeenRebel: The Automator was in a rock band as a teen which played edgy (for the time), anti-establishment music such as Music/PinkFloyd's "Another Brick in the Wall". Now he's a principal and captain of the vanguard of enforced conformity and corporate values.


Added DiffLines:

* TheNewRockAndRoll: {{Rap}} is portrayed in the book as farcially offensive, containing ludicrous amount of sexual and violent references. Once rap gets played at the Halloween Hop, it turns instantly into APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy. There's also a lot of discussion about how Rock 'n Roll itself was once edgy and cool but is now the province of staid adults such as The Automator. The Seabrook boys who have a rock band aren't portrayed as particularly cool.


* DeanBitterman: The Automator. He's dead-set against Howard's attempts to deviate from the textbook or anything that challenges social expectations, and becomes increasingly an enemy of Howard as the book progresses. He's dead-set on modernizing the school, but only cares about money and prestige, not the well-being of students. He also is set against Skippy in particular, seeing him as a troublemaker (rather than the person in trouble that he is) due to his sometimes odd behavior and using him as a scapegoat.



** Guido LaManche was ultimately responsible for the bungee-jumping accident that ruined Tom's life, as he was the one who built the thing and pressured everyone into it. Guido faces basically no consequences for this and goes on to become incredibly successful in life, while Harold is blamed for what happened and haunted by it forever.

to:

** Guido LaManche [=LaManche=] was ultimately responsible for the bungee-jumping accident that ruined Tom's life, as he was the one who built the thing and pressured everyone into it. Guido faces basically no consequences for this and goes on to become incredibly successful in life, while Harold is blamed for what happened and haunted by it forever.



* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Eoin "MC Sexecutioner" Flynn and his best friend have outrageous rapper personas and use every opportunity to rap. On Halloween, they dress in blackface.

to:

* PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy: Eoin "MC Sexecutioner" Flynn and his best friend Patrick "Da Knowledge" Noonan have outrageous rapper personas and use every opportunity to rap. On Halloween, they dress in blackface.


* KarmaHoudini: Greg Costigan, Aurelie, and [[spoiler:Tom Roche]] get no comeuppance for anything they did.

to:

* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
**
Greg Costigan, Aurelie, and [[spoiler:Tom Roche]] get no comeuppance for anything they did.did, all basically getting what they wanted in life despite the bad things they were responsible for.
** Guido LaManche was ultimately responsible for the bungee-jumping accident that ruined Tom's life, as he was the one who built the thing and pressured everyone into it. Guido faces basically no consequences for this and goes on to become incredibly successful in life, while Harold is blamed for what happened and haunted by it forever.



* LoserProtagonist: Harold shares the Protagonist slot with Skippy and a few other characters, but he gets a lot of POV time in the narration. Harold is stuck at a job that he hates because he failed out of his other career, is stuck in an unfulfilling relationship, and fears that he'll never do anything fulfilling in his life. For much of the book, he lives up to his nickname "Howard the Coward", being generally spineless and stuck reliving his past failures.

to:

* LoserProtagonist: Harold shares the Protagonist slot with Skippy and a few other characters, but he gets a lot of POV time in the narration. Harold is stuck at a job that he hates because he failed out of his other career, is stuck in an unfulfilling relationship, and fears that he'll never do anything fulfilling meaningful in his life. For much of the book, he lives up to his nickname "Howard the Coward", being generally spineless and stuck reliving his past failures.


* AdultsAreUseless: None of the adults are able to help the kids very much with their problems. In fact, some of them make it worse, intentionally or not.

to:

* AdultsAreUseless: None of the adults are able to help the kids very much with their problems. In fact, some of them make it worse, intentionally or not. A lot of the tragedy of the book comes from how the adult characters repeatedly miss opportunities to help Skippy or figure out what's going on with him.



* AgentMulder: Geoff to Ruprecht’s Agent Scully (and vice versa)

to:

* AgentMulder: Geoff to Ruprecht’s Agent Scully (and vice versa)is always uncritically enthusiastic about Ruprecht's wild ideas.



* FatBestFriend: Ruprecht Skippy's fat best friend, who gets much less characterization than him.
* FictionalVideoGame: ''Hopeland'', though it is largely a BlandNameProduct version of ''Francise/LegendOfZelda''.

to:

* FatBestFriend: Ruprecht is Skippy's fat best friend, who and gets much less characterization than him.Skippy.
* FictionalVideoGame: ''Hopeland'', though it the RPG that Skippy is largely a BlandNameProduct version of ''Francise/LegendOfZelda''.obsessed with finishing, which has some similarities to''Franchise/LegendOfZelda''. Skippy's struggles to finish the game by [[SaveThePrincess Saving The Princess]] and defeating the three demons parallels his personal struggles to get with Lori and defeat his three personal demons (Carl, [[spoiler: his swim coach who raped him]], and his sick mother).



* {{Hypocrite}}: Costigan. In ''spades.''

to:

* {{Hypocrite}}: Costigan. {{Hypocrite}}:
** Costigan, who makes many gestures to the school's greatness and the success of his students when all he cares about is optics.
** Father Green is the most outspoken about adhering to old values and avoiding sin, particularly sexual sins. [[spoiler:
In ''spades.''fact, he no longer believes in God, and is haunted by the times that he gave into sin back in Africa by molesting the children he was teaching.]]



** After [[spoiler: giving Carl a blowjob in which he forces her to swallow, Lori]] mistakenly thinks she's gotten pregnant. [[spoiler: She hasn't, obviously, but it's what makes her panic, starve herself with diet pills to try and end the pregnancy, and end up anorexic.]]

to:

** After [[spoiler: giving Carl a blowjob in which he forces her to swallow, Lori]] mistakenly thinks she's gotten pregnant. [[spoiler: She hasn't, obviously, but it's what makes her panic, starve herself with diet pills to try and end the pregnancy, and end ends up anorexic.]]


Added DiffLines:

* WildTeenParty: The instant Harold and Aurelie leave the hall, the Halloween Hop turns into this. The music is replaced with impossibly loud and crude rap music, the punch is quickly spiked, and the dance rapidly turns into APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy as all the kids lose their clothes and get wild.


* Carl goes to the Hop specifically to drug Lori’s drink and do this. Thankfully, she’s already snuck out with Skippy.

to:

* ** Carl goes to the Hop specifically to drug Lori’s drink and do this. Thankfully, she’s already snuck out with Skippy.



* DontExplainTheJoke: Mario attempting to give Skippy a good pickup line prompts this:

to:

* DontExplainTheJoke: DontExplainTheJoke:
**
Mario attempting to give Skippy a good pickup line prompts this:



* HarsherInHindsight: In-universe. Not that this was lighthearted to begin with, but at Skippy’s funeral, among other insults, a drunken Farley says all Tom Roche can think about is “boys in their pretty little swimming togs,” which makes Tom lose it and attack him. [[spoiler: Once it’s revealed that Roche molested Skippy, which was a part of why he committed suicide, that becomes a lot worse.]]

to:

* HarsherInHindsight: In-universe. In-universe.
**
Not that this was lighthearted to begin with, but at Skippy’s funeral, among other insults, a drunken Farley says all Tom Roche can think about is “boys in their pretty little swimming togs,” which makes Tom lose it and attack him. [[spoiler: Once it’s revealed that Roche molested Skippy, which was a part of why he committed suicide, that becomes a lot worse.]]



* OhCrap: Lori has this reaction just before [[spoiler: going rightfully berserk on Carl when she realizes he is filming her giving him a blowjob and is sending out the video. She also has this reaction when she mistakenly believes she’s gotten pregnant because of it.]]

to:

* OhCrap: OhCrap:
**
Lori has this reaction just before [[spoiler: going rightfully berserk on Carl when she realizes he is filming her giving him a blowjob and is sending out the video. She also has this reaction when she mistakenly believes she’s gotten pregnant because of it.]]



* TeenPregnancy: A minor subplot is Titch accidentally getting Kelly Ann pregnant.
** After [[spoiler: giving Carl a blowjob in which he forces her to swallow, Lori mistakenly thinks she's gotten pregnant. She hasn't, obviously, but it's what makes her panic, starve herself with diet pills to try and end the pregnancy, and end up anorexic.]]

to:

* TeenPregnancy: TeenPregnancy:
**
A minor subplot is Titch accidentally getting Kelly Ann pregnant.
** After [[spoiler: giving Carl a blowjob in which he forces her to swallow, Lori Lori]] mistakenly thinks she's gotten pregnant. [[spoiler: She hasn't, obviously, but it's what makes her panic, starve herself with diet pills to try and end the pregnancy, and end up anorexic.]]


* LustObject: What Carl sees Lori as. His relationship with her mostly involves disturbing sexual fantasies and getting sex from her for drugs.

to:

* LustObject: What Carl sees Lori as. His relationship with to her mostly involves disturbing sexual fantasies fantasizing about, and getting sex from pressuring her for drugs.to sleep with him.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 67

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report