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* CerebusSyndrome: As soon as [[spoiler:Mark dies]], all of the humor in the story goes away, and it turns into full-on horror.


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* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: The story frequently switches between BlackComedy and horror from time to time. Whenever the story focuses on the lead protagonists, it's usually lighthearted. Whenever Maximus comes along, the story blends into a disturbing combination of dark humor and horror, depending on whenever he starts killing anyone.

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* ClusterFBomb: Every character, even the preteens, has no problem gratuitously swearing in front of one another.


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* DarknessEqualsDeath: As soon as the lights in the police station go out in chapter 11, the cops are gradually killed off one by one.


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* LaughablyEvil: Maximus frequently mocks or jokes with his victims and sometimes talks in a sarcastic tone. Which makes it all the more disturbing when he immediately switches from an over-the-top, comical villain to a bloodthirsty murderer [[FauxAffablyEvil who speaks nonchalantly]].


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* PsychopathicManchild: Maximus Slade acts and behaves like a rowdy teenager, despite being a sadistic killer. Justified, however, since he was turned into a werewolf in his teenage years, and mentally never aged.

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* KillTheCutie: Both [[spoiler:Mark]] and [[spoiler:Boog]], two of the nicest and most innocent characters in the story, perish before the final chapter.


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* MicDrop: In chapter 5, after Boog gives Maximus TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, Dylan grabs a wrench and drops it on the floor, for obvious reasons.
--> '''Boog''': "Why'd you do that?"
--> '''Dylan''': "[[LampshadeHanging I don't have a mic.]]"


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* PluckyComicRelief: Dylan, who frequently spouts out lines of dialogue to lighten the situation whenever things become grim.


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Several characters repeatedly call out Maximus on his sadistic behavior and how his excuse that he just wants to "have fun" makes no sense at all, since he goes around murdering innocent people.


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* SarcasticConfession: When Mark first meets Maximus, he off-handedly remarks that he's a "spooky scary werewolf who's come to eat all his friends." Mark dismisses this comment, up until he kills two people and reveals he ''is'' a werewolf.


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* WouldHurtAChild: Maximus has no problem hurting or killing teenagers and children.

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* AllHallowsEve: The entire story takes place on Halloween night while everyone is trick-or-treating.


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* AtLeastIAdmitIt: When Mark confronts Maximus in chapter 9, he calls him out on his definition of "fun," blatantly telling him that there's no excuse for murdering innocent people. Maximus just smirks at him and confesses to his sadism.
--> '''Maximus''': "I'm just...I don't know...I don't know what's wrong with me."
--> '''Mark''': "No. You don't get to play that card. I don't give a fuck if your mentality isn't the same as ours. You killed dozens of people. Innocent people. Own up to it!"
--> '''Maximus (while smirking)''': "No, Markie-boy. I had ''fun''. Sure...many people were killed while I was having fun, but hey."
--> '''Mark''': ''({{Beat}})'' "You're hopeless."
--> '''Maximus''': "So's humanity. Least I admit what I am."


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* CrocodileTears: When Maximus is confronted in chapter 9 by Mark, he pretends to have a mental breakdown and starts crying, saying he doesn't know what's wrong with him. Mark sees through it instantly and calls him out on it, and he immediately goes back to his SmugSnake demeanor.


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* TimeSkip: [[spoiler:The epilogue takes place three years after the events in the Green Water subdivision]].

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* ActionSurvivor: None of the four preteens have any weapons training and never fought monsters before in their lives. Nevertheless, they used whatever weapons they can find to fight off Maximus, and even then, [[RealityEnsues this doesn't always work]].


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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Maximus is quite fond of these, as listed below.
** [[spoiler:Mark]] has his chest and abdomen torn open. And then his ribcage is broken.
** [[spoiler:Umberton]] has his tongue pulled out, has his stomach torn open, and then Maximus reaches inside and ''stretches out his intestines''.
** [[spoiler:Boog]] has his spine broken, and is then set on fire.
** Finally, there's [[spoiler:Maximus himself]]. See RasputinianDeath below.


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* FalseInnocenceTrick: After Maximus is wounded in chapter 4 by the BadassBystander, he approaches a teenager and tries to pass himself off as a trick-or-treater who got shot by a crazy man. Then he quickly takes her hostage while she's distracted.


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* KickTheDog: Maximus does this throughout the story, but by far the worst case was when he [[spoiler:made Boog answer his phone after his parents called him. And then he forced him to tell his parents that he was about to die screaming]].


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* SmugSnake: Maximus is a lot more overconfident than he should be and frequently underestimates the humans' ability to fight back (as shown in chapter 4 with the BadassBystander). He also tends to gloat and toy with his victims, as opposed to outright killing them.


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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It's never stated what city, or even what state, the story takes place in. It's merely implied that the story takes place somewhere out in the country, given how small the local police station is.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: The villain's full name is ''Maximus Slade''.
* BadassBystander: In the beginning of chapter 4, there's a random CrazyPrepared man who sat near his front door ''expecting'' someone to break in so he could blast them away with his shotgun. He nearly kills Maximus after he tries to break in, and even succeeds in getting a grisly shot off at his face ''without'' killing the teenager he took hostage.


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* BigBadWannabe: Umberton tries to be a major villain, but he's really just an incompetent police officer who'd rather cover up a series of murders through an absurdly-convoluted plan to save face and to gain sympathy from surrounding counties. When Giggs exposes him and Tully, she and the other officers subdue them very easily. [[spoiler:And when Maximus gets to him, he's killed as easily as the rest of Maximus' victims]].


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* BoomHeadshot: How Umberton kills [[spoiler:Tully]] and [[spoiler:Leysha]].


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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite being complicit in Umberton's cover up, Tully calls him out on how stupid he is after he [[spoiler:murders one of his deputies and tries to kill Giggs. This happens ''after'' Umberton saw Maximus brutally murder two other deputies and was fully aware that without the proper manpower, they'd have no chance of surviving Maximus' wrath]].


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* MauveShirt: Every named character who isn't Giggs, Eddie Sanchez, Maximus, or the four lead protagonists falls into this category. [[spoiler:Even Umberton and Tully hardly do anything in the story before they're killed, despite being the main reason why no cops show up to help the heroes out]].


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* RealityEnsues:
** In chapter 2, Eddie is informed about a possible double murder that was passed off as a prank. Instead of ignoring this information, he heads to the murder location, discovers that the murders were real, and tries to call for backup.
** In chapter 4, Maximus, at random, tries to break into someone's house by smashing a window. An alarm goes off immediately afterwards, and he's forced to run away.
** After Umberton and Tully explain how they plan on covering up the Green Water tragedy, they tell Giggs to go home and to forget about everything they said. She ignores them and heads straight down to the subdivision to go help Officer Sanchez.
** In chapter 9, [[spoiler:Maximus is stabbed multiple times with silver weapons. So he just walks it off and patches up his wounds, right? Nope. The wounds are permanent, and for the remainder of the story, he's noticeably weaker and slower]].


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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Sheriff Umberton and Deputy Chief Tully only appear in one scene in chapter 4, and for half of chapter 11. However, they're the sole reason why none of the police officers come to aid the heroes in the Green Water subdivision, and are indirectly responsible for several of the murders that took place that they possibly could've prevented.


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* TongueTrauma: Shortly before Maximus kills [[spoiler:Umberton]], he rips his tongue out.


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* InfantImmortality: ''Defied''. In chapter 2, Mark tries to call Maximus' bluff when he's holding a young girl hostage, stating that children typically don't die in horror stories. He snaps her neck immediately afterwards, and kills several other children throughout the story.

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* InfantImmortality: ''Defied''.{{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Eddie Sanchez]] has three of his fingers sliced off shortly before Maximus kills him.
* GenreSavvy: ''Everyone''. All of the protagonists are skilled in their knowledge of horror tropes and do the exact ''opposite'' of what would normally get an average horror story protagonist killed. Unfortunately, [[BigBad Maximus Slade]] is also very genre savvy...
* ImprobableInfantSurvival : Defied.
In chapter 2, Mark tries to call Maximus' bluff when he's holding a young girl hostage, stating that children typically don't die in horror stories. He snaps her neck immediately afterwards, and kills several other children throughout the story.


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* AssholeVictim: Mark and his group don't shed a tear when they find out that Maximus killed [[spoiler:Toby and his gang]], all of whom were bullies who vandalized public property.

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Mark and his group don't shed a tear when they find out that Maximus killed [[spoiler:Toby and his gang]], all of whom were bullies who vandalized public property.property.
** [[spoiler:Sheriff Umberton and Tully, both of whom tried to cover up the Green Water murders and neglected to send police backup when Eddie and various civilians desperately needed it]].


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* DirtyCop: Sheriff Umberton and Tully. When they learn about the situation in the Green Water subdivision, they decide to try and cover it up and pretend that they never received any calls from the area so the blowback won't affect their station. Giggs and Eddie openly point out [[IdiotBall how stupid their plan is]], and it eventually falls apart in chapter 11.


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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Maximus killing [[spoiler:Umberton]] is nothing short of cathartic, given that the victim in question didn't even try to aid the civilians in the Green Water subdivision and murdered a few deputies in an idiotic attempt to escape with his life.


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* PoliceAreUseless:
** Justified with Giggs. When Mark calls her and tells her two people had been murdered, she immediately assumes he's pulling a prank and hangs up on him after receiving multiple prank calls that night. Once Giggs finds out that Mark was telling the truth, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone she's understandably horrified]], and goes well out of her way to drive down to the subdivision to assist Officer Sanchez and to make up for her screw-up.
** Inverted with Eddie Sanchez, the ''only'' competent police officer in the whole story who chases after Maximus and warns the residents of Green Water to barricade themselves in their homes.
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Maximus. He's shot and beaten multiple times, stabbed in the eye twice, stabbed repeatedly again around his body and neck, partially burned in a fire, and then has his insides blown apart after he swallows a miniature bomb Dylan shot into his mouth. Even after all that, he ''still'' didn't die; Rachel had to chop off his head to finish him off]].


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* TheSociopath: Maximus Slade sees people as nothing more than toys or tools of enjoyment, and if they're not entertaining him, then they're not his friends. He reveals in chapter 7 that despite having "friends" when he was young, he grew bored of them over time, and even killed one of them.
--> '''Maximus''': "See, friends—they're like toys really—ah! Video games! We can all relate to that! They're video games. You play them for a while, you're havin' fun, but then you reach the end. You beat all the levels. You unlocked everything. And then you see no more use for it. So you leave it alone and let it collect dust. Or you sell it for some cash. Or you just do what I do and dispose of them."


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* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Umberton]]. Despite knowing that a killer werewolf just murdered two cops ''right in front of him'', he ignores Maximus altogether and [[spoiler:steals a deputy's gun, where he kills two deputies and wounds another all so he can try to escape without facing jail time. Maximus promptly corners him after all the officers are dead and disembowels him]].

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''[[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3315158/1/TOT T.O.T.]]'' is a 2017 [[WebOriginalFiction web novel]] written by Tyk5919.

While trick-or-treating on Halloween, a young boy comes across a giant man inside of a realistic-looking werewolf costume. Once the boy discovers that the werewolf is in fact real, and is very eager to slaughter everyone within the subdivision the boy lives in, he and his friends find themselves in a fight for survival as they try to stop the beast from killing everyone in sight.

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* AdultFear: In spades.
** Several teenagers and children are killed by Maximus during his rampage in the Green Water subdivision, all while he was posing as a trick-or-treater himself.
** [[spoiler:Boog]] gets the worst of it. His final moments are him telling his parents that he loves them dearly and that he's about to die, and all the while, his parents can't do a thing to save him because [[spoiler:they left him home alone so they could go on a business trip hundreds of miles away from home]].
* AnyoneCanDie: Made evident when [[spoiler:Mark]] is killed off in chapter 9. By the end of the story, [[spoiler:everyone is dead except for Dylan and Rachel]].
* AssholeVictim: Mark and his group don't shed a tear when they find out that Maximus killed [[spoiler:Toby and his gang]], all of whom were bullies who vandalized public property.
* BigBad: Maximus Slade, the malicious werewolf who desires to slaughter everyone in the Green Water subdivision.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Rachel and Dylan survive and kill Maximus, but Mark and Boog are dead, along with dozens of innocents and several police officers. The eqilogue reveals that Rachel and Dylan weren't horribly traumatized by the events and continue on with their lives in peace, and even go back to trick-or-treating]].
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Most of the story focuses on Mark's point of view, and he even gets a chunk of CharacterDevelopment as the story progresses. Despite this, Maximus brutally murders him at the end of chapter 9]].
* ExcrementStatement: In chapter 3, Maximus climbs onto a police cruiser and defecates all over the windshield just to piss off two officers and show them how much he hates the police.
* EyeScream: Several, most notably when Maximus shoots a BB at Mark's eye, and when [[spoiler:Boog]] stabs [[spoiler:Maximus]] in his right eye.
* FartsOnFire: In chapter 7, Toby entertains himself and his gang by lighting some of Maximus' farts.
* InfantImmortality: ''Defied''. In chapter 2, Mark tries to call Maximus' bluff when he's holding a young girl hostage, stating that children typically don't die in horror stories. He snaps her neck immediately afterwards, and kills several other children throughout the story.
* KilledOffscreen: Seconds before [[spoiler:Boog]] is burned alive, chapter 11, thankfully, abruptly ends. Chapter 12 starts from a different scene altogether, but confirms that he did indeed die.
* MadeOfIron: Due to his RegeneratingHealth, Maximus is capable of taking a very, ''very'' brutal beating. Unless he's attacked with silver, of course.
* OffWithHisHead: How [[spoiler:Maximus Slade]] is killed, courtesy of a machete.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: For starters, Maximus Slade can talk, and has the appearance of a scruffy, anthropomorphic black wolf. He can also regenerate his health very quickly, even if he gets shot in the head, and he reveals in chapter 7 that he's been in his lycan form for so long that it became permanent, and he can no longer shift into a human again. Nevertheless, he possesses the same weakness all werewolves have: silver.
* RunningGag: Everyone joking about Maximus' bad breath. It got so bad that when [[spoiler:Dylan launched a miniature mine into his mouth, Maximus legitimately thought it was just a breath mint]].
* SacrificialLion: The death of [[spoiler:Mark]] hammered in that absolutely ''no one'' is safe anymore, including the four main characters.
* SmellyFeet: Given his overall lack of hygiene, Maximus' footpaws smell very rank. Roger finds this out the hard way after Grim dares him to sniff his footpaws for thirty seconds.
* ToiletHumour:
** See ExcrementStatement above.
** Chapter 7 is loaded with it, most notably when Maximus urinates on a jack-o-lantern, and when he passed gas repeatedly in front of Toby's gang, shortly before Toby starts lighting his farts on fire.
* VillainEpisode: Chapter 7 doesn't feature a single protagonist, and focuses solely on Maximus interacting with Toby's gang and revealing part of his backstory.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Maximus only wears a pair of blue shorts, and he remains shirtless throughout the entire story.
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 9 has [[spoiler:Mark and the group mortally wounding Maximus. Just before Mark gets the chance to kill him, Maximus gets the drop on him and brutally murders him, leaving his corpse for his friends to find]].
* YouNeedABreathMint: Maximus Slade has very foul breath, which everyone repeatedly brings up. When he and Mark went trick-or-treating in chapter 1, he received nothing ''but'' breath mints and gum.
--> '''Maximus''': "Why the hell did you get all the good shit and all I got was fuckin' gum and breath mints?!"
--> '''Mark (while holding his nose)''': "Because your breath is scarier than your costume."

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