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* CoolOldGuy: The Great Ancient Squid Spyridon combines this trope with EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods.

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* CoolOldGuy: The Great Ancient Squid Spyridon combines this trope with EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods.serves as such.


* ArtifactOfDoom: Vunyukov's Great Round Seal, which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureucratic order. It's also slowly corrupting its possessor and even the people around.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Vunyukov's Great Round Seal, which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureucratic bureaucratic order. It's also slowly corrupting its possessor and even the people around.

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* LastNameBasis: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] with Farfurkis. No one knows his first name. No one ever wants to know.


* BadExportForYou: The only existing English translation is based on an abridged edition and yet removes some passages, making the book even more abridged.

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* WeWillMeetAgain: At the end of the second edition, Vunyukov makes classical villain's "We will meet again!" speech, delivered in his usual bureaucratic manner.

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Panurge in the first edition is a character from ''Gargantua and Pantagruel'' by François Rabelais.

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* GraveHumor: Everything Panurge says in the first edition of the novel.

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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Not the protagonists, but the members of the Troika: Vunyukov is phlegmatic, Farfurkis is melancholic, Khlebovvodov is choleric, Vybegallo is sanguine.


* ArtifactOfDoom: Vunyukov's Great Round Seal, which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureucratic order. It's also slowly corrupting it's possessor and even the people around.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Vunyukov's Great Round Seal, which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureucratic order. It's also slowly corrupting it's its possessor and even the people around.


* ArtifactOfDoom: Vunyukov's Great Round Seal.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Vunyukov's Great Round Seal.Seal, which is capable of fulfilling '''any''' bureucratic order. It's also slowly corrupting it's possessor and even the people around.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: Angry Fyodor Simeonovich is just as scary as [[SpanishInquisition Cristobal]] [[MemeticBadass Junta]].

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Angry Fyodor Simeonovich is just as scary as [[SpanishInquisition [[UsefulNotes/SpanishInquisition Cristobal]] [[MemeticBadass Junta]].

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The first version read like another section of ''Monday''. The same four young scientists/mages went to a nearby city of Kitezhgrad (frequently mentioned through ''Monday'') to retrieve several inconsequential artifacts from storage, ended up battling the bureaucracy and eventually won by fighting the system from within. Unfortunately by the time the book was finished the censorship became tougher (as part of Brezhnev's removal of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khrushchev_Thaw The Thaw]] legacy). The second version featured only Privalov and Amperyan (the younger and weaker guys) sent to the pocket universe to investigate the Troika situation. They tried to confront and subvert Troika in various ways, but ended up [[BecomingTheMask joining them]] and were only saved by DeusExMachina. In this version [[spoiler:sending them was a SecretTestOfCharacter set up by older wizards, and the question was not if they succeed, but [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation how long will they last]] before succumbing to conformity]].
** The whole story was a turning point changing the tone of Strugatskys' works to pessimistic.

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* BadExportForYou: The only existing English translation is based on an abridged edition and yet removes some passages, making the book even more abridged.

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* FantasticRacism: Gabby is a Bedbug supremacist, who sees humans as an inferior species.

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