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* BoomerangBigot: PlayedWith by [[spoiler: Marian Ettinger. Her plot hinges on making the world at large hate custodians and want to see them locked up, despite being a custodian herself.]]


** ''Strings'' has one as well that is only slightly less bitter. [[spoiler:Marian Ettinger is captured and custodians' status is somewhat improved, but Washington D.C. is destroyed, Henry is dead, FantasticRacism against custodians is still everywhere, Phillip's emotional state has gotten worse, and Henry's death has alienated Phillip from his friends.]]

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** ''Strings'' has one as well that is only slightly less equally bitter. [[spoiler:Marian Ettinger is captured and custodians' status is somewhat improved, but Washington D.C. is destroyed, Henry is dead, FantasticRacism against custodians is still everywhere, Phillip's emotional state has gotten worse, and Henry's death has alienated Phillip from his friends.]]

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* TheAtoner: Mr. Charles considers himself this. [[spoiler:However, when Finch attacks Freepoint and Mr. Chales initially refuses to help, Phillip gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech calling him a coward for refusing to fight back.]]


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* FallenHero: Mr. Charles betrayed and killed his partner Thomas Sallinger. [[spoiler:Except Thomas Sallinger isn't really dead, and it turns out he was the ''true'' FallenHero.]]

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** ''Strings'' has one as well that is only slightly less bitter. [[spoiler:Marian Ettinger is captured and custodians' status is somewhat improved, but Washington D.C. is destroyed, Henry is dead, FantasticRacism against custodians is still everywhere, Phillip's emotional state has gotten worse, and Henry's death has alienated Phillip from his friends.]]

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* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Henry in ''Strings'', to stop Marian Ettinger.]]

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* PeoplePuppets: [[spoiler:Marian Ettinger]]'s power.


** In ''Strings'', Henry chews Phillip out for taking him for granted. Phillip in turn accuses Henry of wasting his potential.

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** In ''Strings'', Henry chews Phillip out for taking him for granted. Phillip in turn accuses Henry of wasting his potential.
potential. The rift doesn't last long.


** In ''Strings'', Henry chews Phillip out for taking him for granted. Phillip in turn accuses Henry of CreativeStagnation.

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** In ''Strings'', Henry chews Phillip out for taking him for granted. Phillip in turn accuses Henry of CreativeStagnation.
wasting his potential.



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* WhatTheHellHero:
** Phillip receives one from Mrs. Crouch for his excessive moping and taking advantage of others [[spoiler:after the death of his mother.]]
** In ''Strings'', Henry chews Phillip out for taking him for granted. Phillip in turn accuses Henry of CreativeStagnation.


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** Having taken part in multiple life-or-death battles while still a young teen hasn't been good for Phillip's emotional state.

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* RealityEnsues:
** [[spoiler:As strong of a telepath as Henry is, having him be the eyes for two other members of his team as well as himself probably wasn't such a good idea. James gets killed as a result.]]
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* AscendedExtra: In the first book, Penelope was just a classmate of the team and not a member. In ''Strings'', she's Bentley's girlfriend and one of the members of the Ables' sub-teams.

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* AscendedExtra: In the first book, Penelope was just a classmate of the team and not a member. In ''Strings'', she's Bentley's girlfriend and one of the members of the Ables' sub-teams.Ables.


* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:James dies in the comic tie-in, ''The Hero's Journey.'']]

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* KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler:James dies in the comic tie-in, ''The Hero's Journey.'']]'' Not technically offscreen, but if you just read the two books, you would be left confused.]]


* KilledOffscreen: [[James dies in the comic tie-in, ''The Hero's Journey.'']]

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* KilledOffscreen: [[James [[spoiler:James dies in the comic tie-in, ''The Hero's Journey.'']]

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