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* DistressedDude: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Hilariously]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Paul when he finds out the identity of the woman who just got him out of prison:

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* DistressedDude: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Hilariously]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Paul when he finds out the identity of the woman who just got him out of prison:


* WouldHitAGirl: When Paul discovers that Princess Ashley de Morgan [[spoiler: was actually not the princess, but an impostor,]] he doesn't actually hit her, but he does put her in a choke hold and threaten severe violence against her, because [[GenreSavvy he realized that she was almost certainly putting him in serious danger.]]

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* WouldHitAGirl: When Paul discovers that Princess Ashley de Morgan [[spoiler: was actually not the princess, but an impostor,]] he doesn't actually hit her, but he does put her in a choke hold and threaten severe violence against her, because [[GenreSavvy he realized that she was almost certainly putting him in serious danger.]]


** Paul starts telling Sarah about the stories of his culture back home. Not long after, they end up in a fight with some bandits, and when she's throwing elemental magic around, she shows off for him (and proves she was paying attention) by gratuitously using [[AvatarTheLastAirbender Bending]] moves.

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** Paul starts telling Sarah about the stories of his culture back home. Not long after, they end up in a fight with some bandits, and when she's throwing elemental magic around, she shows off for him (and proves she was paying attention) by gratuitously using [[AvatarTheLastAirbender [[Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender Bending]] moves.


* IHaveManyNames: Paul continues this tradition from the first book, except instead of superheroes, he seems to be using political figures now (at least temporarily.) He was incarcerated under the name of "ThomasJefferson."

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* IHaveManyNames: Paul continues this tradition from the first book, except instead of superheroes, he seems to be using political figures now (at least temporarily.) He was incarcerated under the name of "ThomasJefferson."UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson."


* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Used by [[spoiler: Aylwyn]] of all people! Though her delivery is less of a command/coercion and more like "I already know you will obey, because I have boobs."

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* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Used by [[spoiler: Aylwyn]] of all people! Though her delivery is less of a command/coercion and more like [[BatmanGambit "I already know you will obey, because I have boobs.""]]

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* SwordShieldContrast: Eleanor tries to convince Paul that Celestials in general and Aylwyn in particular are not as virtuous as they appear, and to support her point she mentions how Aylwyn always uses a sword and never a shield.

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** He also tells her that [[Film/MenInBlack a person is smart but people are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals]].
** Paul explains the concept of advances in production stimulating demand for new goods and services with the phrase [[Film/FieldOfDreams "if you build it, they will come."]]


** Paul, talking with Aylwyn, argues that the Paladins' role should be police or military, but not both, using an explanation given by Commander Adama in Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined. Amusingly, he says in the narration that [[ProudToBeAGeek "any self-respecting geek"]] would know this... and then misquotes it pretty badly (while still preserving the essence of the original quote.)

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** Paul, talking with Aylwyn, argues that the Paladins' role should be police or military, but not both, using an explanation given by Commander Adama in Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined.Series/BattlestarGalactica2003. Amusingly, he says in the narration that [[ProudToBeAGeek "any self-respecting geek"]] would know this... and then misquotes it pretty badly (while still preserving the essence of the original quote.)

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* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: Paul mentions the Chinese word for "crisis" to Aylwyn. She has a slightly different take on it:
--> She gave a short laugh and glowered at me. "That sounds right. It’s usually [[AmbitionIsEvil some fool trying to turn a dangerous situation into an opportunity for personal gain]] that causes things to degenerate into a crisis."


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** ...until [[spoiler: the epilogue, when Ryell's servant Syrixia shows up. She is [[{{Understatement}} not happy]] with Paul.]]

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* CurseOfBabel: [[spoiler:Paul's ability to understand the native language is removed in the epilogue.]] Also a textbook case of BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor, dating back to the first book.

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* BreadAndCircuses: Invoked by name in Paul's narration; used as part of his plan to help keep people's resentment in check in Aster while the legal system works its way through the root problems behind [[spoiler: the revolt.]]

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** When talking with Aylwyn about human psychology, Paul actually quotes The Joker from Film/TheDarkKnight (slightly adapted):
--> Nobody panics when things go ‘according to plan,’ even if the plan is ''horrifying!'' If a thief is hanged for stealing, or a few dozen peasants go hungry in the winter, nobody panics, because it’s all ‘part of the plan.’ But when they say that one little old [[spoiler: folk hero]] was killed, then ''everyone loses their minds!''


The first chapter can be found [[http://www.paultwister.com/fpt01 here.]]

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The first chapter can be found [[http://www.paultwister.com/fpt01 here.]]
]] The story has been completed, and the third in the series, Literature/TheReturnOfPaulTwister, is in the works.

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** Paul starts telling Sarah about the stories of his culture back home. Not long after, they end up in a fight with some bandits, and when she's throwing elemental magic around, she shows off for him (and proves she was paying attention) by gratuitously using [[AvatarTheLastAirbender Bending]] moves.


The sequel to Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister, still in progress. At some point after the events of the previous book, Paul gets caught red-handed in one of his burglary attempts and ends up thrown in a dungeon. The story opens with an unlikely benefactor arriving to get him back out...

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The sequel to Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister, still in progress. At some point Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister. Two years after the events of the previous book, Paul gets caught red-handed in one of his burglary attempts and ends up thrown in a dungeon. The story opens with an unlikely benefactor arriving to get him back out...
out, and ends up focusing on [[BornUnlucky a string of bad luck he's been having,]] and the curse behind it...

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