Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Literature / TheIronDragonsDaughter

Go To



* AllJustADream: OrWasItADream
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're {{Living Weapon}}s, after all.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Rocket, and Puck...sort of.]]

to:

* %%* AllJustADream: OrWasItADream
* %%* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're {{Living Weapon}}s, after all.
* %%* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Rocket, and Puck...sort of.]]



* CrapsackWorld: Unless you're an Elf (and sometimes even then).

to:

* %%* CrapsackWorld: Unless you're an Elf (and sometimes even then).



* DeusSexMachina: Sex magic is much easier to learn and master than "true" magic
* DragonRider: the Dragon pilots

to:

* DeusSexMachina: Sex magic is much easier to learn and master than "true" magic
*
magic.
%%*
DragonRider: the Dragon pilotspilots.



* TheFairFolk: Subverted. Elves just come off kind of like an [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggeration]] of [[AristocratsAreEvil amoral, decadent rich people]].

to:

* TheFairFolk: TheFairFolk:
**
Subverted. Elves just come off kind of like an [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggeration]] of [[AristocratsAreEvil amoral, decadent rich people]].



-->'''Melanchthon:''' You may call me Death if you wish. I killed your kind by the thousands in Avalon.

to:

-->'''Melanchthon:''' --->'''Melanchthon:''' You may call me Death if you wish. I killed your kind by the thousands in Avalon.



* NewWeird

to:

* %%* NewWeird



* OurElvesAreBetter: And they know it.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: More or less Melanchthon's entire reason for living.
* ReincarnationRomance: Puck*↔Jane

to:

* %%* OurElvesAreBetter: And they know it.
* %%* RageAgainstTheHeavens: More or less Melanchthon's entire reason for living.
* %%* ReincarnationRomance: Puck*↔Jane



* ViciousCycle: The Teind.

to:

* %%* ViciousCycle: The Teind.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Melanchthon, and later [[spoiler: Jane]].

to:

* %%* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Melanchthon, and later [[spoiler: Jane]].

Added DiffLines:

Really? To me it seemed more like the 1980s: suburban shopping malls, crack vials, yuppies; if I remember, there was even a Springsteen song from the 80s.


[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/iron_dragons_daughter.png]]



----








* WordSaladPhilosophy: Whenever characters lapse into prophetic trances, this is what normally results. However, the "prophecies" are just a farrago of media from our world, ranging from ad jingles to political stump speeches to ''[[CrowningMomentofAwesome the first three minutes of Neil Armstrong's first transmission from the moon.]]''

to:

* WordSaladPhilosophy: Whenever characters lapse into prophetic trances, this is what normally results. However, the "prophecies" are just a farrago of media from our world, ranging from ad jingles to political stump speeches to ''[[CrowningMomentofAwesome the ''the first three minutes of Neil Armstrong's first transmission from the moon.]]''
''


The main character is Jane, a human girl in a world of faeries and magical beings, who's a child slave in a factory that produces parts for Iron Dragons -- that world's equivalent to fighter jets. One day, during a failed escape attempt, she finds a discarded grimore, which turns out to be a operational manual to an Iron Dragon. This leads her to to discover an old, broken down dragon who's NotQuiteDead. Melanchthon, Dragon #7332, offers to help her escape if she helps him restore his basic functions.

to:

The main character is Jane, a human girl in a world of faeries and magical beings, who's a child slave in a factory that produces parts for Iron Dragons -- that world's equivalent to fighter jets. One day, during a failed escape attempt, she finds a discarded grimore, grimoire, which turns out to be a operational manual to an Iron Dragon. This leads her to to discover an old, broken down dragon who's NotQuiteDead. Melanchthon, Dragon #7332, offers to help her escape if she helps him restore his basic functions.



''Iron Dragon's Daughter'' is, at its heart, a subversion of the [[MarySue Plucky Heroine]] archetype, as Jane is nothing special (as a human, she has no innate magic, nor any of the physical attribute of other species) and stays that way, even as she's drawn into Melanchthon's web of madness.

to:

''Iron ''The Iron Dragon's Daughter'' is, at its heart, a subversion of the [[MarySue Plucky Heroine]] archetype, as Jane is nothing special (as a human, she has no innate magic, nor any of the physical attribute of other species) and stays that way, even as she's drawn into Melanchthon's web of madness.


** The fact that contraceptive spells will occasionally and randomly fail, even if cast properly, because the goddess that powers the spells wants children. Most users know this, but the spells work reliably enough that they take their chances that their number won't come up before they're ready to be parents.

to:

** The fact that [[FantasyContraception contraceptive spells spells]] will [[ButWeUsedACondom occasionally and randomly fail, fail]], even if cast properly, because the goddess that powers the spells wants children. Most users know this, but the spells work reliably enough that they take their chances that their number won't come up before they're ready to be parents.

Added DiffLines:

* SexMagic: The protagonist, Jane, learns to use sex magic to boost her own spellcasting ability.


''The Iron Dragon's Daughter'' is a novel by Michael Swanwick, published in 1994.

to:

''The Iron Dragon's Daughter'' is a novel by Michael Swanwick, Creator/MichaelSwanwick, published in 1994.


* GenreSavvy: Once Jane learns [[spoiler: Puck's]] True Name, she avoids him to try and keep him from meeting the same fate as [[spoiler: his other incarnations, Rooster and Peter.]] [[YouCantFightFate It doesn't work.]] Once she fully absorbs this, when she encounters [[spoiler:his OTHER incarnation, Rocket]] she sleeps with him without reservation.


* VillainProtagonist: Jane devolves into this in the end. [[spoiler: She becomes a SeralKiller who uses sex magic to kill men and feed their souls to the healing Melanchthon, and ultimately joins with him in an effort to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroy all of creation]], in essence as a way to get back at the creator-goddess for her awful life.]]

to:

* VillainProtagonist: Jane devolves into this in the end. [[spoiler: She becomes a SeralKiller SerialKiller who uses sex magic to kill men and feed their souls to the healing Melanchthon, and ultimately joins with him in an effort to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroy all of creation]], in essence as a way to get back at the creator-goddess for her awful life.]]


* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're {{Living Weapon|s}}, after all.

to:

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're {{Living Weapon|s}}, Weapon}}s, after all.


* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're LivingWeapons, after all.

to:

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're LivingWeapons, {{Living Weapon|s}}, after all.



* ConceiveThenKill: Gargoyle mating habits involve strict combat in order that only the best and toughest males reach and mate with the females... who promptly kill and devour their mates after insemination, due to being "tired and in need of nutrients for their pregnancies". The male gargoyle who relates this notes that the females swear mating is the ultimate pleasure, before snidely noting that they would say that.

to:

* ConceiveThenKill: ConceiveAndKill: Gargoyle mating habits involve strict combat in order that only the best and toughest males reach and mate with the females... who promptly kill and devour their mates after insemination, due to being "tired and in need of nutrients for their pregnancies". The male gargoyle who relates this notes that the females swear mating is the ultimate pleasure, before snidely noting that they would say that.


** The fact that contraceptive spells will fail eventually, even if cast properly, because the goddess that powers the spells wants children. Most users know this, but the spells work reliably enough that they take their chances that their number won't come up before they're ready to be parents.

to:

** The fact that contraceptive spells will fail eventually, occasionally and randomly fail, even if cast properly, because the goddess that powers the spells wants children. Most users know this, but the spells work reliably enough that they take their chances that their number won't come up before they're ready to be parents.


The main character is Jane, a human girl who's a child slave in a factory that produces parts for Iron Dragons -- that world's equivalent to fighter jets. One day, during a failed escape attempt, she finds a discarded grimore, which turns out to be a operational manual to an Iron Dragon. This leads her to to discover an old, broken down dragon who's NotQuiteDead. Melanchthon, Dragon #7332, offers to help her escape if she helps him restore his basic functions.

to:

The main character is Jane, a human girl in a world of faeries and magical beings, who's a child slave in a factory that produces parts for Iron Dragons -- that world's equivalent to fighter jets. One day, during a failed escape attempt, she finds a discarded grimore, which turns out to be a operational manual to an Iron Dragon. This leads her to to discover an old, broken down dragon who's NotQuiteDead. Melanchthon, Dragon #7332, offers to help her escape if she helps him restore his basic functions.



* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're weapons, after all.

to:

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: DRAGONS. They're weapons, LivingWeapons, after all.



* ConceiveThenKill: Gargoyle mating habits involve strict combat in order that only the best and toughest males reach and mate with the females... who promptly kill and devour their mates after insemination, due to being "tired and in need of nutrients for their pregnancies". The male gargoyle who relates this notes that the females swear mating is the ultimate pleasure, before snidely noting that they would say that.



* DeathBySex: At one point, [[spoiler: Jane lures a man into her embrace by promising a ComicSutra sex act, only to use the sex to power a magic rite that links her lover to Melcanthon so that the dragon can completely consume his lifeforce in order to recharge. She then tosses her victim's gear into a closet overflowing with male clothing, making it clear he's not the first of her victims.]]



* DungeonPunk

to:

* DungeonPunkDungeonPunk: Melds fantastic, faerie tale setting with a roughly modernistic level of technology by {{magitek}} -- the aforementioned "dragons as sapient, magical fighter-jets", for example.



* VillainProtagonist: Jane devolves into this in the end.

to:

* VillainProtagonist: Jane devolves into this in the end. [[spoiler: She becomes a SeralKiller who uses sex magic to kill men and feed their souls to the healing Melanchthon, and ultimately joins with him in an effort to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroy all of creation]], in essence as a way to get back at the creator-goddess for her awful life.]]



* WizardingSchool: Unsurprisingly, given the strong DungeonPunk / Magitek streak in this setting, both the high school and college have shades of this.

to:

* WizardingSchool: Unsurprisingly, given the strong DungeonPunk / Magitek {{Magitek}} streak in this setting, both the high school and college have shades of this.


** The fact that contraceptive spells will fail eventually, even if cast properly, because the goddess that powers the spells wants children. Most users know this, but the spells work reliably enough that they take their chances that their number won't come up befor they're ready to be parents.

to:

** The fact that contraceptive spells will fail eventually, even if cast properly, because the goddess that powers the spells wants children. Most users know this, but the spells work reliably enough that they take their chances that their number won't come up befor before they're ready to be parents.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 32

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report