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* ClassicalAnithero: Bill is a cowardly, weak, nerdy sort of guy who just so happens to have a SuperpoweredEvilSide. He's also not terribly moral even if he has more humanity than the majority of undead.

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* ClassicalAnithero: ClassicalAntiHero: Bill is a cowardly, weak, nerdy sort of guy who just so happens to have a SuperpoweredEvilSide. He's also not terribly moral even if he has more humanity than the majority of undead.


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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Subverted hard. While the majority of vampires are somewhat ridiculous, they're all a bunch of murderers and entitled psychopaths with rare exceptions. Even Bill, who is mostly a decent sort of guy (accent on mostly), still overlooks a lot of evil conducted by his coven. Mostly because he can't figure out a way to stop it. [[spoiler: Eventually, he does by destroying all vampires everywhere.]]


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* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: Played with as it turns out vampires can actually drink animal blood but aside from during an emergency, no one actually bothers and they're all murderers. Since it turns out it's possible to turn animals into vampires as well (though they don't last long), this is probably a good thing.

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* ClassicalAnithero: Bill is a cowardly, weak, nerdy sort of guy who just so happens to have a SuperpoweredEvilSide. He's also not terribly moral even if he has more humanity than the majority of undead.


* HasAType: It seems that Christy is attracted to grossly immature nerdy men.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Sheila. Subverted by the discovery that she's just trying to make things right.]]
* LittleMissBadass: Tina is this once she discovers how to throw fireballs.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Sheila's actions make it possible for magic, monsters, and gods to return to the world.]]
** [[spoiler: Dave brings back vampirism to the world via using their blood in his hand cream.]]
* PromotedToParent: Bill has been serving as this to Tina.



* HeroesWantRedheads: Our heroine becomes subject to this once she gains her red hair dye.



** Subverted with Floof a.k.a Fluffy who is an AppropriateAppellation.

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** Subverted with Floof a.k.a Fluffy who is an AppropriateAppellation.accurate name.


* ''Get Bent'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Bigfoot Hunters'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Midnite's Daughter'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Lycan Moon'' (2018)

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* ''Get Bent'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Bigfoot Hunters'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Midnite's Daughter'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Lycan Moon'' (2018)


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* AmazonBrigade: The Dryads are this, all being beautiful warrior women.


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* TheChosenOne: Jesse is the Icon and destined to battle the Freewill. [[spoiler: Except she's not.]]
** TheUnchosenOne: [[spoiler: Jesse discovers she's a failed attempt to create a fake Icon. She reacts poorly. She does, however, get the Blessing of Uranus, though.]]
* CutenessProximity: Jesse has this reaction to the baby Sasquatch Floof.


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* StuffedInAFridge: [[spoiler: Tony is murdered by vampires in order to cause Jesse pain. She's angry and namedrops this quote specifically.]]
* UnfortunateNames: Continued with the Sasquatches but played with using the Blessing of Uranus. It's a completely accurate to Greek mythology name but actually ''even worse'' once you realize the original mythology involving castration.
** Subverted with Floof a.k.a Fluffy who is an AppropriateAppellation.


* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGrowYonder: Christy starts to wonder what she ever saw in Tom [[spoiler: when he comes back from the dead.]]

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGrowYonder: AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Christy starts to wonder what she ever saw in Tom [[spoiler: when he comes back from the dead.]]



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* ''Get Bent'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Bigfoot Hunters'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Midnite's Daughter'' (side story, 2018)
* ''Lycan Moon'' (2018)






* BasementDweller: Averted. Albeit just barely. Bill's friends are just barely above this with, being adult men who live together and collect toys as their primary occupation. They have jobs, though, and don't live with their parents.



* BigGood: [[spoiler: Sheila as the prophecized Icon is believed to be TheChosenOne who will defeat the Freewill. This is awkward since Bill wants to date her.]]



* ButtMonkey: Bill is one of these despite being the Freewill.
** Tom is even worse, getting trapped in an action figure at one point.



* TheChosenMany: There have been many Freewills and Icons down through the ages. [[spoiler: It seems that Alexander is keeping all of the surviving Freewills captive.]]

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* TheChosenMany: There have been many Freewills and Icons down through the ages. [[spoiler: It seems that Alexander is keeping all of the surviving Freewills captive.captive as bodiless heads.]]



** Bill, himself, is this even on his best days.



** MoralityChain: Bill actually prevents Sally [[spoiler: and Sheila]] both from going off the deep end.



* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Bill is prone to using homophobic and sexist language. He doesn't seem to have anything against either gays or women but lashes out at pretty much everyone. [[CharacterDevelopment He gets better in the subsequent series.]]



** Honestly, Bill and his friends weren't that far from this while human. Tom is especially bad as not only is he a toy-obsessed lunatic but he's even more sexist than Bill.



* CharacterDevelopment: Bill is not nearly as much of a [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero homophobic sexist]] {{Jerkass}} as he used to be. He acknowledges this about himself. He's still an asshole mind you.

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGrowYonder: Christy starts to wonder what she ever saw in Tom [[spoiler: when he comes back from the dead.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Tom has been a ghost the entire time and eventually ends up possessing Sheila's body.]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Bill is not nearly as much of a [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero homophobic sexist]] {{Jerkass}} as he used to be. He acknowledges this about himself. He's still an asshole mind you.you but more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* GenderBender: [[spoiler: Tom has been turned into a woman by possessing Sheila.]]
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Bill and Christy assume this happened to [[spoiler: Tom]] but he was always like this.


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* RelationshipUpgrade: Surprisingly, Bill and Christy have been together for over a year at the beginning of the novel with the former serving as Tina's surrogate father.



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* ''Second String Savior'' (2019)


The series is then continued in ''Bill of the Dead'' that forms a new series.

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The series is then continued in ''Bill of the Dead'' and ''False Icons'' that forms a pair of new series.
series in the setting.

* ''Strange Days'' (2019)



!!This series provides examples of:

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!!This series provides examples of:

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[[folder: Bill of the Dead]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Bill is not nearly as much of a [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero homophobic sexist]] {{Jerkass}} as he used to be. He acknowledges this about himself. He's still an asshole mind you.
* HappyEndingOverride: Sheila and Bill broke up soon after the events of the original book. [[spoiler: Then Sheila decided to release magic back in the world, which results in even more problems than there were originally happening. She also dies in the attempt.]]
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[[folder: False Icons]]
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: This is the story of Jesse Flores, who is a teenage girl who works at a comic book store [[spoiler: that people believe is another Icon.]]
* RememberTheNewGuy: This is about a coven, vampires, and [[spoiler: a Icon]] that no one knew about during the events of the original series.
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A series written by Rick Gualtieri.

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A AffectionateParody UrbanFantasy series written by Rick Gualtieri.


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The series is then continued in ''Bill of the Dead'' that forms a new series.


* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Bill and company destroy the Wellspring that results in magic leaving the world.
Witches and vampires cease to exist]][[spoiler: with the majority of undead reverting to their true ages or slightly less. Sally becomes a gorgeous middle aged woman,]][[spoiler: Bill remains in his twenty, and Gan is immune but aging. James and many others die but it results in the Alma calling off their war on humanity. Bill decides to date Sheila after this.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Bill and company destroy the Wellspring that results in magic leaving the world. \n Witches and vampires cease to exist]][[spoiler: with the majority of undead reverting to their true ages or slightly less. Sally becomes a gorgeous middle aged woman,]][[spoiler: Bill remains in his twenty, and Gan is immune but aging. James and many others die but it results in the Alma calling off their war on humanity. Bill decides to date Sheila after this.]]


* ShoutOut: Numerous. Bill, Tom and Ed are gigantic nerds. Most prominently, [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] figures into Jeff's demise.

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* ShoutOut: Numerous. Bill, Tom and Ed are gigantic nerds. Most prominently, [[spoiler: [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]] ]] figures into Jeff's demise.


* HolyBurnsEvil: Actually, it doesn't. [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve It's all about faith]]. If a person believes whole-heartedly in the holiness of God and his symbols, then a cross would work just fine. But if they don't have enough faith, it won't do diddly. This effect can be applied to anything that a person has enough faith in, be it a cross or a ham sandwich; Tom imbues a [[{{Transformers}} first generation Optimus Prime]] doll...uh...''[[InsistentTerminology collectible]]'' with this effect. Additionally, there are the very rare people called Icons, whose faith ''in themselves'' is so great that they become a WalkingWasteland to the supernatural. Icons have a variety of unspecified powers.

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* HolyBurnsEvil: Actually, it doesn't. [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve It's all about faith]]. If a person believes whole-heartedly in the holiness of God and his symbols, then a cross would work just fine. But if they don't have enough faith, it won't do diddly. This effect can be applied to anything that a person has enough faith in, be it a cross or a ham sandwich; Tom imbues a [[{{Transformers}} [[spoiler:[[{{Transformers}} first generation Optimus Prime]] doll...uh...''[[InsistentTerminology collectible]]'' collectible]]'']] with this effect. Additionally, there are the very rare people called Icons, whose faith ''in themselves'' is so great that they become a WalkingWasteland to the supernatural. Icons have a variety of unspecified powers.


Witches and vampires cease to exist with the majority of undead reverting to their true ages or slightly less. Sally becomes a gorgeous middle aged woman, Bill remains in his twenty, and Gan is immune but aging. James and many others die but it results in the Alma calling off their war on humanity. Bill decides to date Sheila after this.]]

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Witches and vampires cease to exist exist]][[spoiler: with the majority of undead reverting to their true ages or slightly less. Sally becomes a gorgeous middle aged woman, woman,]][[spoiler: Bill remains in his twenty, and Gan is immune but aging. James and many others die but it results in the Alma calling off their war on humanity. Bill decides to date Sheila after this.]]


Witches and vampires cease to exist with the majority of undead reverting to their true ages or slightly less. Sally becomes a gorgeous middle aged woman, Bill remains in his twenty, and Gan is immune but aging. James and many others die but it results in the Alma calling off their war on humanity. Bill decides to date Sally after this.]]

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Witches and vampires cease to exist with the majority of undead reverting to their true ages or slightly less. Sally becomes a gorgeous middle aged woman, Bill remains in his twenty, and Gan is immune but aging. James and many others die but it results in the Alma calling off their war on humanity. Bill decides to date Sally Sheila after this.]]

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* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Doctor Death proves to be this for Bill and repeatedly saves his life throughout the series. [[spoiler: It also takes him over a few times.]]

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