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''Traces'' is a series of seven ScienceFiction crime novels by Malcolm Rose. They center around sixteen year old Forensic Investigator Luke Harding and his partner in law, the Mobile Aid to Law and Crime (Or Malc for short), as they solve crimes in an alternate England where blacks are the majority race and the southern parts of the country are derelict slums.

The series starts with Luke passing his FI examination, only to quickly be thrust into his first case when a series of murders occur in the school that all seem to point to him being the perpetrator. After solving the case he's stationed in London due to the abundance of crimes in the South, which puts pressure on his already forbidden relationship with LoveInterest Jade Vernon.

The final book in the series, ''Murder Club'', was recently released as an e-book.

!! This series provides examples of:
%%* AndroidsAndDetectives
* ArrangedMarriage: Pairings work this way. It becomes a source of conflict in many of the books, most notably between Luke and Jade.
** BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage.

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''Traces'' is a series of seven ScienceFiction crime novels by Malcolm Rose. They center around sixteen year old sixteen-year-old Forensic Investigator Luke Harding and his partner in law, the Mobile Aid to Law and Crime (Or (or Malc for short), as they solve crimes in an alternate England where blacks are the majority race and the southern parts of the country are derelict slums.

The series starts with Luke passing his FI examination, only to quickly be thrust into his first case when a series of murders occur in the school that all seem to point to him being the perpetrator. After solving the case case, he's stationed in London due to the abundance of crimes in the South, which puts pressure on his already forbidden relationship with LoveInterest Jade Vernon.

!!!Books in the series:
* ''Framed!''
* ''Lost Bullet''
* ''Roll Call''
* ''Double Check''
* ''Final Lap''
* ''Blood Brother''
* ''Murder Club''

The final book in the series, ''Murder Club'', was recently released as an e-book.

!! This series
e-book in 2013.
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!!''Traces''
provides examples of:
%%* AndroidsAndDetectives
* ArrangedMarriage: AndroidsAndDetectives: Technology in the ''Traces'' universe is such that each Forensic Investigator is paired with a robot companion that assists them in investigating and analyzing clues. Luke's robot companion is known as Malc, who is always straight-laced in contrast to Luke's more genial behavior.
* BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage:
Pairings work this way. way, with the government pairing people up on the basis of how compatible their careers are. It becomes a source of conflict in many of the books, most notably between Luke and Jade.
** BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage.
Jade, a detective and a musician who weren't paired up by the system but love each other regardless.



* BrilliantButLazy: Luke was this in his school days. Mildly deconstructed in that some students resent him for it.
* BuriedAlive: What [[spoiler: Ian Pritchard]] nearly did to Luke in ''Final Lap''.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The plane crash mentioned at the start of ''Double Check''.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected]] in ''Final Lap''. The [[spoiler: javelin]] in ''Framed!''.
* ChekhovsNews: The [[spoiler:tsunami]] in ''Roll Call''.

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* BrilliantButLazy: Luke was this in his school days.days, acing his classes despite putting little actual work into them. Mildly deconstructed in that some students resent him for it.
* BuriedAlive: What [[spoiler: Ian Pritchard]] nearly did to Luke in In ''Final Lap''.
*
Lap'', the culprit knocks out Luke and then ties him up at the bottom of a hole at the construction site. Had Jade not intervened, then Luke would've gotten buried in wet concrete.
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ChekhovsBoomerang: The plane crash mentioned at the start of ''Double Check''.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The %%* ChekhovsGun:
%%** The
bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected]] collected in ''Final Lap''. Lap''.
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The [[spoiler: javelin]] javelin in ''Framed!''.
* ChekhovsNews: The [[spoiler:tsunami]] tsunami in ''Roll Call''.Call'' is made mention of sparingly throughout the novel, until the climax where it arrives and Luke has to find a way to survive it.



* DeadPersonImpersonation: In ''Double Check'', [[spoiler: Camilla]] briefly assumes the identity of [[spoiler: Farrah Bruce]] after she [[spoiler: kills her]].
* [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse Death of One of the Hypotenuses]]: Vince Wainright's death is this.
* DetectiveMole: Subverted in ''Framed!'', though, as the blurb says, 'all the evidence points to Luke himself'.
* DisposingOfABody: [[spoiler: Ian Pritchard]]'s victims are disposed of particularly unpleasantly.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Luke had made a fool of [[spoiler: Ed Hoffman, by tampering with his javelin]], so his reaction was, naturally, to [[spoiler: kill three people, or pawns, as he called them, in an attempt to destroy Luke's life]].
* EndangeredSpecies: Cats and dogs. A cat smuggling operation was even central [[spoiler: though a RedHerring]] to the plot of ''Framed!''
* EurekaMoment: Luke's discovery of the connection between the murder weapons in ''Framed!''.
* ExcitedShowTitle: ''Framed!''.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Camilla in ''Double Check''. She tries it again during the investigation, but Luke isn't fooled.]]

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* DeadPersonImpersonation: In ''Double Check'', [[spoiler: Camilla]] briefly assumes the identity of [[spoiler: Farrah Bruce]] after she [[spoiler: kills her]].
* [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse Death of One of the Hypotenuses]]:
her.
%%* DeathOfTheHypotenuse:
Vince Wainright's death is this.
* DetectiveMole: All the evidence in ''Framed!'' points to the case's investigator, Luke, being the culprit. Subverted in ''Framed!'', though, as that he's innocent and proving it is the blurb says, 'all impetus of the evidence points to Luke himself'.
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novel.
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DisposingOfABody: [[spoiler: Ian Pritchard]]'s victims are disposed of particularly unpleasantly.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Luke had made a fool of [[spoiler: Ed Hoffman, by tampering with his javelin]], javelin, so his reaction was, naturally, to [[spoiler: kill [[spoiler:kill three people, or pawns, pawns as he called them, in an attempt to destroy Luke's life]].
* EndangeredSpecies: Cats and dogs. A cat smuggling operation was even central [[spoiler: though [[spoiler:though a RedHerring]] to the plot of ''Framed!''
* %%* EurekaMoment: Luke's discovery of the connection between the murder weapons in ''Framed!''.
* %%* ExcitedShowTitle: ''Framed!''.
* %%* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Camilla in ''Double Check''. She tries it again during the investigation, but Luke isn't fooled.]]



%%* {{Foil}}: Luke and Malc for one another.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Ian's]] line to Luke about the foundations in Final Lap.
--> '''[[spoiler: Ian]]:''' I don't want to be down there when they start to lay the foundations, do I? That wouldn't be much fun.
* {{Frameup}}: Luke is framed for triple murder in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Framed!]]''. PlayedWith in ''Double Check''; [[spoiler: Luke thinks Everton was framed for Rowan's murder, but it turns out that he had been hit by lightning, which caused him to have a spastic fit in the already murdered Rowan's apartment, which is why nearly all evidence pointed to him.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: '''M'''obile '''A'''id to '''L'''aw and '''C'''rime.
* HerosFirstRescue: [[spoiler: Luke's rescue of [=EW4=] in ''Roll Call'']].

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%%* * {{Foil}}: Luke and Malc for one another.
another. Malc is an emotionless robot, which allows the more personable Luke to bounce off him in humorous ways.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Ian's]] Ian's line to Luke about the foundations in Final Lap.
--> '''[[spoiler: Ian]]:''' I don't want to be down there when they start to lay
''Final Lap''. Sets up the foundations, do I? That wouldn't be much fun.
* {{Frameup}}:
climax where [[spoiler:Ian kidnaps Luke is framed for triple murder in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Framed!]]''. PlayedWith in ''Double Check''; [[spoiler: Luke thinks Everton was framed for Rowan's murder, but it turns out that he had been hit by lightning, which caused and tries to bury him to have a spastic fit alive in the already murdered Rowan's apartment, which is why nearly all evidence pointed to him.wet concrete.]]
--> '''Ian:''' I don't want to be down there when they start to lay the foundations, do I? That wouldn't be much fun.
* {{Frameup}}:
** Luke is framed for triple murder in ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Framed!]]'', and has to work to prove his innocence.
** PlayedWith in ''Double Check''; Luke thinks Everton was framed for Rowan's murder, but it turns out [[spoiler:that he had been hit by lightning, which caused him to have a spastic fit in the already murdered Rowan's apartment, which is why nearly all evidence pointed to him.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: The forensic robots in the series are called Malc, short for '''M'''obile '''A'''id to '''L'''aw and '''C'''rime.
* %%* HerosFirstRescue: [[spoiler: Luke's rescue of [=EW4=] in ''Roll Call'']].



* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Jade, briefly. It's noted that she could get into trouble for doing so.

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* %%* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Jade, briefly. It's noted that she could get into trouble for doing so.



** In ''Framed!'', Luke never says the third murder weapon is a glass cutter. [[spoiler: Ed Hoffman]], on the other hand, does seem to know. Make of that what you will.

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** In ''Framed!'', Luke never says the third murder weapon is a glass cutter. [[spoiler: Ed [[spoiler:Ed Hoffman]], on the other hand, does seem to know. Make of that what you will.



** In ''Double Check'', [[spoiler: Camilla almost lets slip that she knew Lee [=MacArthur=] had died, yet there was supposed to be no contact between the two after he had given her a new identity]].
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler: Jade after Luke's disappearence at the end of ''Final Lap'']]
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Happens to Everton in ''Double Check''. [[spoiler: It's revealed he was struck by lighting, [[JustifiedTrope which can cause memory deficits in some cases.]]]]

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** In ''Double Check'', [[spoiler: Camilla [[spoiler:Camilla almost lets slip that she knew Lee [=MacArthur=] had died, yet there was supposed to be no contact between the two after he had given her a new identity]].
* IWillFindYou: [[spoiler: Jade after Luke's disappearence at Luke goes missing near the end of ''Final Lap'']]
Lap''. The perspective then switches to his girlfriend Jade, who does everything in her power to track him down.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Happens to Everton in ''Double Check''. [[spoiler: It's Check'', who can't remember the murder he's being pinned for. [[spoiler:It's revealed he that he's innocent and was struck by lighting, [[JustifiedTrope lighting at the crime scene, which can cause memory deficits in some cases.]]]]]]



%%* LiteralMinded: Malc.
* LocardsTheory: Seen several times. Most pertinent in ''Framed!'', where [[spoiler: a slight contact from Ed Hoffman when he was poisoning Ms. Kee left her with a flake of white paint, two blue denim fibres, six fine particles of magnesite, a smear of wax and a deposit of sawdust on her right side]].

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%%* * LiteralMinded: Malc.
Malc isn't programmed to understand sarcasm or turn-of-phrases, something that both humors and frustrates his human companion.
* LocardsTheory: Seen several times. Most pertinent in ''Framed!'', where [[spoiler: a slight contact from Ed Hoffman [[spoiler:Ed Hoffman]] when he was poisoning Ms. Kee left her with a flake of white paint, two blue denim fibres, six fine particles of magnesite, a smear of wax wax, and a deposit of sawdust on her right side]].side.



* NamesTheSame: The killer in ''Roll Call'' is only after girls named Emily Wonder.

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* NamesTheSame: The InUniverse, the killer in ''Roll Call'' is only after girls named Emily Wonder.



%%* NonHumanSidekick: Malc.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Despite Malc and the Authorities telling him several times to leave London while he still can, [[spoiler: before the tsunami hits]], Luke ignores them in order to [[spoiler: first ensure Owen Goode and his band of scraps gets to safety]], and then, after another warning to leave, [[spoiler: ascends a crane in an incredibly risky (though ultimately successful) attempt to save [=EW4=], who he didn't have time to carry to high ground conventionally]].
* OmniscientDatabase: Malc has these for training excersies. Unhelpfully, he doesn't for the real world.

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%%* * NonHumanSidekick: Malc.
The main character is the human Luke Harding, while his parter in crime is Malc, a small robot that assists him in solving cases and protects him from violent criminals.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Despite Malc and the Authorities telling him several times to leave London while he still can, [[spoiler: can before the tsunami hits]], hits, Luke ignores them in order to [[spoiler: first ensure Owen Goode and his band of scraps gets to safety]], safety, and then, after another warning to leave, [[spoiler: ascends a crane in an incredibly risky (though ultimately successful) attempt to save [=EW4=], who he didn't have time to carry to high ground conventionally]].
*
conventionally.
%%*
OmniscientDatabase: Malc has these for training excersies.exercises. Unhelpfully, he doesn't for the real world.



* PersecutionFlip: While discrimination is not a major theme to te series, it's white peole who are the discriminated-against minority.

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* PersecutionFlip: While discrimination is not a major theme to te of the series, it's white peole people who are the discriminated-against minority.minority in the ''Traces'' universe.



%%* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Luke and Jade.
%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [[spoiler: The Authorities, at times]].

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%%* * SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Luke and Jade.
Jade. Luke is an intelligent detective while Jade, his girlfriend, is an upbeat musician.
%%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [[spoiler: The Authorities, at times]].times.



%%* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: Played with with Malc.

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%%* * SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: Played with with Malc.Malc doesn't intend to be snarky towards Luke, but his [[TheComicallySerious deadpan responses]] to Luke's shenanigans can come off as such.



* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler: Ian Pritchard]], AND [[spoiler: Mr Morgan, the blinking HOTEL RECPTIONIST]]. And the identity of Q, also.
%%* TheStoic: Malc.
* ThemeSerialKiller: [[spoiler: Ed Hoffman, Emily Wonder, and perhaps Bob Beckham if one can call him a [[SerialKiller serial killer]]]].
* TokenWhite: Owen Goode is the only recurring white character.

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* %%* TheDogWasTheMastermind: [[spoiler: Ian Pritchard]], AND [[spoiler: Mr Morgan, the blinking HOTEL RECPTIONIST]].hotel receptionist]]. And the identity of Q, also.
%%* * TheStoic: Malc.
*
Malc doesn't feel emotions at all, due to being a robot, which is used to contrast Luke's more humane approach to solving crimes.
%%*
ThemeSerialKiller: [[spoiler: Ed Hoffman, Emily Wonder, and perhaps Bob Beckham if one can call him a [[SerialKiller serial killer]]]].
* TokenWhite: Whites are the minority in the ''Traces'' universe, so coming across a white person is rarer than it would be in real life. As a result, Owen Goode is the only recurring white character.


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* AndroidsAndDetectives

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* %%* AndroidsAndDetectives



* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Ms. Thacket

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* %%* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Ms. Thacket



* CoolTeacher: Instructor Cadman.
* CorruptBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Nicoletta Boniwell]] is in fact NOT one.

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* %%* CoolTeacher: Instructor Cadman.
* %%* CorruptBureaucrat: [[spoiler: Nicoletta Boniwell]] is in fact NOT one.



* FiredTeacher: Rick Glenfield.
* {{Foil}}: Luke and Malc for one another.

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* %%* FiredTeacher: Rick Glenfield.
* %%* {{Foil}}: Luke and Malc for one another.



* HolyIsNotSafe: The [[spoiler: snake]] in ''Lost Bullet''.

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* %%* HolyIsNotSafe: The [[spoiler: snake]] in ''Lost Bullet''.



* LastMinuteReprieve: For [[spoiler: Everton Kohter]].
* LetOffByTheDetective: Holly Queenan.
* LiteralMinded: Malc.

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* %%* LastMinuteReprieve: For [[spoiler: Everton Kohter]].
* %%* LetOffByTheDetective: Holly Queenan.
* %%* LiteralMinded: Malc.



* MurderByCremation: [[spoiler: The fate of Libby Byrne]].

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* %%* MurderByCremation: [[spoiler: The fate of Libby Byrne]].



* NeverOneMurder

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* %%* NeverOneMurder



* NonHumanSidekick: Malc.

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* %%* NonHumanSidekick: Malc.



* PreacherMan: Ethan Loach.

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* %%* PreacherMan: Ethan Loach.



* RobotBuddy: Malc.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Luke and Jade.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [[spoiler: The Authorities, at times]].

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* %%* RobotBuddy: Malc.
* %%* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Luke and Jade.
* %%* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [[spoiler: The Authorities, at times]].



* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: Played with with Malc.
* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: Bob Beckham]]

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* %%* SnarkyNonhumanSidekick: Played with with Malc.
* %%* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: Bob Beckham]]



* TalkerAndDoer
* TalkingApplianceSidekick: Malc.

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* %%* TalkerAndDoer
* %%* TalkingApplianceSidekick: Malc.



* TheStoic: Malc.

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* %%* TheStoic: Malc.


* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Pomegranates for Luke. Finding a hotel that serves them is a running theme after ''Framed!''.

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* TrademarkFavouriteFood: TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pomegranates for Luke. Finding a hotel that serves them is a running theme after ''Framed!''.


* FakingTheDeath: [[spoiler: Camilla in ''Double Check''. She tries it again during the investigation, but Luke isn't fooled.]]

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* FakingTheDeath: FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Camilla in ''Double Check''. She tries it again during the investigation, but Luke isn't fooled.]]


''Traces'' is a series of six ScienceFiction crime novels by Malcolm Rose. They center around sixteen year old Forensic Investigator Luke Harding and his partner in law, the Mobile Aid to Law and Crime (Or Malc for short), as they solve crimes in an alternate England where blacks are the majority race and the southern parts of the country are derelict slums.

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''Traces'' is a series of six seven ScienceFiction crime novels by Malcolm Rose. They center around sixteen year old Forensic Investigator Luke Harding and his partner in law, the Mobile Aid to Law and Crime (Or Malc for short), as they solve crimes in an alternate England where blacks are the majority race and the southern parts of the country are derelict slums.


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The final book in the series, ''Murder Club'', was recently released as an e-book.


* Last Minute Reprieve: For [[spoiler: Everton Kohter]].

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* Last Minute Reprieve: LastMinuteReprieve: For [[spoiler: Everton Kohter]].



* ReverseWhodunnit: ''Framed!'', ''Roll Call'' and ''Final Lap'' all have very small clues that should help to make the discovery of who the murderer is possible before Luke makes it. ~~~~

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* ReverseWhodunnit: ''Framed!'', ''Roll Call'' and ''Final Lap'' all have very small clues that should help to make the discovery of who the murderer is possible before Luke makes it. ~~~~


* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Pomegranates for Luke.

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* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Pomegranates for Luke. Finding a hotel that serves them is a running theme after ''Framed!''.

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* ReverseWhodunnit: ''Framed!'', ''Roll Call'' and ''Final Lap'' all have very small clues that should help to make the discovery of who the murderer is possible before Luke makes it. ~~~~


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected in]] ''Final Lap''. The [[spoiler: javelin]] in ''Framed!''.

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected in]] collected]] in ''Final Lap''. The [[spoiler: javelin]] in ''Framed!''.


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected in ''Final Lap'']]. The [[spoiler: javelin]] in ''Framed!''.

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected in in]] ''Final Lap'']].Lap''. The [[spoiler: javelin]] in ''Framed!''.


* CorruptBureaucrat: [[spoiler Nicoletta Boniwell]] is in fact NOT one.

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* CorruptBureaucrat: [[spoiler [[spoiler: Nicoletta Boniwell]] is in fact NOT one.


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected in ''Final Lap'']].

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The bags of rats that Ian Pritchard collected in ''Final Lap'']]. The [[spoiler: javelin]] in ''Framed!''.
* ChekhovsNews: The [[spoiler:tsunami]] in ''Roll Call''.
* CoolTeacher: Instructor Cadman.
* CorruptBureaucrat: [[spoiler Nicoletta Boniwell]] is in fact NOT one.



* FiredTeacher: Rick Glenfield.



* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Luke and Jade.

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* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Luke and Jade. Jade.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: [[spoiler: The Authorities, at times]].

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* PersecutionFlip: While discrimination is not a major theme to te series, it's white peole who are the discriminated-against minority.

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