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* GhostCity: the characters have a bad habit of leaving these in their wake.
** The Eternal City is located in a giant cavern beneath London. It was inhabited in ancient times by the ancestors of the Styx, who were forced to flee due to a plague [[spoiler: which they eventually turned into Dominion.]]
** [[spoiler: After Sweeney's dies, and accidentally releases ThePlague into the inner world, New Germania is swiftly left as this.]]
** [[spoiler: London becomes this after the Armagi are unleashed on the Topsoilers.]]


* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The Styx love to do this to those who help them.



* YouHaveFailedMe: The Old Styx does this to a trio of Limiters at the beginning of ''Freefall'', ordering them to jump into the [[BottomlessPits Pore]] for failing to prevent [[spoiler: the Rebeccas from being pushed down it by Sarah Jerome.]]

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* YouHaveFailedMe: The Old Styx does this to a trio of Limiters at the beginning of ''Freefall'', ordering them to jump into the [[BottomlessPits Pore]] for failing to prevent [[spoiler: the Rebeccas from being pushed down it by Sarah Jerome.]]]] At the end of the book, he [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves does the same]] to Tom Cox for failing to capture Drake.


** [[spoiler: Rebecca One]] takes this to new levels in ''Spiral'', [[spoiler: shooting a Limiter merely because he was in the way and it would take too much time to explain to him what was going on.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rebecca One]] takes this to new levels in ''Spiral'', [[spoiler: shooting a Limiter merely because he was in the her way and it would take too much time to explain to him what was going on.]]



* BottomlessPits: The Seven Sisters, a group of these which connect the Deeps to the [[spoiler: [[HollowEarth Inner World]] ]]. Only three are named in the series:
** The Pore
** Puffing Mary
** Smoking Jean



* MonoGenderMonsters: [[spoiler: The Armagi are all male. Not like it matters, as they're shape-shifting killing machines that don't reproduce anyway.]]

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* MonoGenderMonsters: [[spoiler: The Armagi are all male. Not like it matters, as they're shape-shifting killing machines that don't reproduce naturally anyway.]]



* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: During the Phase, the Styx women grow ovipositors in their throats and insect limbs from their backs. Being exposed to the radiation of the Garden of the Second Sun makes them grow even more of each.]]



* SecretUndergroundPassage: As the title suggests, lots and lots of these show up in the series.
** After Dr. Burrows disappears, Will discovers that he has been secretly digging one of these in the basement, but that someone collapsed it...
** In ''Freefall'', Drake helps Dr. Burrows and Will escape through one of these that [[EccentricMillionaire Sir Gabriel Martineau]] had dug back in the 1600s to get to church during rainstorms without getting wet.



** [[spoiler: Only at first. Through the course of the books, their personalities diverge quite a bit. Rebecca Two is far milder and much more rational. She rarely suggests the use of violence and acts quite kindly to several character. Her sister, on the other hand, is very dominating and quite ruthless.]]

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** [[spoiler: Only at first. Through the course of the books, their personalities diverge quite a bit. Rebecca Two is far milder and much more rational. She rarely suggests the use of violence and acts quite kindly to several character.characters. Her sister, on the other hand, is very dominating and quite ruthless.]]



** The Young Assistant



* TunnelNetwork: The series lives and breathes on this trope.
** The network of tunnels beneath Highfield, which were built as an integral part of the borough: [[spoiler: The old buildings in the Topsoil city function as the ventilation system for the Colony]]. Dr. Burrows digs into the tunnel network from his basement.
** The Labyrinth is a network of tunnels, some natural, some manmade, that connects the Colony and the Eternal City.
** The Colony is a system of natural caverns connected by manmade tunnels.
** The Styx Citadel has a network of tunnels allowing them to conduct operations anywhere in London.
** [[spoiler: The pyramids in the Garden of the Second Sun are connected by an underground system of tunnels inhabited now by the "bushmen."]]



** [[spoiler: Only for them to be killed the very next book. By a double agent who later turns out to be a triple agent. Understandably, he doesn't take it well]]. Then, [[spoiler:he is killed in the next book by Martha]].

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** [[spoiler: Only for them to be killed the very next book. By a double agent who later turns out to be a triple agent. Understandably, he doesn't take it well]]. Then, [[spoiler:he is killed in the next book ''Terminal'' by Martha]].


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* YouHaveFailedMe: The Old Styx does this to a trio of Limiters at the beginning of ''Freefall'', ordering them to jump into the [[BottomlessPits Pore]] for failing to prevent [[spoiler: the Rebeccas from being pushed down it by Sarah Jerome.]]


* ServantRace: The Coprolites to the Colonists and Styx alike. [[spoiler: Also, the bushmen to the Styx when the Styx inhabited the Garden of the Second Sun, though they abandoned that world a long time ago; and if Elliott's suddenly-acquired race memory is accurate in Terminal, there was another ServantRace that rebelled against the Styx billions of years in the past that caused the PlanetSpaceship to stop traveling and settle into orbit around the Sun, gradually turning into Earth as life colonized its outer hull and made it habitable. She says it was the humans that rebelled, but [[SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying this would have happened billions of years before humans even evolved.]] Her mistake is excusable because she's probably never had an adequate paleontology lesson in her life.]]

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* ServantRace: The Coprolites to the Colonists and Styx alike. [[spoiler: Also, the bushmen to the Styx when the Styx inhabited the Garden of the Second Sun, though they abandoned that world a long time ago; and if Elliott's suddenly-acquired race memory is accurate in Terminal, there was another ServantRace that rebelled against the Styx billions of years in the past that caused the PlanetSpaceship to stop traveling and settle into orbit around the Sun, gradually turning into Earth as life colonized its outer hull and made it habitable. She says it was the humans that rebelled, but [[SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology this would have happened billions of years before humans even evolved.]] Her mistake is excusable because she's probably never had an adequate paleontology lesson in her life.]]


* DrillTank: Used by the Coprolites for mining. Drake commandeers one twice, and both times [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesomeness ensues.]]

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* DrillTank: Used by the Coprolites for mining. Drake commandeers one twice, and both times [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesomeness ensues.]]twice.


* ActionGirl: Elliott

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* ActionGirl: ElliottElliott is a crack shot with a rifle and can consistently outperform any of the male heroes save [[TheMentor Drake]] on a usual day. Celia grows into one after [[spoiler: overcoming her Darklighting]] and [[TookALevelInBadass grinding out a ton of levels in badass]].



* BigBad: The Old Styx

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* BigBad: The Old StyxStyx, in the biggest [[AvertedTrope aversion]] of NominalImportance you'll ever find in literature.

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* PoisonousCaptive: Rebecca [[spoiler: One]] shows up at Martha's shack during ''Freefall''. Claiming that she was forced into her actions by [[spoiler: her sister]], she is trying to find a way out of the bottom of the Pore and wants to see if Will's group can find a way out. During her stay, she manages to turn Will and Chester against Martha, although that didn't take much effort.


* AlienAbduction: The Styx [[UltraTerrestrials don't come from outer space]], but otherwise fit this trope to a T. They're fond of sending squads of [[EliteMooks Limiters]] to snatch Topsoilers who stumble across their civilization, as well as Topsoil scientists whose research they desire. The abductee will face the [[{{Brainwashed}} Dark Light]], then be either resettled in [[UndergroundCity the Colony]], exiled to the Deeps, executed, or returned Topsoil as a sleeper agent.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Jiggs]] is mentioned several times throughout the book by Drake and Parry. For several hundred pages not one mention of him is made, [[spoiler: until he suddenly appears in the Garden of the Second Sun, kills several Limiters, distracts Rebecca One, saves Will, and tumbles into the inner space of the Earth's core]], and is presumably killed. [[spoiler: He lives, and plays a more important role later.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: Jiggs]] is mentioned several times throughout the book ''Spiral'' by Drake and Parry. For several hundred pages not one mention of him is made, [[spoiler: until he suddenly appears in the Garden of the Second Sun, kills several Limiters, distracts Rebecca One, saves Will, and tumbles into the inner space of the Earth's core]], and is presumably killed. [[spoiler: He lives, and plays a more important role later.]]



* YankTheDogsChain: Poor Chester gets his chain yanked twice. First is Will's disastrous attempt to rescue him from the hold in the first book where everyone gets away ''except'' Chester. And then he spends months underground wanting only to go home to his family on the surface, but when he's finally reunited with his parents, [[spoiler: they've been brainwashed and don't recognize him as their son. Fortunately Drake is able to fix them]].

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* YankTheDogsChain: Poor Chester gets his chain yanked twice. First is Will's disastrous attempt to rescue him from the hold in the first book ''Tunnels'' where everyone gets away ''except'' Chester. And then he spends months underground wanting only to go home to his family on the surface, but when he's finally reunited with his parents, [[spoiler: they've been brainwashed and don't recognize him as their son. Fortunately Drake is able to fix them]].



* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler: The Dominion virus still ends up in Styx hands by the end of Closer]] despite several books being spent trying to get rid of it entirely. However, Will and Eliot do at least manage [[spoiler: to get the cure to the surface]]. Then in Spiral there is a double subversion; [[spoiler: the first phase is averted without any difficulty, meaning stage one is thwarted. However, the backup Phase goes ahead on the surface, effectively making things worse than if stage one hadn't been thwarted]].

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler: The Dominion virus still ends up in Styx hands by the end of Closer]] ''Closer'']] despite several books being spent trying to get rid of it entirely. However, Will and Eliot do at least manage [[spoiler: to get the cure to the surface]]. Then in Spiral ''Spiral'' there is a double subversion; [[spoiler: the first phase is averted without any difficulty, meaning stage one is thwarted. However, the backup Phase goes ahead on the surface, effectively making things worse than if stage one hadn't been thwarted]].


* TooDumbToLive: Downplayed by [[spoiler: Dr. Burrows]]. The Styx were going to kill them anyway, but he outright called their bluff and ''volunteered'' to be the victim, despite all the ruthless and vicious things happening around him. It wasn't the first example either.



* TooDumbToLive: Downplayed by [[spoiler: Dr. Burrows]]. The Styx were going to kill them anyway, but he outright called their bluff and ''volunteered'' to be the victim, despite all the ruthless and vicious things happening around him. It wasn't the first example either.

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* TooDumbToLive: Downplayed by [[spoiler: Dr. Burrows]]. {{Ultraterrestrials}}: [[spoiler:The Styx]]
* TheUnpronounceable:
The language of the Styx were going to kill them anyway, but he outright called their bluff can't be pronounced by humans, or even represented by letters and ''volunteered'' to be the victim, despite all the ruthless and vicious things happening around him. It wasn't the first example either.words.



* Ultraterrestrials: [[spoiler:What The Styx turn out to be.]]
* TheUnpronounceable: The language of the Styx can't be pronounced by humans, or even represented by letters and words.

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* FreeFallFight: [[spoiler: Two of them at the end of Spiral. One between Jiggs and a Limiter and the other between Drake and Rebecca One.]]


* BadBoss: The Old Styx [[spoiler: orders three Limiters to jump down the Pore to their apparent deaths during ''FreeFall'' for failing to prevent Sarah from dragging the Rebeccas down it.]]

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* BadBoss: The Old Styx [[spoiler: orders three Limiters to jump down the Pore to their apparent deaths during ''FreeFall'' ''Freefall'' for failing to prevent Sarah from dragging the Rebeccas down it.]]


* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: Elliot's Styx side becomes much more apparent in ''Spiral'' and ''Terminal'', until she even grows insect limbs during the closing moments of the series.]] And then afterwards the final moments of Terminal strongly imply that [[spoiler: Will himself may be becoming a Styx.]]

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* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler: Elliot's Elliott's Styx side becomes much more apparent in ''Spiral'' and ''Terminal'', until she even grows insect limbs during the closing moments of the series.]] And then afterwards the final moments of Terminal strongly imply that [[spoiler: Will himself may be becoming a Styx.]]



* BadBoss: The Old Styx [[spoiler: orders three Limiters to jump down the Pore to their apparent deaths during ''FreeFall'' for failing to prevent Sarah from dragging the Rebeccas down it.]]
** [[spoiler: Rebecca One]] takes this to new levels in ''Spiral'', [[spoiler: shooting a Limiter merely because he was in the way and it would take too much time to explain to him what was going on.]]



** Inverted by Styx women, who appear incredible beautiful [[spoiler: until the phase]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The first we see is Dr. Burrows' dust mite the size of a small car. Elliott calls them cave cows. Later on we get similarly-sized "spider monkeys" and Brights. In ''Closer'', we even get huge ''fleas'', which are normally scavengers but are totally okay with eating you alive. [[spoiler: And the female Styx turn into these during the Phase, with insect limbs exploding out of their backs and ovipositors growing out of their tongues.]]

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** Inverted by Styx women, who appear incredible incredibly beautiful [[spoiler: until the phase]]
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The first we see is Dr. Burrows' dust mite the size of a small car. Elliott calls them cave cows. Later on we get similarly-sized "spider monkeys" and Brights. In ''Closer'', we even get huge ''fleas'', which are normally scavengers but are totally okay with eating you alive. [[spoiler: And the female Styx turn into these during the Phase, with insect limbs exploding out of their backs and ovipositors growing out of their tongues.throats.]]



* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:The Rebeccas.]]

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* BigBad: The Old Styx
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:The Rebeccas.Rebeccas, who've been keeping tabs on Will in the guise of his little sister since they were two years old.]]



* BrickJoke: Jiggs is played for drama this way. The statue of Tom Cox is a comedy example between book one and book six

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* BrickJoke: Jiggs is played for drama this way. The statue of Tom Cox is a comedy example between book one ''Closer'' and book six''Terminal''.



* ChangelingTale: How the Styx raise their female children, embedding them with Topsoil families to [[spoiler: infiltrate the highest levels of human society.]] (The males are trained in the Styx Citadel as soldiers.) The host families are extensively Darklit in order to ensure that the Styx children don't [[OrcRaisedByElves gain sympathy for humans.]]



* CorruptChurch: The Styx rule the Colony in the guise of one.



* [[DaddysLittleVillain Daddy's Little Villains]]: The Crawfly and [[spoiler:the Rebeccas. The twins and the Old Styx turn this into ''Granddaddy's'' Little Villains.]]
* [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action Girls]]: [[spoiler: The Rebeccas]], although they prefer to leave the fighting to the Limiters.



* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Styx Citadel, although we seldom see the inside.
** Will and Doctor Burrows stumble upon another one built in the Deeps by the UK government as a fallout shelter, abandoned after the end of the Cold War.
* EliteMooks: The Limiter Regiment, the branch of the Styx military responsible for patrolling the Deeps and launching covert operations Topsoil.



* EvenEvilCanBeLoved: Captain Franz feels this way towards [[spoiler: Rebecca Two]], and believes she is JustFollowingOrders.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: [[spoiler: The Rebeccas]] care for each other, and [[spoiler: Rebecca Two]] falls in love with [[spoiler: a New Germanian soldier, Captain Franz.]]



* FaceDeathWithDignity: After ThePlague takes [[spoiler:New Germania]], Will and Elliott find a squad of [[EliteMooks Limiters]] who spent their last moments enjoying a cup of tea.



* FatIdiot: The Chancellor of [[spoiler: New Germania.]] He lets the Styx take over his civilization without firing a shot.



* ForeignQueasine: The food in the Colony and pretty much anywhere else underground. Eyeless rat is a rare delicacy, and there are far more insect- and fungus-based dishes than Will is comfortable with. For some reason, ''Anomalocaris'' doesn't squick him out; he's more concerned about the fact that it's been extinct up top since the Cambrian (read: ''waaaaay'' before dinosaurs) and they're just eating it without a second thought.

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* ForeignQueasine: The food in the Colony and pretty much anywhere else underground. Eyeless rat is a rare delicacy, and there are far more insect- and fungus-based dishes than Will is comfortable with. For some reason, ''Anomalocaris'' doesn't squick him out; he's more concerned about the fact that it's been extinct up top since the Cambrian (read: ''waaaaay'' before dinosaurs) and they're just eating it without a second thought. For the people of [[spoiler: New Germania]], plesiosaurus is considered a delicacy.



* GasMaskMooks: The Styx soldiers of the Division.



* HalfHumanHybrid: As mentioned, it's possible for a Styx and a human to have a child together. [[spoiler: Elliot is the only known surviving case. She recovers as quickly as a full-blooded Styx, and while she takes longer to enter the Phase, she eventually gets the insect legs too. There's no confirmation of whether or not she develops an ovipositor. But, due to her upbringing, she stays on the side of good even when she gains her bug legs.]]
* HandsOffParenting: Will's mother is glued to the television 24-7, while his father focuses more about archaeology than his family.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: As mentioned, it's possible for a Styx and a human to have a child together. [[spoiler: Elliot Elliott is the only known surviving case. She recovers as quickly as a full-blooded Styx, and while she takes longer to enter the Phase, she eventually gets the insect legs too. There's no confirmation of whether or not she develops an ovipositor. But, due to her upbringing, she stays on the side of good even when she gains her bug legs.]]
* HandsOffParenting: Will's mother is glued to the television 24-7, while his father focuses more about archaeology than his family. [[spoiler: This is because they've been Darklit by the Styx, in order to ensure that the Rebeccas receive a negative impression of humanity.]]



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Rebecca Two]] almost makes one in ''Terminal'', although she doesn't complete it due to [[spoiler: being knocked out by the explosion of GCHQ]]. During the final confrontation of the book, she remains neutral, trying to reunite with [[spoiler: Captain Franz rather than helping the Styx.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: While developing the [[spoiler:Dominion Virus]], the Styx created another virus that kills most complex lifeforms, including themselves. [[spoiler: Drake steals this from the [[MadScientistLaboratory Laboratories]] during ''Closer'', and uses it as a bargaining chip against Vane and Rebecca One at the conclusion of ''Spiral''. During the struggle, it is accidentally released, wiping out all humans, Styx, and animals in the Garden of the Second Sun. Later, the Styx are teleported into the inner world, wiping out their race.]]



* InterspeciesRomance: It's possible for a Styx and a human to have viable offspring. But it's heavily frowned upon.
-->[[spoiler: Elliot]] is the product of one.
-->[[spoiler: Will and Elliot half-count, as Elliot is half-human.]]
-->[[spoiler: Rebecca Two and Captain Franz have a very creepy one, as she's only 13 (although Styx mature faster than humans) and has heavily brainwashed him, although he still has feelings for her after it's reversed.]]

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* InterspeciesRomance: It's possible for a Styx and a human to have viable offspring. But it's heavily frowned upon.
-->[[spoiler: Elliot]]
However, this carries a death sentence and the children are known as [[FantasticRacism Drain Babies]], as they are often left to die in the drains beneath the Colony's South Cavern.
** [[spoiler: Elliott]]
is the product of one.
-->[[spoiler: ** [[spoiler: Will and Elliot Elliott half-count, as Elliot Elliott is half-human.]]
-->[[spoiler: ** [[spoiler: Rebecca Two and Captain Franz have a very creepy one, as she's only 13 (although Styx mature faster than humans) and has heavily brainwashed him, although he still has feelings for her after it's reversed.the Darklighting is undone.]]



* JustFollowingOrders: [[spoiler: Rebecca Two]] sees herself this way by the end of the series.



* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler: Eddie, and several other male Styx if he's to be believed. Elliot seems to be the only female example, and she only half-counts because she's half-human.]]

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* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler: Eddie, and several other male Styx if he's to be believed. Elliot Elliott seems to be the only female example, and she only half-counts because she's half-human.half-human. Rebecca Two begins to feel this way towards the end of the series, but she doesn't go as far as making a HeelFaceTurn, only remaining neutral during the final confrontation.]]



* PowerGlows: [[spoiler: The mysterious, seemingly magical technology that Elliot can control due to her Styx heritage glows brightly whenever she touches it.]]

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* PowerGlows: [[spoiler: The mysterious, seemingly magical technology that Elliot Elliott can control due to her Styx heritage glows brightly whenever she touches it.]]



* ProperlyParanoid: Sarah when topsoil. Drake and Elliot in the Deeps. Chester thinks of himself this way almost word-for-word in ''Closer''. Martha in general.

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* ProperlyParanoid: Sarah when topsoil. Drake and Elliot Elliott in the Deeps. Chester thinks of himself this way almost word-for-word in ''Closer''. Martha in general.



** This is quite literal with [[spoiler:New Germania]], although they've mellowed quite a lot in their exile in the inner world, only keeping their [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy martial traditions]] as a way of ensuring social unity.
** When [[spoiler:Rebecca One]] returns to the inner world, she finds that the Limiter garrison has [[spoiler:adopted New Germanian garb, as it is better adjusted for the heat than their own uniforms. She rebukes them for going on a "beach party."]]



* ServantRace: The Coprolites to the Colonists and Styx alike. [[spoiler: Also, the bushmen to the Styx when the Styx inhabited the Garden of the Second Sun, though they abandoned that world a long time ago; and if Elliot's suddenly-acquired race memory is accurate in Terminal, there was another ServantRace that rebelled against the Styx billions of years in the past that caused the PlanetSpaceship to stop traveling and settle into orbit around the Sun, gradually turning into Earth as life colonized its outer hull and made it habitable. She says it was the humans that rebelled, but [[SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying this would have happened billions of years before humans even evolved.]] Her mistake is excusable because she's probably never had an adequate paleontology lesson in her life.]]

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* ServantRace: The Coprolites to the Colonists and Styx alike. [[spoiler: Also, the bushmen to the Styx when the Styx inhabited the Garden of the Second Sun, though they abandoned that world a long time ago; and if Elliot's Elliott's suddenly-acquired race memory is accurate in Terminal, there was another ServantRace that rebelled against the Styx billions of years in the past that caused the PlanetSpaceship to stop traveling and settle into orbit around the Sun, gradually turning into Earth as life colonized its outer hull and made it habitable. She says it was the humans that rebelled, but [[SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying this would have happened billions of years before humans even evolved.]] Her mistake is excusable because she's probably never had an adequate paleontology lesson in her life.]]



* SinisterMinister: The Old Styx



* SpellMyNameWithAThe: As humans can't speak the Styx language, most Styx end up being known by their nicknames
** The Crawfly
** The Old Styx
** [[spoiler: The Rebeccas]]



* StrawNihilist: Elliot seems to think this way, though it is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] and not used to make philosophical arguments. She is more cynical than Drake despite being much younger, and her spiel in ''Deeper'' about how everyone is wormfood certainly fits this trope.
* StuffBlowingUp: Drake and Elliott both carry a ''lot'' of explosives. Whenever they're faced with a problem, the first solution is to blow it up. In a whimsical moment Will even imagines a superhero alter ego for Elliot, ''the Exploding Girl'', who has nitroglycerin for blood.

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* StrawNihilist: Elliot Elliott seems to think this way, though it is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] and not used to make philosophical arguments. She is more cynical than Drake despite being much younger, and her spiel in ''Deeper'' about how everyone is wormfood certainly fits this trope.
* StuffBlowingUp: Drake and Elliott both carry a ''lot'' of explosives. Whenever they're faced with a problem, the first solution is to blow it up. In a whimsical moment Will even imagines a superhero alter ego for Elliot, Elliott, ''the Exploding Girl'', who has nitroglycerin for blood.



* StupidScientist: Being off on his own adventure for the first half of the series and an AbsentMindedProfessor to being with, Dr. Burrows never gets to see the Styx's brutality or anything about the Dominion plot. So he thinks Will and Drake are just being paranoid to run from them and stubbornly refuses to accept that the Styx are dangerous or that the Dominion could even happen right up until [[spoiler: his death at the hands of Rebecca]].

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* StupidScientist: Being off on his own adventure for the first half of the series and an AbsentMindedProfessor to being with, Dr. Burrows never gets to see the Styx's brutality or anything about the Dominion plot. So he thinks Will and Drake are just being paranoid to run from them and stubbornly refuses to accept that the Styx are dangerous or that the Dominion could even happen right up until [[spoiler: his death at the hands of Rebecca]].Rebecca Two]].



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The Styx attempt to do this, twice. [[spoiler: And then it's actually done by ''Elliot'', of all people, by reactivating the [[PlanetSpaceship Earth's]] engines and making it leave orbit and head home. The result is that the entire Earth's surface becomes a frozen wasteland, killing off all life up there; it's implied that the majority of people actually survive by moving into the Colony.]]

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The Styx attempt to do this, twice. [[spoiler: And then it's actually done by ''Elliot'', ''Elliott'', of all people, by reactivating the [[PlanetSpaceship Earth's]] engines and making it leave orbit and head home. The result is that the entire Earth's surface becomes a frozen wasteland, killing off all life up there; it's implied that the majority of people actually survive by moving into the Colony.]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The character [[spoiler: Jiggs]] is mentioned several times throughout the book by Drake and Parry. For several hundred pages not one mention of him is made, [[spoiler: until he suddenly appears in the Garden of the Second Sun, kills several Limiters, distracts the Rebeccas, saves Will, and tumbles into the inner space of the Earth's core]], and is presumably killed. [[spoiler: He lives, and plays a more important role later.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The character [[spoiler: Jiggs]] is mentioned several times throughout the book by Drake and Parry. For several hundred pages not one mention of him is made, [[spoiler: until he suddenly appears in the Garden of the Second Sun, kills several Limiters, distracts the Rebeccas, Rebecca One, saves Will, and tumbles into the inner space of the Earth's core]], and is presumably killed. [[spoiler: He lives, and plays a more important role later.]]


Will Burrows is a fourteen-year-old boy whose major passion is digging. He often helps his archaeologist father perform excavations in the rural British town of Highfield. However, he gets more than he bargained for when his father's latest investigation leads to the discovery of an underground civilization called the Colony. The Colony has long existed hidden from the "Topsoilers" on the surface. However, the tyrannical Styx ruling class of the Colony has come up with a plan to commit genocide on the Topsoilers and reclaim the surface for themselves. Because AdultsAreUseless, it is up to Will and various friends of his to stop the Styx, a quest that takes them ever deeper into bowels of the Earth.

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Will Burrows is a fourteen-year-old boy whose major passion is digging. He often helps his archaeologist father perform excavations in the rural British town London Borough of Highfield. However, he gets more than he bargained for when his father's latest investigation leads to the discovery of an underground civilization city called the Colony. The Colony Colony, which has long existed remained hidden for centuries from the "Topsoilers" on the surface. However, the tyrannical Styx ruling class of the Colony has come up with a plan to commit genocide on the Topsoilers and reclaim the surface for themselves. Because AdultsAreUseless, it is up to Will and various friends of his to stop the Styx, a quest that takes them ever deeper into bowels of the Earth.



* InterspeciesRomance: It's possible for a Styx and a human to have viable offspring. But it's heavily frowned upon. [[spoiler: Will and Elliot half-count, as Elliot is half-human.]]

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* InterspeciesRomance: It's possible for a Styx and a human to have viable offspring. But it's heavily frowned upon. [[spoiler: upon.
-->[[spoiler: Elliot]] is the product of one.
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Will and Elliot half-count, as Elliot is half-human.]]
-->[[spoiler: Rebecca Two and Captain Franz have a very creepy one, as she's only 13 (although Styx mature faster than humans) and has heavily brainwashed him, although he still has feelings for her after it's reversed.
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* PuttingOnTheReich: The Styx are very fond of their black leather trenchcoats.


** Spider monkeys, NotToBeConfusedWith the primate of the same name, are arachnid...things...that use echolocation.

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** Spider monkeys, NotToBeConfusedWith JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith the primate of the same name, are arachnid...things...that use echolocation.

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** Subverted in the last two books. Rebecca One is blown up and Rebecca Two is dragged along with the rest of the Styx to the inner world, where she dies a slow painful death from the virus.

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