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* TheAlmightyDollar: A divine figure called the "Bookkeeper" is a god of money, older than most of the gods, and TrueNeutral in their conflicts. He is served by three Penny Scouts.

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* TheAlmightyDollar: A divine figure called the "Bookkeeper" is a god of money, older than most of the gods, and TrueNeutral in their conflicts. He is served by three Penny Scouts.


* TheAlmightyDollar: A divine figure called the "Bookkeeper" is a god of money, older than most of the gods. He is served by three Penny Scouts.

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* TheAlmightyDollar: A divine figure called the "Bookkeeper" is a god of money, older than most of the gods.gods, and TrueNeutral in their conflicts. He is served by three Penny Scouts.

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* TheAlmightyDollar: A divine figure called the "Bookkeeper" is a god of money, older than most of the gods. He is served by three Penny Scouts.

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* CurbStompBattle: One occurs in "The Beguiling Man", when Mad Sweeney and Laura take on the Black Briar train to rescue Shadow Moon. Two dozen trained mercenaries have no chance against a millennium-old leprechaun and an undead zombie wife with superhuman strength.


* TeamSwitzerland: The Bookkeeper -- the The AnthropomorphicPersonification of money -- refuses to ally with either the Old Gods or the New Gods in their upcoming war, as there is little opportunity in choosing one over the other.

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* TeamSwitzerland: The Bookkeeper -- the The AnthropomorphicPersonification of money -- refuses to ally with either the Old Gods or the New Gods in their upcoming war, as there is little opportunity in choosing one over the other.


* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: Shadow Moon pretends to be a Secret Service agent as part of a scam to help Mr. Wednesday steal a jacket owned by Lou Reed.



* MeaningfulName: As in the book, several Old Gods have meaningful aliases, making it [[CaptainObviousReveal not much of a big surprise]] when their godly identities are revealed. Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis are [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Anubis and Thoth]], named for animals sacred to them, while Mr. Wednesday and Low-Key Lyesmith are [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin and Loki]].

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* MeaningfulName: As in MagicalAccessory: To give Dvalin the book, several Old Gods have meaningful aliases, making it [[CaptainObviousReveal not much of a big surprise]] when their godly identities are revealed. Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis are [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Anubis and Thoth]], named for animals sacred dwarf enough power to them, while etch magic runes on the spear Gungnir, Mr. Wednesday must get a leather jacket worn and Low-Key Lyesmith are [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin and Loki]].signed by Lou Reed himself.



* MeaningfulName: As in the book, several Old Gods have meaningful aliases, making it [[CaptainObviousReveal not much of a big surprise]] when their godly identities are revealed. Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis are [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Anubis and Thoth]], named for animals sacred to them, while Mr. Wednesday and Low-Key Lyesmith are [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin and Loki]].
* TheMenInBlack: Black Friar, a secret government surveillance group under the orders of Mr. World.



* TheNthDoctor: Media is replaced by New Media due to problems in scheduling commitments from Creator/GillianAnderson.

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* TheNthDoctor: Media is replaced by New Media due to problems Creator/GillianAnderson quitting the show in scheduling commitments from Creator/GillianAnderson.Season 2.


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* ScoutOut: The Penny Scouts, gatekeepers for the Bookkeeper, are clearly modeled after the Girl Scouts.


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* SurveillanceDrone: Argus tries to spy on Shadow with this... until one of Wednesday's ravens takes it out.


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* TrainJob: Occurs in "The Beguiling Man" when Laura and Sweeny rescue Shadow Moon from the Black Briar forces.

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* {{Filler}}: Aside from "House on the Rock", Season 2 is almost entirely composed of material not in the original novel, due to various production issues.


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* TheNthDoctor: Media is replaced by New Media due to problems in scheduling commitments from Creator/GillianAnderson.


* PlayingBothSides: It is revealed that [[spoiler:Bliquis]] was doing this, until [[spoiler:the death of Zorya Vechernyaya pushes her]] to join Wednesday's side.



* RunningGag: Once Mad Sweeney accidentally gives his lucky coin away to Shadow, just about every scene he's in involves him being humiliated, injured or inconvenienced.

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* RunningGag: Once Mad Sweeney accidentally gives his lucky coin away to Shadow, just about every scene he's in involves him being humiliated, injured or inconvenienced. Justified because the farther he is from his coin, the more misfortune befalls him.



* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: The Coming to America prologue shows, among other things, the vikings' first contact with American Natives. It begins and ends with one of the vikings being peppered with arrows. ''Many'' arrows. When he finally drops dead, there's not a square inch on his silhouette without at least one arrow embedded in it. To top it off: [[ImprobableAimingSkills not a single shot missed]]. The vikings are suitably freaked out by their comrade's gruesome fate and wisely decide to steer clear of the forest where the murderous bombardment came from.

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* TheresNoKillLikeOverkill: The Coming "Coming to America America" prologue shows, among other things, the vikings' first contact with American Natives. It begins and ends with one of the vikings being peppered with arrows. ''Many'' arrows. When he finally drops dead, there's not a square inch on his silhouette without at least one arrow embedded in it. To top it off: [[ImprobableAimingSkills not a single shot missed]]. The vikings are suitably freaked out by their comrade's gruesome fate and wisely decide to steer clear of the forest where the murderous bombardment came from.from.
* TeamSwitzerland: The Bookkeeper -- the The AnthropomorphicPersonification of money -- refuses to ally with either the Old Gods or the New Gods in their upcoming war, as there is little opportunity in choosing one over the other.


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* ModernizedGod: The Roman god Vulcan, god of fire and blacksmithing, refashioned himself as a god of firearms to capitalize on the American obsession with guns as a source of worship and power.

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The Roman god Vulcan, god of fire and blacksmithing, refashioned himself as a god of firearms to capitalize on the American obsession with guns as a source of worship and power.power.
** Mama-ji, commonly known as Kali, sustains herself by working as a waitress in a chain of diners.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: It took the Vikings to make war in order to summon Odin's favor.

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It took the Vikings to make war in order to summon Odin's favor.



** Mad Sweeney panics at the sight of [[spoiler:the three banshees]], since he knows they are [[spoiler:a harbinger of his death]].



* TheHecateSisters: The three Slavic sisters all named Zorya are an elderly crone, a middle-aged woman and a virginal youth.

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The three Slavic sisters all named Zorya are an elderly crone, a middle-aged woman and a virginal youth.youth.
** In "Treasure of the Sun", the three banshees follow this pattern.


** Technical Boy takes over this role after [[spoiler:Media is reformed into New Media]].



* ExcrementStatement: After [[spoiler:pushing Vulcan's decapitated corpse into the smelting vat]], Mr. Wednesday proceeds to piss into the vat, saying that he is laying down a curse on the bullets that are being made from it.

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* ExcrementStatement: ExcrementStatement:
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After [[spoiler:pushing Vulcan's decapitated corpse into the smelting vat]], Mr. Wednesday proceeds to piss into the vat, saying that he is laying down a curse on the bullets that are being made from it.it.
** Played with in Season 2, when Mr. Wednesday pisses onto the sprout of Yggdrasil to induce it to grow into its full size.

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*** "Treasure of the Sun" is another one for Mad Sweeny, covering his origins and [[spoiler:his wife and child]].
** "Donar the Great" is this for [[spoiler:Wednesday's son, Donar/Thor]].


** The (admittedly big) novel will receive this, with a planned 3 or 4 seasons based on it, and maybe more if the sequel comes out.

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** The (admittedly big) novel will receive this, with a planned 3 three or 4 four seasons based on it, and maybe more if the sequel comes out.


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** The entire second season is original to the television adaptation, covering new events and characters not in the novel, along with additional background to established characters.


* AllForNothing: Much of Season 2 is spent on [[spoiler:Wednesday's quest to restore his legendary war spear Gungnir to its old glory. He succeeds, but before he can get any use out of it, Mad Sweeney spirits it away to the Sun's Treasure[[note]]an obscure place only he can access; it's where he summons his endless supply of gold coins from[[/note]] as a final "fuck you" to Wednesday before he dies, thus removing the weapon from Wednesday's grasp forever.]]

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* AllForNothing: Much of Season 2 is spent on [[spoiler:Wednesday's quest to restore his legendary war spear Gungnir to its old glory. He succeeds, but before he can get any use out of it, Mad Sweeney spirits it away to the Sun's Treasure[[note]]an obscure place only he can access; it's where he summons his endless supply of gold coins from[[/note]] as a final "fuck you" to Wednesday before he dies, thus removing the weapon from Wednesday's grasp forever.grasp.]]

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* AllForNothing: Much of Season 2 is spent on [[spoiler:Wednesday's quest to restore his legendary war spear Gungnir to its old glory. He succeeds, but before he can get any use out of it, Mad Sweeney spirits it away to the Sun's Treasure[[note]]an obscure place only he can access; it's where he summons his endless supply of gold coins from[[/note]] as a final "fuck you" to Wednesday before he dies, thus removing the weapon from Wednesday's grasp forever.]]

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