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* KillItWithFire: Fire ''is'' particularly effective at destroying Blank space, but Lyss is rather ''obsessed'' with the idea of setting Blanks on fire, she nearly failed the written portion of the Blank Hunter exam because she put this down as her answer for ''every'' question regarding social interactions with Blanks for example.


* AwesomeButImpractical: One of the top Blank Hunters wields a combination axe/flamethrower/club. Fully developed blanks are just normal people, [[spoiler: but a select few hybrids can change their shapes to make their limbs act as weapons]], and the only thing developing Blanks have that make them out of the ordinary are dark patches of skin that don't get injured or experience pain if you stab them. A net would probably be more effective for subduing developing Blanks, albeit there wouldn't be as much of an intimidation factor.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: One of the top Blank Hunters wields a combination axe/flamethrower/club. Fully developed blanks are just normal people, [[spoiler: but a select few hybrids can change their shapes to make their limbs act as weapons]], and weapons]]. While it's true that the only thing developing Blanks have things that make them can seriously damage the blank space is fire, water, and special weapons with hooked ends to scoop out of the ordinary are dark patches of skin that don't get injured or experience pain if you stab them. A net would probably be more effective for subduing developing Blanks, albeit there wouldn't be as much of an intimidation factor.blank space, it's hard to see how one could direct the flame well on something like a large battle axe.

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* TheMole: [[spoiler:Jay is a Blank operative for "Masque", an underground Blank organization run by Rex's godmother with the purpose of making it as hard as possible for new Blank Hunters to get licensed in Glory City.]]


* EvilDetectingDog: "Evil" is a matter of perspective, but Shnee is trained to detect Blanks for Rex so he doesn't bump into them,

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* EvilDetectingDog: "Evil" is a matter of perspective, but Shnee is trained to detect Blanks for Rex so he doesn't bump into them, though he doesn't always do so in time.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: WordOfGod is that the color of a Blank's Blank Space is dependent on the region said Blank is from; for example, Glory City Blanks are purple, the ones from Rex's hometown up north are green, etc. [[spoiler:Rex and Jericho's Blank Space color, reddish, is apparently rather significant]].


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** [[spoiler:Jericho and Rex can heal serious injuries with Blank Space instead of scar tissue, but whatever happened to the former resulted in him having so much exposed Blank space, including half of his ''face'', that even with a mask and bandages going out in public is risky.]]


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* EvilDetectingDog: "Evil" is a matter of perspective, but Shnee is trained to detect Blanks for Rex so he doesn't bump into them,


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** There are also ''animal'' Blanks, but they're relatively rare, in part because animals don't usually wear masks, so they get their faces stolen before they can multiply. They also don't seem to ever develop their bodies beyond the stolen faces, and definitely don't get the memories, either.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:There are a few hints of Rex being a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-blank]] besides his ability to touch normal Blanks; like how his face wasn't shown when he took his brother out of a burning house in the first chapter, etc.]]


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* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Jericho was supposedly murdered by Mikiah, but later turns out to be alive.]]


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* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:Jericho can also interact with normal Blanks as if they were solid.]]


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* UndeadTaxExemption: Unless they're lucky and no one notices their victim's face was stolen, developing Blanks need to have identification documents forged. [[spoiler:Rex, being a HalfHumanHybrid, actually has his own legitimate identity thanks to his family setting things up, though for obvious reasons he only got it


* CoverBlowingSuperpower:
** Part of why Rex views his ability to touch Blanks as CursedWithAwesome is that it's so unusual that it draws the immediate attention of whoever notices it (though a lot of people in Glory City assume that he's just a Blank Hunter with cutting-edge gear), and Shnee's been trained specifically to detect blanks to avoid this, though it doesn't always work.
** If someone has their mask off and a Blank ''doesn't'' try to steal their face, they're a Blank themselves. Thus, to hide, Blanks wear masks in public. Similarly, developing Blanks have incomplete physiologies with patches of Blank space that can allow them to shrug off injuries not caused by fire or water to those spots, but if anyone sees them do that...



* HalfHumanHybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids have sentience and can communicate via sign language.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids have sentience and can communicate via sign language.language, retaining their own ego after stealing a face if they end up doing so, while still gaining their face's memories. Unfortunately, as [[spoiler:Rex]] can attest to, they still feel physically compelled to steal an unmasked face even if they find it morally comprehensible (and it's noted that if they ''don't'' find it abhorrent, since they're tangible, they can just walk up to someone and rip their mask off manually).


* BlessedWithSuck: [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Blanks]] are fully sentient, but as [[spoiler:Rex]] can attest to, they池e still drawn to unmasked humans like normal Blanks. Even if they detest the very thought of trying to steal someone痴 face, their body reacts by itself.




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** [[spoiler: Rex's mother was a rare subversion of the trope, who accepted the Blank who stole her husband's face as her husband still.]]


* AwesomeButImpractical: One of the top Blank Hunters wields a combination axe/flamethrower/club. Fully developed blanks are just normal people, and the only thing developing Blanks have that make them out of the ordinary are dark patches of skin that don't get injured or experience pain if you stab them. A net would probably be more effective for subduing developing Blanks, albeit there wouldn't be as much of an intimidation factor.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: One of the top Blank Hunters wields a combination axe/flamethrower/club. Fully developed blanks are just normal people, [[spoiler: but a select few hybrids can change their shapes to make their limbs act as weapons]], and the only thing developing Blanks have that make them out of the ordinary are dark patches of skin that don't get injured or experience pain if you stab them. A net would probably be more effective for subduing developing Blanks, albeit there wouldn't be as much of an intimidation factor.

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* AwesomeButImpractical: One of the top Blank Hunters wields a combination axe/flamethrower/club. Fully developed blanks are just normal people, and the only thing developing Blanks have that make them out of the ordinary are dark patches of skin that don't get injured or experience pain if you stab them. A net would probably be more effective for subduing developing Blanks, albeit there wouldn't be as much of an intimidation factor.


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* FantasticRacism: Blanks who have successfully stolen faces are reviled by society, since it seems like most people don't know that Blanks can't control their desire to steal faces.


** [[spoiler: Human-blank hybrids have sentience from the get-go, but also cannot stop themselves from stealing faces, so they're fully aware that they're consigning someone to a horrible fate as they do so.]]


In a world where ghostly Blanks can steal your face末and your life末at any moment, a young boy named Rex hunts for his brother's killer. Cursed with the unique power to physically touch Blanks, Rex starts to uncover darker secrets at the city's center and in his own past. Will Rex unmask the killer, or will he become just another faceless victim in the City of Blank?

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In a world where ghostly Blanks can steal your face末and face末 and your life末at life末 at any moment, a young boy named Rex hunts for his brother's killer. Cursed with the unique power to physically touch Blanks, Rex starts to uncover darker secrets at the city's center and in his own past. Will Rex unmask the killer, or will he become just another faceless victim in the City of Blank?



* AndIMustScream: Having your face stolen means that all your airways are covered and you quickly suffocate unless someone literally slices your face open.

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* AndIMustScream: Having your When a person's face stolen means that all your airways are covered and you quickly suffocate unless someone literally slices your gets stolen, their face open. turns into a cohesive slab of flesh, covering their eyes, nose and mouth.



* TheBlank: This is what happens to people whose faces are stolen. What's worse, their faces can never be given back, and the victims usually die from suffocation.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Claude works for Blan Co. Their business endeavors include: manufacturing masks, blank research, experimenting on stray animals, and [[spoiler: helping developing blanks enter society, but not without plunging them into lifelong debt.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Rex doesn't like his ability to touch Blanks. While he was able to defend an unmasked woman by punching out the Blanks, it's hinted to be a vital secret of his.
** Played for laughs when a Blank bumps into him, causing his ice cream to fall out of the cone and get eaten by Shnee. Rex is understandably distressed, but not for his dog.
* ExpressiveMask: The masks which all the characters wear tend to move along with their facial features, especially their eyes. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because ''everyone'' wears a mask, making it hard to convey expressions otherwise. Some examples include:
** A brown bag with a single torn hole for an eye.
** Animal-themed masquerade masks are the most seen. Masquerade masks are also the most practical, since masks are rarely ever taken off, making speaking and eating difficult otherwise.
** A mask modeled after the famous painting '[[EdvardMunch The Scream]]'.
* FaceStealer: Blanks, which are the reason masks are so common. Upon sensing an unmasked human, they congregate around the hapless victim, suddenly become solid. The person's face is pasted onto the Blank, while the person is left [[AndIMustScream without eyes, mouth, and a with a fully sealed nose.]]
* HalfHumanHybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids have sentience and can communicate via sign language. [[spoiler: Rex's ability to touch blanks is one never seen before amongst hybrids. They also cannot control the urge to steal faces, so they're aware of the horrible thing they're doing but physically cannot stop themselves.]]
* IWantThemAlive: Claude, a high-ranking member of a group experimenting on animals and blanks, [[spoiler: knows that Mikiah's face was taken in his final moments, quickly figures out that Rex has it, and since that means that he has Mikiah's memories, and Mikaih's memories are very important]] he goes out of his way to kidnap Rex.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Claude works for Blan Co. Their business endeavors include: manufacturing masks, blank research, experimenting on stray animals, and [[spoiler: helping developing blanks enter society, but not without plunging them into lifelong debt.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Rex doesn't like his ability to touch Blanks. While he was able to defend an unmasked woman by punching out the Blanks, it's hinted even if it enables him to be a vital secret of his.
** Played for laughs when a Blank bumps into him, causing his ice cream to fall out of the cone and get eaten by Shnee. Rex is understandably distressed, but not for his dog.
fight off Blanks without using special equipment.
* ExpressiveMask: The masks which all the characters wear tend to move along with their facial features, especially their eyes. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], because ''everyone'' wears a mask, making it hard to convey expressions otherwise. Some examples include:
** A brown bag with a single torn hole for an eye.
** Animal-themed masquerade masks are the most seen. Masquerade masks are also the most practical, since masks are rarely ever taken off, making speaking and eating difficult
otherwise.
** A mask modeled after the famous painting '[[EdvardMunch The Scream]]'.
* FaceStealer: Blanks, which are the reason masks are so common. Upon sensing an unmasked human, they congregate around the hapless victim, suddenly become solid. The person's face is pasted onto the Blank, while the person is left [[AndIMustScream without eyes, mouth, and victim in hopes of stealing a with a fully sealed nose.]]
face.
* HalfHumanHybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids have sentience and can communicate via sign language. [[spoiler: Rex's ability language.
* IWantThemAlive: Blan Co. goes out of their way
to touch blanks is one never seen before amongst hybrids. They also cannot kidnap Rex for his memories.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Blanks can't
control the urge their urges to steal faces, so they're aware of the horrible thing they're doing but physically cannot stop themselves.]]
* IWantThemAlive: Claude,
this is a high-ranking member of a group experimenting on animals and blanks, [[spoiler: knows that Mikiah's face was taken in his final moments, quickly figures out that Rex has it, and since that means that he has Mikiah's memories, and Mikaih's memories are very important]] he goes out of his way common response amongst Blanks who have successfully do so to kidnap Rex.normal people.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Blanks can't control their urges to steal faces, so this is a common response amongst Blanks who successfully do so to normal people.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Blanks can't control TheBlank: This is what happens to people whose faces are stolen. What's worse, their urges to steal faces, so this is a common response amongst Blanks who successfully do so to normal people. faces can never be given back, and the victims usually die from suffocation.



* WeaksauceWeakness: Blanks hate water, so bathrooms come equipped with special water curtain showers which allow people to safely wash their faces and bathe.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: Blanks hate melt in water, so bathrooms come equipped with special water curtain showers which allow people to safely wash their faces and bathe.


** [[spoiler: Human-blank hybrids have sentience from the get-go, but also cannot stop themselves from stealing faces, so they're fully aware that they're consigning someone to a horrible fate as they do so.]]



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Claude works for Blan Co. Their business endeavors include: manufacturing masks, blank research, experimenting on stray animals, and [[spoiler: helping developing blanks enter society, but not without plunging them into lifelong debt.]]



* HalfHumanHybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids have sentience and can communicate via sign language. [[spoiler: The only hybrid we've ever seen, Rex, is also able to touch blanks, something even fully developed blanks can't do, so presumably this is also an ability of theirs.]]

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* HalfHumanHybrid: If a human and a blank who's developed enough after taking someone's face procreate, it's possible for their children to be human-blank hybrids. Hybrids have sentience and can communicate via sign language. [[spoiler: The only hybrid we've ever seen, Rex, is also able Rex's ability to touch blanks, something even fully developed blanks can't do, so presumably this is one never seen before amongst hybrids. They also an ability cannot control the urge to steal faces, so they're aware of theirs.the horrible thing they're doing but physically cannot stop themselves.]]


* AndIMustScream: Having your face stolen means that your face and mouth is covered and you quickly suffocate unless someone literally slices you open.

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* AndIMustScream: Having your face stolen means that all your face and mouth is airways are covered and you quickly suffocate unless someone literally slices you your face open.


* IWantThemAlive: Claude, a high-ranking member of a group experimenting on animals and blanks, [[spoiler: knows that Mikiah's face was taken in his final moments, quickly figures out that Rex has it, and since that means that he has Mikiah's memories, and Mikaih's memories are very important]] he goes out of his way to kidnap Rex.



* IWantThemAlive: Claude, a high-ranking member of a group experimenting on animals and blanks, [[spoiler: knows that Mikiah's face was taken in his final moments, quickly figures out that Rex has it, and since that means that he has Mikiah's memories]] he goes out of his way to kidnap Rex.

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* IWantThemAlive: Claude, a high-ranking member of a group experimenting on animals WeaksauceWeakness: Blanks hate water, so bathrooms come equipped with special water curtain showers which allow people to safely wash their faces and blanks, [[spoiler: knows that Mikiah's face was taken in his final moments, quickly figures out that Rex has it, and since that means that he has Mikiah's memories]] he goes out of his way to kidnap Rex.bathe.

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