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* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Squib, from Xaneth's perspective anyway: useless to his plans, loves him unconditionally and totally invincible. To Xaneth, that's the most irritating thing in the world.
** Worse, in Squib's creation, Mia used Xaneth's bar of Arrantium, which he was saving to make "the perfect weapon". (Amusingly, Squib ''does'' work pretty well as a weapon...for [[spoiler:Agustus, to defeat "Carl", whom Xaneth was bizarrely fond of]]. Makes you wonder why Xaneth even let Squib stay around, really...

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* SmallAnnoyingCreature: SidekickCreatureNuisance: Squib, from Xaneth's perspective anyway: useless to his plans, loves him unconditionally and totally invincible. To Xaneth, that's the most irritating thing in the world.
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world. Worse, in Squib's creation, Mia used Xaneth's bar of Arrantium, which he was saving to make "the perfect weapon". (Amusingly, Squib ''does'' work pretty well as a weapon...for [[spoiler:Agustus, to defeat "Carl", whom Xaneth was bizarrely fond of]]. Makes you wonder why Xaneth even let Squib stay around, really...


* ALighterShadeOfBlack: As bad as Xaneth is, Dove makes him look positively heroic.
** Similarly, no matter how bad they are, [[spoiler:Sebastian and his team]] are infinitely preferable to whatever [[spoiler:the vampires]] are planning.


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* AuthorTract: The writer constantly goes back to the argument of the "good guys" sometimes forced to do bad things as the entire reason why they're supposed to be disliked... even though the protagonists tend to do a lot worse and just for entirely selfish reasons. Well Sebastian at least, is deeply offended by the ForTheGreaterGood trope. The other characters have more varied ideas on what good and evil. The villains are often willing to DisproportionateRetribution people who offend their sense of decency, cause their villains. ].


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* ALighterShadeOfBlack: As bad as Xaneth is, Dove makes him look positively heroic. Similarly, no matter how bad they are, [[spoiler:Sebastian and his team]] are infinitely preferable to whatever [[spoiler:the vampires]] are planning.


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* RewatchBonus: Rereading the comic from the beginning after the conclusion of Saga 6 means that Xaneth's plans [[spoiler:involving Sebastian]] take on a whole new dimension. [[spoiler:He knew that Sebastian would become a powerful force in the future, so he engineered Sebastian gaining his superstrength and ensured that Sebastian would be under his control]]. On a less serious note, [[spoiler:it also reveals why Xaneth put together such a strange [[EvilCostumeSwitch ensemble]] for Sebastian, and why he seemed so put out when Sebastian first refused to wear it: his refusal at that point in time meant he wasn't going to become powerful until a later time]].


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* ShoutOut: Amber is in many ways a magical version of [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the T-1000]].


* TheSouthpaw: Ritania [[spoiler:(the Chosen One of Nox)]] wields her longsword left-handed.

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* AgeDownRomance: {{Defied|Trope}} when the 88-year-old EvilSorcerer Bayn finds himself the target of the six-year-old Mia's PuppyLove after he's turned into an eight-year-old and [[DePower De-Powered]]. Although he becomes [[TookALevelInKindness a bit less curmudgeonly]] as a child, he retains his mental age and firmly rebuffs any sign of infatuation from Mia.

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* PostWakeUpRealization: Sebastian wakes up woozy from a debilitating magical attack and takes three hours to clue in that the team {{Necromancer}} was dosing him with nice, fortifying cups of [[http://truevillains.com/comic-2009-07-29~N-Condemned-jpg.htm delicious virgin's blood]].

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* TooUpsetToCreate: Mia briefly loses her {{Golem}}-creating ability after Tom's destruction. {{Justified|Trope}} since her power calls and manipulates [[OurSpiritsAreDifferent Spirits]], which she can't do while her own spirit is weakened by grief.

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* BeginWithAFinisher: Xaneth's first fight against Dove is a high-powered WizardDuel. Xaneth's ''second'' fight against Dove consists of dropping a [[IShallTauntYou mocking note]] on him from high in the sky, followed immediately by a FantasticNuke.


* FiveBadBand
** BigBad: Xaneth
** TheDragon: Sebastian
** TheEvilGenius: Elia, though all of them fill this role sometimes
** TheBrute: Tom, Amber [[spoiler:after Tom's death]]
** TheDarkChick/TheChick: Mia
** TheSixthRanger: Bayn, Augustus
** TeamPet: Squib
** Really, all the roles are fluid enough and the characters multifaceted enough FiveBadBand [[DownplayedTrope almost doesn't apply]]. Any of the humans (bar [[TokenGoodTeammate Mia]]) could be considered Xaneth's [[TheDragon Dragon]], as mentioned above all of them (except the robots) act as EvilGenius in their field, Sebastian is often (especially initially) treated and used like TheBrute, either Elia and/or Mia could be considered TheDarkChick (or possibly TheChick for Mia, who straddles the line on being TokenGoodTeammate), and all of the robots could be considered either TeamPet or TheBrute (even Augustus and Squib who are a [[spoiler:MasterSwordsman]] and [[spoiler:[[LivingWeapon his sword]]]] respectively).


* AwesomenessByAnalysis: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but the one who does the most against [[spoiler:Vampire!Grey]]? Cecille, who spots an opening in his defenses and cuts of his head. [[Not that that is enough to stop him...]]

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but the one who does the most against [[spoiler:Vampire!Grey]]? Cecille, who spots an opening in his defenses and cuts of his head. [[Not [[spoiler:Not that that is enough to stop him...]]

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* MoodWhiplash: InUniverse. Xaneth goes from incensed that Sebastian will give [[spoiler:his old friends]] a fair fight rather than stabbing them in the back, to delighted that not only does he have no such compunctions for [[spoiler:Alastor, he poisoned him ''[[YouAreAlreadyDead a week in advance!]]'']]

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* FashionableAsymmetry: Xaneth is missing one armguard [[spoiler:because it shattered when he tried to pull a PunchParry on a [[StableTimeLoop time-warped]] Sebastian]].

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* SickeningSweethearts: Xaneth probably regards ''any'' sweethearts as this, but the pair he's annoyed by onscreen is [[spoiler:Sebastian and Elia]].

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but the one who does the most against [[spoiler:Vampire!Grey]]? Cecille, who spots an opening in his defenses and cuts of his head. [[Not that that is enough to stop him...]]


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Defeating [[spoiler:the paladin Grey]] and kicking him off a cliff was awesome. And also probably the worst mistake made by anybody throughout the comic, as it lead directly to him [[spoiler: being vampirized, killing Xaneth, and damn near wiping life from the entire kingdom]]. Good work.

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* SadClown: "Never feel sorry for anyone" is Xaneth's most important rule (probably why he gets so frustrated with Sebastian), and Elia is quite good at following it... with one exception made for this character type. See PetTheDog.
-->'''Elia:''' I can't help but pity the sadness behind a smiling face.


* SuperStrength: Sebastian, Xeke, Tom, Brawn, Allistor, Gray

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* SuperStrength: Sebastian, Xeke, Tom, Brawn, Allistor, GrayGray, and of course Xaneth.



* WoundedGazelleGambit: Mia manages to [[spoiler:kill Ritania]] by pretending to be an innocent victim of a monster attack (actually Amber).

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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Mia manages to [[spoiler:kill Ritania]] by pretending to be an innocent victim of a monster attack (actually Amber). [[spoiler:{{Subverted}}: Ritania decides it's worth the sacrifice of Mia's life to defeat the monster... partially because Mia went overboard with her storytelling and convinced her she was a chosen one of the god of silliness, destined to usher in an age of insanity and silly antics, which didn't appeal to Ritania at all.]]

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