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* IdiotBall: The first two times characters go up against the [[spoiler: slake moths]], their otherwise competent plans succeed in getting into position, but fail in in panic and disarray solely because no one thinks to KillHimAlready.


* CaptainObviousReveal: What "choice-theft in the second degree" turns out to be.

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* CaptainObviousReveal: What "choice-theft in the second degree" turns out to be. Possibly deliberate, as a way to show that Isaac, for all his intellect, isn't worldly enough to catch on that it's [[spoiler: rape]].

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* CaptainObviousReveal: What "choice-theft in the second degree" turns out to be.


** [[HumanoidAbomination Mr. Motley]] is a [[TheDon powerful crime lord]] in New Crobuzon whose [[MeaningfulName name befits his grotesque, multi-faced appearance]]. Mr. Motley regularly presides over assassinations, murders, and torture, with a knack for awful retribution to those who slight him-—noted to send letters to those whose loved ones he holds ransom, having almost always killed them before he can be paid back. Obsessed with his [[ItsAllAboutMe own image]], Motley commissions the Khepri artist Lin to create a statue in his exact likeness, and when he finds out Lin's lover Isaac is responsible for the escape of Motley's slake-moths, Motley kidnaps Lin and tortures her for weeks, possibly even [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping her]], and sending Lin's severed head-legs in an enclosed envelope to Isaac. Not even Motley's cheerful farce masks the fact Motley is one of the most vicious characters even in New Crobuzon.
** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly behind the murders attributed to the "[[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]]", Rudgutter has dissidents killed, then [[EyeScream their eyes harvested to replace his own pair]]. During the Slake Moth outbreak, he shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]]. Oh, and the nearest thing he has to a "friend" is the ''handlinger-infested carcass'' that was once his second-in-command, until Rudgutter had his body usurped for plotting behind his back.
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** [[HumanoidAbomination Mr. Motley]] is a [[TheDon powerful crime lord]] in New Crobuzon whose [[MeaningfulName name befits his grotesque, multi-faced appearance]]. Mr. Motley regularly presides over assassinations, murders, and torture, with a knack for awful retribution to those who slight him-—noted him -- he's noted to send letters to those whose loved ones he holds ransom, having almost always killed them before he can be paid back. Obsessed with his [[ItsAllAboutMe own image]], Motley commissions the Khepri artist Lin to create a statue in his exact likeness, and when he finds out Lin's lover Isaac is responsible for the escape of Motley's slake-moths, Motley kidnaps Lin and tortures her for weeks, possibly even [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping her]], and sending Lin's severed head-legs in an enclosed envelope to Isaac. Not even Motley's cheerful farce masks the fact Motley is that he's one of the most vicious characters even in New Crobuzon.
** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly behind the murders attributed to the "[[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]]", Rudgutter has dissidents killed, then [[EyeScream their eyes harvested to replace his own pair]]. During the Slake Moth outbreak, he shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, Half-a-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]]. Oh, and the nearest thing he has to a "friend" is the ''handlinger-infested carcass'' that was once his second-in-command, until Rudgutter had his body usurped for plotting behind his back.
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* JerkassWoobie: Yagharek turns out to be a [[spoiler: [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]]]]. He is also one of the most decent people in the story, [[TheAtoner deeply remorseful]] and has had a pretty terrible life after his (admittedly deserved) punishment. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't get better...]]
** ... It gets ''far'' worse. [[spoiler:Even though he saved Isaac's lover and helped destroy the slake moths, when Isaac realizes his crime, he abandons poor Yag. He's so broken by Isaac's betrayal that he ends up mutilating his avian body out of shame, tearing out all his feathers, and commits to living in New Crobuzon for the remainder of his life as a man.]]

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* JerkassWoobie: Yagharek turns out to be a [[spoiler: [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]]]]. He is also one of the most decent people in the story, [[TheAtoner deeply remorseful]] and has had a pretty terrible life after his (admittedly deserved) punishment. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't get better...]]
** ... It
]] it gets ''far'' worse. [[spoiler:Even though he saved Isaac's lover and helped destroy the slake moths, when Isaac realizes his crime, he abandons poor Yag. He's so broken by Isaac's betrayal that he ends up mutilating his avian body out of shame, tearing out all his feathers, and commits to living in New Crobuzon for the remainder of his life as a man.]]



* {{Squick}}: Take your pick.
** Dear God, anytime they mention Remaking. Especially [[spoiler:the woman who has her baby's arms grafted to her face.]] Spoiler Not Safe for Sanity.

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* {{Squick}}: Take your pick.
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Dear God, anytime they mention Remaking. Especially [[spoiler:the woman who has her baby's arms grafted to her face.]] Spoiler Not Safe for Sanity.face]].



* TheWoobie: [[UpToEleven Nearly everyone]] will end up this way by the end of the story. This is a law of Creator/ChinaMieville writing.

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* TheWoobie: [[UpToEleven Nearly everyone]] will end up this way by the end of the story. This is a law of Creator/ChinaMieville writing.writing.
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* HoYay The two men in the adventuring party hired by Isaac
* JerkassWoobie: Yagharek turns out to be a [[spoiler: [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]]]]. He is also one of the most decent people in the story, [[TheAtoner The Atoner]] and has had a pretty terrible life after his (admittedly deserved) punishment. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't get better...]]

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* HoYay The Shadrach and Tansell, the two men in the adventuring party hired by Isaac
Isaac.
* JerkassWoobie: Yagharek turns out to be a [[spoiler: [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist]]]]. He is also one of the most decent people in the story, [[TheAtoner The Atoner]] deeply remorseful]] and has had a pretty terrible life after his (admittedly deserved) punishment. [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't get better...]]


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The Construct Council is a great example of this. Is the [[AIIsACrapshoot AI A Crapshoot?]] Is it a [[TheSpock Spock]] who opperates entirely on logic and let Isaac [[spoiler: cut off its control of the slake moth trap]] because it knew it needed his help still? Is it [[NotSoStoic more attached to New Crobuzon and information collecting than it lets on]]? Since it factors into the ending of the story only indirectly, the answer is left to the reader's imagination. The Weaver gets this too because of its [[BlueAndOrangeMorality state of mind...]]

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: The Construct Council is a great example of this. Is the [[AIIsACrapshoot AI A Crapshoot?]] Is it a [[TheSpock Spock]] who opperates operates entirely on logic and let Isaac [[spoiler: cut off its control of the slake moth trap]] because it knew it needed his help still? Is it [[NotSoStoic more attached to New Crobuzon and information collecting than it lets on]]? Since it factors into the ending of the story only indirectly, the answer is left to the reader's imagination. The Weaver gets this too because of its [[BlueAndOrangeMorality state of mind...]]

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* FridgeHorror: Throughout ''Perdido Street Station'', there are snippets of reports of an eye-snatching serial killer dumping eyeless victims all over the city. [[IntrepidReporter Benjamin Flex]] gets snatched by New Crobuzon's militia[[spoiler:, tortured for information, and is later found, dead and eyeless, in the river.]] A few chapters later, Mayor Rudgutter mentions that his eyes are failing. [[spoiler: He'll have to get another pair...]]
** The [[spoiler: slake-moths]] apparently do have a place in the ecosystem they came from, where food is sufficient to sustain their population. [[spoiler: Slake-moths]] can ''only'' feed on [[spoiler: creatures with a human-like consciousness]]. So logically, whatever living hell of a habitat they came from, there ''must'' be [[spoiler: lots of sentient beings living there, who think and feel much like we do, who ''have to endure slake-moths' depredations every day of their lives''...]]


** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly behind the murders attributed to the "[[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]]", Rudgutter has dissidents killed, then [[EyeScream their eyes harvested to replace his own pair]]. During the Slake Moth outbreak, he shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]]. Oh, and the nearest thing he has to a "friend" is the ''handlinger-infested carcass'' that was once a man.

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** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly behind the murders attributed to the "[[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]]", Rudgutter has dissidents killed, then [[EyeScream their eyes harvested to replace his own pair]]. During the Slake Moth outbreak, he shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]]. Oh, and the nearest thing he has to a "friend" is the ''handlinger-infested carcass'' that was once a man.his second-in-command, until Rudgutter had his body usurped for plotting behind his back.


** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly behind the murders attributed to the "[[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]]", Rudgutter has dissidents killed, then [[EyeScream their eyes harvested to replace his own pair]]. During the Slake Moth outbreak, he shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].

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** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly behind the murders attributed to the "[[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]]", Rudgutter has dissidents killed, then [[EyeScream their eyes harvested to replace his own pair]]. During the Slake Moth outbreak, he shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]]. Oh, and the nearest thing he has to a "friend" is the ''handlinger-infested carcass'' that was once a man.


** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly the [[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]], Rudgutter murders people for their [[EyeScream eyes to replace his own pair]], and during the Slake Moth outbreak, shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].

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** [[MayorPain Mayor Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly behind the [[SerialKiller murders attributed to the "[[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]], Killer]]", Rudgutter murders people for their has dissidents killed, then [[EyeScream their eyes harvested to replace his own pair]], and during pair]]. During the Slake Moth outbreak, he shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].


** [[MayorPain Mayor Pentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly the [[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]], Rudgutter murders people for their [[EyeScream eyes to replace his own pair]], and during the Slake Moth outbreak, shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].

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** [[MayorPain Mayor Pentham Bentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly the [[SerialKiller Eyespy Killer]], Rudgutter murders people for their [[EyeScream eyes to replace his own pair]], and during the Slake Moth outbreak, shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].


** [[MayorPain Mayor Pentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly [[SerialKiller the Eyespy Killer]], Rudgutter murders people for their [[EyeScream eyes to replace his own pair]], and during the Slake Moth outbreak, shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].

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** [[MayorPain Mayor Pentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly the [[SerialKiller the Eyespy Killer]], Rudgutter murders people for their [[EyeScream eyes to replace his own pair]], and during the Slake Moth outbreak, shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].

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* CompleteMonster: Even in the [[CrapsackWorld hellish setting]] of New Crobuzon, this duo manages to stand out:
** [[HumanoidAbomination Mr. Motley]] is a [[TheDon powerful crime lord]] in New Crobuzon whose [[MeaningfulName name befits his grotesque, multi-faced appearance]]. Mr. Motley regularly presides over assassinations, murders, and torture, with a knack for awful retribution to those who slight him-—noted to send letters to those whose loved ones he holds ransom, having almost always killed them before he can be paid back. Obsessed with his [[ItsAllAboutMe own image]], Motley commissions the Khepri artist Lin to create a statue in his exact likeness, and when he finds out Lin's lover Isaac is responsible for the escape of Motley's slake-moths, Motley kidnaps Lin and tortures her for weeks, possibly even [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping her]], and sending Lin's severed head-legs in an enclosed envelope to Isaac. Not even Motley's cheerful farce masks the fact Motley is one of the most vicious characters even in New Crobuzon.
** [[MayorPain Mayor Pentham Rudgutter]] is the corrupt head of New Crobuzon, who inflicts horrific punishments on those he deems criminals, having them "[[TransformationHorror Remade]]" into twisted forms, while also having them tortured or murdered in huge numbers. Secretly [[SerialKiller the Eyespy Killer]], Rudgutter murders people for their [[EyeScream eyes to replace his own pair]], and during the Slake Moth outbreak, shows no compunction in having many people rounded up and killed, continuing these activities well after, even for rebel leader Jack Half-A-Prayer, with no amount of bloodshed too high to keep [[ItsAllAboutMe his hold on power]].


* MostWritersAreMale: How many ''female'' readers were puzzled for even a moment about what "choice-theft in the second degree" would turn out to be?

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