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The Good Neighbors is a Comic Book trilogy by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh. The trilogy follows the story of Rue Silver, a somewhat typical Young Adult Fantasy heroine. She discovers that she is actually a human/faerie hybrid destined to be heir to the faerie throne. Of course, the faerie in general don't like the humans and there's a movement at foot that endangers Rue's friends and neighbors.


  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Nia has no qualms about parading around the front yard naked.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Most of the female characters at some point, but most notably Lucy.
  • Damaged Soul: People are stabbed in the heart with ritual daggers to turn them into trees. This is reversible, but the one example shown came back as a wood-hearted sociopath.
  • Expy: Aubrey and Tam are strikingly similar to the folkloric characters, Auberon and Puck, respectively. Tam is also probably named after Tam Lin.
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  • The Fair Folk
  • Fairy Sexy: Birch.
  • Good Bad Girl: Rue. She's a generally well-behaved girl, but she's not above initiating a quickie with her boyfriend when her dad's not home.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Rue is a child of a human father and faerie.
  • Hipster: Rue and company. Pretty standard for Holly Black's characters.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Faeries are not shy about taking their clothes off. This caused some awkward moments in Rue's childhood.
  • Jewish and Nerdy: Thaddeus.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Rue knows how to rock it.
  • Seashell Bra: The water fairies wear an interesting variation that are essentially seashell pasties.
  • Shout-Out: In the first volume, a copy of The Spiderwick Chronicles is shown.