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Hope Comes to Brockton Bay is a Worm fanfic by Ack on Fanfiction.net. An expurgated version, lacking some of the tropes below, can be found on Sufficient Velocity.

Other works by the same author: Recoil and Security!.

Approximately one week after Leviathan hits Brockton Bay, there is a newcomer to town. Her name is Hope, and she's definitely Not From Around Here.

As time goes on, she becomes influential in more and more people's lives, and more good things start to happen than bad.

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Hope has come to Brockton Bay.

Complete at 127 chapters.

Beware spoilers for canon!


This fanfiction contains examples of:

  • Amoral Attorney:
    • Alan Barnes was bad enough in canon, but here in chapter 90 he hires a photographer to try and get incriminating shots of Taylor.
    • Subverted with Quinn Calle, who indirectly admits that he's only handling Emma and Madison's case because of the money rather than any actual support of them.
      • Not in My Contract: He steps down as their lawyer after Alan Barnes tries to urge him to out Taylor as a cape, which would be breaking the law.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Mannequin has two of his limbs torn off by Hope before Skitter kills him.
    • Menja loses an arm as a result of her battle with Crawler. Amy grows it back for her, in Chapter 54.
    • Averted: Armsmaster has the arm he lost to Leviathan grown back by Amy. He could be more grateful about it.
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    • Accord literally loses an arm and a leg to Cody in chapter 123. Amy reattaches them.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: In chapter 110, Robin, who is a Time Master able to leverage it into Super Speed and flight, thinks Legend's ability to make lasers turn corners is bullshit.
  • Asleep for Days: Hope and Amy, as of Chapter 125. At the end of the chapter, Amy is still asleep.
  • Back from the Dead:
    • An unnamed bystander (in Chapter 5), Kayden Anders (Purity), Rory Christner (Triumph) and Dr William Manton (Siberian), all courtesy of Hope. Accord joins the list in chapter 123, along with several unnamed capes.
    • In Chapter 124: Eden.
    • Dauntless, Jotun and Alabaster, courtesy of Citrine, as a favour to Hope.
    • In chapter 125 we learn that Amy was clinically dead after helping Hope resurrect Eden and it would have stuck if not for Riley.
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  • Badass Bystander: In chapter 87 Danny punches one of the Fallen's minions, distracting him long enough for Newter to attack.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Falkor the Luck Dragon(fly).
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • In chapter 69 Imp saves Regent from Shadow Stalker.
    • In chapter 123 Hope does this for Lisa against Cody.
  • Body Horror: Bonesaw does this to the surviving Fenrir's Chosen in Chapter 41. This nearly drives Hope into a Break the Cutie moment, but Amy steps in.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Jack Slash (via Miss Militia) and Coil (via Lisa).
    • Lisa pulls off a variation of this using Accord's sword cane against Cody in Chapter 123.
  • Boring, but Practical: In Chapter 76, Amy creates relay bugs for Skitter, and she uses them ever since. They aren't flashy; all they do is sit there and extend her range but that in itself is a huge force multiplier. It's notable that these show up in nearly every Worm fic that has Amy and Taylor working together.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: In chapter 100 Hoskins wets himself after being dropped by Falkor at the Heberts'.
  • Bulletproof Vest: In Chapter 116, it's only after Miss Militia and Glory Girl are shot multiple times that it is shown that they are wearing Weaver-made spider-silk bodysuits under their costumes. They get away with heavy bruising.
    • Understatement: "Remind me to commend Weaver on the quality of her work."
  • Came Back Wrong: Downplayed; the downside of Hope's resurrection power is that the revived person is a bit less capable than before.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Justified in chapter 123 because the talkers are the Siberian, an Omake-clone thereof - the former two have almost total Nigh-Invulnerability - and capes under their protective effect.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: In chapter 123 Scion only arrives after Behemoth has been killed.
  • Chekhov's Gun: There are many.
    • The adjustable lights used to kill Shadow Stalker were revealed in Chapter 83, and finally used in Chapter 102.
    • Ketamine wasps are proposed in Chapter 79, created in Chapter 90, and used twice, in Chapters 100 and 101 respectively.
    • Newter hornets are revealed in Chapter 95, and used in Chapter 101.
    • Flash bugs are created in Chapter 79, and used in Chapter 82.
    • Bang bugs and glue bugs were introduced in Chapter 105 and used in Chapter 116.
    • Miss Militia's new scarf. Is demonstrated in Chapter 109; saves her life in Chapter 116.
    • Omake would count as a Chekhov's Gunman; she went through her change and then didn't do much that was important until Hope and Amy needed her assistance in dealing with the Butcher shard, for which she was ideally suited. Also, Behemoth.
    • In Chapter 95, Accord spoke with Citrine and Othello, after finding out about Hope's progress with the Hope Accord. They finally appeared back in the narrative in Chapter 116, saving Lisa from Coil - because she's helping Hope carry out Accord's plans.
    • Snow Tiger (previously known as the Siberian) would also be a Chekhov's Gunman. It comes into play in chapter 123, and again in Chapter 126.
    • The entire Brockton Bay Protectorate owe Hope for things she's done, with and without Amy's assistance. As does Director Piggot. Vista, Clockblocker and Flechette also feel obligated toward her. This probably counts as a Chekhov's Army. And that doesn't count the villains she's got on side.
    • It's repeatedly said that the way Danny tried to paint a skull on his motorcycle helmet visor in imitation of Grue makes him unable to see out of it when it's down. In chapter 86 the visor gets dislodged at the right time to save him from Valefor's power.
    • In Chapter 45, Contessa opens a Door for Hope. Hope asks if she can do that too. Contessa replies, "If we believe you have a need." In Chapter 122, Hope opens a Door to get the Travellers from Brockton Bay to New Delhi.
    • In the very first chapter, the Simurgh receives a message, momentarily freeing her from the Endbringers' compulsion to fight humanity and allowing her to pull Hope from her own world into Earth Bet. In Chapter 125, Lisa tells Eidolon to have the Simurgh send that damn message back in time before shutting down the Endbringers for good.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Discussed in chapter 97, where PRT troopers bring only sidearms rather than rifles so as to avoid accidentally penetrating walls and hitting bystanders.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: In chapter 114 the Travellers are told that they have a way back to Earth Aleph. Jess can't decide if she wants to go home or stay on Earth Bet with Brian.
    • Averted in Chapter 116 when Hope intercedes on her behalf.
  • Coup de Grâce: In chapter 123, an omake of Flechette uses Miss Militia's sword to finish Behemoth. Also counts as Defeat Equals Explosion and Sword over Head.
  • Courtroom Episode: (actually covers episodes 99-105). The trial of Emma Barnes and Madison Clements.
  • Crocodile Tears: Emma cries these in chapter 102 in an attempt to gain sympathy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Hope pulls one of these on the Slaughterhouse Nine with the assistance of the Undersiders, the Wards and Miss Militia, using a Contessa path-to-victory plan.
    • Skitter pulls an even more brutal one from across town, while sitting in court, on the Teeth, using Amy's specialised bugs.
    • Saint and the Dragonslayers try to hijack the Dragon transport carrying Hope and Amy to New York, in Chapter 120. It does not go well.
    • In Chapter 123: Snow Tiger and an Omake-projection of same vs. Behemoth.
  • De-Power: In Chapter 125, we find out that this has happened to Panacea as a result of overclocking her power. Hope also loses her power to resurrect the dead doing the same thing.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Hope has a habit of pulling people out from beyond these, giving them a hug, and sending them on their way. Amy stayed, though.
  • Dissonant Serenity: In chapter 89 Night talks about teaching the Protectorate an unsettling amount about violence, then offers Fog tea as if she had not been saying anything odd.
  • Do You Trust Me?: Hope convincing Glory Girl to let Amy fix what was done to her.
    Hope nodded. “She can fix what she did,” she affirmed. “She will fix what she did. You can be free of whatever it’s doing to you. All you have to do is trust me.” She held out her hand.
    After a long, long moment, Glory Girl took it.
    Hope Comes to Brockton Bay, Chapter 53
    • In Chapter 123, Hope has Dragon pull Legend from the Endbringer fight; she doesn't actually say the phrase, but it's implied.
  • Easily Forgiven: Averted with Amy, as Victoria takes a long while to get over things, and Carol still hasn't gotten over it. Victoria takes a while to forgive Skitter for the bank job. All good as of Chapters 117/118.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Hope gets the heroes and villains to work together to destroy the Slaughterhouse Nine.
    • In a discarded Coil timeline where an attempt to grab Tattletale goes wrong and results in Amy's death, Hope gets everyone together again and goes for Coil's base.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: A lot of people cannot believe that Hope wants to be nice for its own sake rather than out of seeking some future favour.
  • Evil Gloating: Sophia/Shadow Stalker does this in chapter 102.
  • Eye Scream: Hope loses one to Mannequin in Chapter 44. Amy grows it back for her.
  • Facepalm:
    • In chapter 30 this is Gregor's reaction to being teased by Newter about him and Hope.
    • In chapter 89 this is Weld's reaction to Raymancer asking what's so useful about bug control.
    • In chapter 91 Newter does this when Gregor teases him about him and Amy.
    • In chapter 95 this is Danny's reaction to a bad pun from Taylor.
    • In chapter 110 Hope does this to a comment from Robin.
  • Fade to Black: Happens with Hope and Amy, Hope and Lisa, Hope with both Amy and Lisa ..., Flechette and Parian, Amy and Newter, Taylor and Everett, and Brian and Jess.
    • Ack actually wrote all of the sex scenes except Flechette and Parian in gloriously smutty detail; they're posted in the "Ack's Omake Corner" thread in the NSFW Creative Writing Forum on Questionable Questing, with links from the first post of the thread.
  • Famous Last Words: Denied.
    "Wait," said Jack Slash. "You can’t just kill me like this! Don’t I get any last words?"
    "Yes," said Miss Militia, and squeezed the trigger, putting a single round through the centre of his skull.
    Hope turned to Miss Militia. "So what about his last words?"
    "Those were his last words," replied Miss Militia, holstering the pistol.
    Hope Comes to Brockton Bay, Chapter 50
  • Fate Worse than Death: Sophia, trapped in a containment cell, is confronted by the Slaughterhouse Nine. The entire roster votes her down, so, desperate, she asks Jack to sponsor her. Jack laughs in her face and reveals he's recorded her plea before leaving the transport taking her to the Birdcage, ensuring any cred she has evaporates and dooming her to the absolute bottom of the prison.
  • First-Name Basis:
    • Piggot grants Hope and Amy that privilege after they heal her old injuries.
    • Piggot and Armsmaster while in the gym.
  • Fix Fic. Also, Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Hope has indeed come to Brockton Bay. With all that implies.
    Brian frowned as he opened the car door for Lisa to enter. “So ... what would the world be like if she hadn’t turned up?”
    Lisa looked up at him as she sat on the seat and moved across. Her bottle-green eyes were uncharacteristically sombre. “You really, really don’t want to know.”
    Hope Comes to Brockton Bay, Chapter 103
    • Cuts short the Slaughterhouse Nine crisis by ending the Nine. This saves thousands of lives in the long run.
    • Averts the fight with Echidna, saving the lives of quite a few capes and civilians, and ensuring that the Protectorate does not lose public trust.
      • Which also paves the way for Omake to be around when needed.
    • Realizes that Director Piggot has health problems and has Amy fix them, thus paving the way for her transition from Obstructive/Beleaguered Bureaucrat to Formerly Fat Reasonable Authority Figure.
    • Champions the Hope Accord and the Christner Initiative, both of which will make life better for everyone.
    • Works hard to foster hero/villain cooperation.
    • Specifically notifies Weld of the bullying of Taylor Hebert, and Shadow Stalker's part in it, when she finds out, thus setting in motion the events that lead to the trial of Emma and Madison, and by association, Taylor and Everett's meeting.
    • Saves Battery's life twice (once by omission, once by commission), thus gaining the trust and gratitude of both her and her husband.
    • Her relationship with Amy has the latter in a vastly better headspace, allowing her to enjoy helping people.
      • Including permanently curing Clockblocker's father of recurring leukemia. Which puts him into a better headspace.
      • Also, making new and interesting bugs for Skitter. And unlike canon she chooses to include basic functions like feeding and reproduction.
      • Which assists Skitter in having a much easier (and less stressful) transition to her heroic identity as Weaver, as a result.
    • Helps Danny and Taylor reconcile.
    • Together with Amy, she brings Eden back to life, and convinces Scion to leave. And Eden used the residue of Hope's power to create a way of replenishing an Entity's energy reserves without having to destroy worlds to do it.
  • Friends with Benefits: Newter and Amy.
  • Genki Girl: Recent addition to the cast, Robin Maestra, a friend of Hope's from back home.
  • Guttural Growler: Triumph as a side-effect of being brought Back from the Dead.
  • He Knows Too Much: Cauldron sends the Number Man to deal with Battery, Miss Militia and Triumph. Fortunately, he gets interrupted before he can finish off Miss Militia, Triumph breaks the restraints killing Battery, and with Clockblocker to freeze him, Triumph gets brought back by Hope.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: By Amy; once on Dr William Manton (Siberian) and once by request on Reluctant Psycho Mimi (Burnscar). In both cases, the alternative was death.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Several villains undergo this after associating with Hope for a while, but the most notable example is Cauldron (yes, Cauldron), by Contessa's recommendation.
  • Heroic RRoD: Hope and Amy at the end of Chapter 124. It nearly turns into a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Director Costa-Brown notices that giving the title of Hope Accord does this to the fact that the plan was Accord's.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • In Chapter 44, Skitter kills Mannequin with the nano-blade that he took from Armsmaster.
    • Chapter 85 has a comedic example where Aisha asks Noelle to create a clone of her and promptly gets on the receiving end of her own Perception Filter power.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Regent is very disturbed in chapter 69 by the new Shadow Stalker.
  • I Choose to Stay: Hope finds that she can go back to her world but realises that she actually considers Earth Bet to be her home now.
    • In Chapter 126, it is revealed that Jess has made the same decision.
  • Idiot Ball: Amy gets hold of this when she comes to the (mistaken) conclusion that Hope is only being her lover so that she won't go off the deep end and unleash plagues upon the city. Because she can.
    • Another time, she thinks that Lisa has taken Hope away from her, and runs away rather than face them.
    • Somewhat justified, as she is a mass of issues and neuroses when Hope first finds her; she's gradually getting better though.
  • I'll Pretend I Didn't Hear That: Piggot's reaction in chapter 87 when Aisha tells Amy to make Valefor feel like he has maggots in his eyes.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Coil, in Chapter 116.
    • Hookwolf also executes Shatterbird as she's trying to warn him of the retribution that would result. It turns out not to have been such a good idea for him.
  • Last-Second Chance: Hope offers Jack Slash one in chapter 50. He refuses.
  • Love Triangle: Downplayed then averted for Hope/Amy/Lisa.
    • Amy is angry when she realises that Lisa set her up with Newter so that she could spend the night with Hope, but they end up as One True Threesome anyway.
  • The Makeover: Hope and Amy take this Up to Eleven with Noelle (Omake), Sveta, Gully, and Newter.
  • Mercy Kill: In chapter 69 Regent does this to a minion who's been caught by Shadow Stalker.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • In chapter 86 Trickster uses his power to get him and Omake front row seats.
    • In chapter 91 Tecton helps the Dockworkers' Union with demolition.
    • In chapter 119, Trickster uses his power to clear the Boat Graveyard so as to earn the Travellers enough money to get home.
    • In chapter 125 Flechette's power is used to puncture Hope's skin so a IV needle can be let in.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In chapter 56 Weld and Miss Militia tell Flechette that they're glad the latter came to them about dating Parian rather than bottle it up until led to do something stupid, like defect from the Wards.
    • Chapter 58 has "Seriously? Echidna? What sort of name is that?"
    • In chapter 73 Tattletale tells Skitter to use butterflies when the latter worries about her image.
    • In chapter 75 Skitter tells Tattletale not to joke about Danny going to the victory party dressed as Coil because she had a nightmare about that.
    • In chapter 83 Brian dismisses the idea of getting romantically involved with Taylor. In chapter 93 Taylor says it from her end too.
    • In chapter 85 the Undersiders and Travelers joke about creating Alexandria clones.
    • In chapter 87 Imp suggests that Skitter pack Valefor's eyes full of maggots.
    • In chapter 98 Taylor says upon spotting Quinn Calle that he would have been her go-to lawyer if she had been publicly outted as Skitter before the amnesty offer.
    • In chapter 103 Tecton says that Taylor would probably have been recruited for the Chicago Wards.
    • In chapter 109 Taylor sends Alexandria a mask to protect her against drowning.
    • Chapter 125: Puppy therapy.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Skidmark insulting Hope at the meeting of the gangs to discuss the Slaughterhouse Nine's incursion into Brockton Bay diverted Hookwolf's ire and gave him an out that let him accept Hope's compromise to keep the Travellers and Undersiders in the alliance without losing face.
  • Noodle Incident: The girls' movie night, referenced in Chapter 122.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In chapter 86 Taylor is surprised to see Armsmaster apologising to "Skitter".
  • Occam's Razor: Bites Coil in the ass in chapter 115 - he can't believe that any Tinker would offer their work to the PRT for such a low price, and proceeds to write off the possibility that any other cape could have been responsible... thus overlooking the fact that it's Weaver who's making the new armour.
  • Oh, Crap!: Emma's reaction in chapter 102 to the reappearance of Shadow Stalker.
  • One-Man Army: Skitter approaches this even in canon; with the specialised bugs supplied by Amy, she is very versatile indeed. And very creepy.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Danny takes Taylor hooking up with Everett very well.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Hope is a four winged angel with crystalline 'feathers', but she has no discernible divine origin. Despite this, she's almost supernaturally nice.
  • Papa Wolf: Alan Barnes is a villainous example, willing to go quite far in defence of Emma.
  • The Penance:
    • Dr. Manton refuses to let Amy heal his remaining medical problems so that he is reminded of his past wrongdoings.
    • Triumph does the same regarding his voice.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Defied. Hope literally cannot misunderstand what someone else is saying if they are trying to get their point across, and vice versa. It's one of her powers.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Hope's healing ability lets her sense what's going on with the body of anyone she touches as a Required Secondary Power, and Amy's biokinesis does the same thing even better. Lisa's intuition lets her fake it almost as well as the other two. As a result, they're very good at pleasing each other, in spite of Hope's lack of a sex drive or sexual anatomy and Lisa's presumed power-induced asexuality.
  • Power Trio: Hope and Amy are starting to form this with Lisa.
  • Powered Armor: Subverted in Chapter 116, when Weaver takes down the Tech Crew single-handedly. They would have been better off without it. Not much, just some.
    • Subverted again in Chapter 120, when Hope takes on the Dragonslayers.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Quinn Calle and Martins only oppose Taylor due to Alan Barnes hiring them as lawyers for the Emma case and don't actually have bad feeling about it.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The Fallen going to the costume party celebrating the ending of the Slaughterhouse Nine dressed as Bonesaw and Jack Slash.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Chapter 117 has a multitude of these regarding Amy.
  • Running Gag: A rather subtle one is Hope's apparent inability to keep a cell phone for any length of time without it getting lost or broken. She's always having to borrow Amy's, or Lisa's, or whoever else's is near at hand, and people trying to get in touch with her likewise have to call or text one of her companions. (E.g. Contessa texting Amy in chapter 60; she has the advantage of knowing who Hope is standing next to via Path To Victory.) A corollary gag is that Lisa, being Lisa, always knows it's her calling no matter what phone she's using.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: The reason Hope leaves the Wards.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In chapter 95 a goon hired by Alan Barnes to bribe Taylor into silence decides to leave as soon as he's paid. He doesn't make it; in chapter 97 he and his partner get caught by Skitter and the PRT before they can get out of the city.
  • Serial Escalation: In chapter 109 Miss Militia uses increasingly powerful weapons to test out the new scarf she's been gifted. She gets up to a Barrett 50-cal and only barely damages the carton of eggs, including cracking just one of the six within, the scarf's been wrapped around.
  • Sheep in Sheep's Clothing: A lot of people wonder if Hope being so nice and helpful has any sort of hidden agenda behind it, when the fact of the matter is that she is nice because that's just who she is. Several find the concept of helping people for free very puzzling.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Everett about Taylor in chapter 95.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Hope's patience and forgiving nature qualify as superpowers in their own right, but even she quickly tires of Jack Slash's shtick.
    "Oh, come on," urged Jack Slash. "I'm the bad guy! I've killed millions!" He paused. "Well, thousands. I wanna go out with a bang. Not sit in some dinky little jail cell for the rest of my natural. And if I escape," he added brightly, "I'll just kill again. You know it and I know it. So stop it before it ever happens. Kill me right now. I double-dog-dare you!"
    "Jack ..." said Hope.
    "Yes?" he said cheerfully.
    "Shut up."
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Everett to Taylor in chapter 100.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Hope is on one end. Brockton Bay is on the other. Guess who's winning.
  • Spit Take: How Lisa reacts when Hope asks her if she would like to make love to Amy. Doubles as Foreshadowing.
  • Swallowed Whole: Happens to Hope via Noelle. Amy saves her.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • In chapter 41 Hookwolf reassures Menja that the Chosen are safe from attack mere moments before Crawler crashes the party, the rest of the Slaughterhouse Nine following behind.
    • In chapter 86 Flechette remarks that no one seems to be causing trouble. The Fallen and minions show up at the end of the chapter.
    • The second-last part of chapter 96 has Amy thinking that good things will happen to Brockton Bay. The very next part has the Teeth discuss their imminent "visit". Considering the outcome of that visit, it's not so clear which party was tempting fate, though.
    • In chapter 98 Emma takes comfort in the thought that Sophia can't show up at the courtroom to contradict her. Guess what happens shortly afterwards?
  • This Cannot Be!: This more-or-less is Eidolon's reaction in chapter 125 to learning that he created the Endbringers.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: This happens to Jess (Genesis) and to a lesser degree, Director Emily Piggot after Hope and Amy get through with them. Also, for a mental problem, Elle (Labyrinth).
  • Too Much Information:
    • Danny's reaction in chapter 81 when Taylor tells him about Lung's sensitive bits rotting out.
    • Brian's reaction in chapter 84 to Aisha talking about hooking up with Alec.
    • Taylor's reaction is definitely this in chapter 93 when Brian and Jess, as well as Lily and Sabah, start doing... things. She gets this reaction again in chapter 105 when Amy tells her... something.
    • One of the NSFW omake scenes for Chapter 105 posted on Questionable Questing includes Lisa chanting "I didn’t want to know that" several times after her power fills her in about why Amy is so grateful to Lisa for fixing her up with Newter (and particularly about what he can do with his prehensile tale). Of course, TMI is one of the major drawbacks of Lisa's power generally (along with the migraines from overusing it).
  • Understatement: In Chapter 123, Accord is attacked and killed by Cody, losing his right arm and leg in the process. Hope brings him back to life, but his response to finding out that he's down two limbs?
    "This is not optimal."
    • And since it's Accord, one suspects his main issue with it is not the loss of mobility and function, but the asymmetry.
  • Unflinching Walk: Done by Tecton in chapter 91 as a demolished building collapses behind him.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee:
    • In chapter 96, the plan to cure Sveta.
    • Chapter 104: The plan to get rid of Butcher once and for all.
    • Chapters 122 and 123: the plan to destroy Behemoth.
    • Subverted in Chapters 49 and 50 for the plan to take down the Nine - Hope explains it, and it still works.
  • Vampiric Draining: One of Shadow Stalker's new talents.
  • Villain Ball: Even after Dinah's warnings about the consequences of attacking Hope and the catastrophic failure of his first attempt to abduct Lisa, Coil just can't leave well enough alone. It gets him summarily executed.
  • Villain's Dying Grace: In Chapter 126, William Manton goes out this way.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 8. Shadow Stalker ambushes Hope and stabs her with a broadhead crossbow bolt, and the Undersiders make their first appearance and save her life.
    • Chapter 26. Hookwolf executes Shatterbird, irrevocably diverting the Slaughterhouse Nine from their canonical actions in Brockton Bay.
    • Chapter 38. Hope resigns from the Wards to go live at Tattletale's refugee shelter/supervillain headquarters.
    • Chapter 44. Hope and a few friends take down Mannequin, and Hope is abducted by Cauldron.
    • Chapter 50. Slaughterhouse ZERO!
    • Chapter 100. Taylor reveals she is Skitter to the PRT, and Quinn Calle declares he's not going to do the Emma case any more.
    • Chapter 109. Tattletale has Labyrinth open a door to Hope's Earth.
    • Chapter 112. Glory Girl breaks from New Wave to join the Protectorate.
    • Chapter 123. Behemoth is killed by Omake and William Manton, using a plan crafted by Tattletale.
    • Chapter 124. Hope and Amy bring Eden back to life. Eden and Scion leave.
  • Wham Line:
    • The last line of chapter 36.
    "I'm saying that it's best for everyone if I leave the Wards."
    • The end of chapter 77.
    It was the mask from Skitter's costume.
    • In chapter 90.
    It was identical.
    • Chapter 103.
    "Oh, shit," she managed. "I think I'm Butcher now."
    • Chapter 123.
    Scion had arrived.
    • Midway through Chapter 125.
    “Behemoth happened on the twenty-sixth. It's the fifth of August. You've been out of it for ten days.”
    • Literally the last line of the story. The last word. Spoken by Scion and Eden. The word is HOPE.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?:
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Chapter 126 and the actual Epilogue.
  • You Do NOT Want to Know
    • In chapter 115, Crystal's response to a certain event is to invoke this on herself by deciding she doesn't want to know.
    • When Amy goes to Omake for a clone, she catches her in a ... compromising position.
    “Uh, why is Noelle naked?” asked Hope curiously.
    “You don't want to know,” Amy replied, still blushing.
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