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It Gets Worse is a Worm alternate universe fanfic by Ack (also known for Security!, Hope Comes to Brockton Bay, Wyvern and Another Way).

By the name of the fanfic, one would assume that it is a story of how life really gets worse for Worm protagonist Taylor Hebert. It is not that kind of story. In fact, besides the locker incident, she's been lucky lately, as her tormentors' attempts to harass her have either ended in failure, or worse, backfiring on them. It is then discovered that she triggered with a luck-based power, which seems to be acting on its own, ensuring that Taylor will have a happy life by manipulating events into her favor. So while Taylor's life had gotten better, things do get worse... for those who deliberately go against her.


It is complete as of October 14, 2018.

This work contains examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: Legend notices that the Endbringers altered their behaviour for the better on the same day that Eidolon got his new girlfriend and wonders if there's a connection, but decides to dismiss it as silly.
    • When Jack Slash wonders why Crawler, Hatchet Face, Mannequin and the Siberian haven't returned yet from Brockton Bay, he comes up with an hypothetical situation for how they could have been defeated - not knowing that it is exactly what happened. Sure enough, when L33t and Uber show up (after taking the Siberian out with their Ghostbusters trap) when he has kidnapped Taylor, Jack becomes dumbfounded.
  • All Is Well That Ends Well: Taylor ends up in potentially lethal danger on multiple occasions, only for her power to step in and take down the threat in a humorous manner before she can actually get injured.
  • Anachronic Order: The story often goes back in time to explain a series of innocuous events at some point in the past that Taylor's power arranged then in order to set in motion something that would help Taylor in the story's present.
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  • Animal Companion: After the Chicken Festival, Taylor finds herself the owner of a cute baby chick, which she names Chick Norris. When it grows up, it's named Chook Norris.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Jamie Nightingale, an ex-rookie cop who lost a leg in a supervillain accident, asks Eidolon why the supposed superheroes haven't solved problems besides the ones caused by supervillains? He finds himself speechless when he can't name five problems not involving supervillains he has used his powers to solve.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Über and L33t's testing of L33t's new Portal Gun exposes Scion's body via Flechette, kills him via a String Theory superweapon, and dumps the Number Man on top of Contessa.
  • Anvilicious: Coil gets one hammered into him In-Universe, delivered with actual anvils, that leads to him turning himself in. What do eight anvils landing all around him in a circle close enough to kill (and actually do kill if he tries dodging with his power), followed by a ninth that points towards the PRT building, say? "You can't run or hide. I will get you, any time, any place. Your life is mine now, so you'd better do what I want, or you'll never see it coming."
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  • Anvil on Head: A near-miss example: through a series of convoluted events, nine anvils fall out of a building and land perfectly around a wandering Coil (and played lethally straight if he tries save-dodging with his power), delivering a literally Anvilicious message to him that scares him into turning himself in.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: String Theory's F-Driver yells out an extremely loud "FUCK YOU!" when shot at its highest power setting. Scion's last word.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: After being perfectly encircled by falling anvils, Coil finds himself in need of a new pair of trousers. Piggot takes great glee in pointing that out afterwards.
  • Broke the Rating Scale:
    • Assault already has a threat rating lined up for Taylor/Butterfly's power: Shaker: Nope. Piggot actually agrees with this, since power ratings are based on threat levels, and trying to categorize her would involve thinking about her in a threatening manner... and no one wants to do that.
    • A String Theory Wave Motion Gun called the F-Driver has a final power setting called "FUCK YOU."
    • L33t invents a "weird-shit-o-meter" (or luck detector) that can detect the effects of Taylor's power. It starts at "Odd" and ends in "Just Nope".
  • Cassandra Truth: Sophia, of all people, manages this while attempting to slander Taylor to Director Piggot after she's concussed. One of the Non Sequiturs that she drops is, in fact, the origin of powers in the Worm 'verse. Piggot understandably ignores it, given that Sophia is concussed and babbling at that point.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Pretty much everything from chapter 1 onward becomes important later.
  • Clark Kenting: Unintended, but Victoria is unrecognizable by the public after having her hair cut short, which proves fortunate when she and Amy end up in the same place as Jack Slash and Bonesaw.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: The moment Coil gives himself up, a nearby TV showing Get Smart says: "Smart thinking, 99!"
    • While driving around Brockton, Jack turns on the radio. Flipping across stations, he receives the following message in snippets: "Welcome..." " Brockton Bay..." "...Jack Slash, of the Slaughterhouse Nine..." "'re gonna..." "...die here!" He tries to ask if anyone else heard that, only to turn back and hear the rest: "—don't say you weren't warned. Next on our list of 'Most Despised Men in America', we have—"
  • Contrived Coincidence: Taylor's power loves setting these up.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Marcus 'the Russian' Kellerman, who has a spate of unnaturally good luck happen to him, uses it to take out the Merchants, and then when he tries to remove Taylor as "the luckiest person in Brockton Bay", her power chooses then to decide it's done with him.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: When Eidolon goes to Accord to ask him to come up with a plan to solve world hunger, Accord points out that he'd come up with one six years ago, and only went into villainy because he couldn't get anyone to read it and needed crime to acquire the resources to attempt implementing it on his own. He then hands Eidolon a revised version of the plan, which he had updated that morning.
  • Crazy Homeless People: The depowered Dr. William Manton is reduced to aimlessly wandering and babbling about he can't find his wife and daughter after the Siberian is caught in Uber and L33t's Ghostbusters-style energy trap. Danny calls the cops on him.
  • Death from Above: Three times so far, Taylor's powers resulted in something falling from above.
    • A mass of blue ice breaks off from a passenger flight over Brockton Bay, crashing through a Empire 88 hideout and flattening Kaiser and Hookwolf.
    • When Coil tries to leave town to avoid Taylor's wrath, he nearly ends up the victim of falling anvils from an art gallery. He realizes that Taylor's powers wants him alive so he could ensure Taylor's happiness.
    • Jack Slash ends up crushed by a piano, courtesy of the same art gallery.
    • Animos of the Teeth is flattened by a manhole cover, sent flying into the air by Leviathan emerging from the sewers to send the Butcher flying.
  • Defecting for Love: Non-villain example - Amy decides to leave New Wave and join the New York Wards after falling in love with Flechette.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Victoria, before you decide to cut your hair off after getting an impromptu paint bath, you should make sure your sister is willing to grow it back.
    • For that matter, perhaps you should have checked what was in that dumpster before tossing it into the air...
  • Disaster Dominoes: Taylor's power has set a lot of these up, where random unlucky events cumulate in the elimination of a threat to Taylor's well-being. There's a reason why Taylor's PRT-assigned cape name is Butterfly.
    • A random storm in Miami leads to the virtual downfall of the entire E88.note 
    • A single sneeze passing around to a cold leads to Coil being scared into turning himself in.note 
    • A random cat in the wrong place at the wrong time leads to the Merchants being taken out by raw bad luck.note 
    • Some butterflies setting up in a random piano, a used car dealership picking up a vehicle with a malfunctioning onboard GPS (both of these taking place nowhere near Brockton Bay) and Rachel Lindt accidentally slipping in the shower leads to the demise of Jack Slash.note 
    • L33t building a portal gun (with a dodgy 'safety catch'), Flechette getting target practice and the Dragonslayers investigating String Theory's old lab leads to Scion's death.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Paul, aka Alabaster, when realizing he's facing members of the Slaughterhouse 9, decides to go out fighting them while giving Rune a chance to escape.
  • Dramatic Thunder: After being affected by pure good luck, whenever L33t makes a dramatic statement thunder rolls out. Even with clear skies.
  • The Dreaded: Taylor's power makes her someone to be feared. After seeing what happens to the first victims of Taylor's power, Director Piggot calls her scarier than Nilbog, and outright tells everyone not to do anything that could be considered a threat to her.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The Fallen, Heartbreaker and Ash Beast are all victims of the Endbringers turning over a new leaf.
  • Dwindling Party:
    • The Slaughterhouse 9 lose their members one by one, without any other knowing they've been taken out.
      • Shatterbird is sent to scout the city, only to be struck by Uber and Leet's bad luck guns, followed by a bolt of lightning.
      • Burnscar is blasted into a garbage truck after igniting Crawler's flatulence, and then later recovered by Faultline's crew.
      • Crawler, Hatchet Face, Mannequin, and the Siberian are then sent in, only to encounter Purity's group of remaining Empire 88 members. Alabaster manages to injure Hatchet Face before dying. Crusader kills Mannequin by chance. Rune uses a chair to carry Hatchet Face and dump him onto Crawler, allowing Purity to kill both of them. As for the Siberian, Uber and Leet show up with a device based on the ghost trap from Ghostbusters, which actually works and ensnares the projection.
      • Finally, Jack Slash and Bonesaw then decide to explore Brockton Bay themselves, stopping by a restaurant. When that restaurant becomes patronized by Amy and Victoria, and later Taylor, things go downhill for those two.
    • The Teeth also count, after they make the moronic decision to target Taylor despite knowing about her powers. Animos and the Butcher are the only ones to even make it to Taylor, and they don't last long either.
  • Epic Fail: How many of Taylor's lucky power retaliations play out.
    • Abound for Sophia, Emma and Madison's bullying attempts. Water balloons? They drop them on themselves. Pouring stuff on Taylor while she's in the toilet? The toilets they're standing on drop out from under them, leaving them stuck in very unfortunate positions. Tie her up with duct tape? One trip, and they're tying themselves up instead.
    • "Russian Roulette" when confronting Taylor. Her luck powers, up till then giving him a big windfall, choose then to abandon him, leaving his gun falling apart in his hand and him being terrified by Taylor's new pet chick.
    • All Saint is trying to do is turn a dial on a String Theory superweapon off. Why the hell does he keep accidentally turning it higher?!
    • Elsewhere, Victoria tries to show off for a hot guy (who turns out to be Grue) by tossing a dumpster into the air and catching it. The (paint shop) dumpster then proceeds to give her a very colorful bath.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The Merchants tried to recruit Uber and Leet for an attack on the Dockworkers. The duo didn't agree with that, and instead, the Merchants became the first unknowing targets of the bad luck gun.
  • Expy: Frederickson, a failed con artist that supplies the Merchants with the ingredients for their drugs. He's grossly overweight, wears a ridiculous combover and a horribly fake orange tan. A massive electical shock leaves him babbling nonsensical sentences like "I've got the best words!"
  • Failed a Spot Check: Thanks to Victoria's impromptu new hairstyle and Amy's natural wallflower personality, Jack Slash and Bonesaw don't notice that two public independent heroes just walked into the same diner as them.
  • Flipping the Bird: The Simurgh does this to Scion right before a Contrived Coincidence involving Flechette, a L33t portal gun, the Dragonslayers and a String Theory Wave Motion Gun vaporises him.
  • Foreshadowing: When Uber asks L33t what he plans to do with all the luck he's getting from Taylor, he jokingly asks if he plans to make something that won't blow in his face. He does. Twice. The first thing helps capture the Siberian, the second thing helps to kill Scion.
  • From Bad to Worse: Eidolon thinks this when he is trying to stop Ash Beast from wiping out some new super-crops, Behemoth shows up. Only to his surprise, instead of wreaking havoc, Behemoth destroys Ash Beast, waves goodbye and leaves.
  • Gasshole: Whatever abomination Crawler has for a digestive system doesn't react well to concrete, and it gives him gas when he eats it. Which, as Burnscar unfortunately finds out, is very explosive.
  • Genre Savvy: When Director Piggot fully understands the nature of Taylor's powers, she makes it known to the PRT that Taylor is not to be investigated lest Taylor's power targets them. She also knows that her warning might be ignored, and so keeps an eye out for anyone who gets a string of bad luck.
    • She's also savvy enough to recognise minimal signs of bad luck as Taylor's power indications that things should go another way. After a few occurrences, a random flicker of the lights is enough warning for her to change tack.
    • When a fly flies into her throat as she's trying to offer Taylor a position in the Wards, she changes strategies and says that she is emphatically not inviting her to join the Wards, but she leaves the option open if she would be interested in the future.
    • When Uber and Leet realize the source of Luck Energy they are collecting is a bullied girl, they are wise enough to know that deliberately antagonizing her is not a good idea.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While Taylor's power is humorous, efficient, and devoted to her happiness, it is not nice or above drawing in Innocent Bystanders, such as:
    • The innocent airline passengers who experienced gastric distress.
    • The poor art gallery owner who caught a cold and had several of his exhibits fall out the window.
    • A random truck driver that was the victim of a rogue sinkhole.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Once Eidolon shifts his focus from seeking worthy opponents to seeking worthy projects and solving worthy problems, the Endbringers stop attacking cities and instead focus on helping him complete said projects.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Many times.
    • Be it pencil shavings, water balloons, pudding or duct tape, Emma, Sophia and Madison all find their bullying implements turning on them instead.
  • His Name Is...: Played for Laughs, as Sophia attempts to slander Taylor to Director Piggot, but is constantly interrupted. When she is able to speak without interruption, it was only after Aegis accidently crashes into the office and gives her a concussion, so Sophia can only speak in Non Sequiturs. The whole string of bad luck however does clue Piggot in that something funny is happening. As for Sophia, she gives up on the idea and attempts to take out Taylor personally, the key word being "attempt".
  • Humiliation Conga: If Taylor's powers don't leave whoever threatened her dead, it'll have them defeated in a humiliating manner.
  • Innocuously Important Episode:
    • Danny leaving work earlier to be with Taylor leads to a paperwork backlog that he later has to work on, allowing him to find that one of his men is stealing things from shipping manifests. Turns out, the man works for Empire 88, which leads Kaiser to attempt to kidnap Taylor - only for her power to kick in and destroy half of Empire 88 with a ton of blue ice.
    • Some of the setup of the Slaughterhouse 9's defeat involved two things that, at first glance, weren't related to on-going events.
      • First, Bitch slips in the shower and sprains her ankle, so Grue offers to take one of her dogs out for a walk, only for the dog to get stuck behind a dumpster. Victoria Dallon decides to help Grue, showing off in an attempt to flirt with him, only to get paint from the dumpster all over herself. As part of the attempt to get rid of it, Victoria cuts her hair too short and Amy is unwilling to fully restore it, so now she is unrecognizable by the public. Following a trip to the salon, Victoria takes Amy to the same restaurant that is unknowingly hosting Jack Slash and Bonesaw, and as no one recognizes the former the latter do not get a warning - but Amy does realize who they are, so she quietly gives Jack Slash a horrible case of food poisoning to get him out of the way, and then incapacitates Bonesaw, telling Victoria to evacuate the restaurant, thus denying Jack any hostages - except for Taylor, who had just entered the restaurant to use the bathroom.
      • Second, a cop trainee whose career ended due to being crippled by a cape ends up encountering Eidolon. The ex-cop criticizes him for really being more of a soldier than a hero and being focused just on problems that involves other capes and/or powers. This (and an encounter with Mouse Protector) later leads to Eidolon looking for Panacea for her assistance in a project with Accord, but he finds her just when she is having difficulty subduing Bonesaw, which he quickly rectifies.
    • And that's not even counting the Anvilicious incident with Coil (which was why Taylor was even in the area at the time); the Pioneer Days exhibition by the Forsberg gallery (which is where the anvils and the piano that falls on Jack Slash came from in the first place); the Chicken Festival (which is how Taylor met the Undersiders in the first place)...
  • Just in Time: Whenever it seems like Taylor is going to be victimized, something happens to prevent said victimization at the last second.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: This is basically the premise of the whole fic, but in some cases it's particularly ridiculous.
    • Coil wants to test Taylor's reach, so he hires a thug to injure her father. The thug decides to ambush Danny and break his collarbone. While attempting to do so in the middle of a rainstorm, the thug is struck by lightning and breaks his collarbone. Moreover, Coil has a ceiling tile full of water land on him, where it breaks his collarbone and shorts out his computer, giving him an electrical shock. And, for extra Karma, the computer in his underground base glitches and connects to the PRT base, allowing them to extract all the information contained within and completely screwing up with his plans.
  • Laugh Themselves Sick:
    • Taylor ends up in this state twice after two consecutive attempts to bully her by the Terrible Trio end up backfiring on them.
    • The Wards enter a fit of hysterics when they see the photographed aftermath of Taylor's dealings with the Empire: the Fenja/Menja twins stuck headfirst in manholes, Kaiser and Hookwolf flattened by blue ice, etc.
    • Assault collapses laughing when Armsmaster takes a Slippery Skid in some spilled oil.
    • Lisa falls off the couch as Grue is relating what happened with Glory Girl and the dumpster.
    • Uber and L33t have to sit down on the sidewalk after viewing photos of Sophia, Emma and Madison after their mishaps. They do it again when they realize they have footage of Crawler's fiery gassy moment.
    • The Simurgh does this as the Disaster Dominoes leading to Scion's demise are set in motion.
    • Taylor and the Undersiders completely lose it after they are confronted by the Teeth, only to be rescued by Leviathan and the Simurgh.
  • Laxative Prank: Not a prank, but Amy taints Jack Slash's soup order with an engineered dose of E. coli, guaranteed to make him need to use the toilet and getting him out of the way just enough to allow Amy to knock Bonesaw out.
  • Lifesaving Misfortune: A few times.
    • The janitor spilling coffee on himself made sure he was passing by in time to free Taylor from the locker.
    • A major case falling through for the police allowed them to put all their focus on Taylor and the bullying, making sure things wouldn't fall through the cracks.
    • Victoria needing a haircut thanks to an impromptu paint bath meant that she and Amy were in just the right place to help with the defeat of Jack Slash and Bonesaw. Said haircut also keeps the public recognizing them, otherwise Jack and Bonesaw would have inflicted casualties had they known two heroes were in the same restaurant as them.
  • Lighter and Softer: Very much in comparison to canon Worm, due to the very comedic takedowns of most of the Capes that get in Taylor's way.
  • Love at First Punch: When Jamie Nightingale first met David/Eidolon, the first thing she did was call him out on all the human problems he could solve, but doesn't because he wanted to focus on parahuman problems. After he gets his head on straight, he goes back to thank her for being his inspiration, and they end up falling in love.
  • Made of Explodium: Due to a mishandling of the Chicken Festival, there isn't enough helium to fill all the balloons. The employee responsible instead fills one with hydrogen. It wouldn't have been an issue had Oni Lee not shot the balloon.
  • The Matchmaker: Taylor's power goes out of its way to get Eidolon and Panacea girlfriends.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome (for a villain): Butcher is face to face with Taylor Hebert, the luckiest girl in Brockton Bay. She's fought her way across America to get to this point. On the way, she's lost fifty followers and all but one teammate to innumerable dangers (including one that got eaten by an alligator in Florida shortly after entering Brockton Bay). She's delivered her Pre-Asskicking One-Liner. Her teammate has depowered the 'lucky girl'. Her minigun is spinning up, preparing to unleash a hail of leaden death. And then she gets launched skyward on a manhole cover propelled by a Leviathan-generated water jet, and finally she is scooped up by the Simurgh, never to be seen again.
  • Nerves of Steel: When Amy realizes that Jack Slash and Bonesaw were in the same restaurant as her and Victoria, she calmly plans a way to get out of the situation, considering the many ways things could go wrong. That isn't to say she didn't worry about Victoria accidently putting everyone in danger.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: After the majority of the E88 leadership is arrested, Purity wants to go hero, but there is a dilemma of what to do with Alabaster: drop him off to the PRT, or force him to leave town? Not liking the idea of betrayal, Rune tries to help Alabaster escape, but they are then beset by the Slaughterhouse 9. Alabaster ends up dying by Hatchet Face, neatly ending the dilemma.
  • On Second Thought: Director Piggot says this a lot as Taylor's power tells her it will be far better to change her decision.
  • Out-Gambitted: When the highest echelons of Cauldron ponder whether they should recruit Butterfly, Contessa refuses. When asked why, since her own power should help convince Taylor, Contessa replies she's already tried to model a recruitment speech, only to find out every Path ended with her receiving a Pie in the Face. Eventually, she realized this meant Taylor's power had already trumped the Path to Victory, making it useless against her.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Taylor has no conscious control over her luck manipulation power; all she ever does in a fight is watch interestedly as her foes are taken out by sheer random chance, and hope that the outcome doesn't involve too much collateral damage.
  • Power Incontinence: Taylor cannot control her probability manipulation, which has a singular, unfailing focus in keeping her safe and happy. However, even if the outcome is never in doubt, it's not above leading her into some potentially harmful situations, like giving her the need to use the toilet with the perfect timing for her to become the sole hostage of Jack Slash.
  • Raging Stiffie: Sophia conscripts some jocks to tie Taylor up with duct tape, but they end up tripping and tying themselves to Sophia instead. When they are finally released, Sophia asks one poor sap why he didn't cut them free with the pocket knife she felt digging into her, only to be told that... it wasn't a pocket knife. Her reaction is, bluntly put, unpleasant.
  • Rescue Sex: Variant example: Jamie Nightingale asks David to stay the night after he (accidentally) arranges for Panacea to regrow her leg.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Chick Norris, the baby chick Taylor adopts from the Chicken Festival. So cute that even Bitch smiles while holding it.
  • Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: Taylor's power loves to set up events even before someone outright is a threat to Taylor. For example, before Kaiser ordered Taylor kidnapped in order to blackmail her father, a warehouse fridge that stored in-flight meals for a Florida to New England flight broke down. The slightly spoiled food was served to the flight's passengers, leading to heavy usage of the plane's bathrooms. That led to the formation of a large blue ice mass on the bottom of the plane's fuselage due to a hairline crack in the waste tanks becoming bigger. By the time the plane was over Brockton Bay, the mass of blue ice was over one ton in size, and the weather in the area was warm enough to break the ice free, sending it falling and crashing on top of Kaiser and Hookwolf, while sparing a kidnapped Taylor (and freeing her by dropping a knife on the ropes holding her tight and giving her Kaiser's undamaged phone).
  • Scare 'em Straight: Coil is terrified into surrendering himself into PRT custody after Butterfly's power delivers a literally Anvilicious message.
  • Slippery Skid: During a chicken festival, a stall owner ends up spilling a barrel of cooking oil, and the Undersiders and their giant dogs step right into it. Later, Armsmaster takes a very embarrassing spill too.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: As part of Accord's end-world-hunger plan, Blasto tries to create a plant that can grow anywhere while requiring not too many nutrients and ensuring it cannot compete with already extant food sources, but he's hitting an obstacle with trying to make it so it can grow in cold and hot climates. Panacea suggests creating different plants that can grow in different climates.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Taylor's luck power. It is so damned powerful that it can outthink Coil and Contessa, and that's without her even knowing about them.
  • Stronger with Age: Every day that passes gives Taylor's power more random events to work with.
  • Stunned Silence: Coil when his attempt to prevent his base from self-destructing not only does not work, but the system mocks him (something he's quite sure he didn't program) before making the self-destruction sequence a lot shorter.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink:
    • Part of Kaiser's takedown involved causing a plane load of airline food to spoil sufficiently to give all the passengers the runs.
    • Amy has Victoria distract the waiter carrying Jack Slash's order so she can add E. coli to his soup.
  • Tarred And Feathered: This happens to Lung he chases after the Undersiders. The tar? Lung fell into a tar truck out for road repairs. The feathers? The chase ended at a chicken-themed festival.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: This is how Crusader reacts to Uber and Leet joining the fight against the Siberian.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: For some of the folks caught up as pawns of Taylor's powers, they do end up better off.
    • Purity, Rune, and Crusader will get a chance to become legitimate heroes and get a part of the bounty on the Slaughterhouse 9.
    • Uber and L33t get the bounty for Shatterbird and the Siberian and L33t uses the last of the luck energy to build self-repairing, self-recharging portal guns that Taylor's power sometimes uses for its own ends.
    • Panacea and Eidolon get their issues resolved and end up with significant others.
    • The Undersiders get to go straight and hang out with Taylor. This is occasionally very entertaining.
    • Once the Simurgh starts doing good deeds, the case against Canary falls apart and she is eventually able to perform again.
      • The victims of Heartbreaker are freed from his influence by the Simurgh and proceed to kill him.
  • Toilet Humor: A few of Taylor's targeted events involve toilets - most prominently the mass of blue ice (frozen leaked waste from airplane toilets) that dropped onto Kaiser's head with surgical precision.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Saint, when two instances of bad luck have you turning the dial on a Tinkertech super weapon up instead of down, maybe you should let one of your colleagues handle it instead of letting your pride get the better of you?
    • When the Teeth get wind of Taylor's luck powers annihilating the Slaughterhouse 9, they decide to actively target her. None of them live to regret it.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Contessa, the boogeyman of Cauldron, ends up Cry Laughing in her shower after she realises how powerful Butterfly's power actually is - powerful enough to kill Scion and make the Simurgh laugh.
  • Underestimating Badassery: More than one character underestimates just how powerful Taylor's luck powers are.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Taylor's powers don't prevent her from walking into danger, but they will make sure she walks out completely unscathed and, in cases, laughing.
  • Villainous Valor: Alabaster may be an unapologetic racist and card-carrying member of the Empire 88, but when faced with the likes of Hatchet Face of the Slaughterhouse Nine, his thoughts go to the fellowship he is loyal to and the comrades he refuses to abandon, which is why he chooses to make like Butch and Sundance and go out in a blaze of glory.
  • Wave Motion Gun: The Dragonslayers track down an old Tinker lab that contains the F-Driver, one of String Theory's old devices. It proves instrumental in killing Scion.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Russian Roulette has a marked fear of chickens. When his attempt to attack Taylor utterly fails, Chick Norris walks to him and renders him almost catatonic with fear.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Jack's power gives him a strong urge to avoid Brockton at all costs. Unfortunately, due to the Slaughterhouse Nine stealing a van with a faulty GPS, that's exactly where he ends up and where he meets his fate.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Crusader's reaction when L33t's Ghostbuster energy trap captures the Siberian.


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