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Literature / Shadowdemon

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Shadowdemon is a 2014 Superhero novel narrated by Travis Colfax, and the sequel to Shadowboy. Unlike the original, which spanned several months, Shadowdemon takes place over the course of a hectic fortnight which exposes signs of inner decay within the Community Fund. Travis, a lifetime superhero who relies on training rather than powers, tries to solve the mysteries of strange explosions, night attacks on his friends, and his own personal struggles.


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Shadowdemon provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Icerazor's sword is among the few things reliably able to carve through force fields and psychic constructs, making steel (galvanized pipe, Omicron bots) mundane in comparison.
  • Artistic License – Martial Arts: (Lampshaded) - Travis admits to using overly showy moves when he has an audience, despite the act coming back to bite him immediately.
  • Badass Cape: Jack wears one, though the wind doesn't always cooperate.
  • The Big Guy: Or Girl — Pam, Still.
  • Dark Age of Supernames: Razordemon, also notable that the character picked up the name during the dark age.
  • Electronic Eyes: Travis' replacement after his run-in with Uth-sk.
  • Evil Pays Better: Working at the Community Fund gives little in the way of disposable income, especially after paying for Hero Insurance. It also turns out to be highly taxable.
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  • Eyepatch of Power: Travis still wears one one for his civilian identity because he shouldn't be able to afford the electronic replacement.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Xiv, the result of attempting to reverse engineer a male dragon from fragmentary female DNA.
  • Hero Insurance: Literal Hero Insurance issued by the government with premiums adjusted for the licencee's destructive potential.
  • The Hero's Birthday: Both Shadowboy and Shadowdemon start near Travis' birthday.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Visible mostly in Travis' narration, which leads to occurances of Male Gaze
  • Idle Rich: Jack keeps up this persona for his Secret Identity.
  • Killed Off for Real: Bussard in a rather blunt fashion.
  • Male Gaze: The Narrator being an aforementioned Hormone Addled Teenager.
  • The Medic: Stephanie
  • Missing Mom: Mrs. Colfax was dead before the events of the story, as is the previous Ixahau.
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  • Mooks: Mostly Morlock Society members.
  • Number Two: Stephanie as the only other member with a leadership endorsement, and takes over the role of team lead when Travis is out of commission.
  • Oh, Crap!: Donny speaks the phrase verbaitum as he realizes he's the target of a cluster bomb.
  • Partial Transformation: Pam and the survivors of Project Thirteen can opt to only partially switch between forms.
  • Powers Do the Fighting: Miss Pain works this way as she fights using psychic constructs, Irvin tries to imitate this, but is overwhelmed by the emotions of people fleeing Firegod.
  • Psychic Powers: Miss Pain, Serar and Irvin Keyes.
  • The Reliable One: Travis sees himself as this and strives towards that goal.
  • Retired Badass: Neutrino and an informed trait of the entire Fund Board.
  • Secret Identity: Everyone has one because criminals started targetting family.
  • The Sneaky Guy: Travis, lacking powers, relies more on stealth to survive.
  • Squishy Wizard: Stephanie has to build up power before an attack, and has few defenses beyond her magic.
  • Standard Superhero Setting: Fully embraced short of Death is Cheap.
  • The Stoic: Stephanie, because Magic requires a great deal of mental discipline.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: Virtually everyone with a powered parent inherited the potential.
  • The Team Benefactor: The Community Fund as embodied by Neutrino.
  • Team Pet: Xiv, arguably
  • Team Prima Donna: Miss Pain started this way, but got better.
  • Terror Hero: Razordemon treats his reputation as a weapon all its own.
  • Trophy Room: Albeit one that is mostly empty
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Pam and the survivors of Project Thirteen gained the ability to change between human and demi-dragon forms.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Other than being slightly east of the great plains, the location of New Port Arthur is never given.
  • Ye Olde Nuclear Silo: The team base is a rennovated Gruefield 18 Nuclear Missile facility.


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