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The Gloryverse is an ongoing trilogy of stories written by Thebarbiemonster which chronicle the day in the life of Colt Seward, a member of the revered all-female gang otherwise known as The Bitches who like to make money by conducting elaborate plans to steal cash from wealthy men in town and from anyone male, really. Though after a mission goes awry on them, things start to fall apart. Oh, and by the way, did you know this is a story in which America lost a certain World War and is shambles and criminals run amok due to no control whatsoever? There's many other things Colt has to contend with: Nan, her cynical grandmother; her psychotic friends who push her to keep disastrous secrets; Virgil, the poet she lusts for in church; Redd, a former friend who has been recently released from prison; and Angelo, also back in her life who doesn't exactly approve of her behavior. The first story in the trilogy is called Glorious Triumph. The second, due out by the end of the year or early 2012, is called A Glorious Angel. Yes... Story can be read here


Provides Examples Of:

  • After the End
  • All Love Is Unrequited
  • Alpha Bitch: Portia is seen as this she really isn't on account of her being a nun. This is just part of Colt's jealousy that her crush, Virgil likes her.
  • Anti-Hero: Colt flirts between being a Type III and a Type IV.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Bitches
  • America Saves the Day: Averted, and this is a WWII example.
  • Asian Airhead: Kit. She does have her moments, but they're very and far between.
  • Better as Friends: Colt and Virgil
  • Betty and Veronica: Angelo is The Betty and Virgil is The Veronica, generally speaking.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Kit (Beauty), Vixen and Fawn (Brains), Colt and Viper (Brawn)
  • Blond, Brunette, Redhead: Kit and Viper (Blonde), Colt and Fawn (Brunette), Vixen (Redhead)
  • Brainy Brunette: Fawn. Colt has lesser shades of this.
  • Broken Bird: Colt. The flashbacks make it worse.
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  • Child by Rape: looks like poor Fawn is headed this way...
  • Chatty Hairdresser: Averted for laughs in Colt's makeover scene.
  • Cool Old Lady: Out-of-Universe example. Nan is disliked/feared by Colt and most characters, but readers tend to see her as this.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Angelo, full stop. If holding your scalpel toward your best friend's crush's crotch isn't this, then what would be?
  • Crapsack World
  • Curtains Match the Window: Colt, her Dad, Fawn (light brown), and Virgil all have brown hair and eyes.
  • Daddy's Girl: Averted with Colt and her father.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Colt has this. Every other word that comes out of Nan's mouth is this. Redd and Angelo also have their moments.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: part of Colt's Character Development.
  • Derailing Love Interests: Virgil for Colt. She spends so much time with Angelo by the time she and Virgil finally start talking and finally kiss, Virgil points out that Angelo is not only in love with her, but that she is in love with him as well. Colt doesn't take this well at first.
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  • Dumb Blonde: Played straight with Kit. Averted with Redd and Angelo.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Redd, in-universe example, maybe?
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Redd. Full stop.
  • Five Woman Band of The Bitches:
  • Foregone Conclusion: You should know what happens with the Flashbacks. Poor Gloria. We Hardly Knew Ye.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Colt her real name is Felicity-Grace, but it turns out that she names herself Colt after she and Angelo hide from a rebellion and he tells her a story about a fearless horse named Colt to distract her from all of the horrors going on. Felicity insists that the horse be female instead of male.
  • Glory Seeker: The whole part of the series, duh.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: All of the Bitches seem to suffer from this after Fawn gets raped and they murder her rapist. Of course, this is done to make sure that Fawn doesn't freak out and tell the Feds about what happened, which could land them all in prison for killing a man. It's complicated, to say the least. Colt seems to have the worst of it, since she is Fawn's best friend.
  • Hero with an F in Good: played straight with Colt.
  • Hidden Depths: Colt used to be a choir girl and was stated by many that she could sing. She does so eventually as a ruse to get Virgil to notice her in order to complete Redd's Luxuria mission. It works, to say the least. Not only that, she's also very good with numbers, something she isn't too keen to brag about.
  • Holding Hands: Colt and Angelo do this every other chapter. From the flashbacks to the present tense.
  • Lap Pillow: Angelo lies on Colt's lap during church. It's justified, though, considering he was going through The Purge, which is a month long series of tests before you graduate and get Inked, this world's version of ID.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Colt after Fawn gets raped. Made even worse by the fact that she doesn't tell her about it and Colt keeps having visions and nightmares about the situation. The other Bitches seem to be in this as well.
  • The Medic: Angelo aspires to be this, thus following his father and his father's footsteps.
  • Missing Mom: Colt's Mother, Gloria. As well as Angelo's mother.
  • Most Common Superpower: Colt likes to sometimes brag about her assets. Nan also has this, so you can see where she gets it from.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Played for drama with Fawn. Colt has shades of this, but she's Genre Savvy in this case.
  • Names to Trust Immediately: Fawn Shepps.
  • No Bisexuals: Played with. Kit and Vixen. Kit is bi, and Vixen is lesbian. However, Colt fails to see this, thanks to her oblivious to things.
  • No Periods, Period: a rare example of the lead character in an action story getting her period. It's played for laughs a couple of times.
  • Oblivious to Love: Colt is painfully this way. She's also oblivious to most other things, to justify it all. Angelo's in love with her to the point that Everyone Can See It, but it takes some...convincing by Virgil, of all people for her to finally realize it...some time later.
  • Odd Friendship: Nan has a lot of these, despite having a cynical outlook of the world.
  • Police are Useless: Justified. Most of them are pretty corrupt.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Angelo, during the Inking ceremony, towards his false friend, Isaac, who insults Colt to his face. Angelo manages to turn this speech around and make it about how superficial everyone in town is as well. This makes Colt fall deeper for him.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Colt is the Red Oni and Fawn is the Blue Oni.
  • Romantic False Lead: Virgil to Colt
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Colt is this whenever Virgil's around.
  • Southern Belle: Viper's grandmother is this.
  • Take That!: Towards Twilight many, many times. The authoress did this from the start with the character of Virgil, who Colt described in an almost Adonis-like stance. when Virgil turned out to be a neurotic, very sickly, MUTATED boy who happened to be the son of the Prison Warden. He's still a Nice Guy, though. Some of the characters trash talk about girl that once went to Colt's school named Marie Suzelle Isabella Cygnet. Repeat. Marie Suzelle. Isabella (speaks for itself). Cygnet. Cygnet = Swan.
  • Test Kiss: played with. Colt does this to Virgil. No Sparks ensures. Virgil points this out and points out the situation between her and Angelo. The entire night before the Inking ceremony, Colt is almost desperate to do this with Angelo, which causes her anxiety. She ends up accidentally kissing him.However, even in the that kiss, she feels sparks with him.
  • Theme Naming: The Bitches. Colt = Horse; Vixen = Fox; Viper = Snake, Kitten = Cat, and Fawn= Deer. All of them are nicknames with the exception of Fawn. The word Bitches itself comes from female dog. As if you didn't know that already.
  • There Are No Police: Subverted. There are Feds, but many of them are corrupt and actually contribute to the crimes they're supposed to stop.
  • Verbal Tic: Colt has a tendency to start her sentences with "And". It's heavily Lampshaded in one chapter.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Colt generally keeps her knives stashed around her thighs or under her boots. Colt's coworker, Lenore was a hostage of hers during Redd's Seven Deadly Sins mission. Lenore figures this out and tries to turn the knife on her. Colt recklessly attacks her by pulling out another knife and says she's got plenty more stored around her body. Lenore also tries to take advantage of this several chapters later, but it turns out Colt forgot to stash her knives there that day. It doesn't end well for her.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Angelo
  • Violently Protective Girl Friend: an interesting variation of this. Colt thinks Redd will kill Angelo when he threatens his life when she doesn't act on his orders. Angelo can very well defend for himself and is also the male version of this as well.
  • The Voiceless: Camo.
  • Two First Names: Colt's real name, Felicity-Grace.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Fawn. Too bad her universe is more towards the cynical end instead of one more parallel towards her views on life
  • World of No Grandparents: Averted: Colt is raised by her grandmother. Viper is raised by both of her grandparents.


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