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Recap / Star vs. the Forces of Evil S3 E3 "Book Be Gone"

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After Ludo gains back control of his body after the events of "Starcrushed", he attempts to write his victory in the magical spellbook.


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  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Glossaryck appears to have been this to the spellbook, given that burning it burns him too.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Ludo thinks Glossaryck has transformed into a pillar, but he's just talking from behind it.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The bird and spider return with the bird wearing a taco shirt and carrying a bag of tacos. Hekapoo portaled them to a taco shop in the season 2 finale.
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    • The Star and Marco's Guide to Conquering Every Dimension book has a map of Mewni which shows there's a Merfolk kingdom in the sea. Ludo landed and even interacted nearby some merpeople.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ludo's "fight' to open the book hilariously consists of the object beating him up at every turn.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Subverted; Glossaryck did foresee his death, and even goaded Ludo into it.
  • Enmity with an Object: Ludo fights the book when it won't let him write on it. Being a magical book, it fights back.
  • Exact Words: Glossaryck says that Ludo is no longer the owner of the book. That's because Toffee had claimed ownership of it.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Glossaryck doesn't show much reaction to dying, though he admits he's a little upset.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Mina Loveberry can be seen hiding in the eyesocket of the lizard monster statue in the ancient temple.
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  • Foreshadowing: Mina Loveberry's cameo hiding in the ruins of the monster temple. The mid-season finale later reveals that she was protecting the temple for centuries and waiting for the return of its original resident…
  • The Gadfly: Glossaryck.
    • While Ludo is struggling with the book, he points out that there's a spell to resolve the problem within the book itself. He then nonchalantly adds "never mind".
    • He jokingly tells Ludo that he should try talking to the book, then laughs at how ridiculous Ludo looks when he does.
  • Kick the Dog: After suggesting to Ludo that he talk to the book, Glossaryck laughs when Ludo spills his guts out to it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After Glossaryck's Kick the Dog moment, it's hard to feel sympathy when Ludo burns him in a fit of rage.
  • Killed Off for Real: Glossaryck dies just after roasting pudding perfectly.
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  • My God, What Have I Done?: This is Ludo's reaction when he realizes that he killed Glossaryck.
  • No-Sell: Ludo attempts to use the Levitato spell on the book, but the book bounces the spell right back at him, sending him flying over the horizon.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A book of magic spells or not, it's still a book. So, when Ludo throws the Book of Spells into a fire in a fit of rage against Glossaryck, it burns up.
    • The members of Mewni royalty and the Magical High Commission are emotionally mature enough to roll off Glossaryck's behavior, and to do their duty to work with him. Ludo, on the other hand, has been emotionally abused throughout his entire life and feels no such obligation to deal with Glossaryck, so pulling his usual Jerkass antics just make Ludo feel hurt and angry.
    • Building on that last point, Ludo is an emotionally-unstable abusive victim in possession of a powerful weapon he has limited understanding of how to use. Knowingly antagonizing and humiliating someone like that is a very bad idea, and it winds up having pretty severe repercussions for Glossaryck.
  • Running Gag: Glossaryck trying to roast pudding on a stick. He finally gets it right, just before he disappears.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Toffee manipulates Ludo into burning the book and killing Glossaryck, knowing that the latter has no loyalties to him anymore.

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