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Here's where I'm putting up tropes for the story my sister and I are collaborating on (we're dreaming of a webcomic that I write and she draws). These tropes are tentative and might change since we're not near the actual writing stage yet, and since my sister came up with the premise and character first so she can veto things.

The story focuses on Doran O'Callaghan, a fairy raised by humans who helps people that are having trouble with fairies or other paranormal creatures. Sort of a human-monster diplomat, though he'd be better able to do his job if the Fairy Queen didn't hate his guts.


Tropes that apply to Doran himself:

  • Ambiguous Disorder: In keeping with the lore, some of his fairy traits parallel stereotypical traits of autism (the difficulty with untruths, the lack of instinct for human social norms, and unusually-paced childhood development). It helped him relate to his adopted human father and brother, who are both autistic (though they both show different traits than Doran, of course).
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: It's a fairy thing. Worse for him than for most, since he refuses to work around it with technically-true but misleading phrases the way other fairies do.
  • Celibate Hero: He's around forty and has never had a love interest or much wanted one. Not sure whether it's just how he was built or whether it's because he grew up with humans and could always subconsciously sense that they were a different, incompatible species.
  • Changeling Tale: Was traded in as a baby for a human infant. When the human parents noticed the change, they went full Badass Normal, made friends with some paranormal experts, and snuck into Fairyland to get their son back. Except by this time they'd also gotten attached to baby Doran (he didn't choose to be an impostor, after all), so they defied Fairyland again to keep him and raise him as their son's "twin brother".
    • And that's why the Fairy Queen hates his entire family's guts.
  • The Comically Serious: When he's put into a situation that clashes too much with his terse, no-rhetoric demeanor.
  • Eyes Always Averted: He likes to look to the side when he's talking or listening. Helps him pay attention to the words.
  • Face of a Thug: He's seven feet tall, untalkative, has resting stern face and a slightly misshapen lip because of the scars that go from his mouth to his chin. You wouldn't guess from looking at him how quietly anxious he is to do right by people.
  • Friend to All Children: Sometimes they're scared by his height and appearance, but Doran likes kids and tries to do his best by them. When confronted with a child who's been having a bad time, he has a way of sitting down by them, speaking with his usual quietness but (conspicuously) not his usual gruffness, and listening intently without looking directly at them. That quiet, unpushy respect and attention seems to come across as comforting to a lot of kids.
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  • Gentle Giant: For a given value of "gentle" (he's not the sentimental type, but he's a good person and awkwardly, scrupulously caring) and of "giant" (he's thin as a stick, but seven feet tall).
  • Glowing Eyes: Fairies have the tapetum lucidum. Gives him good night vision and also makes him freaky-looking.
  • Happily Adopted: Twice - first by Mr. and Mrs. O'Callaghan, who defied the Fairy Queen to give him a loving upbringing, and then by his godparents (the paranormal experts) who took him in after the Queen finally assassinated the O'Callaghans.
  • No Social Skills: Which makes it an interesting choice that he tries to be a negotiator (an entirely social job) between multiple species with vastly differing cultures. It exhausts him, but it's something he's extremely personally invested in, and anyway he thinks someone has to do it.
  • Odd Couple: It seems every friendship he develops over the story has to fit this mold, whether it's with the talkative Jon, the flamboyant and morally-ambiguous Big Ears, or the idealistic Niomi.
  • Raised Catholic: Very plot-relevant, since fairies get several of their powers (the ability to tell the future, plant illusions in people's heads, and put curses or general spells on people) from their yearly tithe to hell. Doran, being baptized and never having taken part in the practice of tithing, has no access to those powers. He doesn't really mind . . .
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Doran is the blue to everyone's red, but especially Jon's, his godmother's, and Niomi's.
  • Scary Teeth: He has twice as many canine teeth as a human would, and they are unusually large.
  • Super Strength: One of the fairy powers he didn't lose with baptism.

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    Chapters 2-3, and characters that first appear there 

The leannán sídhe

  • Manipulative Bastard
  • The Muse: An abusive one who tries to control her "work partner" to think and write about nothing but her.
  • Pride: Her whole motivation is that she thinks she deserves to have art made in her name, and that other people (or at least humans) matter so little that it's all right if they starve as long as they're giving her the honor she deserves.

Thomas Butler

  • Byronic Hero: Not smart, self-centered, or morally ambiguous enough to fit every detail of this trope, but he has the idealism, discontent, romanticism, and artistic talent for it.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Much quieter and more openly serious than his older brother Jon, though not really any more mature.

Jonathan Butler

  • Big Brother Instinct: He's four years older than Thomas, and when Tom goes missing, he stays in Ireland looking for him so long that his job in America fires him.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: He definitely believes there's Something Out There, and his main interest is cryptids. He'd be delighted to find out there really is something weird in the bog, if that "something weird" hadn't kidnapped and nearly killed his brother.
  • Eagle Land: A mild version. A loud-voiced extrovert from the Midwest who's into American cryptids such as Bigfoot and Mothman.

    Chapter 4, and characters that first appear there 

Ellen Healy

Bridget Gallagher

Roderick Gallagher

Robert Gallagher

Lucas Scott


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