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  • Anvilicious:
    • In Resurrection, the message hammered down in every twist amounts to "Jewish values = good, Christian fundamentalism = bad, Satanism/existentialism = even worse."
    • Phobos upgrades to a full Kabbalistic mindset, now assuring that human ego is really bad.
  • Ass Pull: Enough for its own page, in fact. Every installment of the trilogy could be considered its own universe, as all of them invariably make a Continuity Snarl out of the previous by performing heavy Retcons right and left.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Lilith being good in Phobos ostensibly addressed critiques of the character in the second book, which can be noted in the abrupt and not entirely coherent nature of her turn.
    • Manny being ascended to the sole main character of Phobos and having somewhat of a happy ending also seems meant to mend his status in Domain.
    • The perception that Xibalba could have been avoided by saving Lilith in the present is made canon in the third book.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Lilith. While some considered her interesting, others found her backstory and goals too cliché and tastelessly executed.
  • Contested Sequel:
    • While some liked Resurrection for expanding the universe presented in Domain and daring to go beyond, it also received flak for inflating the story with excessive informative padding, bizarre sexist appeals and a too pretentious plot (which needed some important Retcons from Domain in order to work).
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    • The same happened Phobos. Some believed it to be a narrative improvement over Domain, particularly in terms of information, but even those admitted that, with its new crapton of retcons and discontinuities, the book made some plotlines downright incoherent and destroyed the characterization of several characters by changing their personalities right and left. The fact that by this point Alten got openly obssessed about the real life Large Hadron Collider and admitted to change the story to fit it in didn't help either.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Sure, they have saved the world and themselves at the new timelines of Phobos, but now we have got the delightful revelation that Kabbalah is right and the physical universe is actually the malkuth, where every soul will have to explicitly earn their light through suffering by the will of the Abrahamic God. From all non-Kabbalistic points of view, the series is now officially a Cosmic Horror Story.
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  • Franchise Original Sin: The series had featured heavy religious overtones and Jewish mysticism from the first book, which sometimes became heavy-handed at the second during any of its long tracts about God, Satan and evil in the world. However, most critics agree it was in the third book where Alten's love for Kabbalah really got out of hand.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • It is hard not think on this after seeing that almost all the male characters in the book are horny idiots (I Have Boobs, You Must Obey! is in full power here) and most female characters are ineffective (Dominique and Lilith are the only exceptions, and the former passes a huge part of the book doing little other than angsting).
    • In Resurrection, Mick warns Jacob that he must not stop Lilith from becoming a rich villainess, as a future without Mabus Tech's spaceships would not reach the wormholes and the Balam base, which saved the world from a nuclear war and supposedly will somehow save it again from the Yellowstone disaster. However, this feels oddly forced, given that the Gabriel family already has all the right resources (including a functional alien spaceship) to move forward space technology until the level needed to capitalize on the wormholes, thus saving the world without any need of Xibalba being created or Lilith becoming evil. This, combined with the revelation given in Phobos that affecting the loop doesn't really changes the present, also makes retroactively Mick's decision to time-travel forward to Xibalba an utter mistake that condemned him and pushed forward a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, when he could have simply changed the future from the present to impede it to happen.
    • Even if breaking the loop would really reset all the world's story as Jacob claims in Phobos (though it is later proven false), one has to wonder whether it would not be actually better to break it and impede Lilith from creating Xibalba, given that Domain reveals the nuclear war and many of humanity's vilest acts through history happened precisely due to the Hate Plague of the Tezcatlipoca ship sent from Xibalba to the past. In fact, the LHC given as the reason of the world's end in Phobos is mentioned to have been born of human ego - thus connecting it again to the Tezcatlipoca ship (unless the latter was quietly retconned out to the story by this point). This would mean that removing the solution would also effectively remove the problem.
    • In the third book, MAJESTIC-12 is leading the Earth to its destruction and all Julius thinks about is to give a naive press conference, fully expecting the info to be given and accepted by the world without any problem. None of his relatives and helpers think on this, including the supposedly super-intelligent Manny, and the result as a situation uncannily similar to the one caused by Mick in the previous timeline (which at least had the justification of Julius having a much less freaky revelation to do). But they are far from being the only ones, as Borgia has to be explicitly helped by Seven Macaw in order not to be undone by a half-defeated family, and that without counting Macaw himself iss outwitted at the end in insane fashion.
  • Narm:
    • It's easy to slip some unintentional giggles at the expense of Alten's obvious and not too well handed Author Appeal in Resurrection. Many of the sexual interactions between the characters are a bit... overt.
      "Lilith glides around the room, then abruptly stops and stares at her own reflection in the two-way mirror, inches from Jacob and Manny.
      'Who is she, Jacob?' Dominique whispers.
      Lilith suddenly smiles like an enchantress, then slowly lifts her silk top, exposing her tan, grapefruit-sized breasts at the two-way mirror."
    • Merchant being such a negative stereotype of homosexuality Crosses the Line Twice, but the rest of examples in the book are not so lucky: the only other LGBTI characters are an amoral, blackmail-friendly female president and Lilith herself, who is Ambiguously Bi. If one can get past the obvious conservative mindset of the series, it can become perversely funny.
  • Older Than They Think: As seen in the Shout Out page, the second book could qualify for a neat Whole Plot Reference to Go Nagai's Shutendoji OVA, while the trilogy overall contains tons of plot points already made famous by Frank Herbert's Dune.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Jacob and Lilith are supposedly madly in love with each other, but it's hard to buy into this when they barely have any conventional romantic interaction before she makes her Face–Heel Turn; if only, her scenes together in the Nexus only imply she has an one-sided crush on him. It reaches Informed Attribute status when Jacobs tells Mick he cannot stop thinking on her, despite we are constantly shown his thoughts and he never, ever thinks about her.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The Spanish translations of Resurrection and Phobos are infamous for being very loose at the best and very shoddy at the worst, doing arbitrary changes in lines and words all the time. It goes to the point that they even obscure a certain plot point by erasing Julian's mention that he is the son of Sophia.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • Lilith is supposed to have become basically evil incarnate, but it is hard to buy into this when all the victims of her machinations are horrible people themselves (Quenton is a domestic abuser and rapist, Lucien Mabus is a corrupt, violent womanizer, Virgil is all of the previous and a murderer on top, and the Nephilim are officially rich jerkasses) and especially if one acknowledges that her philosophical tracts about how God Is Evil actually have a point (after all, both she and Alejandro employ existentialist arguments that are very in tune with modern secular sensibilities, not to mention they fit to a T with the real life school of Satanism). Mick stating that her actions are necessary to save the world in the future doesn't help, doubtful as it might be.
    • Both Resurrection and Phobos make a point to show Manny is supposed to be a douchebag because he doesn't want to pursue a tenebrous, potentially fatal and literally Hellish mission to save someone he doesn't even know to be alive and saveable (Jacob knows, and is actually in contact with Mick, but he never tries to get Manny in too even although it is later shown that he could, which forces Manny find about it by chance and in the absolute worst possible moment). The fact that he wishes to have his own life and uses his natural abilities to build a career is even openly treated as an egomaniacal crime, and the story capitalizes on an understandable struggle with early sports fame to illustrate why he should not be following his dreams, while Jacob, who spent all their life together callously bullying Manny and breaking him emotionally, barely receives a critique until a brief self-realization at the start of Phobos. But this situation only reaches new highs in said book, as Manny's adoptive father tells him the Biblical story of Esau and Jacob to explain why Manny is in the wrong there - and his recount of the story is about a brother who steals the other's heritage and acts like a jerk to him to no repentance, only for the other to magically forgive him for everything! The final and most spectacular strawman happens right after, when Gene explains Manny's wrong was "complaining that his life was not perfect". Of course, Phobos reveals that the world is actually a twisted cosmic trial and thus it is wrong to harbor even the least bit of ego, so it becomes a moot point; but if by the previous's talk point the reader wasn't convinced that the story was being throughly unfair to Manny, he will believe it then.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: As mentioned, Jacob is warned by Mick that he must not change Lilith's fate from his time, but this only happens right after she had finally snapped after so much sexual abuse. In reality, Jacob knew about her situation since they were children, yet did nothing in all those years (despite the Gabriel family had all the means necessary to rescue Lilith) aside from giving her flimsy moral help.
  • What an Idiot!: As a 13 yeard old, Jake is told by Mick that Lilith will turn into an evil seductress and will have a pure Hunahpu son in the future. Jake is smart enough to go into hiding from Lilith when her turn to darkness is complete. However, he goes to her and not vice versa when she finds him, thus making her basically get into his pants, giving as a result the situation that her son is his. Also, if Mick was that afraid Jacob could become the father of Devlin (as if it were to change something in his battle, given that there were officially other male Hunahpus in the world, including Manny, who could have fathered a son with her to recreate the loop, and Jacob would still fighting his soulmate in that case), Jacob could have just got a vasectomy in order not to impregnate Lilith if she ever got him.

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