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  • Archive Binge: It's nowhere near Warriors level but the series released thirteen books in under ten years.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Lick kill Terror herself? No one saw it happen but Lucky thinks his death was suspicious. If she did kill him, was it to put him out of his misery, to make sure he wouldn't attack her friends again, or because she has a natural instinct to kill?
  • Evil Is Cool: The main villains tend to be Doberman Pinscher's. As it turns out, people really like Doberman's. It doesn't help that they're always described so cool looking, with all the Fierce Dogs being lean and muscular and Blade having a silky, frightening voice.
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  • Fandom Rivalry: There is a mild bit of this between Survivors and Warriors, though much of it is less about the actual books and more about whether the person prefers dogs or cat.
  • Funny Moments: Lucky accurately (and sarcastically) describing a former alpha's appearance, a dog named Black Eye. Snap is surprised by this and asks how he knows, so Lucky just mutters "Never mind".
  • Hard-to-Adapt Work: The mythology and Family-Unfriendly Violence of the books make them hard to market to mainstream audiences. Unlike Warriors and Seekers, Survivors hasn't even had a Comic-Book Adaptation. This may be in part because of how nondescript the designs are. Even fan-artists aren't sure how to draw Lucky and Sweet's offsprings, which are Sheltie/retriever/Greyhound mixes.
  • Hollywood Homely: Invoked with Whine. He's a Pug, one of the most popular breeds out there and a stand-out example of being Ugly Cute, but everyone just thinks Whine's ugly. Alfie, a similarly short-muzzled dog, doesn't have the same issue so it's probable that Whine's personality makes him so repulsive.
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  • Jerks Are Worse Than Villains: In a series of blood-thirsty and murderous characters, one of the most disliked characters is a dog that's actually The Load of his pack: the slimeball Pug named "Whine". Whine blackmailed Lucky, inadvertently got a packmate killed, and was all too keen to let Alpha kill the Fierce Dog puppies, all because he didn't like being the Omega of his pack.
  • Memetic Mutation: Adding "-Dog" to the end of every noun, since the excerpt of the first book mentioned "Sun-Dog" and "Earth-Dog" and "Sky-Dogs".
  • More Popular Replacement: The second arc replaced Lucky with Storm, likely the most popular character in the series, as its main character.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Old Hunter appears in one scene during the first book, but he's still a memorable character and was listed in the Dramatis Personae for several books.
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  • Only the Creator Does It Right: One of the main criticism the series has is that it's not written by one of the previously established Erin's.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Unfortunately the entire series got hit with this in 2020, where most discussions focus more on how one of the authors of the books Gillian Phillip is extremely transphobic, and supports J.K. Rowling more than the books themselves. (Though Gillian Phillip did get fired from the team eventually and no longer works on any of the Erin Hunter books.)
  • Popular with Furries: Though not as popular as Warriors, fandom-wise at least, it has its niche amongst dog and wolf furries.
  • Tainted by the Preview: The excerpt for the first book was not initially well received.
  • Uncanny Valley: The artist who draws the book covers draws semi-realistic dogs just fine, but not wolves. Alpha on the A Hidden Enemy cover looks jarring compared to everyone else.


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