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  • Adult Fear - There are children being frequently put in danger, and sometimes killed. There's the woman in Oath Breaker who miscarries. There's children being radicalized into cults, there's the inability to provide for one's loved ones, and there's ostracism from the community. The Soul Eaters are essentially a Stone Age terrorist group, with the random civilian attacks that would imply.
  • Development Hell - A movie with Ridley Scott as the producer has been talked about since 2004...
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  • Die for Our Ship - Poor Bale.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Dark, introduced in the last book.
  • Foe Yay - Lots and lots in Outcast. All involving Seshru.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In Soul Eater, when Torak and Renn come upon the Walker again, he is distraught over having lost Narik, and Torak replaces Narik for him with a lemming he grabs out of the snow. The entire episode is awful in hindsight, but especially when one skips forward to Ghost Hunter, and Torak is replacing Narik again - by being the second dead child the Walker retrieves.
  • Ho Yay: Fin-Kedinn abandons his clan (only for a little while but nonetheless) to go off and find the Walker in the last book, and then spends most of the rest of his appearances protecting and taking care of him. He even offers to let him stay with the Ravens at the end, and seems quite disappointed to be refused. All in all, it comes across as very reminiscent of Janet rescuing Tam Lin with the power of her love.
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  • Hollywood Personality Disorders: The Walker is a decent match for schizotypal. He's more paranoid than even his situation warrants, speaks and acts in very bizarre manners, and the Third-Person Person tendencies might indicate chronic depersonalization. Becomes slightly Fridge Horror-y that any of these symptoms displaying earlier would have made him easier prey for the Soul Eaters.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Despite it mostly marketed as children's literature, there is a great deal of heavily described violence and gruesome images, as well as one or two important deaths in each book (also very gruesome and well-described). There is also some sensuality, especially in the final three books. And Thiazzi's physical and psychological torture of Renn in Oath Breaker
  • The Woobie: Dark, probably the most. His clan was disgusted by him because he was an albino, the only person who loved and protected him was his mother. When he was eight, his mother died. His father took him deep into the mountains and left him there. The next time he had human contact was when he was fifteen, and met Torak and, later, Renn.
    • Most of everyone else (Torak, Renn, and Fin-Kedinn) falls into Stoic Woobie.
      • Torak loses his father and is tossed into a destiny he was not prepared for, against foes he has no clue how to deal with. Having been raised away from the clans, he's not used to living with so many people, and feels like he doesn't belong with them. It doesn't help when he is later made outcast.
      • Oh, Renn. To start with, her mother is Seshru. Seshru only planned to use her as a tokoroth, at least before Saeunn intervened. Afterwards, Seshru didn't even bother to see if her daughter survived. She loses her father at an early age, and because of her talent for Magecraft, (which she is reluctant to use because she inherited it from her mother) people avoid her. Her first real friends were Torak and Wolf.
      • For Fin-Kedinn, his two best friends joined a cult and disappeared, and the girl he loved married one of the aforementioned friends and died. His little brother also dies, leaving him the sole caretaker of his niece and nephew. The nephew gets himself killed in an avalanche, and the niece keeps getting herself in danger helping with Torak's quest and so forcing him to run all over the known world to rescue her. The Soul Eaters almost kill him in book 1... and in book 5. Book 1 also sees him find out his best friend has died, which he blames himself for. And in book 6, Renn and Torak leave for the other forest, and Saeunn dies, leaving him with no close relationships left.
      • Torak's father accidentally joins the Religion of Evil, thinking he was doing good. He ends up having to fake his own death, chop off bits of himself, and commit murder to get out, after which his wife dies and he spends twelve years as an outlaw in the woods. And then his brother kills him. And then, he gets brainwashed right back into being a Soul Eater again.

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