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24th Feb '18 5:17:55 PM bulmabriefs144
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* SuppressedHistory: In the episode "Secrets of the Soul", the Hyach race had a missing period in their archived history from about 1200 to 800 years ago. It turned out this was a period when they committed genocide against a cohabiting sentient race called the Hyach-do, which led to certain genetic deficiencies in the Hyach (who used to interbreed with them) leading to their present infertility crisis, which Dr. Franklin was investigating at their ambassador's request.
29th Dec '17 12:53:20 AM Cryoclaste
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* TypesOfNavalShips: Interestingly, this is one of the few settings that will use the names of contemporary real-world naval ships for their starships (ie: Cruisers and Destroyers), and most of the races even seem to consistently apply these names (For the Narn, Centauri, and the Minbari, their heaviest warships are all some type of Cruiser), and yet the humans don't use the names in the standard way. For the Earth Alliance, a Heavy Cruiser is one of the smallest warships the humans field, with a Dreadnought being bigger and meaner, and their primary front line BattleStar equivalent is called a Destroyer, evidently a new larger warship type introduced after the [[CurbStompBattle beating]] they took in the Earth Minbari War, rather than the smaller warships used for screening and attacking in 20th century warfare. This is easily justified, as the names used for varying types of ships are always changing throughout history. During the 1950's, the biggest surface combat ships in the US Navy were Frigates. A decade later, the exact same ships were Cruisers.

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* TypesOfNavalShips: UsefulNotes/TypesOfNavalShips: Interestingly, this is one of the few settings that will use the names of contemporary real-world naval ships for their starships (ie: Cruisers and Destroyers), and most of the races even seem to consistently apply these names (For the Narn, Centauri, and the Minbari, their heaviest warships are all some type of Cruiser), and yet the humans don't use the names in the standard way. For the Earth Alliance, a Heavy Cruiser is one of the smallest warships the humans field, with a Dreadnought being bigger and meaner, and their primary front line BattleStar equivalent is called a Destroyer, evidently a new larger warship type introduced after the [[CurbStompBattle beating]] they took in the Earth Minbari War, rather than the smaller warships used for screening and attacking in 20th century warfare. This is easily justified, as the names used for varying types of ships are always changing throughout history. During the 1950's, the biggest surface combat ships in the US Navy were Frigates. A decade later, the exact same ships were Cruisers.
15th Dec '17 6:25:55 PM CheeseDogX
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* SeriousBusiness: Drazi politics. Every five years they divide the entire species into two halves based entirely on a random draw. The one who takes the leader cloth is the leader [[spoiler:even if said person is not a Drazi, as Ivanova found out]]. And to try and put a Green cloth on a Purple Drazi results in a very violent result from any surrounding Drazi.

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* SeriousBusiness: SeriousBusiness
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Drazi politics. Every five years they divide the entire species into two halves based entirely on a random draw. The one who takes the leader cloth is the leader [[spoiler:even if said person is not a Drazi, as Ivanova found out]]. And to try and put a Green cloth on a Purple Drazi results in a very violent result from any surrounding Drazi.


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** The Hokey Pokey, at least in Londo's eyes. He spends a week trying to figure out what the song is about, and becomes enraged just explaining to someone that it doesn't mean anything. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr8tOa_En7A It has to be seen to be fully appreciated]].
22nd Sep '17 7:46:36 PM nombretomado
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* WarriorPoet: Of the main cast, G'Kar, Sinclair, and Marcus are the most stand-out examples. G'Kar is a former [[LaResistance resistance]] leader who unwittingly becomes a major religious figure. Sinclair considers himself a fighter pilot first and foremost, likes to read Tennyson, quotes Shakespeare, and spent a few years training to become as Jesuit[[note]]a Catholic Order who themselves were founded by {{Warrior Poet}}s)[[/note]] [[spoiler: who would go back in time and ''intentionally'' become a major religious figure.]] Marcus is a Ranger, also quotes Creator/{{Shakespeare}}, and is familiar with ArthurianLegend. [[spoiler: He becomes a very minor religious figure in the DistantFinale.]]

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* WarriorPoet: Of the main cast, G'Kar, Sinclair, and Marcus are the most stand-out examples. G'Kar is a former [[LaResistance resistance]] leader who unwittingly becomes a major religious figure. Sinclair considers himself a fighter pilot first and foremost, likes to read Tennyson, quotes Shakespeare, and spent a few years training to become as Jesuit[[note]]a Catholic Order who themselves were founded by {{Warrior Poet}}s)[[/note]] [[spoiler: who would go back in time and ''intentionally'' become a major religious figure.]] Marcus is a Ranger, also quotes Creator/{{Shakespeare}}, and is familiar with ArthurianLegend.Myth/ArthurianLegend. [[spoiler: He becomes a very minor religious figure in the DistantFinale.]]
31st Aug '17 8:13:54 PM AFP
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* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: Almost every time someone has to leave the station urgently, someone tells them that "the next transport to X leaves in one hour." then suddenly someone says it is in 2 hours.

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* TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: JMS is TropeNamer. This happens to be how fast Starfury fighters travel at. More than once this allows them to show up just in the nick of time.
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Almost every time someone has to leave the station urgently, someone tells them that "the next transport to X leaves in one hour." then suddenly someone says it is in 2 hours.
7th Aug '17 6:29:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* TreacheryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Michael Garibaldi finds himself on both sides of this. At the end of the first season, he's shot InTheBack by his second, Jack. When it comes to light, he goes to confront him, demanding to know why, and promising to be the one to push the button when Jack's ThrownOutTheAirlock. In the fourth season, Garibaldi, [[spoiler:who's been programmed by Bester's telepaths]], arranges for Sheridan to be apprehended by [[PresidentEvil Clark]] loyalists. When she hears about it, Ivanova [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness orders Garibaldi shot on sight if he ever shows his face again]].
27th Jul '17 3:17:54 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: In the season 3 finale, Sheridan is GenreSavvy to see [[spoiler:his wife Anna asking him to go to Z'ha'dum is likely a trap. But he wanted to go to try and avert a future and to make the Shadows pay for destroying the woman his wife was and leaving this flesh puppet behind]]. On the planet, when it is affirmed [[spoiler:his Anna is truly gone]], [[DoNotGoGentle Sheridan proves he is not one to be]] [[NukeEm underestimated or tricked with such a tactic]]

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* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: In the season 3 finale, Sheridan is GenreSavvy to see sees [[spoiler:his wife Anna asking him to go to Z'ha'dum is likely a trap. But he wanted to go to try and avert a future and to make the Shadows pay for destroying the woman his wife was and leaving this flesh puppet behind]]. On the planet, when it is affirmed [[spoiler:his Anna is truly gone]], [[DoNotGoGentle Sheridan proves he is not one to be]] [[NukeEm underestimated or tricked with such a tactic]]
13th Jun '17 10:08:13 AM TheWanderer
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* SelfPoisoningGambit: The interrogator from "Intersections in Real Time" uses this trope, AcquiredPoisonImmunity, and some ExactWords to get Sheridan to eat a sandwich that will make Sheridan sick.
10th Jun '17 4:19:43 PM AFP
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* StealthPun: In "A View From The Gallery", the station's defense grid fails during an alien attack. A maintenance tech digs around inside and removes an alien roach-analogue that had gotten in there, and the system comes back online. He debugged the computer.
10th May '17 7:04:16 AM ThSpeck
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* UndyingLoyalty: Lennier and Vir. Ivaniva too, and Na'Toth. In fact pretty much every major character's second (except for [[spoiler: Garibaldi's, who in fact turns out to be TheMole and shoots him in the back]])

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* UndyingLoyalty: Lennier and Vir. Ivaniva Ivanova too, and Na'Toth. In fact pretty much every major character's second (except for [[spoiler: Garibaldi's, who in fact turns out to be TheMole and shoots him in the back]])
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