History ComicStrip / NickKnatterton

28th Feb '16 1:38:41 PM Menshevik
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* UnmovingPlaid: Nick Knatterton's suit and hat.

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* UnmovingPlaid: Nick Knatterton's suit and hat.cap.
28th Feb '16 1:29:51 PM Menshevik
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-->'''Birnweich:''' Not at all. I served eleven governments! That's why a lie and the truth are the same for me![[note]]The story appeared in the late 1950s, so Birnweich would not only have served undert two or three Adenauer administrations and the Nazis, but also several German governments of the late Weimar Republic.[[/note]]

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-->'''Birnweich:''' Not at all.It doesn't. I served eleven governments! That's why a lie and the truth are the same for me![[note]]The story appeared in the late 1950s, so Birnweich would not only have served undert two or three Adenauer administrations and the Nazis, but also several German governments of the late Weimar Republic.[[/note]]


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* SimSimSalabim: The state of Lextropur in ''The Indiand Diamond Suitcase'' mixes traditional tropes about India -- faqirs, snake charmers, Indian rope tricks, elephants, tigers, cobras, etc. -- with modern items. For instance, when Nick is bitten by a cobra, the maharajah just whips out the electric soldering iron [[CrazyPrepared he carries with him all the time for such emergencies]].
* SnakeCharmer: When he travels to India it is revealed that Nick is not just a past master in the art of snake-charming, he also is privy to the secret of the Indian Rope Trick!
28th Feb '16 1:17:37 PM Menshevik
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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Career diplomat Kuno von Birnweich has one with a healthy dose of TakeThat. In ''Veridium 275'', he hires Nick Knatterton on behalf of the West German government to retrieve a stolen quantity of the titular AppliedPhlebotinum, a radioactive substance which forces people in its close vicinity to tell the truth. As Birnweich carries a sample of Veridium in his umbrella, there's an obvious question.

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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: In one story Nick says he has been chloroformed so often that the gas acts as a stimulant to him. Career diplomat Kuno von Birnweich has a different one with a healthy dose of TakeThat. In ''Veridium 275'', he hires Nick Knatterton on behalf of the West German government to retrieve a stolen quantity of the titular AppliedPhlebotinum, a radioactive substance which forces people in its close vicinity to tell the truth. As Birnweich carries a sample of Veridium in his umbrella, there's an obvious question.



* MacGuffin: The titular suitcase which Nick has to transport from India to Europe for the Maharajah of Lextropur in ''The Indian Diamond Suitcase''. [[spoiler: In the end it turns out that it was just a decoy, the Maharajah took the diamonds to Europe himself in his own luggage.]]



* SexyStewardess: Tilly Clipper in the longest Nick Knatterton saga, ''The Indian Diamond Suitcase''.



** As revealed by WordOfGod, Nick Knatterton's look refers back to Franchise/SherlockHolmes, in particular to the 1937 film comedy ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Was_Sherlock_Holmes The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes]]'', in which Hans Albers played a private detective who dresses up as Sherlock Holmes to drum up customers. You will note that at that time in Germany the deerstalker was not yet iconic and that it was more common to depict Sherlock Holmes wearing a plaid or tweed flat cap.

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** As revealed by WordOfGod, Nick Knatterton's look refers back to Franchise/SherlockHolmes, in particular to the 1937 film comedy ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Was_Sherlock_Holmes The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes]]'', in which Hans Albers played a private detective who dresses up as Sherlock Holmes to drum up customers.customers and looks rather like Nick Knatterton on the poster. You will note that at that time in Germany the deerstalker was not yet iconic and that it was more common to depict Sherlock Holmes wearing a plaid or tweed flat cap.
28th Feb '16 8:45:58 AM Menshevik
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* ButNotTooForeign: Mi-Tse Meyer, recurring half-Chinese, half-German female villain.

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* ButNotTooForeign: Mi-Tse Meyer, recurring half-Chinese, half-German female villain. Also, a number of characters with English names turn out to be (German) impostors or -- if they actually are American -- descended from Germans. For instance, in Nick's first adventure, Evelyn Nylon's father, the American multi-millionaire Lucius X. Nylon, is the son of a Bavarian immigrant called Xaver Neiloser.
28th Feb '16 8:37:05 AM Menshevik
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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Diplomat Kuno von Birnweich has one with a healthy dose of TakeThat. In ''Veridium 275'', he hires Nick Knatterton on behalf of the West German government to retrieve a stolen quantity of the titular AppliedPhlebotinum, a radioactive substance which forces people in its close vicinity to tell the truth. As Birnweich carries a sample of Veridium in his umbrella, there's an obvious question.

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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Diplomat Career diplomat Kuno von Birnweich has one with a healthy dose of TakeThat. In ''Veridium 275'', he hires Nick Knatterton on behalf of the West German government to retrieve a stolen quantity of the titular AppliedPhlebotinum, a radioactive substance which forces people in its close vicinity to tell the truth. As Birnweich carries a sample of Veridium in his umbrella, there's an obvious question.



-->'''Birnweich:''' Not at all. I served eleven governments! That's why a lie and the truth are the same for me!

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-->'''Birnweich:''' Not at all. I served eleven governments! That's why a lie and the truth are the same for me!me![[note]]The story appeared in the late 1950s, so Birnweich would not only have served undert two or three Adenauer administrations and the Nazis, but also several German governments of the late Weimar Republic.[[/note]]
28th Feb '16 8:31:20 AM Menshevik
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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Diplomat Kuno von Birnweich has one with a healthy dose of TakeThat. In ''Veridium 275'', he hires Nick Knatterton on behalf of the West German government to retrieve a stolen quantity of the titular AppliedPhlebotinum, a radioactive substance which forces people in its close vicinity to tell the truth. As Birnweich carries a sample of Veridium in his umbrella, there's an obvious question.
-->'''Nick Knatterton:''' And how does Veridium affect you?
-->'''Birnweich:''' Not at all. I served eleven governments! That's why a lie and the truth are the same for me!
28th Feb '16 8:16:38 AM Menshevik
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* AssInAmbassador: ''Legationsrat'' Kuno [[TheVonTropeFamily von]] Birnweich of the ''Auswärtiges Amt'' (German foreign ministry) in ''Veridium 275'' combines this with AssholeVictim. He for instance is unable to provide a useful description of the man who attacked him because due to his profession as a diplomat he has a completely distorted image of reality.



* PropheticName: For instance the male main villain of the first story, Nacky Nutt. In German ''Nutte'' is a slang word for "prostitute", so the name is appropriate for Nacky, who among other things is a pimp. In another story there is Max Klaut ("Max Steals").

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* PropheticName: For instance the male main villain of the first story, Nacky Nutt. In German ''Nutte'' is a slang word for "prostitute", so the name is appropriate for Nacky, who among other things is a pimp. In another story there is Max Klaut ("Max Steals"). In the case of diplomat Kuno von Birnweich (a rough English translation of his surname would be Softinthebrain) it's lampshaded as a caption notes: "A confirmation of the saying 'nomen est omen!'"
28th Feb '16 6:14:07 AM Menshevik
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* UsefulNotes/TheBonnRepublic: The strip casts a satirical glance at social trends in the first decade of the Federal Republic of Germany and occasionally takes side-swipes at politicians of the day (especially chancellor Adenauer), controversial issues such as West German rearmament and so on. The adventure ''Veridium 275'' is to a large extent set in UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}}.

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* UsefulNotes/TheBonnRepublic: The strip casts a satirical glance at social trends in the first decade of the Federal Republic of Germany and occasionally takes side-swipes at politicians of the day (especially chancellor Adenauer), controversial issues such as West German rearmament and so on. The adventure ''Veridium 275'' is to a large extent set in UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}}.various ministries in the "[[UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}} provisional capital]]".
28th Feb '16 6:11:25 AM Menshevik
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* KillItWithWater: In the story ''Veridium 275'', the titular radioactive substance, which compels people in close range of it to tell the truth, becomes inert when it is splashed with brandy.

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* KillItWithWater: In the story ''Veridium 275'', the titular radioactive substance, [[PhlebotinumDuJour radioactive]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum substance]], which compels people in close range of it to tell the truth, becomes inert when it is splashed with brandy.


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* TruthSerums: Veridium 275 works as one, but with nuclear tests, nuclear power and the possibility of equipping the nascent Bundeswehr with nuclear weapons continually making headlines, it was more topical to make it a [[PhlebotinumDuJour radioactive substance]].
28th Feb '16 6:02:56 AM Menshevik
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* UsefulNotes/TheBonnRepublic: The strip casts a satirical glance at social trends in the first decade of the Federal Republic of Germany and occasionally takes side-swipes at politicians of the day (especially chancellor Adenauer), controversial issues such as West German rearmament and so on. The adventure ''Veridium 275'' is to a large extent set in UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}}.
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