History Literature / BioshockRapture

15th Jan '16 2:07:23 AM KhlavKalash
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* BrokenPedestal: Andrew Ryan becomes this to Bill McDonagh by the novel's climax, as he steadily becomes the same kind of corrupt totalitarian leader that he built Rapture to escape. [[spoiler: However, Bill still can't bring himself to shoot his former benefactor in the end. It comes back to bite him.]]
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* BrokenPedestal: Andrew Ryan becomes this to Bill McDonagh [=McDonagh=] by the novel's climax, as he steadily becomes the same kind of corrupt totalitarian leader that he built Rapture to escape. [[spoiler: However, Bill still can't bring himself to shoot his former benefactor in the end. It comes back to bite him.]]
10th Jan '16 4:20:56 PM Lonephantom
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** In the novel's climax, Bill's family is menaced by a member of the Saturnine cult that's popped up in Arcadia--the initial Houdini Splicers that the player will face in the first game. ** We see Sophia Lamb's rise to power as she takes control of [[TheAlcatraz Persephone]].

* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Andrew Ryan is first introduced railing against miners on strike, Frank Fontaine is conning a guy out of his business using an alias, and Sander Cohen is starring in a terrible show.
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: ''Several.'' ** Andrew Ryan is first introduced railing against miners on strike, then expressing his dread over the looming threat of atomic devastation. ** Bill [=McDonagh=] morosely considers his poor lot in life, but encourages himself to carry on nonetheless as he enters Andrew Ryan's apartment to fix the plumbing. ** Chief Sullivan enters Ryan's office after a long day, and just wants a drink and the chance to put his feet up; but nonetheless delivers his report to "the Great Man" (his private term for Andrew Ryan, which he himself uses half-seriously, half in jest). ** Frank Fontaine is conning a guy out of his business while using an alias, and alias. ** Sander Cohen is starring in a terrible show.show of questionable quality, and is described as craving the spotlight whenever he can get it. ** Sofia Lamb dispassionately asks some piercing questions about Rapture to Andrew Ryan. ** Tenebaum approaches the fisheries for lab specimens while recalling how her last job ended when she [[WorstAid performed an injection]] [[GroinAttack on a man's more delicate region]]. ** Dr. Steinman absently reflects on how he "hears the voice of Aphrodite" while considering his latest plastic surgery, wishing he could operate further to satisfy his sense of perfectionist aesthetics.

* EyeScream: Poor Blinky... * TheFettered: Bill throughout the book.
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* EyeScream: Poor Blinky... Blinky--at least, that's what Sander Cohen calls her, while putting out a cigar ''in her eye''... * TheFettered: Bill throughout the book. He sees everything going wrong, but can't bring himself to turn against Andrew Ryan--partly out of loyalty to the man who gave him a chance, and mostly out of concern for [[AdultFear what'll happen to his family]] if he's arrested.

* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Bill Mcdonagh smiles as he's shot point blank.]] * GuttedLikeAFish: [[spoiler: Poor Diane]] * HealingFactor: The Little Sisters.
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* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Bill Mcdonagh smiles as he's shot point blank.point-blank.]] * GuttedLikeAFish: [[spoiler: Poor Diane]] Diane, courtesy of Frank Fontain when she discovers his secret identity.]] * HealingFactor: The Little Sisters. Indeed, a direct infusion of ADAM seems to induce this in someone who's badly injured.

* {{Hypocrite}}: Andrew Ryan becomes increasingly one. Even at the very start it is revealed that Ryan founded his empire on oil which he discovered purely by luck, even though he is so insistent on self-sufficiency. He abhors taxes but puts a surcharge on the oxygen produced by his park. He takes over Fontaine Fisheries by force. In the later stages of the book he is even using black market goods like pork and smoking cigars.
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Andrew Ryan becomes increasingly one. Even at the very start it is revealed that Ryan founded his empire on oil which he discovered purely by luck, even though he is so insistent on self-sufficiency. He abhors taxes taxes, but puts a surcharge on the oxygen produced by his park.park when he needs to build more capital to compete with Frank Fontaine's rising business. He takes over Fontaine Fisheries by force. In the later stages of the book he is even using black market goods like pork and smoking cigars.

* MercyKill: In a way. [[spoiler: After he's captured, it was ordered that Bill be pinned to a wall first then killed. Karlosky however notes that he likes Bill and grants him a quick death.]]
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* MercyKill: In a way. [[spoiler: After he's captured, it was ordered that Bill be pinned to a wall first then killed. However, Karlosky however notes that he likes decides to give Bill and grants him a quick death.death out of respect for their friendship.]]

** This may also be a CallForward to the Houdini Splicers, who can [[SmokeOut vanish into thin air]] [[OffscreenTeleportation before appearing somewhere else]]. They're also easily [[EliteMook the most dangerous variety of Splicers]], being able to [[KamehameHadoken toss fireballs around]] in addition to pulling off their vanishing acts, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity and they're also at least as unstable as any other Splicer]] [[AfterTheEnd in post-Civil War Rapture]].
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** This may also be a CallForward to the Houdini Splicers, who can [[SmokeOut vanish into thin air]] [[OffscreenTeleportation before appearing somewhere else]]. They're also easily [[EliteMook the most dangerous variety of Splicers]], being able to [[KamehameHadoken toss fireballs around]] in addition to pulling off their vanishing acts, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity and they're also at least ''least'' as unstable as any other Splicer]] [[AfterTheEnd in post-Civil War Rapture]].
10th Jan '16 4:02:49 PM Lonephantom
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The novel goes into detail about the numerous events mentioned in the games' ApocalypticLogs. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, billionaire tycoon Andrew Ryan designs the underwater city of Rapture to escape; not just from the looming threat of atomic devastation, but from the control of those he percieves as parasites who unjustly steal the profits of the working man (while, at the same time, denouncing the protests of workers' unions as "leeches" demanding a handout). Seeking to prove his personal values effective, Ryan invites the best and brightest from various fields to live with him in this underwater utopia--chief among them Bill McDonagh, a former low-rent plumber who was elevated to Ryan's chief building engineer when the latter was impressed with his work ethic.
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The novel goes into detail about the numerous events mentioned in the games' ApocalypticLogs. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, billionaire tycoon Andrew Ryan designs the underwater city of Rapture to escape; not just from the looming threat of atomic devastation, but from the control of those he percieves as parasites who unjustly steal the profits of the working man (while, at the same time, denouncing the protests of workers' unions as "leeches" demanding a handout). Seeking to prove his personal values effective, Ryan invites the best and brightest from various fields to live with him in this underwater utopia--chief among them Bill McDonagh, [=McDonagh=], a former low-rent plumber who was elevated to Ryan's chief building engineer when the latter was impressed with his work ethic.

Eventually Rapture erupts into civil war, and the city falls apart until it reaches the shattered condition in which [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the player will later discover it]]. The book follows this decline into anarchy, told from several perspectives along the way: Bill McDonagh, as he watches the utopia he helped build lose its way; Frank Fontaine, cutthroat gangster who seeks to exploit Rapture's secrets for his own criminal gain; and Andrew Ryan himself, as he stubbornly clings to his beliefs even as it becomes clear that they are flawed, and causing Rapture to steadily collapser...
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Eventually Rapture erupts into civil war, and the city falls apart until it reaches the shattered condition in which [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the player will later discover it]]. The book follows this decline into anarchy, told from several perspectives along the way: Bill McDonagh, [=McDonagh=], as he watches the utopia he helped build lose its way; Frank Fontaine, cutthroat gangster who seeks to exploit Rapture's secrets [[ItsAllAboutMe for his own criminal gain; gain]]; Chief Sullivan, the beleagured head of Rapture's security as he tries to keep doing his job in an increasingly-deranged environment; Bridget Tenebaum, the brilliant-yet-troubled scientist who discovered ADAM in the first place and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone later comes to regret her actions]]; and Andrew Ryan himself, as he [[NeverMyFault stubbornly clings to his beliefs beliefs]] even as it becomes clear that they are flawed, and causing Rapture to steadily collapser...collapse...

Eventually Rapture erupts into * AdaptationalHeroism: Dr. Sofia Lamb, the BigBad of Bioshock 2, is depicted here as showing a greater degree of empathy towards her followers compared to her more detached attitude in the game to come. ** StartOfDarkness: Of course, it can be argued that this was before the upcoming civil war, war hardened her, and before the city falls apart until it reaches discovery of ADAM gave her the shattered condition in which [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the player will idea for her [[AssimilationPlot later discover it]]. The book follows this decline into anarchy, told from several perspectives along the way: Bill McDonagh, as he watches the utopia he helped build lose its way; Frank Fontaine, cutthroat gangster who seeks to exploit Rapture's secrets for his own criminal gain; and Andrew Ryan himself, as he stubbornly clings to his beliefs even as it becomes clear that they are flawed, and causing Rapture to steadily collapser...goals]].

Eventually Rapture erupts into civil war, and the city falls apart until it reaches the shattered condition in which [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the player will later discover it]]. The book follows this decline into anarchy, told from several perspectives along the way: Bill McDonagh, as he watches the utopia he helped build lose its way; Frank Fontaine, cutthroat gangster who seeks to exploit Rapture's secrets for his own criminal gain; and * BrokenPedestal: Andrew Ryan himself, as he stubbornly clings to his beliefs even as it becomes clear this to Bill McDonagh by the novel's climax, as he steadily becomes the same kind of corrupt totalitarian leader that they are flawed, and causing he built Rapture to steadily collapser...escape. [[spoiler: However, Bill still can't bring himself to shoot his former benefactor in the end. It comes back to bite him.]]

** When Bill [=McDonagh=] first meets Sander Cohen, Cohen invites Ryan to a gallery show specializing in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tableau_vivant tableau vivant art]] that he is holding in Greenwich Village.
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** When Bill [=McDonagh=] first meets Sander Cohen, Cohen invites Ryan to a gallery show specializing in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tableau_vivant tableau vivant art]] that he is holding in Greenwich Village. This, perhaps, is the precursor to the [[WaxMuseumMorgue host of plaster-coated corpses]] that the player later finds in Fort Frolic.

** One of Gorland's former aliases is "[[MasterOfDisguise Wang]]", referencing Fontaine's boast that he "was even a Chinaman for six months".
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** One of Gorland's former aliases is "[[MasterOfDisguise Wang]]", referencing Fontaine's late-game boast that he "was even a Chinaman for six months".months". ** When discussing the potential of subliminal brainwashing and hypnotic commands, Fontaine asks Dr. Suchong if it would be possible to command a kid to snap his beloved puppy's neck. In one of the auido logs in the game, [[spoiler: you learn that yes, Suchong was able to do just that.]]

* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: Frank the conman kills the real Frank Fontaine and steals his identity and fishing business, which he uses to get into Rapture.]]
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* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: Frank the conman kills the real ''real'' Frank Fontaine and steals so he can steal his identity and fishing business, which he uses to get into Rapture.]]

* DirtyCop: [[spoiler: Cavendish]]
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* DirtyCop: [[spoiler: Cavendish]]Cavendish, who is implied to have started the process of kidnapping the children of lower-class people to turn into Little Sisters.]]
10th Jan '16 3:46:39 PM Lonephantom
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The novel goes into detail about everything mentioned in the games' ApocalypticLogs. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Andrew Ryan designs the underwater city of Rapture to escape from the various people he percieves as parasites who want to take from the common man, and invites the best and brightest to live with him. But several problems soon arise: an increase in population leads to a need for more housing; a less educated group of people are brought in to build new housing but are then left to fend for themselves, creating a large underclass. Resources run short when the initial residents do not feel like being totally self-sufficent. All this creates unrest among the populace, which is made worse with the discovery and widespread distribution of [[PsychoSerum ADAM]]. Eventually Rapture erupts into civil war and the city falls apart.
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The novel goes into detail about everything the numerous events mentioned in the games' ApocalypticLogs. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, billionaire tycoon Andrew Ryan designs the underwater city of Rapture to escape escape; not just from the various people looming threat of atomic devastation, but from the control of those he percieves as parasites who want to take from unjustly steal the common man, and profits of the working man (while, at the same time, denouncing the protests of workers' unions as "leeches" demanding a handout). Seeking to prove his personal values effective, Ryan invites the best and brightest from various fields to live with him. him in this underwater utopia--chief among them Bill McDonagh, a former low-rent plumber who was elevated to Ryan's chief building engineer when the latter was impressed with his work ethic. At first, things in Rapture seem to be going exactly as Ryan envisioned--a society free of taxes, with artists and scientists alike able to pursue their research without having to deal with the constraints of government. But several problems soon arise: an increase in population leads to a need for more housing; when a less educated group of people are brought in to build new housing but housing, they soon find themselves unable to find more work and are then thus left to fend for themselves, creating themselves. This creates a large underclass. underclass, many of whom are desperate to make ends meet--desperate enough, even, to join the underground smuggling ring which imports forbidden items from the surface world. Resources run short when the initial residents do not feel like being totally self-sufficent. All this creates self-sufficent. A lack of regulation on industrial process causes chemical leaks which slowly compromise Rapture's structural integrity. As civil unrest among grows in the populace, which midst of all of these circumstances, the situation is made worse with the discovery and widespread distribution of [[PsychoSerum ADAM]]. ADAM]], a genetic modifier which grants its users extraordinary powers, but at the price of addiction and mutation. Eventually Rapture erupts into civil war war, and the city falls apart.apart until it reaches the shattered condition in which [[VideoGame/BioShock1 the player will later discover it]]. The book follows this decline into anarchy, told from several perspectives along the way: Bill McDonagh, as he watches the utopia he helped build lose its way; Frank Fontaine, cutthroat gangster who seeks to exploit Rapture's secrets for his own criminal gain; and Andrew Ryan himself, as he stubbornly clings to his beliefs even as it becomes clear that they are flawed, and causing Rapture to steadily collapser...
1st Dec '15 11:34:38 PM Nohbody
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whoops, forgot to make the actual edit
* {{Hypocrite}}: Andrew Ryan becomes increasingly one. Even at the very start it is revealed that Ryan founded his empire on oil which he discovered purely by luck, even though he is so insistent on self-sufficiency. He abhors taxes but puts a surcharge on the oxygen produced by his park. He takes over Fontaine Fisheries by force. In the later stages of the book he is even using black market goods like pork and smoking cigars. Any form of charities are effectively banned. He expects a society to be self-sufficient while having no consideration regarding minimum wage laws for the working class. And while he admires artistic talent, the only entertainment that really flourishes is the music and arts that he supports; other artists coming to Rapture often end up in the gutters.
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Andrew Ryan becomes increasingly one. Even at the very start it is revealed that Ryan founded his empire on oil which he discovered purely by luck, even though he is so insistent on self-sufficiency. He abhors taxes but puts a surcharge on the oxygen produced by his park. He takes over Fontaine Fisheries by force. In the later stages of the book he is even using black market goods like pork and smoking cigars. Any form of charities are effectively banned. He expects a society to be self-sufficient while having no consideration regarding minimum wage laws for the working class. And while he admires artistic talent, the only entertainment that really flourishes is the music and arts that he supports; other artists coming to Rapture often end up in the gutters.
1st Dec '15 11:34:18 PM Nohbody
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That's not hypocrisy, unless Ryan himself runs a charity. Also, admiring artistic talent doesn't mean actively supporting all forms of it, so also not hypocrisy.
13th Nov '15 12:17:16 AM ThePocket
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* BodyHorror: Attention is called to the deformities that Splicers suffer from, along with the destructive effects that Plasmids cause when used on their victims. And that's not ''counting'' the experimental subjects that Plasmids were tested out on...
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* BodyHorror: Attention is called to the deformities that Splicers suffer from, along with the destructive effects that Plasmids cause when used on their victims. And that's not ''counting'' counting the experimental subjects that Plasmids were tested out on...on, of which special mention goes to the... ''thing'' in the Special Studies room... -->Clinging to the walls opposite Fontaine was something that might've once been human. It was as if someone had taken human flesh and made it as malleable as clay--bones and flesh made pliable--and plastered it onto the wall.
12th Nov '15 2:17:29 PM ThePocket
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* ApocalypticLog: We find out it was Ryan who persuaded everyone to keep recording audio dairies, [[{{Irony}} so that generations would see how awesome Rapture was and would end up coming.]]
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* ApocalypticLog: We find out it was Ryan who persuaded everyone to keep recording audio dairies, [[{{Irony}} so that generations would see how awesome Rapture was and would end up coming.becoming.]]

** The cutthroat owner of a grocery store and a trash collection outfit drives a rival grocer out of business, gloating about it when Ryan refuses to help. It's hard to pity him when said rival takes a gun and shoots him.
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** The cutthroat owner of a grocery store and a trash collection outfit drives a rival grocer out of business, business by dumping his own garbage in front of the rival's store, gloating about it when Ryan refuses to help. It's hard to pity him when said rival takes a gun and shoots him.

** One of Gorland's former aliases is "[[MasterOfDisguise Wang]]", referencing Fontaine's boast of having "spent six months as a Chinaman"
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** One of Gorland's former aliases is "[[MasterOfDisguise Wang]]", referencing Fontaine's boast of having "spent that he "was even a Chinaman for six months as a Chinaman"months".

** One of Gorland's former aliases is "[[MasterOfDisguise Wang]]", referencing Fontaine's boast of having "spent six months * OneSteveLimit: If Sophie and Sofia are close enough to qualify as a Chinaman"the same name, the book defies this trope by introducing Bill [=McDonagh=]'s daughter.

* PrisonRiot: Sophia's takeover of Persephone.
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* PrisonRiot: Sophia's Sofia's takeover of Persephone.
7th Jun '15 4:38:47 PM DragonQuestZ
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* HonorBeforeReason: As Rapture begins to turn into a dictatorship, Bill McDonagh admits what's happening, but can't bring himself to abandon Andrew Ryan. [[spoiler: It doesn't last forever, though, and he finally decides to try and escape with his family.]]
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* HonorBeforeReason: As Rapture begins to turn into a dictatorship, Bill McDonagh [=McDonagh=] admits what's happening, but can't bring himself to abandon Andrew Ryan. [[spoiler: It doesn't last forever, though, and he finally decides to try and escape with his family.]]

* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Andrew Ryan to a T where Rapture is concerned.
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* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Andrew Ryan eventually feels that only other people have to a T where Rapture is concerned.follow the rules of Rapture.

** Fontaine, at least, is pretty certain from the beginning that Rapture is going to collapse. However, he sees a mighty profit to be made in said collapse, if he plays his cards right.
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** Fontaine, at least, is pretty certain from the beginning that Rapture is going to collapse. However, he sees a mighty profit to be made in said collapse, if he plays his cards right.right. ----
22nd Feb '15 4:22:11 PM Tightwire
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Andrew Ryan becomes increasingly one. Even at the very start it is revealed that Ryan founded his empire on oil which he discovered purely by luck, even though he is so insistent on self-sufficiency. He abhors taxes but puts a surcharge on the oxygen produced by his park. He takes over Fontaine Fisheries by force. In the later stages of the book he is even using black market goods like pork and smoking cigars. Any form of charities are effectively banned. He expects a society to be self-sufficient while having no consideration regarding minimum wage laws for the working class. And while he admires artistic talent, the only entertainment that really flourishes is the music and arts that he supports; other artists coming to Rapture often end up in the gutters.
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