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19th May '16 5:12:58 AM ading
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** Colonel Korn got so fed up with Yossarian ruining educational sessions with pointless questions that he decided to put a stop to it by making it a rule that the only people allowed to ask questions during educational sessions were the ones who don't ask questions during educational sessions. He then got rid of the sessions altogether, since everyone agreed that you couldn't educate people who never asked questions.
19th May '16 4:56:08 AM ading
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* OnlySaneMan: Yossarian, but in a strange way: it's because he realizes that everyone (himself included) is crazy. It turns out that [[spoiler:Orr shares Yossarian's desire to escape the military. He was just smart enough to figure out a way much faster.]] Subverted by [=McWatt=], who is described as "the craziest combat man of them all, because he was perfectly sane and still did not mind the war."

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* OnlySaneMan: OnlySaneMan:
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Yossarian, but in a strange way: it's because he realizes that everyone (himself included) is crazy. It turns out that [[spoiler:Orr shares Yossarian's desire to escape the military. He was just smart enough to figure out a way much faster.]] ]]
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Subverted by [=McWatt=], who is described as "the craziest combat man of them all, because he was perfectly sane and still did not mind the war.""
** The chaplain is probably the most normal character in the book, although he's a bit paranoid.



* PointyHairedBoss: Cathcart, who has no understanding of anything beyond an immature sense of what's good and bad for his Army career ("Black Eyes" and "Feathers in His Cap")

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* PointyHairedBoss: PointyHairedBoss:
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Cathcart, who has no understanding of anything beyond an immature sense of what's good and bad for his Army career ("Black Eyes" and "Feathers in His Cap")Cap").
** Captain Black doesn't even know which country his army is at war with; [[InsaneTrollLogic he suspects one general of being a traitor to America because the general disapproves of Hitler]].
19th May '16 4:52:06 AM ading
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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Captain Black justifies forcing people to sign meaningless loyalty oaths in order to be allowed to eat by arguing that those who don't are ''choosing'' to starve to death rather than proclaim loyalty to their country (never mind that he's not letting people he doesn't like sign). Similarly, Milo Minderbinder claims that he's a huge supporter of the free market and thus always makes sure there is an alternative to buying his products, which is why he lets the army men ''choose'' whether to buy food from him or starve to death.



* TextualCelebrityResemblance
** Major Major Major Major looks like Creator/HenryFonda. Some characters even think he ''is'' Henry Fonda.
** Heller claimed to have written this with a movie adaptation in mind -- he wanted Major Major to be played either by Henry Fonda or someone who looked absolutely nothing like Henry Fonda. When [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo a movie was made in 1970]], they went the latter route with the casting of Creator/BobNewhart.

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* TextualCelebrityResemblance
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TextualCelebrityResemblance: Major Major Major Major looks like Creator/HenryFonda. Some characters even think he ''is'' Henry Fonda.
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Fonda. Heller claimed to have written this with a movie adaptation in mind -- he wanted Major Major to be played either by Henry Fonda or someone who looked absolutely nothing like Henry Fonda. When [[Film/CatchTwentyTwo a movie was made in 1970]], they went the latter route with the casting of Creator/BobNewhart.
4th May '16 12:46:25 PM arsepoetica
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Literature/Slaughterhouse-Five could be considered one. Both are rather similar in tone and subject matter, and contain satirical portrayals of World War II, although Catch-22 is more an absurdist look at the business and bureaucracy of war itself and Slaughterhouse-Five deals more with its aftermath.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Literature/Slaughterhouse-Five SlaughterhouseFive could be considered one. Both are rather similar in tone and subject matter, and contain satirical portrayals of World War II, although Catch-22 is more an absurdist look at the business and bureaucracy of war itself and Slaughterhouse-Five deals more with its aftermath. Heck, even their titles are similar.
4th May '16 12:44:42 PM arsepoetica
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* SpiritualSuccessor: Literature/Slaughterhouse-Five could be considered one. Both are rather similar in tone and subject matter, and contain satirical portrayals of World War II, although Catch-22 is more an absurdist look at the business and bureaucracy of war itself and Slaughterhouse-Five deals more with its aftermath.
28th Apr '16 6:13:50 PM ading
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* PetTheDog: Yossarian's attempts at finding Nately's Whore's Kid Sister after Rome is bombed, the Chaplain's attempts to get Colonel Cathcart to stop raising the number of missions, and in hindsight [[spoiler:''everything'' Orr does.]]

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* PetTheDog: Yossarian's attempts at finding Subverted twice with Milo. First, he tries to persuade Cathcart to not force Yossarian to take his missions, but then gives up for reasons that [[InsaneTrollLogic make no sense whatsoever.]] Later, he goes with Yossarian to rescue Nately's Whore's Kid Sister after Rome is bombed, whore's kid sister, but runs away the Chaplain's attempts to get Colonel Cathcart to stop raising the number of missions, and in hindsight [[spoiler:''everything'' Orr does.]]minute he finds a business opportunity.



* PosthumousCharacter: The dead man in Yossarian's tent.

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* PosthumousCharacter: The dead man in Yossarian's tent. Also, Snowden, whose death is depicted a few times due to AnachronicOrder.
28th Apr '16 6:06:46 PM ading
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* HypocriticalHumor: "Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic." -- Chief White Halfoat

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* HypocriticalHumor: "Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It's a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop or spic." -- Chief White HalfoatHalfoat.



* ImmortalitySeeker: Yossarian is "determined to live forever or die in the attempt".



** Intentional, and ''Catch-22'''s trademark brand of humor so much that a logical paradox was named after it (the catch-22, of course).
** Yossarian and Co throw the uniforms of several Generals out the window while they are naked, because if they are naked they can't prove they are generals so Yossarian won't have to take orders from them. [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Even the Generals think this is a workable strategy.]]

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** Intentional, and ''Catch-22'''s trademark brand of humor humour, so much that a logical paradox was named after it (the catch-22, of course).
** For example, Yossarian and Co Co. throw the uniforms of several Generals out the window while they are naked, because if they are naked they can't prove they are generals so Yossarian won't have to take orders from them. [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Even the Generals think this is a workable strategy.]]
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** "Yossarian, imagine if everyone felt that way." "Then I'd be a damn fool not to".
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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Kid Sampson]]

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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Yossarian has heard stories of slave traders in Africa kidnapping little boys and selling them to men who disemboweled and ate them. He wonders how a child could suffer such a horrible fate without showing the slightest hint of fear or pain, but takes it for granted that somehow they do-he refuses to believe that anyone could knowingly cause a child to suffer.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Kid Sampson]]Sampson is accidentally cut in half by McWatt's plane.]]
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Milo. He'd probably be one of the novel's more reprehensible characters (quite an achievement) if you could define him by human morality at all.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Milo. He'd probably be one of the novel's more reprehensible characters (quite an achievement) if you could define him by human morality at all. He views things less in terms of "good vs. bad" and more in terms of "capitalistic vs. not capitalistic"-that is to say, not only does he believe that anything which is good for the free market is good, but he doesn't comprehend how anything that's good for the free market could ''possibly'' be bad.



** Dunbar started out as a guy who wanted to be as bored as possible so he would prolong his life [[spoiler: so of course he gets 'disappeared' after he starts being excited and emotional about injustice]].

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** Dunbar started out as a guy who wanted to be as bored as possible so he would prolong his life [[spoiler: so [[spoiler:so of course he gets 'disappeared' "disappeared" after he starts being excited and emotional about injustice]].injustice.]]



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Milo Minderbinder, morality becomes a casualty of the profit motive, most notably when Milo begins to organise [[spoiler:attacks for the benefit of the Germans]], whose ultimate absurd conclusion is the [[spoiler:bombing of his own base]])

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Milo Minderbinder, morality Minderbinder. Morality becomes a casualty of the profit motive, motive to him, most notably when Milo begins to organise [[spoiler:attacks for the benefit of the Germans]], whose ultimate absurd conclusion is the [[spoiler:bombing of his own base]])base]]).



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Orr pretends to have died in a plane crash to avoid getting caught when he escapes to Sweden]]. It's implied that a number of other characters who "died" were actually faking it, including [[spoiler:Clevinger]]-only [[spoiler:Kid Sampson and McWatt]] can be definitively said to be dead for real.



* {{Foil}}: Dunbar shares Yosarrian's desire for self-preservation and caustic sense of humor which makes them fast friends. However, his main focus is prolonging his life through a sense of boredom as he already knows he's going to die eventually (unlike Yossarian's desperate fear of death). Eventually, [[spoiler: he goes mad in the hospital ward and "disappears" for the rest of the novel]], which hints at a potential fate for Yosarrian.

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* {{Foil}}: Dunbar shares Yosarrian's desire for self-preservation and caustic sense of humor which makes them fast friends. However, his main focus is prolonging his life through a sense of boredom as he already knows he's going to die eventually (unlike Yossarian's desperate fear of death). Eventually, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he goes mad in the hospital ward and "disappears" for the rest of the novel]], which hints at a potential fate for Yosarrian.
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