History Literature / EncyclopediaBrown

13th May '18 12:30:14 PM mattthelurker
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* NotMeThisTime: In one case, Spike Larson, one of Bugs Meany's lackeys, is accused of letting his snake eat another kid's lizards before a lizard race. It turns out that the Tiger member is actually innocent, and that Barry stole Spike's snake.
2nd May '18 4:48:06 AM starofjusticev21
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* GunsAreUseless: Averted. It doesn't come up much because the kinds of "crimes" Encyclopedia gets personally involved with usually top out at school bully hijinks, but whenever he hears somebody firing off a gun, he's realistically reluctant to be the main party involved with confronting the gunman (such as in "The Case of the Dead Eagles"). After all, he's a ten-year-old kid, what's he going to do?
3rd Apr '18 1:56:33 PM MikeW
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* CriticalResearchFailure: Used constantly InUniverse to provide Encyclopedia with the clues to solve a case.
** Usually, it's Wilford Wiggins (a high school dropout) making a major error in his latest scam that Encyclopedia can pounce on (such as trying to pass off cave drawings showing humans and dinosaurs co-existing).
** Bugs tries to pass off a priceless Civil War sword which is marked with how it was rewarded following "The First Battle of Bull Run." As Encyclopedia dryly notes, it would have been odd to mark it like that when no one knew at the time there would be a Second battle.



* OnceAnEpisode: It's almost routine how the books contain key things in every volume:
** The opening chapters talk of how crime-free Idaville is and that no one would suspect it's because of Encyclopedia. The first chapter then has Chief Brown bringing home a case which Encyclopedia solves.
** The second chapter has Encyclopedia helping a kid out with Bugs Meany.
** The next opens with Bugs remembering how Sally punched him out long ago. It then has him attempting to frame Encyclopedia and Sally for a crime.
** Midway through each book, Wilford Wiggins calls up a meeting for his latest get-rich-quick scam.



* OnlySaneMan: Encyclopedia, Sally, and Bugs are usually the only people who doubt Wilford Wiggins whenever he does one of his cons.

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* OnlySaneMan: Encyclopedia, Sally, and (amazingly) Bugs are usually the only people who doubt Wilford Wiggins whenever he does one of his cons.
3rd Mar '18 6:18:11 AM starofjusticev21
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** Late in many of the books, Encyclopedia attends a gathering of local kids called by Wilford Wiggins to invite them to buy into something big that doesn't exist. You'd think people would stop listening to him after the first few times Encyclopedia explained how Wilford was trying to con them, but not only do people keep attending Wilfrod's gatherings, it happens often enough for Encyclopedia to create a special policy for it: in one instance, Encyclopedia tells his client he takes cases involving Wilford pro bono.

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** Late in many In a lot of the books, books Encyclopedia attends a gathering of local kids called by Wilford Wiggins to invite them to buy into something big that doesn't exist. You'd think people would stop listening to him after the first few times Encyclopedia explained how Wilford was trying to con them, but not only do people keep attending Wilfrod's gatherings, it happens often enough for Encyclopedia to create a special policy for it: in one instance, instance Encyclopedia tells his client he takes cases involving Wilford pro bono.
3rd Mar '18 6:09:09 AM starofjusticev21
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: An unusual example in "The Case of the Flying Submarine". A new submarine slips out of its airlift, and Encyclopedia, Sally and the Tigers are the first people on the scene. The police arrive soon after to make sure nothing happens to the submarine before the military can show up and reclaim it. Bugs claims Encyclopedia was going to steal equipment from inside, and even though Bugs must be notorious as a crank and Encyclopedia helps his father crack important cases over the dinner table all the time, Chief Brown does his job and says he has to take the claim seriously. Of course it's proven to be a lie, but it shows what a good cop Chief Brown really is because he knows he can't pick sides no matter what.
1st Jan '18 6:02:50 PM storyyeller
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[[caption-width-right:350:Encyclopedia in action.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Encyclopedia [[ConvictionByCounterfactualClue in action.action]].]]
15th Nov '17 12:31:00 PM WolfMattGrey
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* TooQualifiedToApply: A case once had a man who appears to be in the Navy enter an amateur painting contest. However, he gets numerous sailing terms wrong, calling into question his true identity. He turns out to be a professional painter and is disqualified.
12th Jul '17 10:01:48 PM Arctimon
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: '''Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake'' had only seven cases instead of the standard ten, and each case was followed with an additional chapter and a recipe in the theme of that particular case.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: '''Encyclopedia ''Encyclopedia Brown Takes the Cake'' had only seven cases instead of the standard ten, and each case was followed with an additional chapter and a recipe in the theme of that particular case.
21st Apr '17 8:27:58 PM MaxWest2
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* DependingOnTheArtist: Illustrations of the characters do vary.
** Encyclopedia himself is usually depicted as an ordinary looking boy in the original book illustrations. When the individual stories got reprinted in textbooks or magazines, Encyclopedia was illustrated wearing glasses and/or a ConspicuousTrenchcoat.
** Illustrations of Bugs Meany in both the original books and in the aforementioned reprints showed him as being [[LeanAndMean tall and lanky]]. This is contrast to the live-action TV show where Bugs was much fatter.
17th Mar '17 6:27:59 PM Bissek
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* HollywoodLaw: The story that introduces Sally, when she presents a mystery to test Encyclopedia's skill, has one glaring flaw that falsifies the solution: when the grandniece states that Merko is not Fred Gibson's grandfather, the court takes her claim seriously, because Merko, revealed in the solution to be a woman, is the man's grandmother. However, in real life, the probate judge is well aware of the decedent's gender (it's on the death certificate, after all, and this hearing took place decades after Merko's death), and such a statement would have been dismissed out of hand as frivolous. Even if the judge didn't know (Merko had posed as a man her entire life, and there was either no medical examination or the coroner had been suborned to falsify the record), the question of Merko's gender was legally irrelevant in any case. The only way the grandniece could have been taken seriously would have been if Merko had been a man, and the allegation was that Fred Gibson had simply been lying. It's obvious, in-universe, that Sally is trying to test not only Encyclopedia's intelligence, but whether or not he is sexist; however, she could have devised a better story. This is fixed in the HBO version, where Sally doesn't explicitly state that the judge didn't take the claim validly but rather [[ExactWords "both the man and the woman were right,"]] that is both are telling the truth.

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* HollywoodLaw: HollywoodLaw:
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The story that introduces Sally, when she presents a mystery to test Encyclopedia's skill, has one glaring flaw that falsifies the solution: when the grandniece states that Merko is not Fred Gibson's grandfather, the court takes her claim seriously, because Merko, revealed in the solution to be a woman, is the man's grandmother. However, in real life, the probate judge is well aware of the decedent's gender (it's on the death certificate, after all, and this hearing took place decades after Merko's death), and such a statement would have been dismissed out of hand as frivolous. Even if the judge didn't know (Merko had posed as a man her entire life, and there was either no medical examination or the coroner had been suborned to falsify the record), the question of Merko's gender was legally irrelevant in any case. The only way the grandniece could have been taken seriously would have been if Merko had been a man, and the allegation was that Fred Gibson had simply been lying. It's obvious, in-universe, that Sally is trying to test not only Encyclopedia's intelligence, but whether or not he is sexist; however, she could have devised a better story. This is fixed in the HBO version, where Sally doesn't explicitly state that the judge didn't take the claim validly but rather [[ExactWords "both the man and the woman were right,"]] that is both are telling the truth.truth.
** Knowingly making a fraudulent criminal complaint is a crime in and of itself in most jurisdictions, so Bugs Meany's repeated attempts to frame Encyclopedia for crimes that never happened should have gotten him locked up and sent to juvie hall.



** Justified when Encyclopaedia drops the hint about Percy's glasses. Despite the fact that until then she's almost swooning in adoration, she realises at once what he's trying to tell her and acts appropriately [[spoiler:to the point where feigning unconsciousness is the only way for Percy to make her stop hitting him.]]

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** Justified when Encyclopaedia drops the hint about Percy's glasses. Despite the fact that until then she's almost swooning in adoration, she realises realizes at once what he's trying to tell her and acts appropriately [[spoiler:to the point where feigning unconsciousness is the only way for Percy to make her stop hitting him.]]
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