History Literature / EncyclopediaBrown

22nd May '16 8:57:43 PM Jayalaw
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* BullyingADragon: Bugs Meany doesn't know when to quit framing Encylopedia for various crimes, or to try and threaten him to scram when bullying another kid.

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* BullyingADragon: BullyingADragon:
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Bugs Meany doesn't know when to quit framing Encylopedia for various crimes, or to try and threaten him to scram when bullying another kid.kid.
** Percy's EstablishingCharacterMoment is reading Encyclopedia's detective notice, making up a mocking poem about it, and then hitting on Sally. He also encourages her to give up being a bodyguard since it "isn't ladylike". Encyclopedia quickly reveals him [[spoiler:as a "phony"]] in Sally's words by [[spoiler:staging a fight to impress her]].



* CurbStompBattle: Sally versus any boy she has to fight. In fact, one time Encyclopedia anticipates that if she won't win a battle that he'll not tell her and handle it himself by tying an iron sheet around his waist.



* MuggingTheMonster: Someone steals Sally's rollerblades from Encyclopedia while he's getting a tooth removed. He grumbles about a detective getting robbed and quickly finds the thief, undoing the latter's claims that he doesn't know anything about "Dr. Wilson" while revealing [[spoiler:he knows Vivian Wilson is a guy and a dentist, when most people would assume Vivian is a woman. It's a good thing the thief gives up the blades before Sally beat the tar out of him.]]



* NonActionGuy: Encyclopedia, who constantly fearfully anticipates any confrontations with bullies bigger than him. This is why he has Sally.

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* NonActionGuy: Encyclopedia, who constantly fearfully anticipates any confrontations with bullies bigger than him. This is why he has Sally.Sally, though the first time he encountered Bugs he merely threatened to call the cops on him.



* SnakeOilSalesman: Wilford Wiggins. Encyclopedia has to foil his "get rich quick" schemes on a regular basis.



* StrayingBaby: One ends up undoing a perp's alibi by nearly falling off his car hood. The baby was walking on it and gurgling happily. [[spoiler:Encyclopedia points out to his father that if the man had been driving for the amount of miles as he claimed, the hood would have been scorching hot, burning the child and causing him to scream.]]



* SupremeChef: Mrs. Brown is supposed to be one. In ''Encyclopedia Takes the Cake'' it's revealed that she can whip up Fourth of July snacks as well as Chinese food if her son asks.



* TwinSwitch: Encyclopedia proves that [[spoiler:two twins do this and take away Chester's victory at a blueberry pie eating contest and sprint because the twin running the race had clean white teeth, when they should have been stained blue from the pie]].





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\n* WoundedGazelleGambit: A [[spoiler:woman borrowing jewels from a friend]] pulls this quite cleverly; this woman goes to a room after a party, to lie down, and people hear her scream following two gunshots. They rush to the room, only to find that she's fainted and the borrowed necklace is gone from her neck. [[spoiler:Encyclopedia foils her story because she says that she didn't see the man that "burgled" her, which then doesn't explain why she screamed ''before'' the shots were fired. The police find the necklace hidden in her room, in a hatbox.]]
* YouAreTooLate: In one story [[spoiler:Encyclopedia finds a girl's goose, after realizing he accepted a slice of "dark meat" from two men. The aftermath story shows said girl is crushed that her goose is dead, though her dad received money from the men as compensation and Encyclopedia has the sense to not mention the word "goose" in front of her.]]
15th May '16 9:57:37 PM Jayalaw
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!!It also provides examples of the following tropes:

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!!It !!The book also provides examples of the following tropes:



* AesopAmnesia: 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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* AesopAmnesia: AesopAmnesia:
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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.



* BrilliantButLazy: Well, not exactly "brilliant," but in a few stories, Encyclopedia and Sally comment that Wilford Wiggins, compulsive huckster, is actually a rather talented artist. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, it is portrayed unambiguously negatively. Rather than using his talents legitimately, [[CutLexLuthorACheck Wilford instead squanders them on get-rich-quick schemes by trying to pass his work off as some valuable historical relic or other instead of letting them stand on their own merits]].

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* BrilliantButLazy: Well, not exactly "brilliant," but in a few stories, Encyclopedia and Sally comment that Wilford Wiggins, compulsive huckster, is actually a rather talented artist.artist, as shown when [[spoiler:he creates a fake painting of the Liberty Bell that took weeks to perfect]]. Unlike most examples of this trope, however, it is portrayed unambiguously negatively. Rather than using his talents legitimately, [[CutLexLuthorACheck Wilford instead squanders them on get-rich-quick schemes by trying to pass his work off as some valuable historical relic or other instead of letting them stand on their own merits]].



* BullyingADragon: Bugs Meany doesn't know when to quit framing Encylopedia for various crimes, or to try and threaten him to scram when bullying another kid.



* CollectorOfTheStrange: Charlie Stewart, the boy who collects teeth in a cookie jar.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The Lions gang in book one, which were like Bugs's gang. They never show up after Encyclopedia solves a case where [[ItMakesSenseInContext one of their knives ended up in a watermelon]].
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Charlie Stewart, the boy who collects teeth in a cookie jar. In an even odder case, an "egg spinning champion" covets it as the prize in a bet.



* DefeatMeansFriendship: Inverted; after Encyclopedia solves a challenge mystery that Sally presents to him, he hires her as his bodyguard. She also provides good common sense like not keeping his earnings in a shoe-box.



* EvilIsPetty:
** Even though Bugs knows that Encyclopedia could set his father on him at any time, he still steals things from other kids or tries to scam them into buying "authentic" swords and autographed books.
** One kid sabotages another girl's dog from winning an Ugly Dog contest even though it's just a contest for fun and [[PyrrhicVillainy the kid doesn't even win]].



* FreshClue: Inverted in one story. EC deduces that the perp had not just just pulled up after a hours-long drive (as he claims) because a baby sits on the car hood and doesn't get burned; therefore the car must have been sitting there long enough to cool down.

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* FreshClue: FreshClue:
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Inverted in one the first Bugs Meany story, he claims that he just put up a tent on a rainy morning, while Encyclopedia Brown's first client claims that it's ''his'' tent that has been up for weeks. Encyclopedia "accidentally" knocks down a pack of cards and notes that they're dry, thus disproving Bugs's story. In the TV show it's played straight in that the boy just put up the tent and Bugs claims he and his gang were there for a week, and instead the cards are damp from the rain.
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story. EC deduces that the perp had not just just pulled up after a hours-long drive (as he claims) because a baby sits on the car hood and doesn't get burned; therefore the car must have been sitting there long enough to cool down.



* 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.

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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.



* InspectorLestrade: Chief Brown can solve some cases singlehandedly, but he never plays this trope completely straight.

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* InspectorLestrade: Chief Brown can solve some cases singlehandedly, single-handedly, but he never plays this trope completely straight.



* KarmaHoudini: Somewhat averted with Bugs Meany. While he is frequently called out on his trickery and sometimes even publicly humiliated, he frequently files false police reports against Encyclopedia (son of the police chief) with no consequences.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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Somewhat averted with Bugs Meany. While he is frequently called out on his trickery and sometimes even publicly humiliated, he frequently files false police reports against Encyclopedia (son of the police chief) with no consequences.consequences.
** A blind violinist's friend who cheated him out of an expensive violin during a bet, that is to replace a glass with ice locked in a safe with a glass of ginger ale without the violinist hearing him. [[spoiler:The friend used LoopholeAbuse by bringing frozen ginger ale ice cubes in an insulated bag and simply waiting for them to melt in the safe. Encyclopedia doesn't have his usual summation at the end about what happened after he told the violinist.]]



* KirkSummation: The answers in the back of each book. In the show Encyclopedia gives them more succinctly.



* OhCrap:
** Encyclopedia when he accepts a piece of chocolate from a hitchhiker while helping his father chase down a gang in a police care, notes that it snaps in two, and [[spoiler: realizes that it contradicts the hitchhiker's story that he was out in the sun for an hour, since the chocolate would have melted. This means he's in the backseat of a police car with a criminal.]]
** Also Encyclopedia after he's accepted cooked meat from two guys while searching for a friend's goose, and realizing [[spoiler:belatedly that they had killed and cooked the goose]].



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Sally at one point considers [[TenMinuteRetirement giving up her bodyguard duty]] to Encyclopedia when she falls for Percy, who believes that fighting isn't "ladylike". This annoys Encyclopedia enough to reveal that Percy is a phony.



* SayingTooMuch: In "The Case of the Air Foot Warmer," the perp ''might'' have gotten away with his alibi of using the titular object in a certain store where it's cold [[spoiler:if he hadn't mentioned that with the titular object he can't bend over. This contradicts the shopkeeper's account that he bent down to pick up a baby while there, which reveals that he actually did shoplift two rifles.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Averted. Despite Encyclopedia being the police chief's son, he never abuses that authority, even when someone like Bugs is constantly trying to frame him.



* TheWarOnStraw: In "The Case of the Dead Eagles", Encyclopedia promotes gun control and ridicules the "Guns don't kill people, people do" argument. In so doing, he makes an analogy, stating that that logic, applied to cars, would lead to abolition of all traffic laws and regulations and fines. Except it doesn't. The aforementioned argument is that people, not guns, are responsible for gun-related offenses, and that the best remedy society has is to punish said people, using the existing regulations Encyclopedia claims his opponents want to abolish, rather than outlawing guns altogether. In fact, although groups like the NRA want to see a rollback of many gun restrictions, ''no one'' wants to see an abolition of regulations against, or punishment for, irresponsible gun use, or the prevention of gun ownership by people proven to be unwilling or unable to act responsibly..

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* TooDumbToLive: Bugs Meany attempting to frame Encyclopedia, when Encyclopedia easily undoes the FrameUp each time and his father is the chief of police.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: One girl who took down a love message from an admirer to give to her sister ended up doing this by accident. [[spoiler:She got the words down but not the punctuation, making it sound like a mocking note instead.]]
* TheWarOnStraw: In "The Case of the Dead Eagles", Encyclopedia promotes gun control and ridicules the "Guns don't kill people, people do" argument. In so doing, he makes an analogy, stating that that logic, applied to cars, would lead to abolition of all traffic laws and regulations and fines. Except it doesn't. The aforementioned argument is that people, not guns, are responsible for gun-related offenses, and that the best remedy society has is to punish said people, using the existing regulations Encyclopedia claims his opponents want to abolish, rather than outlawing guns altogether. In fact, although groups like the NRA want to see a rollback of many gun restrictions, ''no one'' wants to see an abolition of regulations against, or punishment for, irresponsible gun use, or the prevention of gun ownership by people proven to be unwilling or unable to act responsibly..responsibly.
* WeNeedToGetProof: Encyclopedia's father tells him this in the first book after investigating a potential suspect of a robbery. Encyclopedia then reveals the proof was a StrayingBaby playing on a car hood that should have been burning hot.


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!!The HBO series also provides examples of the following tropes:
* AdaptationalBadass: Encyclopedia, as shown when he manages to fend off a grown man attacking him at Ida's statue ''and'' Bugs Meany soon after.
* AffectionateNickname: Sally calls Encyclopedia "E.B."
* DemotedToExtra: Sally, who serves as TheWatson to Encyclopedia but in a number of episodes Encyclopedia takes her lines and place in the tale.
* TheEighties: Glaringly so, especially with the [[ImpossiblyTackyClothes rock star]] that Sally admires and the computer that she and Encyclopedia use to organize suspects and motives.
* FrameUp: Bugs tries to frame Encyclopedia for stealing Ida's treasure box by leaving the boy's business card by her statue. Unfortunately, he forgot that Encyclopedia's dad is ''chief of the police'' and knows that his son isn't a thief.
* TheWorfEffect: Sally can handle kids her own age fine in a physical fight, but even she isn't strong enough to fend off [[spoiler:a grown man who stole Ida's treasure who then locks her up when he catches her snooping around his yard]].
2nd May '16 9:31:32 AM MasoTey
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* StrictlyFormula: The first couple of pages of every book except for the first are almost word-for-word identical, describing Idaville, the businesses in it, and the police force, leading up to Chief Brown bringing a case home for his son to solve.

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* StrictlyFormula: Each book arranges its stories in a similar loose arc.
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The first couple of pages of every book except for the first are almost word-for-word identical, describing Idaville, the businesses in it, and the police force, leading up to Chief Brown bringing a case home for his son to solve.
26th Mar '16 4:21:09 PM ANTMuddle
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* GeniusBruiser: Sally, particularly on cases where gender is a plot point.



* InspectorLestrade: Chief Brown.

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* InspectorLestrade: Chief Brown.Brown can solve some cases singlehandedly, but he never plays this trope completely straight.
24th Mar '16 5:35:27 PM JoeG
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* StrongGirlSmartGuy: Sally and Encyclopedia.
11th Mar '16 9:03:32 PM StarSword
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Encyclopedia once declares a purported [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate Army]] officer's saber a forgery based on its inscription saying that General Lee had given it to General Jackson "after the First Battle of Bull Run" when neither side had called it that until after Second Bull Run.
10th Feb '16 6:30:25 PM AnoneMouseJr.
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* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: In one case, the absent-minded Ziggy Ketchum is mentioned as having once hired Encyclopedia to find his wristwatch. Encyclopedia found it on his other wrist.
18th Jan '16 5:41:36 AM starofjusticev21
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* AdultsAreUseless: Every book starts with Encyclopedia helping his police officer father solve a crime over dinner. (These tend to be 'real' cases, e.g. armed robbery. The other chapters are cases brought to him by fellow schoolmates and tend to be lesser crimes.)

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* AdultsAreUseless: Every book starts with Encyclopedia helping his police officer father solve a crime over dinner. (These tend to be 'real' cases, e.g. armed robbery. The other chapters are cases brought to him by fellow schoolmates and tend to be lesser crimes.are the sorts of misdeeds carried out by local bullies.)
14th Jan '16 10:02:09 AM starofjusticev21
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Encyclopedia once declares a purported [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate Army]] officer's saber a forgery based on its inscription saying that General Lee had given it to General Jackson "after the First Battle of Bull Run" when neither side had called it that until after Second Bull Run. The bigger clue should have been the fact that, then and now, the South refers to the battles in question as the Battles of Manassas (after the strategic city of Manassas, VA the Union meant to capture), not Bull Run (a creek near the battlefield after which the North named the battles).
** The solution ''does'' mention that the inscription should've called it the Battle of Manassas.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Encyclopedia once declares a purported [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Confederate Army]] officer's saber a forgery based on its inscription saying that General Lee had given it to General Jackson "after the First Battle of Bull Run" when neither side had called it that until after Second Bull Run. The bigger clue should have been the fact that, then and now, the South refers to the battles in question as the Battles of Manassas (after the strategic city of Manassas, VA the Union meant to capture), not Bull Run (a creek near the battlefield after which the North named the battles).\n** The solution ''does'' mention that the inscription should've called it the Battle of Manassas.
31st Dec '15 5:01:29 PM starofjusticev21
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** The solution ''does'' mention that the inscription should've called it the Battle of Manassas.
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