History Literature / GoodOmens

4th Apr '18 2:23:06 AM PaulA
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* ProfaneLastWords: [[spoiler:The angel Aziraphile]] faces bodily disincoporation with a muttered and furious "Oh, ''fuck.''"

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* ProfaneLastWords: [[spoiler:The angel Aziraphile]] Aziraphale]] faces bodily disincoporation with a muttered and furious "Oh, ''fuck.''" ''"
26th Mar '18 8:41:17 PM Gregzilla
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* InsitentTerminology: Inverted, Anathema explains several times (and it's implied she's annoyed by how often she has to) that the "nice" in the prophecy book's title means "precise".

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* InsitentTerminology: InsistentTerminology: Inverted, Anathema explains several times (and it's implied she's annoyed by how often she has to) that the "nice" in the prophecy book's title means "precise".
9th Mar '18 8:05:54 AM Jeduthun
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* ProfaneLastWords: The angel Aziraphile faces bodily disincoporation with a muttered and furious "Oh, ''fuck.''"

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* ProfaneLastWords: The [[spoiler:The angel Aziraphile Aziraphile]] faces bodily disincoporation with a muttered and furious "Oh, ''fuck.''"



%%* PsychicPowers: Anathema.

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%%* * PsychicPowers: Anathema.Anathema, being a witch and a descendant of Agnes, has a degree of psychic ability, which she regards more as an annoyance than anything.
4th Mar '18 6:47:13 PM CesarAurelio
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* CassandraTruth: Agnes' prophecy book was the only one that didn't sell a single copy in an era where prophecy books were all best sellers, it was also the only one with real prophecies.


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* InsitentTerminology: Inverted, Anathema explains several times (and it's implied she's annoyed by how often she has to) that the "nice" in the prophecy book's title means "precise".
22nd Jan '18 12:10:55 AM PaulA
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** Parodied. Crowley received a commendation from Hell for starting the Spanish Inquisition, which was the first he'd heard of it. He just happened to be in the area when it started, so Below attributed it to him. When he finally got around to seeing what that was about, he ended up [[EvenEvilHasStandards spending a good deal of time]] [[INeedAFreakingDrink drinking to forget what he saw]].

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** Parodied. Crowley received a commendation from Hell for starting the Spanish Inquisition, which was the first he'd heard of it. He just happened to be in the area when it started, so Below attributed it to him. When he finally got around to seeing what that was about, he ended up [[EvenEvilHasStandards was horrified]] and ended up spending a good deal of time]] time [[INeedAFreakingDrink drinking to forget what he saw]].



** [[OneManArmy Crowley takes on]] [[RedShirtArmy a jeep full of soldiers]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu at the Lower Tadfield airbase. By the next paragraph, it's Crowley's jeep.]]

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** [[OneManArmy Crowley takes on]] [[RedShirtArmy on a jeep full of soldiers]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu soldiers at the Lower Tadfield airbase. By the next paragraph, it's Crowley's jeep.]]



* GoodIsBoring: It's explained that Heaven doesn't have any good, notable musicians or actors. The two musical exceptions that Crowley says Heaven possesses are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Elgar Elgar]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Liszt Liszt]]. It's implied to be very terrible. Crowley emphasises some of the horror underlying Heaven's [[{{Glurge}} glurgy]] [[invoked]] tedium when he tells Aziraphale that if Heaven wins Armageddon, in the time it takes for a bird to fly from one end of the universe to the other and wear down a mountain by sharpening its beak against it, Aziraphale ''still'' won't have finished watching ''The Sound of Music.'' And Aziraphale will enjoy it. ''Every single time.'' [[NotSoDifferent Note that this is a parody of the traditional hellfire sermon, where the bird flying across the universe is used to suggest how long the torments of the damned will go on.]]

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* GoodIsBoring: It's explained that Heaven doesn't have any good, notable musicians or actors. The two musical exceptions that Crowley says Heaven possesses are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Elgar Elgar]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Liszt Liszt]]. It's implied to be very terrible. Crowley emphasises some of the horror underlying Heaven's [[{{Glurge}} glurgy]] [[invoked]] tedium when he tells Aziraphale that if Heaven wins Armageddon, in the time it takes for a bird to fly from one end of the universe to the other and wear down a mountain by sharpening its beak against it, Aziraphale ''still'' won't have finished watching ''The Sound of Music.'' And Aziraphale will enjoy it. ''Every single time.'' [[NotSoDifferent Note that this is a parody of the traditional hellfire sermon, where the bird flying across the universe is used to suggest how long the torments of the damned will go on.]]



** [[GoKartingWithBowser Aziraphale and]] [[NotSoDifferent Crowley.]]

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** Aziraphale and Crowley, who are nominally on opposite sides but are NotSoDifferent and spend a lot of time [[GoKartingWithBowser Aziraphale and]] [[NotSoDifferent Crowley.]]hanging out together]].



* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted with Crawly/Crowley, who is portrayed as [[AffablyEvil not]] [[AntiVillain being]] [[NobleDemon all]] [[PunchClockVillain that]] [[PokeThePoodle bad]].

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* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted with Crawly/Crowley, who is portrayed as [[AffablyEvil not]] [[AntiVillain being]] [[NobleDemon all]] [[PunchClockVillain that]] [[PokeThePoodle not being all that bad]].
22nd Jan '18 12:05:48 AM PaulA
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* SophisticatedAsHell: The Buggre Alle This Bible, perhaps the most hilarious example in literary history. (While this might also seem like an anachronism, the [[https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/bugger Oxford English Dictionary]] indicates that the vulgarity "bugger" has been used in British English to refer to the act of sodomy since at least the sixteenth century.)

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* SophisticatedAsHell: The Buggre Alle This Bible, perhaps the most hilarious example in literary history.Bible. (While this might also seem like an anachronism, the [[https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/bugger Oxford English Dictionary]] indicates that the vulgarity "bugger" has been used in British English to refer to the act of sodomy since at least the sixteenth century.)
21st Jan '18 6:28:37 PM CassandraLeo
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** Shakespeare's three "lost plays": ''The Comedie of Robin Hoode, or The Forest of Sherwoode'', ''The Trapping of the Mouse'', and ''[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Golde Diggers of 1589]]''. (Two of these are actually references to specific theatrical productions; the second is a reference to Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'', while ''Golde Diggers'' is a reference to a series of similarly named movie musicals from [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1933 1933]], [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1935 1935]], and [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1937 1937]]. However, it is unlikely any attested usages of the idiom exist from as early as Shakespeare's day.)

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** Shakespeare's three "lost plays": ''The Comedie of Robin Hoode, or The Forest of Sherwoode'', ''The Trapping of the Mouse'', and ''[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Golde Diggers of 1589]]''. (Two of these are actually references to specific theatrical or cinematic productions; the second is a reference to Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Theatre/TheMousetrap'', while ''Golde Diggers'' is a reference to a series of similarly named movie musicals from [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1933 1933]], [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1935 1935]], and [[Film/GoldDiggersOf1937 1937]]. However, it is unlikely any attested usages of the idiom exist from as early as Shakespeare's day.)
21st Jan '18 6:25:44 PM CassandraLeo
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* AntiVillain: Crowley, at ''worst''. [[spoiler:Also, Death, while not as friendly as his ''Creator/{{Discworld}}'' counterpart, never does anything in the novel that can actually be described as evil, unlike the other three Horsepersons of the Apocalypse.]]

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* AntiVillain: Crowley, at ''worst''. [[spoiler:Also, Death, while not as friendly as his ''Creator/{{Discworld}}'' ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'' counterpart, never does anything in the novel that can actually be described as evil, ''evil'', unlike the other three Horsepersons of the Apocalypse.]]
21st Jan '18 6:19:21 PM CassandraLeo
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* AffablyEvil: Crowley, "An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards", if he can even be called evil.

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* AffablyEvil: Crowley, "An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards", if he can [[AntiVillain even be called evil.evil]].



* AntiVillain: Crowley, at ''worst''. [[spoiler:Also, Death, while not as friendly as his ''Creator/{{Discworld}}'' counterpart, never does anything in the novel that can actually be described as evil, unlike the other three Horsepersons of the Apocalypse.]]



** Interestingly, his counterpart Aziraphale is a Punch Clock Angel -- not exactly a hero, but has the job of inspiring small amounts of goodness in the same way that Crowley causes small amounts of evil. They even take turns doing each other's jobs once in a while and mostly try to thwart each other on a one-to-one basis so neither side really gets the upper hand. However, though he takes a ''lot'' longer than Crowley to [[HeelRealization realize it]], Aziraphale is actually a Punch Clock Villain as well; [[NotSoDifferent both his and Crowley's jobs require planning to bring about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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** Interestingly, his counterpart Aziraphale is a Punch Clock Angel -- not exactly a hero, but has the job of inspiring small amounts of goodness in the same way that Crowley causes small amounts of evil. They even take turns doing each other's jobs once in a while and mostly try to thwart each other on a one-to-one basis so neither side really gets the upper hand. However, though he takes a ''lot'' longer than Crowley to [[HeelRealization realize it]], Aziraphale is actually a Punch Clock Villain as well; [[NotSoDifferent both his and Crowley's jobs require planning to bring about]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[spoiler:Or at least that's what they think for most of the novel. In the epilogue, he and Crowley both speculate that it's possible that they'd been meant to help ''avert'' the Apocalypse the whole time. It's never proved one way or the other, though - as they conclude (with the assistance of Death, who overhears their conversation whilst discreetly feeding the ducks), the thing about ineffable plans is that they're, well, [[ShapedLikeItself ineffable]]. The narrative quote under ScrewDestiny below - from very early in the novel, mind you - suggests that their conclusions, at least about ineffability, are correct.]]



* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted with Crawly/Crowley, who is portrayed as not being all that bad.

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* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted with Crawly/Crowley, who is portrayed as not being all that bad.[[AffablyEvil not]] [[AntiVillain being]] [[NobleDemon all]] [[PunchClockVillain that]] [[PokeThePoodle bad]].



-->''God does not play dice with the universe. He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of the other players [[note]]i.e. everybody[[/note]], to be involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you rules and '''smiles all the time'''.''

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-->''God does not play dice with the universe. universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of the other players [[note]]i.e. everybody[[/note]], to be being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you rules and '''smiles all the time'''.''
21st Jan '18 6:05:39 PM CassandraLeo
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* FallenAngel: All the demons of hell are fallen angels. So is Crowley, though "he didn't fall so much as saunter vaguely downward".

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* FallenAngel: All the demons of hell are fallen angels. So is Crowley, though "he didn't fall he "did not so much Fall as saunter vaguely downward".Saunter Vaguely Downwards".
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