History Literature / GoodOmens

10th Jun '16 5:40:47 PM spiritsunami
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** A possible subtle one at Pop Culture. When The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse gather at the Diner, they are not all immediately present, only War and [[GrimReaper The Tall Fellow with the Obscured Helmet]]---the latter playing a video trivia game with a bunch of bikers. Said game has four categories: Pop Culture, Sports, Music, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick War]]. Famine then shows up, prompting the trivia category 'Music' to be changed to 'Famine.' When Pollution arrives, 'Sports' becomes 'Pollution.' Death having been present the whole time makes one wonder about [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs Pop Culture]].

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** A possible subtle one at Pop Culture. When The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse gather at the Diner, they are not all immediately present, only War and [[GrimReaper The Tall Fellow present. A tall fellow with the Obscured Helmet]]---the latter an obscured helmet is playing a video trivia game with a bunch of bikers. Said game has four categories: Pop Culture, Music, Sports, Music, Current Events, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick War]]. General Knowledge. War arrives, and "Sport" is replaced with "War". Famine then shows up, prompting the trivia category 'Music' General Knowledge to be changed to 'Famine.' "Famine." When Pollution arrives, 'Sports' Current Events becomes 'Pollution.' "Pollution" while Pop Culture is renamed with the similar-sounding "Pop Trivia 1962-1979". The [[GrimReaper The Tall Fellow with the Obscured Helmet]] then refuses to answer the question of what year Elvis Presley died, insisting that he never touched Elvis. The fact that Death having been present the whole time was there all along makes one you wonder about [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs Pop Culture]].
24th May '16 2:11:52 AM PaulA
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* ColourfulThemeNaming and/or ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Three of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]] have names that reference the colors of the horses that, according to biblical texts, they ride out on.
** War takes such names as Scarlett and Carmine.
** Pollution goes by "White, or Blanc, or Albus, or Chalky, or Weiss, or Snowy", among others.
** Famine calls himself Dr. Raven Sable.



* 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.[[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.]]



* ColourfulThemeNaming and/or ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Three of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]] have names that reference the colors of the horses that, according to biblical texts, they ride out on.
** War takes such names as Scarlett and Carmine.
** Pollution goes by "White, or Blanc, or Albus, or Chalky, or Weiss, or Snowy", among others.
** Famine calls himself Dr. Raven Sable.



* RipVanTinkle: Crowley slept through most of the 13th Century; he only woke up to use the bathroom.



* RipVanTinkle: He only woke up to use the bathroom.



* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Mentioned when describing Aziraphaele's book shop.



* StevenUlyssesPerhero[=/=]SueDonym: Mr. (Ezra?) Fell, Mr A. Ziraphale.



* SuchALovelyNoun: Mentioned when describing Aziraphaele's book shop.

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* SuchALovelyNoun: Mentioned when describing Aziraphaele's book shop.SueDonym: Mr. (Ezra?) Fell, Mr A. Ziraphale.



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Shadwell and Madame Tracy.



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Shadwell and Madame Tracy.
24th May '16 1:40:18 AM PaulA
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* BlondGuysAreEvil:
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Adam]], though the hair probably comes from [[{{Satan}} his dad's side of the family.]]
** Pollution is also very pale-haired.


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* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Subverted with [[spoiler:Adam, who is handsome and blond and doesn't turn out nearly as evil as everybody's expecting. It's pointed out that his Father was born an angel and that falling into the Pit isn't actually a heritable genetic trait.]]
24th May '16 1:36:36 AM PaulA
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* BadassDecay: In-universe example. A huge dog that would make angry rottweilers and pitbulls cower gets turned into a small terrier-like mongrel with a funny ear, because Adam's his master and he said so. Much to Dog's dismay, he can't scare away cats like he used to and tries (mostly unsuccessfully) to fight his new small-dog instincts.
** By the end he gives up and starts to enjoy it, realizing much as Crowley has that Earth is so much more interesting than Hell.

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* BadassDecay: In-universe example. A huge dog that would make angry rottweilers and pitbulls cower gets turned into a small terrier-like mongrel with a funny ear, because Adam's his master and he said so. Much to Dog's dismay, he can't scare away cats like he used to and tries (mostly unsuccessfully) to fight his new small-dog instincts.
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instincts. By the end he gives up and starts to enjoy it, realizing much as Crowley has that Earth is so much more interesting than Hell.



* BecauseDestinySaysSo: This is essentially the logic with which Anathema lives her life.

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* BecauseDestinySaysSo: BecauseDestinySaysSo:
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This is essentially the logic with which Anathema lives her life.



** There's another not quite as important to the plot; in a footnote, it is mentioned that one of four things published in a trashy tabloid is actually true, including the fact that Elvis works at a burger joint. A little while later, Famine visits a restaurant and there's a man flipping burgers... with a cowlick... singing Hound Dog. You do the math.
*** Further reinforced by Death saying he never touched the guy.

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** There's another not quite as important to the plot; in a footnote, it is mentioned that one of four things published in a trashy tabloid is actually true, including the fact that Elvis works at a burger joint. A little while later, Famine visits a restaurant and there's a man flipping burgers... with a cowlick... singing Hound Dog. You do the math.
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math. Further reinforced by Death later saying he never touched the guy.



* CrazyPrepared: Crowley [[spoiler:keeping holy water on hand.]]
** Agnes Nutter, who had plenty of time to prepare for her imminent burning, including getting her affairs in order, cancelling the milk [[spoiler: and [[TakingYouWithMe filling her underwear with gunpowder and roofing nails]]]].
*** Her descendants, thanks to the book she left behind, have at least a vague idea of what's coming.

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* CrazyPrepared: CrazyPrepared:
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Crowley [[spoiler:keeping holy water on hand.]]
hand]].
** Agnes Nutter, who had plenty of time to prepare for her imminent burning, including getting her affairs in order, cancelling the milk [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and [[TakingYouWithMe filling her underwear with gunpowder and roofing nails]]]].
*** ** Her descendants, thanks to the book she left behind, have at least a vague idea of what's coming. coming.



* DoomItYourself: Newt takes this to the level of a superpower. He once got a joke circuit board that isn't supposed to do anything, and ended up building a wireless radio that picked up Radio Moscow.
** Winds up as a [[spoiler:BrickJoke when he "fixes" the launch computers, causing them to fail in spectacular fashion.]]

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* DoomItYourself: Newt takes this to the level of a superpower. He once got a joke circuit board that isn't supposed to do anything, and ended up building a wireless radio that picked up Radio Moscow.
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Moscow. Winds up as a [[spoiler:BrickJoke when he "fixes" the launch computers, causing them to fail in spectacular fashion.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Crowley, having already crossed the demonic MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler: using holy water on Ligur]], considers [[spoiler: putting the tape in which Hastur is trapped into his car until it turns into a Queen album]], then decides it would be too cruel.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Crowley, having already crossed the demonic MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler: using holy water on Ligur]], considers [[spoiler: putting the tape in which Hastur is trapped into his car until it turns into a Queen album]], then decides it would be too cruel.



* FelonyMisdemeanor: Crowley's reaction to his immediate superiors being rather underwhelmed by his demonic influences (i.e. traffic jams, telemarketers, the M25) on the mortal world.

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* FelonyMisdemeanor: FelonyMisdemeanor:
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Crowley's reaction to his immediate superiors being rather underwhelmed by his demonic influences (i.e. traffic jams, telemarketers, the M25) on the mortal world.



* TheFundamentalist: Sergeant Shadwell, almost-but-not-quite played for laughs.

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* TheFundamentalist: TheFundamentalist:
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Sergeant Shadwell, almost-but-not-quite played for laughs.



* 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.
**
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.
**
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.]]



* GoodWingsEvilWings: Downplayed, there is little difference between the wings of angels and demons [[EvilIsSexy though the wings of demons tend to be better groomed]].

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* GoodWingsEvilWings: Downplayed, GoodWingsEvilWings:
** Downplayed;
there is little difference between the wings of angels and demons [[EvilIsSexy though the wings of demons tend to be better groomed]].



** Also happens when Anathema and Newt are trying to [[spoiler:get inside the airforce base]]. The American guard is very impressed with Newt's fancy Witchfinder credentials, but is skeptical of the part "...about us got to give you faggots?"
*** Although he is excited when he finds out that they wanted the faggots to burn them.

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** Also happens when Anathema and Newt are trying to [[spoiler:get inside the airforce base]]. The American guard is very impressed with Newt's fancy Witchfinder credentials, but is skeptical of the part "...about us got to give you faggots?"
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faggots?" Although he is excited when he finds out that they wanted the faggots to burn them.



* HumanityIsInfectious: Crowley and Aziraphale are both changed somewhat by their time on Earth. Crowley's fellow demon Hastur notes this and claims that Crowley is going native. Though even Hastur isn't all that different -- when he really wants to let Crowley just how pissed off he is, he uses ''human'' curses since he thinks demonic ones aren't volatile enough.
** Dog discovers, to his initial horror, that Small-Dog-anity is infectious too.

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* HumanityIsInfectious: HumanityIsInfectious:
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Crowley and Aziraphale are both changed somewhat by their time on Earth. Crowley's fellow demon Hastur notes this and claims that Crowley is going native. Though even Hastur isn't all that different -- when he really wants to let Crowley just how pissed off he is, he uses ''human'' curses since he thinks demonic ones aren't volatile enough.
** Dog discovers, to his initial horror, that Small-Dog-anity is infectious too.



* HumansAreBastards[=/=]HumansAreSpecial: Crowley is both confused and amazed at how humans are so much better at both ''Aziraphale's'' and his own job. It's that free will thing. It's a bugger.
** When Crowley read the user-end agreement that came with his computer, he was so impressed with the way it was worded that he sent a copy of it to the department of Hell that deals with soul-selling contracts, with a yellow sticky-note on it reading, "Learn, guys."

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* HumansAreBastards[=/=]HumansAreSpecial: Crowley is both confused and amazed at how humans are so much better at both ''Aziraphale's'' and his own job. It's that free will thing. It's a bugger.
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bugger. When Crowley read the user-end agreement that came with his computer, he was so impressed with the way it was worded that he sent a copy of it to the department of Hell that deals with soul-selling contracts, with a yellow sticky-note on it reading, "Learn, guys."



* IHaveManyNames: Horsemen/Horsepersons/[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]].

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* IHaveManyNames: IHaveManyNames:
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Horsemen/Horsepersons/[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]].



* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:Adam]].

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: IJustWantToBeNormal:
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[[spoiler:Adam]].



* JapaneseRanguage: Newt's Wasabi and the fish boat captain. The Wasabi's voice is described as being programmed by someone who not only didn't understand English, but didn't understand Japanese either.
** Newt's Wasabi has a recorded voice that plays to remind riders to fasten unfastened seatbelts (which never goes off, because [[TheAllegedCar hey, it's Newt's Wasabi]]). At one point, the voice is described as saying "Prease to frasten sleat-bert".
** Inverted at the end, [[spoiler: when Adam restores the Wasabi so it runs better than ever. The helpful voice now speaks in clear English, but in haikus.]]

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* JapaneseRanguage: Newt's Wasabi and the JapaneseRanguage:
** The
fish boat captain. The Wasabi's voice is described as being programmed by someone who not only didn't understand English, but didn't understand Japanese either.
captain.
** Newt's Wasabi has a recorded voice that plays to remind riders to fasten unfastened seatbelts (which never goes off, because [[TheAllegedCar hey, it's Newt's Wasabi]]). The Wasabi's voice is described as being programmed by someone who not only didn't understand English, but didn't understand Japanese either. At one point, the voice is described as saying "Prease to frasten sleat-bert".
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sleat-bert". Inverted at the end, [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Adam restores the Wasabi so it runs better than ever. The helpful voice now speaks in clear English, but in haikus.]]



* LineOfSightName: Due to Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell's shady book-keeping and limited imagination, the suspiciously small organization that is the Witchfinder's Army is made up of the likes of of Witchfinder Majors Milk, Tin, Cupboard, and Saucepan. Lots of them. (As well as more than a few Joneses and Smiths.)
** On the other hand, he can be forgiven, because the Witchfinder's Army is on roughly same pay scale it was on when it was first formed (By Oliver Cromwell, roughly 325 years previous), meaning that not even the fictional Majors, let alone a Sergeant, makes even a whole pound come payday.

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* LineOfSightName: Due to Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell's shady book-keeping and limited imagination, the suspiciously small organization that is the Witchfinder's Army is made up of the likes of of Witchfinder Majors Milk, Tin, Cupboard, and Saucepan. Lots of them. (As well as more than a few Joneses and Smiths.)
** On the other hand, he can be forgiven, because the Witchfinder's Army is on roughly same pay scale it was on when it was first formed (By Oliver Cromwell, roughly 325 years previous), meaning that not even the fictional Majors, let alone a Sergeant, makes even a whole pound come payday.
Saucepan.



** ColourfulThemeNaming and/or ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Three of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]] have names that reference the colors of the horses that, according to biblical texts, they ride out on.
*** War takes such names as Scarlett and Carmine.
*** Pollution goes by "White, or Blanc, or Albus, or Chalky, or Weiss, or Snowy", among others.
*** Famine calls himself Dr. Raven Sable.

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** * ColourfulThemeNaming and/or ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Three of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]] have names that reference the colors of the horses that, according to biblical texts, they ride out on.
*** ** War takes such names as Scarlett and Carmine.
*** ** Pollution goes by "White, or Blanc, or Albus, or Chalky, or Weiss, or Snowy", among others.
*** ** Famine calls himself Dr. Raven Sable.



* MistakenForGay:
** Aziraphale, being referred to as a faggot and a poofter on several occasions. Not to mention that Aziraphale and Crowley were mistaken for a couple by Anathema Device. Shadwell privately refers to Aziraphale as "the southron pansy". It doesn't help that Aziraphale calls Crowley "dear", "my dear", and "dear boy" on a regular basis, while Crowley sometimes refers to him as "angel" -- literally true, but with [[HoYay certain implications]].
** One of the three first impressions of Aziraphale is "gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide." It's wrong, because angels don't have sex, sexes or sexual orientations, but the implication remains.

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* MistakenForGay:
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MistakenForGay: Aziraphale, being referred to as a faggot and a poofter on several occasions. Not to mention that Aziraphale and Crowley were mistaken for a couple by Anathema Device. Shadwell privately refers to Aziraphale as "the southron pansy". It doesn't help that Aziraphale calls Crowley "dear", "my dear", and "dear boy" on a regular basis, while Crowley sometimes refers to him as "angel" -- literally true, but with [[HoYay certain implications]].
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implications]]. One of the three first impressions of Aziraphale is "gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide." It's wrong, because angels don't have sex, sexes or sexual orientations, but the implication remains.



* TheMovie: Averted, for now. Gaiman relies on his fans to inform him of how the film is progressing through DevelopmentHell.
** Pratchett [[http://www.sfx.co.uk/2011/02/08/tuesday-link-a-mania-19/ begs to differ.]]



* NamesakeGag: Anathema Device is descended from the man who invented the device. When Newt doubts this, she says sarcastically that next he'll claim he's never heard of Humphrey Gadget, Pieter Gizmo, Cyrus T. Doodad, or Ella Reader Widget.
** Device really is a Lancashire name (see below) but seems to be properly pronounced 'DEH-viss', so probably just a regional version of Davis. However, pronunciations of English names can change as families move round the country...

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* NamesakeGag: Anathema Device is descended from the man who invented the device. When Newt doubts this, she says sarcastically that next he'll claim he's never heard of Humphrey Gadget, Pieter Gizmo, Cyrus T. Doodad, or Ella Reader Widget.
** Device
Widget. (Device really is a Lancashire name (see below) but seems to be properly pronounced 'DEH-viss', so probably just a regional version of Davis. However, pronunciations of English names can change as families move round the country...)



*** Prior to getting his actual name, [[spoiler: Adam]] is referred to as ''Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.'' [[RunningGag Every time.]]

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*** ** Prior to getting his actual name, [[spoiler: Adam]] is referred to as ''Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.'' [[RunningGag Every time.]]



* OperationGameOfDoom: Crowley [[spoiler: getting out his holy water and placing it in a bucket. One splash on him, even a '''tiny drop''', means it's over]].
** Which is how [[spoiler:Hastur figures out the mister Crowley's holding ''isn't'' filled with holy water]].

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* OperationGameOfDoom: Crowley [[spoiler: getting out his holy water and placing it in a bucket. One splash on him, even a '''tiny drop''', means it's over]].
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over]]. Which is how [[spoiler:Hastur figures out the mister Crowley's holding ''isn't'' filled with holy water]].



* OutOfTheInferno: [[spoiler:Crowley]], to the bemusement of the cops and everyone else who gets asked for directions.

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* OutOfTheInferno: OutOfTheInferno:
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[[spoiler:Crowley]], to the bemusement of the cops and everyone else who gets asked for directions.



*** The Witchfinders seem to have an excess of these, a favorite being Witchfinder-Colonel Ye-Shall-Not-Eat-Any-Living-Thing-With-The-Blood-Neither-Shall-Ye-Use-Enchantment-Nor-Observe-Times Dalrymple.
*** [[TruthInTelevision This is likely to be a parody of the names that 17th Century Puritans inflicted on their offspring.]] For instance, the unfortunate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Barbon Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon]], who got the nickname "Damned Barbon" for his studies of economics that held that immoral behavior was good for the economy.

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*** ** The Witchfinders seem to have an excess of these, a favorite being Witchfinder-Colonel Ye-Shall-Not-Eat-Any-Living-Thing-With-The-Blood-Neither-Shall-Ye-Use-Enchantment-Nor-Observe-Times Dalrymple.
*** ** [[TruthInTelevision This is likely to be a parody of the names that 17th Century Puritans inflicted on their offspring.]] For instance, the unfortunate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Barbon Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon]], who got the nickname "Damned Barbon" for his studies of economics that held that immoral behavior was good for the economy.



* PokeThePoodle: Crowley, who's considered an incompetent idiot by his fellow demons for choosing to annoy an entire population than drive one person to ruin and temptation, such as tying up the phone lines of Britain for an hour at lunchtime or creating the M25, which is a) horribly prone to traffic jams and generally ill-designed and b) the sigil ''odegra'', which churns out a "fog of low-grade evil" when driven on.
** Subverted by the narration, which backs up Crowley's claim that this a more effective investement of effort for the given corruption. Annoyed people have a tendency towards taking it out on others, and where other demons take years to corrupt a single person, Crowley in an afternoon slightly tarnishes ''thousands'' of souls. He does have respect for the other demons' commitment and skill, but he believes the old ways can't keep up with population increase.

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* PokeThePoodle: Crowley, who's considered an incompetent idiot by his fellow demons for choosing to annoy an entire population than drive one person to ruin and temptation, such as tying up the phone lines of Britain for an hour at lunchtime or creating the M25, which is a) horribly prone to traffic jams and generally ill-designed and b) the sigil ''odegra'', which churns out a "fog of low-grade evil" when driven on.
**
on. Subverted by the narration, which backs up Crowley's claim that this a more effective investement of effort for the given corruption. Annoyed people have a tendency towards taking it out on others, and where other demons take years to corrupt a single person, Crowley in an afternoon slightly tarnishes ''thousands'' of souls. He does have respect for the other demons' commitment and skill, but he believes the old ways can't keep up with population increase.



** RipVanTinkle: He only woke up to use the bathroom.

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** * RipVanTinkle: He only woke up to use the bathroom.



* ScrewDestiny: The entire book is about breaking away from destiny and people's expectations of you, and finding your own path. At the end, [[spoiler:Newton Pulsifer even convinces Anathema Device not to live her life trying to interpret prophecies left to her by a distant ancestor]]. Also, [[spoiler:the Anti-Christ averts Armageddon.]] However, [[spoiler:Agnes may have seen it all coming.]]
** Hilarious that the plot to Screw Destiny is actually orchestrated by God, and everything might just as His [[MagicFranchiseWord ineffable]] plan intended; even the angels and devils really have no idea.
--->''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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* ScrewDestiny: The entire book is about breaking away from destiny and people's expectations of you, and finding your own path. At the end, [[spoiler:Newton Pulsifer even convinces Anathema Device not to live her life trying to interpret prophecies left to her by a distant ancestor]]. Also, [[spoiler:the Anti-Christ averts Armageddon.]] However, [[spoiler:Agnes may have seen it all coming.]]
**
]] Hilarious that the plot to Screw Destiny is actually orchestrated by God, and everything might just as His [[MagicFranchiseWord ineffable]] plan intended; even the angels and devils really have no idea.
--->''God -->''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'''.''



* UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition: The children's version involved straw donkeys and asking girls "art thou a witch, ''[[GratuitousSpanish viva España]]''?"
** The dunking stool doesn't work out quite as planned -- it's a hot day, and no one doing the dunking quite understands why Pepper's kid sister is the one who gets to go into the water.
** Played straight when Crowley is given credit for having started it. Having no idea what Hell is talking about, he goes to see what it's about, [[EvenEvilHasStandards is horrified at what humans have come up with]] and decides to [[INeedAFreakingDrink drink until he forgets about it]].



* SpotlightStealingSquad: Not in-universe, but a fandom example. A quick glance at the fandom might have you believe that Aziraphale and Crowley are the main, or even the only, two characters, despite the fact that this is very much an ensemble work.
** Admittedly the angel-demon OddCouple does provide a good deal of the philosophical ponderings of the novel, and they pretty much embody the idea of "good" and "evil" being NotSoDifferent. But as for actual effects on the plot, Crowley and Aziraphale are basically running a HardyBoysInvestigation. They put a lot of effort into preventing it, but the net result of their efforts is both jack and squat. Having the entire plot resolved by only the human characters without supernatural help may be the point of the story.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Not in-universe, but a fandom example. A quick glance at the fandom might have you believe that Aziraphale and Crowley are the main, or even the only, two characters, despite the fact that this is very much an ensemble work.
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work. Admittedly the angel-demon OddCouple does provide a good deal of the philosophical ponderings of the novel, and they pretty much embody the idea of "good" and "evil" being NotSoDifferent. But as for actual effects on the plot, Crowley and Aziraphale are basically running a HardyBoysInvestigation. They put a lot of effort into preventing it, but the net result of their efforts is both jack and squat. Having the entire plot resolved by only the human characters without supernatural help may be the point of the story.



* UnstoppableMailman: The same mailman is able to deliver packages to all four horsemen of the apocalypse - including killing himself to meet Death - and deliver a package to each.
** [[spoiler:Happily, Adam's reworking of reality restores him to life, sans memory and any inclination to talk about what he does remember.]]

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* UnstoppableMailman: The same mailman is able to deliver packages to all four horsemen of the apocalypse - including killing himself to meet Death - and deliver a package to each.
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each. [[spoiler:Happily, Adam's reworking of reality restores him to life, sans memory and any inclination to talk about what he does remember.]]



* WalkingTechbane: Newton Pulsifer, to an extraordinary extent.
** [[spoiler:Turns into a ChekhovsSkill in the end with the nuclear launch systems. "So? Fix it."]]

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* WalkingTechbane: Newton Pulsifer, to an extraordinary extent.
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extent. [[spoiler:Turns into a ChekhovsSkill in the end with the nuclear launch systems. "So? Fix it."]]



* WeatherDissonance:
** Lower Tadfield has perfectly normal weather, a little ''too'' perfectly normal. It's always hot and sunny in the summer and snows on Christmas, every Christmas. Adam is playing a living WeatherControlMachine and unconciously making the localized weather in his happy little town exactly what he thinks it's supposed to be for that time of year.
** In fact it is how Newt finds him. After all, [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather when was the last anywhere else in Britain had perfect weather?]]

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* WeatherDissonance:
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WeatherDissonance: Lower Tadfield has perfectly normal weather, a little ''too'' perfectly normal. It's always hot and sunny in the summer and snows on Christmas, every Christmas. Adam is playing a living WeatherControlMachine and unconciously making the localized weather in his happy little town exactly what he thinks it's supposed to be for that time of year. \n** In fact it is how Newt finds him. After all, [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather when was the last anywhere else in Britain had perfect weather?]]



* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Agnes Nutter, Nife and Accurate.

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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe:
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Agnes Nutter, Nife and Accurate.



* YouHaveFailedMe: Crowley pulls this on his ''houseplants''. Whenever one of them gets yellow leaves, he takes it away... and leaves the empty pot in full view of the others.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: YouHaveFailedMe:
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Crowley pulls this on his ''houseplants''. Whenever one of them gets yellow leaves, he takes it away... and leaves the empty pot in full view of the others.



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Brought up in those exact words during one of Aziraphale and Crowley's binge drinking philosophical debates.
** Turns out to be literal as well. They compare lists of organizations they consider on their side, and a slight majority are on both lists.

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Brought up in those exact words during one of Aziraphale and Crowley's binge drinking philosophical debates.
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debates. Turns out to be literal as well. They compare lists of organizations they consider on their side, and a slight majority are on both lists.
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* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the possible exception of [[spoiler:Adam]].
** Arguably, even him. It's noted that trying to understand the ineffable plan is something akin to playing poker for infinite stakes in a pitch black room with blank cards and a dealer who refuses to tell you the rules, and who smiles ''all the time''. It being, by its very nature, impossible to understand except by God, who ain't talking.

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* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the possible exception of [[spoiler:Adam]].
** Arguably, even him. It's noted that trying to understand the ineffable plan is something akin to playing poker for infinite stakes in a pitch black room with blank cards and a dealer who refuses to tell you the rules, and who smiles ''all the time''. It being, by its very nature, impossible to understand except by God, who ain't talking.
[[spoiler:Adam]].



** Arguably, Crowley and Aziraphale. [[NotSoDifferent Given a rather unambitious definition of "evil."]]

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** Arguably, Crowley and Aziraphale. [[NotSoDifferent Given a rather unambitious definition of "evil."]]



* RedOniBlueOni: Crowley and Aziraphale, arguably.
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%* CoolOldLady:

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%* %%* CoolOldLady:
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%%** Agnes Nutter.
%%** Madame Tracy.
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* CoolOldLady: Agnes Nutter.
** Arguably Madame Tracy.

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* CoolOldLady: %* CoolOldLady:
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Agnes Nutter.
** Arguably %%** Madame Tracy.
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** The Horsemen are also made to sign their true names in receipt of their weapons.
*** Pollution's pen leaks while signing his, blotting it to the point that it might read "Pollution" or possibly "Pestilence." A reference to an earlier statement that, with the rise of sewers, medicine and antibiotics, Pestilence hadn't had much work lately. Pollution, on the other hand...

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** The Horsemen are also made to sign their true names in receipt of their weapons.
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weapons. Pollution's pen leaks while signing his, blotting it to the point that it might read "Pollution" or possibly "Pestilence." A reference to an earlier statement that, with the rise of sewers, medicine and antibiotics, Pestilence hadn't had much work lately. Pollution, on the other hand...



* WeatherDissonance: Simultaneously played straight and Inverted. Lower Tadfield has perfectly normal weather, a little ''too'' perfectly normal. It's always hot and sunny in the summer and snows on Christmas, every Christmas. Adam is playing a living WeatherControlMachine and unconciously making the localized weather in his happy little town exactly what he thinks it's supposed to be for that time of year.

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* WeatherDissonance: Simultaneously played straight and Inverted. WeatherDissonance:
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Lower Tadfield has perfectly normal weather, a little ''too'' perfectly normal. It's always hot and sunny in the summer and snows on Christmas, every Christmas. Adam is playing a living WeatherControlMachine and unconciously making the localized weather in his happy little town exactly what he thinks it's supposed to be for that time of year.
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*** Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance Death never changes]]... [[IncrediblyLamePun trivia catagories]].
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