History Literature / GoodOmens

23rd Apr '17 4:48:55 PM Aquillion
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: A minor example. Hastur escapes from Crowley's answering machine when a telemarketer calls the number, and proceeds to murder all of the people in the telemarketer's office. This causes a ripple effect of goodwill and contentment in the world because [[TakeThat the telemarketers couldn't ruin anyone else's day]].

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A minor example. Hastur escapes from Crowley's answering machine when a telemarketer calls the number, and proceeds to murder all of the people in the telemarketer's office. This causes a ripple effect of goodwill and contentment in the world because [[TakeThat the telemarketers couldn't ruin anyone else's day]].day]].
** Aziraphale points out that Crowley may have done this (while he may have invoked NiceJobBreakingItHero) when Crowley tricked humanity into learning the difference between good and evil, while Aziraphale gave them fire. Crowley is not amused.
14th Apr '17 11:23:17 AM Kate
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nutter and Device are not only authentic Lancashire family names, they are names of women who were burned as witches. Nutter is an Old English word for "cowherd" and Device (pronounced DEH-viss) is an alternate spelling of Davis.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nutter and Device are not only authentic Lancashire family names, they are names of women who were burned hanged as witches. Nutter is an Old English word for "cowherd" and Device (pronounced DEH-viss) is an alternate spelling of Davis.
3rd Apr '17 4:51:44 AM cordychase
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** Attempted with the Anti-Christ. The Satanist nuns keep trying to get his mother to name him something evil-sounding and eventually end up with Warlock. [[spoiler: But subverted, as Warlock is the wrong baby--he turns out a spoiled brat but otherwise normal. The real Antichrist is named ''Adam'', after the first human, and eventually chooses humanity over Hell.]]
21st Jan '17 4:01:46 AM Randallw201238
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Amazon has greenlit a [[http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/19/14323060/amazon-neil-gaiman-terry-pratchett-good-omens miniseries]] to be written by Gaiman (with Pratchett's blessing)
5th Dec '16 6:45:15 AM Andyroid
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->''Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Do not attempt it in your own home]].''

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->''Kids! ->''CAVEAT: Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Do not attempt it in your own home]].''



** 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 later 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. Further reinforced by Death later saying he never touched the guy.



* ChekhovsSkill: Well, ''lack'' of skill is more like it, but [[spoiler: Newton's utter ineptitude with technology is put to good use at a crucial moment when he realizes that he can destroy the computer in the base by trying to fix it.]]

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* ChekhovsSkill: Well, ''lack'' of skill is more like it, but [[spoiler: Newton's utter ineptitude with technology is put to good use at a crucial moment when he Anathema realizes that he can destroy the computer in the base by trying to fix it.]]



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%%* CoolOldLady:* CoolOldLady: Madame Tracey is barely phased by [[spoiler: being temporarily possessed by Aziraphale]], and is all too willing to help out in whatever way she can in the face of Armageddon.
18th Sep '16 5:47:17 AM Veanne
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** Crowley's big inspiring concept of spreading a relatively small amount of mischief as wide as he can, so ''everyone'' gets a splash, is a shout-out to C.S. Lewis's creation, the teaching demon Screwtape, who advocated ''exactly'' this as the human race got ever-larger, while there were only the same number of demons to deal with them. A lot of Crowley's modus operandum looks like he's read and learnt from ''The Screwtape Letters''.

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** Crowley's big inspiring concept of spreading a relatively small amount of mischief as wide as he can, so ''everyone'' gets a splash, is a shout-out to C.S. Lewis's creation, the teaching demon Screwtape, who advocated ''exactly'' this as the human race got ever-larger, while there were only the same number of demons to deal with them. A lot of Crowley's modus operandum operandi looks like he's read and learnt from ''The Screwtape Letters''.
11th Sep '16 6:17:23 PM PaulA
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: When was the last time you saw an in-car entertainment system with a tape deck, or an answering machine that stored its messages on tape, for that matter? As for Cellnet, BT sold it off and it changed its name to O2 years ago.
11th Sep '16 6:14:55 PM PaulA
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** After the baby swap at the beginning, the narrator notes that it would be nice to think that the spare baby, instead of being ruthlessly disposed of, was adopted out and led an ordinary life somewhere with an ordinary sort of hobby like "restoring vintage bicycles, perhaps, or breeding tropical fish". Much, much later [[spoiler:it's mentioned in passing[[note]][[BetterThanABareBulb and lampshaded in the footnotes]][[/note]] that Greasy Johnson, the leader of Tadfield's other kid gang, is secretly devoted to his prize-winning collection of tropical fish]].

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** After the baby swap at the beginning, the narrator notes that it would be nice to think that the spare baby, instead of being ruthlessly disposed of, was adopted out and led an ordinary life somewhere with an ordinary sort of hobby like "restoring vintage bicycles, perhaps, or breeding tropical fish". Much, much later [[spoiler:it's mentioned in passing[[note]][[BetterThanABareBulb and passing[[note]]and lampshaded in the footnotes]][[/note]] footnotes[[/note]] that Greasy Johnson, the leader of Tadfield's other kid gang, is secretly devoted to his prize-winning collection of tropical fish]].



* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the exception of [[spoiler:Adam]], possibly, maybe. Then again the Ineffable plan is Ineffable so maybe not...

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* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the possible exception of [[spoiler:Adam]], possibly, maybe. Then again the Ineffable plan is Ineffable so maybe not...[[spoiler:Adam]].



* TwoDecadesBehind: Seems to be a common failing of those of Angelic stock (which naturally includes demons too). Crawly scorns Ligur and Hastur for being stuck in a mindset that's several centuries out of date and not moving with the times. Aziraphale has just about managed to accept that the 20th century is happening, but he's stuck in the 40s-50s when the story is set in the 90s. The one exception is Crawly who embraces the latest technologies and lives in an apartment that looks like a showroom for an ultra-modern apartment complex. Admittedly he drives a horribly out of date car, but only because it's just so damn stylish
11th Sep '16 3:24:08 PM passivesmoking
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* TwoDecadesBehind: Seems to be a common failing of those of Angelic stock (which naturally includes demons too). Crawly scorns Ligur and Hastur for being stuck in a mindset that's several centuries out of date and not moving with the times. Aziraphale has just about managed to accept that the 20th century is happening, but he's stuck in the 40s-50s when the story is set in the 90s. The one exception is Crawly who embraces the latest technologies and lives in an apartment that looks like a showroom for an ultra-modern apartment complex. Admittedly he drives a horribly out of date car, but only because it's just so damn stylish
11th Sep '16 3:19:02 PM passivesmoking
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: When was the last time you saw an in-car entertainment system with a tape deck, or an answering machine that stored its messages on tape, for that matter? As for Cellnet, BT sold it off and it changed its name to O2 years ago.
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