History Literature / Incompetence

15th Jun '17 4:56:35 PM Anddrix
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* GenreSavvy: Harry has devised ways of using the CrapsackWorld to his advantage.
18th May '17 2:10:33 PM CynicalBastardo
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* KentBrockmanNews: In the Euronews chapter, the helicopter reporter utterly freaks out when the gunplay starts and complains that he's a sports reporter supposed to be covering a match. The anchor ends the broadcast by noting that if the dead French Interior Minister who had been occupying Harry's rental car had been on drugs, then he would rot in hell.
18th May '17 1:43:12 PM CynicalBastardo
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* TheDilbertPrinciple: Incompetent workers are often promoted quickly, whereas those who know what they're doing suffer from LimitedAdvancementOpportunities. This is why [[RabidCop Zuccho]] has made it all the way up to Captain and Salieri is a Sergeant. Harry is actually amazed that Salieri made it as far as Sergeant, but notes that he won't go any further.
5th Oct '16 3:25:40 PM Gorzag
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Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, it takes place in The United States Of Europe, where {{political correctness|GoneMad}} has reached DystopianEdict levels, and laws have been passed that forbid the discrimination of people based on race, class, gender, creed or competence. Thus, a society has been born where ''everyone'' is bad at their job because employers aren't allowed to use someone's ''actual ability to do the job'' as a reason to hire/fire someone. Most shoes are made of vegetable matter, a hotel room will only have furniture in it if you're lucky (and be completely non-existent if you're not), and signposts rarely agree with each other, let alone point the correct way. As added joke, one can track how many originally absurd rules from book were actually realised by European Union between publishing and present.

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Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, it takes place in The United States Of Europe, where {{political correctness|GoneMad}} has reached DystopianEdict levels, and laws have been passed that forbid the discrimination of people based on race, class, gender, creed or competence. Thus, a society has been born where ''everyone'' is bad at their job because employers aren't allowed to use someone's ''actual ability to do the job'' as a reason to hire/fire someone. Most shoes are made of vegetable matter, a hotel room will only have furniture in it if you're lucky (and be completely non-existent if you're not), and signposts rarely agree with each other, let alone point the correct way. As an added joke, one can track how many originally absurd rules from this book were actually realised by European Union between publishing and present.
26th Sep '16 11:50:50 AM CynicalBastardo
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* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Klingferm.]]

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* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Klingferm.[[spoiler:Klingferm trained Harry in and was one of his contacts. Turns out he's an American agent out to subvert European interests.]]
20th Jul '16 5:27:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Klingferm, until the end.]]
28th Jun '15 9:23:00 PM Angeldeb82
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* NoOSHACompliance: Since Disneyland Austria was shut down, it's been left abandoned until the final confrontation between Harry and "Johnny Appleseed" [[spoiler: aka Dick Klingferm]]. The main attraction is rigged to collapse at a certain point and it's [[spoiler: Klingferm's]] intention to use it to kill Harry.



* NoOSHACompliance: Since Disneyland Austria was shut down, it's been left abandoned until the final confrontation between Harry and "Johnny Appleseed" [[spoiler: aka Dick Klingferm]]. The main attraction is rigged to collapse at a certain point and it's [[spoiler: Klingferm's]] intention to use it to kill Harry.
28th Jun '15 9:21:43 PM Angeldeb82
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* FiringOneHanded: Averted. The only time Harry gets a gun, he needs both hands to keep his aim steady. Although, the implication is that said gun is a HandCannon.
* GenreSavvy: Harry has devised ways of using the CrapsackWorld to his advantage.



* FiringOneHanded: Averted. The only time Harry gets a gun, he needs both hands to keep his aim steady. Although, the implication is that said gun is a HandCannon.



* GenreSavvy: Harry has devised ways of using the CrapsackWorld to his advantage.



* ImAHumanitarian: 'Mission Man Broth.



* ImAHumanitarian: 'Mission Man Broth.
28th Jun '15 9:19:08 PM Angeldeb82
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Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, it takes place in The United States Of Europe, where [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad political correctness]] has reached [[DystopianEdict Dystopian Edict]] levels, and laws have been passed that forbid the discrimination of people based on race, class, gender, creed or competence. Thus, a society has been born where ''everyone'' is bad at their job because employers aren't allowed to use someone's ''actual ability to do the job'' as a reason to hire/fire someone. Most shoes are made of vegetable matter, a hotel room will only have furniture in it if you're lucky (and be completely non-existent if you're not), and signposts rarely agree with each other, let alone point the correct way. As added joke, one can track how many originally absurd rules from book were actually realised by European Union between publishing and present.

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Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, it takes place in The United States Of Europe, where [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad political correctness]] {{political correctness|GoneMad}} has reached [[DystopianEdict Dystopian Edict]] DystopianEdict levels, and laws have been passed that forbid the discrimination of people based on race, class, gender, creed or competence. Thus, a society has been born where ''everyone'' is bad at their job because employers aren't allowed to use someone's ''actual ability to do the job'' as a reason to hire/fire someone. Most shoes are made of vegetable matter, a hotel room will only have furniture in it if you're lucky (and be completely non-existent if you're not), and signposts rarely agree with each other, let alone point the correct way. As added joke, one can track how many originally absurd rules from book were actually realised by European Union between publishing and present.



* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The entire book is told in first person by Harry, except for two chapters. One is the USE's version of the Miranda Rights (with a dumbed down version), the other is a Euronews broadcast where German police [[MoreDakka shoot up a car]] with an [[NoKillLikeOverkill already dead man behind the wheel]] before launching a rocket at it.....[[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy and completely missing, instead destroying a nearby tanning factory.]]



* BOOMHeadshot: Subverted. Harry [[spoiler: shoots Klingferm in the head, but he appears to survive it. Mostly]]
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Klingferm]].
* [[CIAEvilFBIGood CIA Evil Europol Good]]: [[spoiler: Klingferm is a CIA agent trying to subvert Europe.]] Europol is basically the TransatlanticEquivalent to the FBI and, though we only see one agent, he's essentially not a bad guy and is only doing his job.

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* BOOMHeadshot: BoomHeadshot: Subverted. Harry [[spoiler: shoots Klingferm in the head, but he appears to survive it. Mostly]]
Mostly]].
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Klingferm]].
[[spoiler:Klingferm.]]
* [[CIAEvilFBIGood CIA Evil Evil, Europol Good]]: [[spoiler: Klingferm is a CIA agent trying to subvert Europe.]] Europol is basically the TransatlanticEquivalent to the FBI and, though we only see one agent, he's essentially not a bad guy and is only doing his job.



* ChalkOutline: At the scene of a nasty accident, Harry sees a cop drawing chalk outlines around everything, including an eyeball that had got thrown from the wreckage. He gives it a {{lampshade}}.

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* ChalkOutline: At the scene of a nasty accident, Harry sees a cop drawing chalk outlines around everything, including an eyeball that had got thrown from the wreckage. He gives it a {{lampshade}}.{{lampshade|Hanging}}.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Klingferm, until the end.]]



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Klingferm, until the end.]]

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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler: Klingferm, until the end.]]TheDragon: Wolfie.



* LittleUselessGun: Wolfie's Derringer. Harry reckons it's only good for an [[EyeScream eye shot]] at point blank range. Given Wolfie's sadistic nature, that's probably what he did use it for.

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* LittleUselessGun: Wolfie's Derringer. Harry reckons it's only good for an [[EyeScream eye shot]] {{eye s|cream}}hot at point blank range. Given Wolfie's sadistic nature, that's probably what he did use it for.



* NoKillLikeOverkill: The German police in the Euronews chapter. Also Superintendant Debary of the Food Crimes squad, who goes to restaurant inspections armed to the teeth.



* ShoutOut: Harry Salt and Harry Tequila are names Harry chooses when drinking Tequila with Klingferm after he finishes his training. Klingferm advises him not to pick the name [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]. Doubles as {{Foreshadowing}}, as Klingferm [[spoiler: is really the BigBad who fakes his own death.]]

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* ShoutOut: Harry Salt and Harry Tequila are names Harry chooses when drinking Tequila with Klingferm after he finishes his training. Klingferm advises him not to pick the name [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]. Doubles as {{Foreshadowing}}, as Klingferm [[spoiler: is really the BigBad who fakes his own death.]]death]].



* SuperIdentikit: Averted. Harry gets identikitted and the image is shown on Euronews. Luckily, it looks more like [[PlanetOfTheApes Dr Zaius]] than Harry.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Superindendant Debary, who slept with all three daughters of a restaurant owner separately and all together (he even has written consent). [[SarcasmMode The fact that he was giving said restaurant a clean bill of health had nothing to do with it]].
* TheDragon: Wolfie.

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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: The entire book is told in first person by Harry, except for two chapters. One is the USE's version of the Miranda Rights (with a dumbed down version), the other is a Euronews broadcast where German police [[MoreDakka shoot up a car]] with an [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill already dead man behind the wheel]] before launching a rocket at it.....[[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy and completely missing, instead destroying a nearby tanning factory.]]
* SuperIdentikit: Averted. Harry gets identikitted and the image is shown on Euronews. Luckily, it looks more like [[PlanetOfTheApes [[Film/PlanetOfTheApes Dr Zaius]] than Harry.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Superindendant Debary, who slept with all three daughters of a restaurant owner separately and all together (he even has written consent). [[SarcasmMode The fact that he was giving said restaurant a clean bill of health had nothing to do with it]].
it.]]
* TheDragon: Wolfie.ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The German police in the Euronews chapter. Also Superintendant Debary of the Food Crimes squad, who goes to restaurant inspections armed to the teeth.
16th Feb '15 7:20:22 PM Ojin
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Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, it takes place in The United States Of Europe, where [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad political correctness]] has reached its logical conclusion, and laws have been passed that forbid the discrimination of people based on race, class, gender, creed or competence. Thus, a society has been born where ''everyone'' is bad at their job because employers aren't allowed to use someone's ''actual ability to do the job'' as a reason to hire/fire someone. Most shoes are made of vegetable matter, a hotel room will only have furniture in it if you're lucky (and be completely non-existent if you're not), and signposts rarely agree with each other, let alone point the correct way. As added joke, one can track how many originally absurd rules from book were actually realised by European Union between publishing and present.

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Set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, it takes place in The United States Of Europe, where [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad political correctness]] has reached its logical conclusion, [[DystopianEdict Dystopian Edict]] levels, and laws have been passed that forbid the discrimination of people based on race, class, gender, creed or competence. Thus, a society has been born where ''everyone'' is bad at their job because employers aren't allowed to use someone's ''actual ability to do the job'' as a reason to hire/fire someone. Most shoes are made of vegetable matter, a hotel room will only have furniture in it if you're lucky (and be completely non-existent if you're not), and signposts rarely agree with each other, let alone point the correct way. As added joke, one can track how many originally absurd rules from book were actually realised by European Union between publishing and present.
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