History Literature / JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy

7th May '17 7:46:44 PM PaulA
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* AcePilot: Kirsty.

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* AcePilot: Kirsty.Kirsty in the video game world in ''Only You Can Save Mankind''.



* AirVentPassageway: Johnny and the Captain in ''Only You Can Save Mankind''. Subversion, the Captain complains about it being hard to navigate.

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* AirVentPassageway: Johnny and the Captain in ''Only You Can Save Mankind''. Lampshaded that it only exists because Johnny expects it to and the video game world is a consensus reality. Subversion, the Captain complains about it being hard to navigate.



* BedsheetGhost: A pink bedsheet. With flowers.
-->'''Wobbler''': What are you, a gay ghost?

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* BedsheetGhost: A One of the gang dresses as one for Halloween. In a pink bedsheet. With flowers.
-->'''Wobbler''':
bedsheet with flowers on it.
-->'''Wobbler:'''
What are you, a gay ghost?



* BlitzEvacuees: One of them [[spoiler: turns out to be Wobbler's grandfather.]]

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* BlitzEvacuees: Johnny and his friends meet a few in 1941. One of them [[spoiler: turns out to be Wobbler's grandfather.]]grandfather]].



* CoolLoser: Subverted, as Johnny notes that his friends should be this but fail at it - Wobbler the computer geek is terrible with computers, Big Mac the skinhead is wimpy and has asthma, and Yo-Less is the world's most straight-laced and rhythm-free black kid (this was before BlackAndNerdy was a thing).
* CopyProtection: [[TruthInTelevision Utterly ineffective.]]

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* CoolLoser: Subverted, as Johnny notes that his friends should be this but fail at it - -- Wobbler the computer geek is terrible with computers, Big Mac the skinhead is wimpy and has asthma, and Yo-Less is the world's most straight-laced and rhythm-free black kid (this was before BlackAndNerdy was a thing).
* CopyProtection: ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', the in-story game, has it. There's a detailed description of how [[TruthInTelevision Utterly ineffective.]]utterly ineffective]] it is.



* DueToTheDead

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* DueToTheDeadDueToTheDead: Discussed in ''Johnny and the Dead''.



-->'''Kirsty''': Do you know, there was an African tribe once whose nearest word for 'enemy' was 'a friend we haven't met yet'?
-->'''Johnny''': Right. That's how...
-->'''Kirsty''': But they were all killed and eaten in eighteen hundred and two. Except for those who were sold as slaves. The last one died in Mississippi in eighteen sixty-four, and he was ''very upset''.

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-->'''Kirsty''': -->'''Kirsty:''' Do you know, there was an African tribe once whose nearest word for 'enemy' was 'a friend we haven't met yet'?
-->'''Johnny''':
yet'?\\
'''Johnny:'''
Right. That's how...
-->'''Kirsty''':
how...\\
'''Kirsty:'''
But they were all killed and eaten in eighteen hundred and two. Except for those who were sold as slaves. The last one died in Mississippi in eighteen sixty-four, and he was ''very upset''.



* AFriendInNeed
* FruitCart: Lampshaded.

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* AFriendInNeed
AFriendInNeed: In ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', when Johnny realizes Bigmac has seen his friends crash the car they stole, he is running after him before he even thinks; he stops Bigmac from getting too close.
* FruitCart: Lampshaded.Lampshaded in ''Only You Can Save Mankind''. Johnny wonders if it's actually the same marketplace each time and what the stallholders must think.



* GrandfatherParadox: While visiting 1941, Wobbler inadvertently prevents his grandfather and grandmother getting together. He doesn't cease to exist outright, but finds that he's stuck in 1941, unable to return to the 1990s, until he fixes it.



* InSpiteOfANail

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* InSpiteOfANailInSpiteOfANail: In ''Johnny and the Bomb'', the protagonists overcome their worries about For Want of a Nail and save a couple dozen people from getting bombed. As a result a couple streets have different names and a few shops have changed, but that's about it.



* InventorOfTheMundane: [[spoiler: Wobbler]] is left in the past, unable to return to his time due to a paradox. While taking TheSlowPath, he uses his knowledge of the present to "invent" fast food restaurants.

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* InventorOfTheMundane: [[spoiler: Wobbler]] is left in the past, unable to return to his time due to a paradox. While taking TheSlowPath, he uses his knowledge of the present to "invent" fast food restaurants.restaurants and become wealthy.



* MoonwalkDance: Johnny Maxwell and his 1990s gang teach the ghosts in the local cemetery - all of whom died in the period 1850-1948 - how to do the Moonwalk dance. (an affectionate parody of the Thriller video with real Undead). The sight of a corpulent Victorian mayor and a suffragette who died for her beliefs getting really into it is one that provokes much amusement.

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* MoonwalkDance: Johnny Maxwell and his 1990s gang teach the ghosts in the local cemetery - -- all of whom died in the period 1850-1948 - -- how to do the Moonwalk dance. (an affectionate parody of the Thriller video with real Undead). The sight of a corpulent Victorian mayor and a suffragette who died for her beliefs getting really into it is one that provokes much amusement.



* TheNineties: The books were written and (TimeTravel aside) set at this time.

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* TheNineties: The books were written and (TimeTravel aside) set at this time. UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar is going on in the background in the first novel.



* TheOneGuy: Gunnery Officer.
* TheOnlyOne: Inverted. The players of the video game respawn, while the aliens are KilledOffForReal. Also, you're not the only one who can save mankind, and mankind isn't really in that much danger - the aliens are.

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* TheOneGuy: The Gunnery Officer.
Officer is the only male member of the command crew on the alien ship.
* TheOnlyOne: Inverted. The players of the video game respawn, while the aliens are KilledOffForReal. Also, you're not the only one who can save mankind, and mankind isn't really in that much danger - -- the aliens are.



* OpeningScroll: Parodied, and described as "the bit [the developers of the titular computer game] stole from ''StarWars''".

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* OpeningScroll: Parodied, and described as "the bit [the developers of the titular computer game] stole from ''StarWars''".''Franchise/StarWars''".



* ShootEmUp: ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', the game-within-the-book, is this, which makes negotiation difficult - "they don't make joysticks with a Don't Fire button".

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* ShootEmUp: ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', the game-within-the-book, is this, which makes negotiation difficult - -- "they don't make joysticks with a Don't Fire button".



* ShroudedInMyth
* TheSlowPath: [[spoiler: Wobbler]]

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* ShroudedInMyth
ShroudedInMyth: In ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', Johnny helps Bigmac after he saw his friends crash their stolen car; this gets mutated, by the next morning, into his having pulled him from the wreck.
* TheSlowPath: [[spoiler: Wobbler]][[spoiler:Wobbler]] gets trapped in 1941 and has to get back to the 1990s the long way.



* TalkingInYourDreams

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* TalkingInYourDreamsTalkingInYourDreams: In ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', Johnny has recurring dreams of being a fighter pilot in the world of the video game. Then he recognizes the voice of another pilot as a girl he's seen around the game shop, and is able to strike up a conversation that leads to them meeting in the real world.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: Johnny is shocked to find this is the case after a street is bombed; the victims are offered a SpotOfTea and start picking up the rubble almost immediately.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Johnny is shocked to find this is the case in 1941 after a street is bombed; the victims are offered a SpotOfTea and start picking up the rubble almost immediately.



* TimeTravelTenseTrouble
* TwoDSpace: Defied when Kirsty ''doesn't'' fly like this.

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* TimeTravelTenseTrouble
TimeTravelTenseTrouble: "There's an old windmill up there. It was some kind of look-out post during the war. Is, I mean."
* {{Tradesnark}}: The opening scroll of the in-story game ''Only You Can Save Mankind'' has TM signs liberally scattered across it. Only You Can Save Mankind™ from the Screewee Empire™! In a bonus joke, the small print at the end reveals that it's the words "Mankind" and "Empire" that are trademarks of the software publisher, not the whole phrases.
* TwoDSpace: People who enter the video game world tend to fly as if their fighter is on a 2D plane, because that's the only way it can move in the game. Defied when Kirsty ''doesn't'' fly like this.



* UsedFuture: Johnny's imagination paints the inside of his starfighter as having a kind of "grimy cleanliness" about it.

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* UsedFuture: Johnny's imagination paints the inside of his starfighter as having a kind of "grimy cleanliness" about it. The alien ship is cleaner and shinier when he visits, because that's the way alien ships look in his head, but gets dirtier when Kirsty visits, because her idea of a spaceship is influenced by movies like ''Alien''.



* WithDueRespect

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* WithDueRespectWithDueRespect: In ''Only You Can Save Mankind'', the Navigation Officer ends her objection with "With respect."
7th May '17 4:33:17 PM Exxolon
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10th Apr '17 2:58:38 PM nombretomado
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* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: Yo-less' friends explain his presence to the Forties people in ''Johnny and the Bomb'' as him being a foreign prince -- "Prince {{Sega}}, all the way from Creator/{{Nintendo}}".

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* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: Yo-less' friends explain his presence to the Forties people in ''Johnny and the Bomb'' as him being a foreign prince -- "Prince {{Sega}}, Creator/{{Sega}}, all the way from Creator/{{Nintendo}}".
23rd Feb '17 1:17:00 PM Existing87
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Placid, unassuming Johnny is capable of [[SuddenlyShouting getting angry]] if sufficiently pressured.
21st Dec '16 12:24:13 AM Solle
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Kirsty has some strong autism traits.
4th Nov '16 7:58:52 AM dlchen145
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first book, Wobbler is a legitimate computer wiz, and Big Mac is, if not a real BadAss, then at least capable of convincingly pretending to be one.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first book, Wobbler is a legitimate computer wiz, and Big Mac is, if not a real BadAss, badass, then at least capable of convincingly pretending to be one.
11th Sep '16 4:49:08 AM Mooncalf
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* IronicEcho: Kirsty rather thoughtlessly blows off Yo-Less' aggravation when he's a victim of 40's-era institutionalized racism, telling him that "you people" should stop taking it so seriously. When she's later a victim of equally institutionalized 40's-era sexism, Yo-Less glibly tell her the exact same thing back.
2nd Jun '16 12:04:17 AM Doug86
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* SoleSurvivor: Only one of the "Blackbury Pals" made it home from WorldWarOne.

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* SoleSurvivor: Only one of the "Blackbury Pals" made it home from WorldWarOne.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
12th Mar '16 12:24:59 PM morenohijazo
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* RainOfSomethingUnusual: In ''Johnny And The Bomb'', a bomb lands on the pickle factory during the Blackbury Blitz, causing a short rain of vinegar. Kirsty also mentions a mysterious rain of fish from last September ("You mean, when there was that gas leak under the tropical fish shop?")
23rd Aug '15 7:04:42 PM PaulA
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* MoonwalkDance: Johnny Maxwell and his 1990s gang teach the ghosts in the local cemetary - all of whom died in the period 1850-1948 - how to do the Moonwalk dance. (an affectionate parody of the Thriller video with real Undead). The sight of a corpulent Victorian mayor and a suffragette who died for her beliefs getting really into it is one that provokes much amusement.

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* MoonwalkDance: Johnny Maxwell and his 1990s gang teach the ghosts in the local cemetary cemetery - all of whom died in the period 1850-1948 - how to do the Moonwalk dance. (an affectionate parody of the Thriller video with real Undead). The sight of a corpulent Victorian mayor and a suffragette who died for her beliefs getting really into it is one that provokes much amusement.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The plot of ''Johnny and the Dead'' comes straight from a contemporary scandal when Westminster Council sold three cemetaries for 5p each.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The plot of ''Johnny and the Dead'' comes straight from a contemporary scandal when Westminster Council sold three cemetaries cemeteries for 5p each.
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