History Literature / MemoirsOfAnInvisibleMan

8th Mar '17 7:01:40 PM marcoasalazarm
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* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Not only the problem lies in that what happened that created the invisibility effect is a complete unknown (and an industrial accident, to boot), but Jenkins makes things worse in that he wants Nick so badly that he decides killing the scientist that created the technology (and ''may'' be able to replicate things eventually) is a perfect way to draw Nick into the open.
23rd Feb '17 9:35:20 PM marcoasalazarm
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* CIAEvilFBIGood: The "CIA is Evil" part is present and accounted for full-force with David Jenkins. He desires Nick because he can be an invisible assassin (being a secret agent in and of itself would probably do, but Jenkins makes an emphasis on wanting to use Nick as an invisible ''assassin'') and becomes an ImplacableMan, using all kinds of lures to draw Nick out... even kill the guy who created the technology that turned Nick invisible, or take Alice hostage.
10th Dec '16 9:04:06 PM BigJaredMonkey
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** InvisibilityWithDrawbacks: The primary drawback to Nick Halloway's invisibility is that he cannot turn it off. This causes endless problems for him, not the least of which is that the government wants to force him to become an invisible assassin. Secondary problems include the fact that he only has one set of clothing that is also invisible, so he can be seen when he wears anything else. Also, anything he eats or drinks is perfectly visible as he chews, swallows and digests it, and that can be nauseating to watch.
9th Dec '16 6:40:24 AM hullflyer
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* {{Handwave}}: The book gives an explanation for why some of the issues that would eventually get Nick in trouble don't, specifically dust and other small particles that should adhere to him and make him easier to "see". The book explains that the process that made him invisible also made it more difficult for other objects to form mechanical bonds with him, so not only does dust not stick to him, but water beads and runs off him almost immediately. However, it forgets that this should make normal walking surfaces more slippery due to the reduced friction.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The scientist who is responsible for the accident that makes Nick invisible started on research related to nuclear fusion, but went off on a tangent, and barely talked to anyone, even his assistants, about what he was doing. The accident turns the entire building invisible, so any notes could not be read, and Nick burns it down anyway to help his escape.

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* {{Handwave}}: The book gives an explanation for why some of the issues that would eventually get Nick in trouble don't, specifically dust and other small particles that should adhere to him and make him easier to "see". The book explains that the process that made him invisible also made it more difficult for other objects to form mechanical bonds with him, so not only does dust not stick to him, but water beads and runs off him almost immediately. However, it the book forgets that this should make normal walking surfaces more slippery due to the reduced friction.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The scientist who is responsible for the accident that makes Nick invisible started on research related to nuclear fusion, but went off on a tangent, and barely talked to anyone, even his assistants, about what he was doing. The He dies in the accident that turns the entire building invisible, so any notes could not be read, are unreadable, and Nick burns it down anyway to help his escape.
9th Dec '16 6:37:20 AM hullflyer
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* Determinator: Jenkins absolutely will not give up on finding Nick, and though Nick despairs a few times, he refuses to give up hope for a more normal life without Jenkins in it either.
* Handwave: The book gives an explanation for why some of the issues that would eventually get Nick in trouble don't, specifically dust and other small particles that should adhere to him and make him easier to "see". The book explains that the process that made him invisible also made it more difficult for other objects to form mechanical bonds with him, so not only does dust not stick to him, but water beads and runs off him almost immediately. However, it forgets that this should make normal walking surfaces more slippery due to the reduced friction.

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* Determinator: {{Determinator}}: Jenkins absolutely will not give up on finding Nick, and though Nick despairs a few times, he refuses to give up hope for a more normal life without Jenkins in it either.
* Handwave: {{Handwave}}: The book gives an explanation for why some of the issues that would eventually get Nick in trouble don't, specifically dust and other small particles that should adhere to him and make him easier to "see". The book explains that the process that made him invisible also made it more difficult for other objects to form mechanical bonds with him, so not only does dust not stick to him, but water beads and runs off him almost immediately. However, it forgets that this should make normal walking surfaces more slippery due to the reduced friction.
9th Dec '16 6:20:35 AM hullflyer
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BadassNormal: Although being invisible means he really isn't normal, Nick is ''really'' badass. He plans for the future quickly and efficiently once he realizes his situation, makes good decisions about how to initially survive, plans for the long-term, and especially when he realizes that Jenkins simply won't give up, acknowledges that he is much too reactive, and plans and executes a way to turn the tables. Even when things go wrong with this plan, he improvises on the fly, and it works out. As Jenkins says in one of their phone conversations, Nick probably would have made a good field agent even if he weren't invisible.
CrazyPrepared: Nick does this when escaping the invisible building. Jenkins has the entire area sealed off, but it's too large to effectively box Nick in quite yet, so they go about the business of identifying the dimensions of the walls and floors with tape and string. While they work, Nick gets together everything he can that is invisible, and builds a "ladder" of invisible tables to get him and his possessions out without being immediately noticed. A lot of it comes in handy later, especially the cloth, which he is eventually able to make extra clothes out of.
Determinator: Jenkins absolutely will not give up on finding Nick, and though Nick despairs a few times, he refuses to give up hope for a more normal life without Jenkins in it either.
Handwave: The book gives an explanation for why some of the issues that would eventually get Nick in trouble don't, specifically dust and other small particles that should adhere to him and make him easier to "see". The book explains that the process that made him invisible also made it more difficult for other objects to form mechanical bonds with him, so not only does dust not stick to him, but water beads and runs off him almost immediately. However, it forgets that this should make normal walking surfaces more slippery due to the reduced friction.
NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The scientist who is responsible for the accident that makes Nick invisible started on research related to nuclear fusion, but went off on a tangent, and barely talked to anyone, even his assistants, about what he was doing. The accident turns the entire building invisible, so any notes could not be read, and Nick burns it down anyway to help his escape.

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* BadassNormal: Although being invisible means he really isn't normal, Nick is ''really'' badass. He plans for the future quickly and efficiently once he realizes his situation, makes good decisions about how to initially survive, plans for the long-term, and especially when he realizes that Jenkins simply won't give up, acknowledges that he is much too reactive, and plans and executes a way to turn the tables. Even when things go wrong with this plan, he improvises on the fly, and it works out. As Jenkins says in one of their phone conversations, Nick probably would have made a good field agent even if he weren't invisible.
* CrazyPrepared: Nick does this when escaping the invisible building. Jenkins has the entire area sealed off, but it's too large to effectively box Nick in quite yet, so they go about the business of identifying the dimensions of the walls and floors with tape and string. While they work, Nick gets together everything he can that is invisible, and builds a "ladder" of invisible tables to get him and his possessions out without being immediately noticed. A lot of it comes in handy later, especially the cloth, which he is eventually able to make extra clothes out of.
* Determinator: Jenkins absolutely will not give up on finding Nick, and though Nick despairs a few times, he refuses to give up hope for a more normal life without Jenkins in it either.
* Handwave: The book gives an explanation for why some of the issues that would eventually get Nick in trouble don't, specifically dust and other small particles that should adhere to him and make him easier to "see". The book explains that the process that made him invisible also made it more difficult for other objects to form mechanical bonds with him, so not only does dust not stick to him, but water beads and runs off him almost immediately. However, it forgets that this should make normal walking surfaces more slippery due to the reduced friction.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The scientist who is responsible for the accident that makes Nick invisible started on research related to nuclear fusion, but went off on a tangent, and barely talked to anyone, even his assistants, about what he was doing. The accident turns the entire building invisible, so any notes could not be read, and Nick burns it down anyway to help his escape.
9th Dec '16 6:20:10 AM hullflyer
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BadassNormal: Although being invisible means he really isn't normal, Nick is ''really'' badass. He plans for the future quickly and efficiently once he realizes his situation, makes good decisions about how to initially survive, plans for the long-term, and especially when he realizes that Jenkins simply won't give up, acknowledges that he is much too reactive, and plans and executes a way to turn the tables. Even when things go wrong with this plan, he improvises on the fly, and it works out. As Jenkins says in one of their phone conversations, Nick probably would have made a good field agent even if he weren't invisible.
CrazyPrepared: Nick does this when escaping the invisible building. Jenkins has the entire area sealed off, but it's too large to effectively box Nick in quite yet, so they go about the business of identifying the dimensions of the walls and floors with tape and string. While they work, Nick gets together everything he can that is invisible, and builds a "ladder" of invisible tables to get him and his possessions out without being immediately noticed. A lot of it comes in handy later, especially the cloth, which he is eventually able to make extra clothes out of.
Determinator: Jenkins absolutely will not give up on finding Nick, and though Nick despairs a few times, he refuses to give up hope for a more normal life without Jenkins in it either.
Handwave: The book hgives an explanation for why some of the issues that would eventually get Nick in trouble don't, specifically dust and other small particles that should adhere to him and make him easier to "see". The book explains that the process that made him invisible also made it more difficult for other objects to form mechanical bonds with him, so not only does dust not stick to him, but water beads and runs off him almost immediately. However, it forgets that this should make normal walking surfaces more slippery due to the reduced friction.
NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: The scientist who is responsible for the accident that makes Nick invisible started on research related to nuclear fusion, but went off on a tangent, and barely talked to anyone, even his assistants, about what he was doing. The accident turns the entire building invisible, so any notes could not be read, and Nick burns it down anyway to help his escape.
9th Dec '16 6:01:33 AM hullflyer
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4th Aug '16 11:03:14 AM 32_Footsteps
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* IJustWantToBeNormal

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* IJustWantToBeNormalDrivenToSuicide: At the climax at the construction site, when Jenkins has Nick cornered, Nick makes it clear that he'd rather jump off the building than be forced to work as a black ops assassin. [[spoiler: He's actually faking it, as noted above under CursedWithAwesome.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Nick desperately searches for a way to become a normal, visible person again. [[spoiler: Even after he learns that it's impossible, he does his best to make it so that he can live as normal of a life as possible.]]



* {{Invisibility}}

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* {{Invisibility}}{{Invisibility}}: The plot revolves around what happens when a metaphorically invisible man accidentally becomes literally invisible.



* PowerIncontinence

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* PowerIncontinencePowerIncontinence: Nick's issue with his invisibility is that he's stuck that way, and he wants at least the ability to turn it off.
14th May '16 12:50:28 PM Bissek
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* InvisibleStomachVisibleFood: Applies to Nick. In the movie, there are several scenes in which Nick chews gum, drinks liquid, or otherwise ingests food and we see it hovering in air. In fact, the first time he notices is when he "sees" himself in the mirror, only to find digesting food. [[VomitIndiscretionShot We hear the sound of vomiting]] and the food arches into the air and off-screen. Later, as he attempts to hide from the BigBad, he refuses to eat so that he remains invisible.

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* InvisibleStomachVisibleFood: Applies to Nick. In the movie, there are several scenes in which Nick chews gum, drinks liquid, or otherwise ingests food and we see it hovering in air. In fact, the first time he notices is when he "sees" himself in the mirror, only to find digesting food. [[VomitIndiscretionShot We hear the sound of vomiting]] and the food arches into the air and off-screen. He ends up switching to an all-clear foods diet so that he can't see the half-eaten food in his stomach. Later, as he attempts to hide from the BigBad, he refuses to eat so that he remains invisible.
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