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23rd May '17 8:02:33 PM DoctorNemesis
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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Rimmer, of course, doesn't figure this out with regards to his astronavigation exams and dreams of becoming an officer. The novels add a bit of [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Willy Loman-esque]] tragedy to this by implying that he's actually pretty good at graphic design and could have been happy and successful if he'd just realised this instead of devoting himself full-throttle to the Space Corps.
23rd May '17 7:54:49 PM DoctorNemesis
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Towards the end of ''Last Human'', the characters are forced to perform a ritual to protect themselves from the Rage by forming a circle and using it to channel the Rage into one of them, killing that person but saving everyone else. Lister's EvilTwin steals the Luck Virus and takes it to make sure it isn't him. Only, when the Rage actually strikes, it's so powerful and alluring that everyone in the circle is temporarily driven insane so that they ''want'' to be possessed by it. But only one of them's taken the Luck Virus, which gives you everything you want...
18th May '17 4:12:31 AM CynicalBastardo
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* AndIMustScream: M'Aiden Ty-One's fate in ''Backwards''. Tricked into using a scramble card by D'Juhn Keep that he is told will increase his reflexes, the card actually contains a computer virus which begins shutting down his systems one by one. He starts off as confused and disorientated and gradually grows weaker until he is unable to move or even speak properly. The absolute last thing the virus goes after is his pain receptors, so he is fully conscious and can feel everything as D'Juhn harvests him for the replacement parts he needs to get himself back in full working order.
18th May '17 4:02:14 AM CynicalBastardo
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* FantasticRacism: In the first book, it's stated that holograms are discriminated against and treated as second class citizens because they are seen by the living as a reminder of their own mortality. Holograms often hold equal rights marches. Given the power and computer run time requirements, only the mega rich and mission critical Space Corps personnel are resurrected as holograms. Rimmer had once thrown a stone at one of these marches as a child and one of his early thoughts after his death is that he's now a "dirty deadie".

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In the first book, it's stated that holograms are discriminated against and treated as second class citizens because they are seen by the living as a reminder of their own mortality. Holograms often hold equal rights marches. Given the power and computer run time requirements, only the mega rich and mission critical Space Corps personnel are resurrected as holograms. Rimmer had once thrown a stone at one of these marches as a child and one of his early thoughts after his death is that he's now a "dirty deadie".


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** In the second book's chapter detailing the backstory of the [=GELFs=], it's noted that the [=GELFs=] are technically human, having been engineered from human chromosomes. However, they are not allowed to vote and killing them is technically not considered murder. This leads to a small uprising, which is swiftly put down. In an extraordinary coincidence, this occurs around the same time as humanity's garbage problem, so the [=GELFs=] are all dumped on [[spoiler: Earth]] and left to die.
5th Apr '17 7:32:11 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom ([[BaitAndSwitch NOT]] to [[DrivenSuicide kill himself]] as was implied, but to defiantly blow up [[TheAlcoholic the bottle of whiskey that had metaphorically ruined his life]]). The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.

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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom ([[BaitAndSwitch NOT]] to [[DrivenSuicide [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] as was implied, but to defiantly blow up [[TheAlcoholic the bottle of whiskey that had metaphorically ruined his life]]). The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.
5th Apr '17 7:31:47 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom ([[BaitAndSwitch NOT]] to [[DrivenSuicide kill himself]] as was implied, but to defiantly blow up [[TheAlchoholic the bottle of whiskey that had metaphorically ruined his life]]). The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.

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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom ([[BaitAndSwitch NOT]] to [[DrivenSuicide kill himself]] as was implied, but to defiantly blow up [[TheAlchoholic [[TheAlcoholic the bottle of whiskey that had metaphorically ruined his life]]). The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.
5th Apr '17 7:31:08 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom. The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.

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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom.bathroom ([[BaitAndSwitch NOT]] to [[DrivenSuicide kill himself]] as was implied, but to defiantly blow up [[TheAlchoholic the bottle of whiskey that had metaphorically ruined his life]]). The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.
5th Apr '17 7:28:46 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* AdaptationNameChange: The Simulants from the TV series were renamed [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Agonoids]].
28th Mar '17 6:35:40 AM Bluecatcinema
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* AbortedArc:
** The "Future Echoes" featured in ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'' show Lister with twin boys at some point in the near future, with a future echo of a very old Lister also appearing. However, both ''Last Human'' and ''Backwards'' ended with the Dwarfers [[spoiler: in another reality]], meaning it would be impossible for those future echoes to come to to pass.
** In ''Better Than Life'', the newly super-intelligent Holly reveals that Lister is the creator of the universe. This revelation is never brought up again.


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* ContinuitySnarl:
** During ''Better Than Life'', Starbug is utterly destroyed by acid rain, with "White Giant" being said to be the only transport ship the Dwarfers have left. However, both ''Last Human'' and ''Backwards'' feature Starbug as their prime method of transportation, brough back without any explanation.
** In ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', Lister recalls a girl named Susan Warrington making love to him at the Bootle Municipal Golf Course. In ''Better Than Life'', he recounts much the same thing to Rimmer, only with his partner's name changed to "Michelle Fisher".


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* HollywoodEvolution: One chapter of ''Better Than Life'' details how Polymorphs evolved from [=GELF=]s who managed to surive not only the poisonous atmosphere of Garbage World, but the endless winter as the planet floated through space, bereft of a sun. Considering the [=GELF=]s had each been genetically engineered to serve one purpose only, it seems incredible that they were able to accomplish this.


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* SmallNameBigEgo: Talkie Toaster. After helping the crew to escape a black hole (using information the super-intelligent Holly shared with him), he becomes insufferably arrogant, talking down to Kryten especially (who starts having uncharacteristic fantasies about attacking the Toaster with a chainsaw).


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* UnrealisticBlackHole: Zig-zagged with the black hole in ''Better Than Life''. it pulls in objects from a solar system away, [[spoiler: and in escaping the event horizon, the Dwarfers discover that that thirty-four years have passed for the rest of the universe.]]
25th Feb '17 4:31:00 PM CynicalBastardo
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