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12th Apr '18 7:47:11 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* IRejectYourReality: When Lister bluntly, but not rudely, tells Rimmer he can't stand the man, Rimmer is aghast that Lister ''doesn't'' like ''him''. Rimmer had thought they were friends, and decides that what Lister has said cannot be true. Also applies with his "disguise" as Toddhunter. Even though Lister knows it's him, and Rimmer knows he knows, Rimmer still cannot, even when in a screaming match with himself, admit that he was in a brothel.

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* IRejectYourReality: When Lister bluntly, but not rudely, tells Rimmer he can't stand the man, Rimmer is aghast that Lister ''doesn't'' like ''him''. Rimmer had thought they were friends, friends (even though he doesn't like Lister), and decides that what Lister has said cannot be true. Also applies with his "disguise" as Toddhunter. Even though Lister knows it's him, and Rimmer knows he knows, Rimmer still cannot, even when in a screaming match with himself, admit that he was in a brothel.
31st Mar '18 4:25:07 PM Scorntex
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** Lister trying to teach Kryten to rebel against his programming never happens, and Kryten instead remains an ExtremeDoormat.


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* FlawExploitation: Kryten is initially immune to Better Than Life's temptations because he's an android, and therefore has no desires of his own beyond a new mop. However, the game is able to distract him by leaving a pile of dirty washing nearby, and Kryten's inability to leave dirty washing unattended traps him too.


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* IResembleThatRemark: Rimmer, watching his double sneaking mints while (badly) concealing it from Rimmer's view, declares him psychologically mean and tight-fisted, even as Rimmer is doing the exact same thing (and naturally, the duplicate Rimmer is thinking the same as him).


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* TheResenter: Rimmer, pathologically so. His brother Frank, first and foremost, which is why Rimmer's first wife in Better Than Life is Frank's actual wife. But also of everyone else, Lister included.
26th Mar '18 2:02:07 PM Scorntex
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* NoodleIncident: The first novel clarifies Rimmer's "spasm", idly mentioned in the show's first episode: While procrastinating for one of his exams, Rimmer got his hands on some amphetamines, and the spasm was the result.


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* RidiculousProcrastinator: Rimmer's various freak outs and attempts to relax and / or plan his revision in the lead up to his exams are usually what cause him to never be able to actually revise.
22nd Mar '18 4:44:38 PM Scorntex
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* AdaptedOut: A lot, due to compression, but some biggies include:
** The elderly Cat Priest from "Waiting for God". Instead, the Cat is the only Cat person left on ''Red Dwarf''.
** Lister trying to revive Kochanski as a hologram, and the whole plot of "Balance of Power" and "Confidence and Paranoia". Instead, Rimmer creates the duplicate by using the ''Nova 5'''s systems instead.



* TheAlcoholic: Petersen, who is introduced swilling down a twelve-pack of beer, only stopping to let Lister have a sip or two. Holly even cites this as the reason he didn't revive Petersen as a hologram - given Lister had already just tried to drink himself to death, Petersen would've been no help at all, and actually would've likely finished David off.



** A universe where time runs backwards appears in ''Better Than Life'' and ''Backwards''.

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** A universe where time runs backwards appears in ''Better Than Life'' and ''Backwards''. The former has Holly determine that there are at least four more out there. The main universe is the one getting it all wrong.



** ''Better Than Life'' has Kryten, as a result of the horror that is spaghettification, experience what it's like to be Rimmer. He tries to scream, but aforementioned spgahettification makes this impossible.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kryten, stuck with Talkie Toaster (TM) for a few days, starts finding him so irritating he has to resist the urge to destroy the annoying little bastard.



* BodyHorror:
** Spaghettification does not in fact cause people to want to consume vast amounts of spaghetti. It causes them to merge into one hideous, contorted, screaming mass.
** The Polymorph's transformation, free from TV BS&P, are much more visceral than in the show.
* BrutalHonesty: After a few days dealing with a newly hologramatic Rimmer, Lister just out and out tells him that he doesn't ''like'' him. Rimmer cannot believe this.



* CatPeople: The novels get a little more time to flesh out the Cat race (but not the Cat himself, since he is mind-meltingly shallow and superficial). Their makeshift city in ''Red Dwarf'''s cargo bay is comprised of little igloos, due to their instinctual fondness for curling up in confined spaces, even when they're human-sized, and the Cat himself is no exception. The Cat himself frequently lounges, dozes off, or snoozes, and initially it's a struggle for Lister to get any answers from him at all, since the Cat has the attention span of... well, a cat.



* CompressedAdaptation:
** The audiobook version of ''Backwards'' not only removes the segment where The Cat sleeps with the hillbillies' daughter, but omits the entire AR machine western sequence entirely with Rimmer and Kryten instead dying during the hull breach.

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* CompressedAdaptation:
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CompressedAdaptation: The audiobook version of ''Backwards'' not only removes the segment where The Cat sleeps with the hillbillies' daughter, but omits the entire AR machine western sequence entirely with Rimmer and Kryten instead dying during the hull breach.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Or at the very least, Total Smeghead Cannot Comprehend Good. Rimmer is baffled by the idea that Lister's deepest held desire is... just to be HappilyMarried in a nowhere town with two kids.
* ExactWords: ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'' ends with Lister vowing to leave the game... but after Christmas. It wouldn't be right to leave his wife and kids, even if they're not real, on Christmas. But in Bedford Falls, it's ''always'' Christmas.



* HopeSpot: Just as Rimmer's life in BTL starts going completely to crud, his HotBlooded ex-wife (who'd been engaged to his brother, Frank), visits him and explains that she loves him. She's ''always'' loved him, and has now had personality surgery to make herself much nicer. Just as things start looking up, Rimmer's body is repossessed.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Lister pegs this as being Rimmer's greatest desire, after a look over at his fantasies - that he wants to be adored. Rimmer later notes with some horror that every woman in his fantasy, from his ex-wife to his second to his mass of adoring fangirls, are all women he knew in life.
* IRejectYourReality: When Lister bluntly, but not rudely, tells Rimmer he can't stand the man, Rimmer is aghast that Lister ''doesn't'' like ''him''. Rimmer had thought they were friends, and decides that what Lister has said cannot be true. Also applies with his "disguise" as Toddhunter. Even though Lister knows it's him, and Rimmer knows he knows, Rimmer still cannot, even when in a screaming match with himself, admit that he was in a brothel.



* PrecisionFStrike: A superintelligent Holly turns himself off after realizing he's got minutes to live, only briefly turning himself back on to call Talkie Toaster a bastard.



* RunningGag: Talkie Toaster's name being spelled out Talkie Toaster (TM) (patent pending), and the mention of it being a whole $19.99, with tax.



* UnfortunateNames:
** Captain Hollister's DistaffCounterpart is named [[StarTrek Kirk]].
** The Agonoids in ''Backwards'' have been given intentionally insulting names by their human creators. Examples include M'Aiden Ty One (Made In Taiwan), D'Juhn Keep (Junk Heap), Pizzak Rapp (Piece Of Crap) and Chi Panastee (Cheap And Nasty).

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* UnfortunateNames:
** Captain Hollister's DistaffCounterpart is named [[StarTrek Kirk]].
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UnfortunateNames: The Agonoids in ''Backwards'' have been given intentionally insulting names by their human creators. Examples include M'Aiden Ty One (Made In Taiwan), D'Juhn Keep (Junk Heap), Pizzak Rapp (Piece Of Crap) and Chi Panastee (Cheap And Nasty).
8th Mar '18 7:01:44 AM Bosco13
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* AbsentAliens: Same as the show though it mentions that scientists were somehow able to prove there was no other life in the universe, two thousand years after Lister's time.
7th Mar '18 4:02:13 AM Bosco13
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* SpaceshipSlingshotStunt;
** In ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', the Red Dwarf does this around a planet in order to turn back towards Earth without spending 3 million years decelerating.
** In ''Better than Life'', Lister wants to do this around an UnrealisticBlackHole in order to accelerate over the speed of light and tow Earth back to the solar system.
** In ''Backwards'', the crew are stranded on Backwards Earth and have to wait ten years until WhenThePlanetsAlign so Starbucks can slingshot around them and go through the Omni Zone and back into their own universe.
1st Feb '18 6:14:17 AM Bluecatcinema
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* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Lister winds up on Mimas - and the path to becoming the last living human, 3 million years in the future - after a wild birthday bender. [[spoiler: Happens ''again'' at the end of the first novel, this time including Rimmer and the Cat, when they wind up in ''Better than Life''.]]

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* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: AlcoholInducedIdiocy:
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Lister winds up on Mimas - and the path to becoming the last living human, 3 million years in the future - after a wild birthday bender. [[spoiler: Happens ''again'' at the end of the first novel, this time including Rimmer and the Cat, when they wind up in ''Better than Life''.]]]]
** In ''Last Human'', Lister has some [[GargleBlaster Kinitawowi moonshine]] on his wedding night. He only takes a tiny sip, but that is enough to knock him out cold in moments. The narration goes on to mention a rumor that once someone is drunk on Kinitawowi moonshine, they can ''stay'' drunk for weeks, perhaps even months (which, to Lister's mind, explains most of his subsequent behavior over the next few weeks).



* BeastlyBloodsports: In ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', the Ganymede Mafia run giant snail fights. TheGamblingAddict Macintyre claims there's nothing more thrilling than watching one snail take three hours to score a hit, and its opponent retreat into its shell for the rest of the day.

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* BeastlyBloodsports: BeastlyBloodsports:
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In ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', the Ganymede Mafia run giant snail fights. TheGamblingAddict Macintyre claims there's nothing more thrilling than watching one snail take three hours to score a hit, and its opponent retreat into its shell for the rest of the day.day.
** The Cat's ''Better Than Life'' fantasies include several of these, such as "Creature Polo" (where a small, furry animal of unknown species is used as a ball) and "Mouse Tennis".



* AGlitchInTheMatrix: In ''Better Than Life'', the characters are stuck in a virtual reality simulation of their greatest fantasies. At first they are alerted to their situation by Kryten signalling them from outside, then entering the game himself, which wouldn't qualify as this trope. However, when they decide to leave they wake up on Red Dwarf unharmed by the weeks they have spent effectively comatose, Lister notices that toast always lands face up when dropped, and finally two people are discovered alive and in stasis; Lister's crush Kochanski and Rimmer's living self. Lister realizes that things are ''still'' perfect, and that they are therefore still in the game. They wake up for real, and find they are in horrible shape from their experience.

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* AGlitchInTheMatrix: In ''Better Than Life'', the characters are stuck in a virtual reality simulation of their greatest fantasies. At first they are alerted to their situation by Kryten signalling them from outside, then entering the game himself, which wouldn't qualify as this trope. However, when they decide to leave they wake up on Red Dwarf unharmed by the weeks they have spent effectively comatose, Lister notices that toast always lands face up when dropped, and finally two three people are discovered alive and in stasis; Lister's crush Kochanski Kochanski, his drinking buddy Petersen, and Rimmer's living self. Lister realizes that things are ''still'' perfect, and that they are therefore still in the game. They wake up for real, and find they are in horrible shape from their experience.



* NamesTheSame: {{Invoked}}; in ''Backwards'', Admiral Tranter eventually learns that his career has stalled because he shares the same name as another admiral who is -- to put it bluntly -- a colossal fuck-up, but owing to a clerical error the competent Tranter's successes are credited to the incompetent one (and the incompetent one's failures to the competent one), resulting in the incompetent one rising through the ranks while Admiral Tranter is eventually ReassignedToAntarctica. It has a happy ending, however; when the competent Tranter finally has enough and quits, due to the same error he receives full pay throughout his retirement while the incompetent one sees his wages drastically slashed. And because the incompetent one has been so bewildered by his undeserved elevation through the ranks he just assumes he's been found out and punished accordingly, so never challenges it.

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* NamesTheSame: {{Invoked}}; in ''Backwards'', Admiral Tranter eventually learns that his career has stalled because he shares the same name as another admiral who is -- to put it bluntly -- a colossal fuck-up, but owing to a clerical error error, the competent Tranter's successes are credited to the incompetent one (and the incompetent one's failures to the competent one), resulting in the incompetent one rising through the ranks while Admiral Tranter is eventually ReassignedToAntarctica. It has a happy ending, however; when the competent Tranter finally has enough and quits, due to the same error he receives full pay throughout his retirement while the incompetent one sees his wages drastically slashed. And because the incompetent one has been so bewildered by his undeserved elevation through the ranks he just assumes he's been found out and punished accordingly, so never challenges it.



** The Cyberia prison colony in ''Last Human'' is essentially the polar opposite of ''Better Than Life''. Prisoners are forced to serve their terms in their own personal hell. Lister ends up living in a dump of an apartment where his neighbours play drum solos and James Last and everywhere he sees a Kochanski lookalike wrapped around a beefy sailor type.

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** The Cyberia prison colony in ''Last Human'' is essentially the polar opposite of ''Better Than Life''. Prisoners are forced to serve their terms in their own personal hell. Lister ends up living in a dump of an apartment where his neighbours play drum solos and James Last and everywhere he goes he sees a Kochanski lookalike wrapped around a beefy sailor type.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Infinity'' and ''BTL'' both tend towards cynicism. The chapter on the genesis of the GELFs in BTL really plumbs the depths of cynicism when it puts forward the premise that human beings are fundamentally broken because they're genetically predisposed to disagree with each other, due to the genetic flaw causing all human beings to assume all other human beings are mad. The only time they can agree with each other is when they are at war with each other. When a team of geneticists discover this flaw in human DNA they're so excited that they decide to go out for a meal to celebrate... only they couldn't agree on what kind of meal to go out for, fell to squabbling and never published their results (with which nobody would have agreed anyway).

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Infinity'' and ''BTL'' both tend towards cynicism. The chapter on the genesis of the GELFs [=GELF=]s in BTL really plumbs the depths of cynicism when it puts forward the premise that human beings are fundamentally broken because they're genetically predisposed to disagree with each other, due to the genetic flaw causing all human beings to assume all other human beings are mad. The only time they can agree with each other is when they are at war with each other. When a team of geneticists discover this flaw in human DNA they're so excited that they decide to go out for a meal to celebrate... only they couldn't agree on what kind of meal to go out for, fell to squabbling and never published their results (with which nobody would have agreed anyway).
22nd Jan '18 1:57:31 PM Galvatron29
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* ReadTheFinePrint: Crosses over with UnreadableDisclaimer. At the start of the first novel the reason George McIntyre is so in debt to the Ganymede mafia is because there was a clause in the contract he signed to take out a loan charging him an interest rate way, way more than the original loan. Said clause was concealed in a '''microdot''' in the dot of a letter i in the fine print.
22nd Jan '18 1:42:18 PM Galvatron29
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* AnyoneCanDie: Each of the main characters dies at some point over the course of the novels, except for the Cat (and even then, two of his alternate selves die at some point). Paticularly jarring in ''Backwards'' where [[spoiler: both Rimmer and Kryten die in their confrontation with the Apocalypse gang only a chapter from the end of the book]].

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* AnyoneCanDie: Each of the main characters dies at some point over the course of the novels, except for the Cat (and even then, two of his alternate selves die at some point). Paticularly Particularly jarring in ''Backwards'' where [[spoiler: both Rimmer and Kryten die in their confrontation with the Apocalypse gang only a chapter from the end of the book]].
20th Jan '18 1:58:54 AM Galvatron29
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* OnlySaneMan: The Toaster ''tries'' to be this when the other members of the crew have had various emotions sucked away by the Polymorph. Unluckily for him, Kryten has lost his guilt, and as the Toaster had been [[SmallNameBigEgo spectacularly condescending towards him]] earlier, Kryten just [[LaserGuidedKarma jams him into the waste disposal unit]], crushing him to bits.
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