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9th May '16 10:54:13 AM AnotherGuy
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* TaughtByExperience: The Giants from the homeland in the second trilogy are extremely awed by the wisdom that the Unhomed earned through their loss of home, and have a respect for Tom being dubbed "Giantfriend" by them.
6th May '16 12:37:03 AM GoldenSeals
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** Drool Rockworm is a Cavewight from the first book, who thinks he can use the Staff of Law and the Illearth Stone to become one of these. In truth, they're both far more powerful than he is and almost literally eat him up. [[spoiler:And he was just Foul's UnwittingPawn anyway]]. Depending on how far you're willing to stretch the term, all ur-vile loremasters and members of the Clave, as well as some Insequent, could count as well.

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** Drool Rockworm is a Cavewight from the first book, who thinks he can use the Staff of Law and the Illearth Stone to become one of these. In truth, they're both far more powerful than he is and almost literally eat him up. [[spoiler:And he was just Foul's UnwittingPawn anyway]]. Depending on how far you're willing to stretch the term, all ur-vile loremasters and members of the Clave, as well as some Insequent, could count as well.
26th Feb '16 8:51:03 PM AnotherGuy
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* IHaveManyNames: Lord Foul. Parodied in the first book, where Covenant asks Lord Foul what his name is: Lord Foul the Despiser, The Grey Slayer, Fangthane the Render, Satansheart Soulcrusher, Corruption, and A-Jeroth of the Seven Hells. After that list of names he then proceeds to hit Covenant with [[NotSoDifferent 'We are not so different, you and I...']]

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* IHaveManyNames: IHaveManyNames:
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Lord Foul. Parodied in the first book, where Covenant asks Lord Foul what his name is: Lord Foul the Despiser, The Grey Slayer, Fangthane the Render, Satansheart Soulcrusher, Corruption, and A-Jeroth of the Seven Hells. After that list of names he then proceeds to hit Covenant with [[NotSoDifferent 'We are not so different, you and I...']]']]
** Foul is not kidding, since Tom is given titles like The Unbeliever, Ringthane, Ringbearer, and so on. Heck, the Giants first dub him Giantfriend, then later ''Earth''friend. Tom isn't amused for the most part, not feeling worthy of those titles.
2nd Feb '16 12:41:12 PM StFan
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'''''The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant''''' is a fantasy series written by Creator/StephenRDonaldson that tends to lean far toward the cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.

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Chronicles of Thomas Covenant''''' Covenant'' is a fantasy series written by Creator/StephenRDonaldson that tends to lean far toward the cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.
8th Jan '16 3:11:43 PM MasterGhandalf
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%% * AfterTheEnd: The second trilogy. And the third. Sort of.
%% * AgentMulder: Hile Troy
%% * AgentScully: Linden Avery

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%% * AfterTheEnd: The second trilogy. And trilogy takes place after the third. Sort of.
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Land has become desolate for millennia owing to the corrupted earthpower of the Sunbane completely changing the environment every few days. The third trilogy, on the other hand, takes place mid-apocalypse.
* AgentMulder: Hile Troy
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Troy is perfectly happy to embrace the reality of the Land, not least because for the first time in his life he can ''see'' there.
* AgentScully: Linden AveryAvery is a downplayed example. That she's been transported to another world is something she accepts fairly easily, but she refuses (for personal reasons) to acknowledge the existence of objective evil. Samadhi [[MindRape sets her straight]].



%% * AllPowerfulBystander: The Creator.

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%% * AllPowerfulBystander: The Creator.Creator, enforced due to the metaphysics of the setting. Lord Foul, the Creator's EvilCounterpart, is trapped in the Land, but the Creator can't help fight him directly because to do so he'd need to make a hole in the Arch of Time to enter - and a hole big enough for the Creator to get ''in'' would let Foul ''out'', unleashing him on the wider universe. As a result, the Creator has to act through proxies.



%% * AnotherDimension

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%% * AnotherDimensionAnotherDimension: The Land. Probably. Whatever it is, the second and third trilogies confirm indisputably that it exists outside of Covenant's head.



%% * ArtifactOfDoom: The Illearth Stone

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%% * ArtifactOfDoom: The Illearth StoneStone is basically a blob of solidified evil. Ordinary mortals exposed to it are invariably corrupted or driven mad, but in the hands of Lord Foul or the Ravers it becomes an AmplifierArtifact that greatly enhances their powers.



%% * BadassArmy: The Bloodguard.

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%% * BadassArmy: The Bloodguard.Bloodguard. The ''haruchai'' in general are a ProudWarriorRace whose Hat is "exceptionally skilled martial artist", and the Bloodguard are the best of the ''haruchai''. Cross them at your peril.



%% * BigBadWannabe: Drool Rockworm.
%% * BlackEyesOfEvil: The Harrow.

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%% * BigBadWannabe: Drool Rockworm.
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Rockworm in the first book gets his hands on the Staff of Law and the Illearth Stone but can't control them. [[TooDumbToLive He turns to Lord Foul for help]], and ends up thinking he's the BigBad when really he's [[AxCrazy completely insane]] and dancing on Foul's strings.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: The Harrow.Harrow has black eyes, and is the most vicious and self-serving of the Insequent.



%% * BloodMagic: The Sunbane.

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%% * BloodMagic: The Sunbane.Sunbane can be manipulated to produce various effects by shedding blood (your own or someone else's) Unfortunately, this also makes the Sunbane ''stronger''.



%% * EmotionsVsStoicism: A major theme.

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%% * EmotionsVsStoicism: A major theme.theme, particularly where Giants and ''haruchai'' are concerned, the former representing emotions and the latter stoicism.



%% * EnergyBeings: The Elohim and the Viles.
%% * EstablishingCharacterMoment: Lots of these.

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%% * EnergyBeings: The Elohim and the Viles.
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Viles, the former as beings of pure Earthpower and the latter as embodiments of some stranger force, apparently what their descendants the ur-viles still make use of.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Lots of these.these, Foul's speech at the beginning of the first book being perhaps the most obvious.



%% * GhibliHills: Andelain, oh Andelain.

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%% * GhibliHills: Andelain, oh Andelain.Andelain. The Land as a whole is a place of surreal beauty, but Andelain embodies it the most.



%% * GodOfEvil: Foul, again.

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%% * GodOfEvil: Foul, again.again, as the Creator's opponent and god of evil, corruption, and hatred.



%% * GoodSamaritan: The Healer of Morinmoss.

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%% * GoodSamaritan: The Healer of Morinmoss.Morinmoss. Her magic requires her to injure herself to heal others, but it's what she's dedicated her life to doing nonetheless.



%% * TheMaker: The Creator.
%% * MamaBear: Linden Avery, in the third series.

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%% * TheMaker: The Creator.
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* MamaBear: Linden Avery, in the third series.series, which is set off by her desire to rescue her adopted son from Roger and Foul.



%% * ObstructiveZealot: The Masters. All of them.

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%% * ObstructiveZealot: The Masters. All of them.them [[spoiler: except Stave]]. Their conviction in stopping anyone from using Earthpower is born from good intentions, but still, it would have helped out things considerably if they'd just loosened up a little.



%% * OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The merewives are very different.

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%% * OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The merewives are very different.different. Offspring of Kastenessen's power, they're chaotic ocean spirits who exist to lure sailors to their deaths in the manner of classic sirens. [[spoiler: Esmer is half-merewife, half-haruchai]].



%% * SummonEverymanHero

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%% * SummonEverymanHeroSummonEverymanHero: The Creator deliberately arranges for Covenant to be sent to the Land for this purpose in the first book. He gets the job done, [[AntiHero eventually]].



%% * TheUnfettered: The Unfettered.

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%% * TheUnfettered: The Unfettered.Unfettered are those who have trained as Lords but rejected the restrictions that actually ''becoming'' Lords would place upon them to pursue their own interests. They still serve the Land in their own ways, and many of them have powers the "real" Lords don't.



%% * VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Clave.

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%% * VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Clave.Clave have carefully crafted their public image to make people think they use their BloodMagic to protect the people of the Land from the Sunbane, and even most of their initiates don't know the real truth: [[spoiler: that their leader is a Raver, and they're actually making the Sunbane ''worse'' and enforcing a dictatorial rule on the Land in the name of keeping it safe, all according to the designs of Lord Foul]].
8th Jan '16 2:47:27 PM morenohijazo
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* WarringNatures: Esmer of ''The Third Chronicles of Thomas Covenant'' is the son of a ''Haruchai'' (a race of super-strong Lawful Neutral warriors) and a ''merwife'' (Chaotic Neutral siren-like creatures). Hybrid Vigor gave Esmer extraordinary access to Earthpower. And the conflict between his ''haruchai'' and ''merwife'' natures make him batshit insane and potentially as harmful as any of Lord Foul's minions.
9th Dec '15 12:15:54 PM VenomLancerHae
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* AfterTheEnd: The second trilogy. And the third. Sort of.
* AgentMulder: Hile Troy
* AgentScully: Linden Avery
* AllJustADream: In the first trilogy, Thomas Covenant is convinced "The Land" isn't real. At the end of it, Covenant decides that whether or not it's "real" doesn't matter; if it is a dream, then his dreaming it ''makes'' it real and something that's worth protecting. The Land's reality, or lack thereof, is no longer important in the second and third series.

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%% * AfterTheEnd: The second trilogy. And the third. Sort of.
%% * AgentMulder: Hile Troy
%% * AgentScully: Linden Avery
* AllJustADream: AllJustADream:
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In the first trilogy, Thomas Covenant is convinced "The Land" isn't real. At the end of it, Covenant decides that whether or not it's "real" doesn't matter; if it is a dream, then his dreaming it ''makes'' it real and something that's worth protecting. The Land's reality, or lack thereof, is no longer important in the second and third series.



* AllPowerfulBystander: The Creator.

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%% * AllPowerfulBystander: The Creator.



* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Several races at first, but the Last Chronicles subverts this by having them some of them turn good, and revealing that none of them were ''originally'' evil. [[BigBad Lord Foul]] on the other hand, definitely evil. With a capital E. Heck, with a capital V, I and L too. And the Ravers may actually be ''worse''.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: AlwaysChaoticEvil:
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Several races at first, but the Last Chronicles subverts this by having them some of them turn good, and revealing that none of them were ''originally'' evil. [[BigBad Lord Foul]] on the other hand, definitely evil. With a capital E. Heck, with a capital V, I and L too. And the Ravers may actually be ''worse''.



* AndIMustScream

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* AndIMustScreamAndIMustScream:



* AnotherDimension

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%% * AnotherDimension



* ArtifactOfDoom: The Illearth Stone

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%% * ArtifactOfDoom: The Illearth Stone



* BadassArmy: The Bloodguard.

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%% * BadassArmy: The Bloodguard.



* BigBadWannabe: Drool Rockworm.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: The Harrow.

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%% * BigBadWannabe: Drool Rockworm.
%% * BlackEyesOfEvil: The Harrow.



* BloodMagic: The Sunbane.

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%% * BloodMagic: The Sunbane.



* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive

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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLiveTheCallKnowsWhereYouLive:



* CameBackWrong

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* CameBackWrongCameBackWrong:



* CosmicKeystone

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* CosmicKeystoneCosmicKeystone:



* DarkIsNotEvil

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* DarkIsNotEvilDarkIsNotEvil:



* DemonicPossession

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* DemonicPossessionDemonicPossession:



* DoomedHometown: Mithil Stonedown, Soaring Woodhelvenen to a lesser extent; still [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doomed]] but not a 'hometown' for the characters. It was more a place of refuge and respite on the road. But still doomed.

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* DoomedHometown: DoomedHometown:
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Mithil Stonedown, Soaring Woodhelvenen to a lesser extent; still [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doomed]] but not a 'hometown' for the characters. It was more a place of refuge and respite on the road. But still doomed.



* EmotionsVsStoicism: A major theme.

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%% * EmotionsVsStoicism: A major theme.



* EnergyBeings: The Elohim and the Viles.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Lots of these.

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%% * EnergyBeings: The Elohim and the Viles.
%% * EstablishingCharacterMoment: Lots of these.



* EvilOverlord

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* EvilOverlordEvilOverlord:



* EvilSorcerer

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* EvilSorcererEvilSorcerer:



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTinExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:



* GambitIndex: By the sixth book, every tactical trope had appeared, and there are yet more and more {{plan}}s being started up in each subsequent book. If it's in that index, it is in these books.



* GhibliHills: Andelain, oh Andelain.

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%% * GhibliHills: Andelain, oh Andelain.



* GlowingEyesOfDoom

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* GlowingEyesOfDoomGlowingEyesOfDoom:



* GodOfEvil: Foul, again.

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%% * GodOfEvil: Foul, again.



* GoodSamaritan: The Healer of Morinmoss.

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%% * GoodSamaritan: The Healer of Morinmoss.



* HonorBeforeReason

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* HonorBeforeReasonHonorBeforeReason:



*** {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: "When he hit me with my own fire, he did me one thing I couldn't do for myself. He burned the venom away. After that, I was free."]]

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*** ** {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: "When he hit me with my own fire, he did me one thing I couldn't do for myself. He burned the venom away. After that, I was free."]]



* TheMagnificent

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* TheMagnificentTheMagnificent:



* TheMaker: The Creator.
* MamaBear: Linden Avery, in the third series.
* MeaningfulName

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%% * TheMaker: The Creator.
%% * MamaBear: Linden Avery, in the third series.
* MeaningfulNameMeaningfulName:



* ObstructiveZealot: The Masters. All of them.

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%% * ObstructiveZealot: The Masters. All of them.



* OnlyTheChosenMayRide: The Ranyhyn are horses with enhanced intelligence, speed and endurance. A person can go to the Plains of Ra where they live and offer himself to them. If a Ranyhyn considers that person to be worthy it will allow him to ride it.

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* OnlyTheChosenMayRide: OnlyTheChosenMayRide:
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The Ranyhyn are horses with enhanced intelligence, speed and endurance. A person can go to the Plains of Ra where they live and offer himself to them. If a Ranyhyn considers that person to be worthy it will allow him to ride it.



* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The merewives are very different.

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%% * OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The merewives are very different.



* PureMagicBeing

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* PureMagicBeingPureMagicBeing:



* RefusalOfTheCall

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* RefusalOfTheCallRefusalOfTheCall:



* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The narrator. Donaldson will never say "silver" or "strength" when he can say "argent" or "puissance". The people of the Land speak this way as well, to contrast with Covenant and Linden's more familiar speech patterns.

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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: SesquipedalianLoquaciousness:
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The narrator. Donaldson will never say "silver" or "strength" when he can say "argent" or "puissance". The people of the Land speak this way as well, to contrast with Covenant and Linden's more familiar speech patterns.



* TheStoic

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* TheStoicTheStoic:



* SummonEverymanHero:

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%% * SummonEverymanHero: SummonEverymanHero



* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Anele

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%% * TraumaInducedAmnesia: Anele



* TheUnfettered: The Unfettered.

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%% * TheUnfettered: The Unfettered.



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Clave.

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%% * VillainWithGoodPublicity: The Clave.



* WhatTheHellHero

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* WhatTheHellHeroWhatTheHellHero:



* WildCard

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* WildCardWildCard:



* YouCantFightFate

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* YouCantFightFateYouCantFightFate:
15th Nov '15 5:50:06 AM Albertosaurus
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'''''The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant''''' is a fantasy series written by Stephen R. Donaldson that tends to lean far toward the cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.

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'''''The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant''''' is a fantasy series written by Stephen R. Donaldson Creator/StephenRDonaldson that tends to lean far toward the cynical side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.
23rd Sep '15 4:55:03 PM nombretomado
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* SerpentOfImmortality: The Worm of the World's End probably counts. It's apparently a gigantic serpent that forms the foundation of ''the world itself'', and if it ever wakes up it'll be the end (probable reference to [[NorseMythology Jormungandr]]). Lucky there's no chance of that ever hap... oh, shit...

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* SerpentOfImmortality: The Worm of the World's End probably counts. It's apparently a gigantic serpent that forms the foundation of ''the world itself'', and if it ever wakes up it'll be the end (probable reference to [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Jormungandr]]). Lucky there's no chance of that ever hap... oh, shit...
6th Jul '15 5:24:07 PM nombretomado
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* InherentlyFunnyWords: C'mon, nowadays, you can't hear Nom's name and not think of [[{{Lolcat}} "Nom, nom, nom!"]]

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* InherentlyFunnyWords: C'mon, nowadays, you can't hear Nom's name and not think of [[{{Lolcat}} [[WebOriginal/LOLCats "Nom, nom, nom!"]]
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