History Literature / TheGoneAwayWorld

24th Apr '16 12:55:53 AM JustTroper
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* ProverbialWisdom: Parodied by Master Wu on one occasion:
-->'''Wu:''' ''In unifying your chi with that of your opponent -- in aligning the breath of your life and theirs -- you will storm the strongest fortress''. There! Is that a good Secret?\\
'''Elizabeth:''' What does it mean?\\
'''Wu:''' No idea. It's a Secret. Means what you need it to mean. But now we have one, we can refuse to tell anyone about it!
22nd Mar '16 10:33:00 AM Fallingwater
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* RagnarokProofing: Played with and ultimately subverted. It's stated that the Pipeline - being responsible for humanity's very survival - is the most secure, triple-redundant, built-to-last thing ever constructed, tested, built up and tested again, and that there's no way it could possibly be on fire. It is, of course, enthusiastically burning away.
14th Mar '16 12:06:44 PM Fallingwater
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* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: This is part of what distinguishes the ninjas from the good guys. [[spoiler:Humbert Pistill is impossibly strong, fast, and tough. He also has about half a hand left.]]

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* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: This is part of what distinguishes the ninjas from the good guys. [[spoiler:Humbert Pistill Pestle is impossibly strong, fast, and tough. He also has about half a hand left.]]
22nd Sep '15 1:05:54 PM Berrenta
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* GratuitousNinja: The story is set in the present day, but the primary physical conflict is between the heroes and ninjas. However, the narrator explains early on that they're not ''actual'' ninjas, but the word fits best.



* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinjas: The story is set in the present day, but the primary physical conflict is between the heroes and ninjas. However, the narrator explains early on that they're not ''actual'' ninjas, but the word fits best.
19th Jan '15 9:00:15 AM vsing
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* LightningBruiser: Various masters of "hard style" martial arts, including Gonzo, Ronnie and Pestle.

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* LightningBruiser: Various masters of "hard style" martial arts, including Gonzo, Ronnie Gonzo and Pestle.Ronnie. [[spoiler:Humbert Pestle]] especially is repeatedly described as being impossibly big and impossibly fast.



* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: This is part of what distinguishes the ninjas from the good guys. [[spoiler:Humbert Pistill is impossibly strong, fast, and tough. He also has about half a hand left.]]



* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: A recurring theme, explained by Darwinian means: to properly do the job of a corporate executive means giving up some degree of humanity.

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* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: A recurring theme, explained by Darwinian means: to properly do the job of a corporate executive means giving up some degree of humanity. [[spoiler:Befitting the theme, the head ninja and the CEO of the Jormungand Corporation are the same person.]]
25th Oct '13 7:21:54 AM Fallingwater
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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:People with a rare form of brain damage see Stuff as dust and only dust, and they're necessary to make FOX. Unfortunately, they die a few months after receiving the brain damage, and must be replaced]].

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:People with a rare form of brain damage see everything around them as neutral, and thus whenever Stuff as dust comes into contact with them it itself becomes neutral - and only dust, and they're necessary to make FOX. Unfortunately, they die a few months after receiving acquires the ability to neutralize more Stuff. Thus FOX is made. However, this form of brain damage, damage kills fairly quickly, and must it's much too rare for replacements to simply be replaced]].found around - so normal people are abducted and intentionally brain-damaged]].
14th Oct '13 9:51:42 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler: Dr. Andromas is actually Elisabeth. The fact that he's a her is foreshadowed a few times. Andromas is frequently said to have his face obscured by something, including a mustache, hat, and his collar. The narrator is surprised by the thickness of his hair beneath his hat. When pressed against him, the narrator says he has a lumpy body, with slender arms and narrow shoulder. While at a mall, he also pauses to inspect some feminine jewelry in a window]].

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* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler: Dr. Andromas is actually Elisabeth. The fact that he's a her is foreshadowed a few times. Andromas is frequently said to have his face obscured by something, including a mustache, hat, and his collar. The narrator is surprised by the thickness of his hair beneath his hat. When pressed against him, the narrator says he has a lumpy body, with slender arms and narrow shoulder.shoulders. While at a mall, he also pauses to inspect some feminine jewelry in a window]].
22nd Aug '13 9:46:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BadassCrew: The Haulage & [=HazMat=] Emergency Civil Freebooting Company is made up of highly trained commandos



* EnemyWithout: A rare case in which [[spoiler:the main character ''is'' the EnemyWithout.]]

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* EnemyWithout: A rare case in which [[spoiler:the main character ''is'' the EnemyWithout.Enemy Without.]]


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* GenreBusting: Starts as AfterTheEnd, flashes back to a ComingOfAge story, goes into a [[MartialArtsMovie martial arts story]], and then starts adding political satire, science fiction and horror to the mix, all with a thick veneer of comedy over the top.


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* LightningBruiser: Various masters of "hard style" martial arts, including Gonzo, Ronnie and Pestle.
22nd Aug '13 9:38:10 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts: The martial arts described in the book are heavily influenced by kung fu films.
21st Aug '13 1:07:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* HollywoodHealing:
** After the narrator breaks his hand, he mentions that it hurts for a few pages, then never brings it back up again over the course of the following days.
** [[spoiler:The narrator makes a surprisingly easy and speedy recovery from being shot at point-blank range six times and shoved out of a moving car. It's justified by the fact that he still wasn't completely real yet]].
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