History Literature / ThePhantomTollbooth

24th Feb '16 1:14:43 PM johnsmithxxi
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Faintly Macabre isn't mentioned at the end. Neither is the Whether Man, for that matter. Hopefully, Faintly Macabre was let out of prison upon Rhyme and Reason's return.
3rd Feb '16 8:54:06 AM 32_Footsteps
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* WritersCannotDoMath: An in-universe example. Of course, the point was that there ''is'' no greatest possible number, but when Milo is for asked the highest number he can think of, he replies, "nine trillion, nine hundred ninety-nine billion, nine hundred ninety-nine million, nine hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine". Even if he hadn't known that "quadrillion" comes after "trillion" (and not everyone does), with the "999s" he's doing, it should be obvious to him that the next number is ten trillion.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: An in-universe InUniverse example. Of course, the point was that there ''is'' no greatest possible number, but when Milo is for asked the highest number he can think of, he replies, "nine trillion, nine hundred ninety-nine billion, nine hundred ninety-nine million, nine hundred ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine". Even if he hadn't known that "quadrillion" comes after "trillion" (and not everyone does), with the "999s" he's doing, it should be obvious to him that the next number is ten trillion. It's also implied to be the case with Officer Shrift - as the kingdom of Dictionopolis disdains the use of numbers, Shrift has no idea just how long six million years (Milo's jail sentence) really is.
17th Jan '16 5:05:45 PM KingLyger
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* HomeSweetHome
* HurricaneOfPuns

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* %%* HomeSweetHome
* %%* HurricaneOfPuns



* TheKingdom

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* TheKingdomTheKingdom: More than one; the kingdom as a whole is ruled by Rhyme and Reason, but there are several other places within the tollbooth watched over by someone else.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Senses Taker.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Senses Taker.Taker, who asks incredibly obscure questions.



* PortalSlam

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* PunnyName: Pretty much everybody.
* TheQuest
* ReadingIsCoolAesop

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* PunnyName: Pretty much everybody.
everybody. Milo's two greatest companions are a watchdog, which is a dog with a literal clock inside of him, and the Humbug, who is a bug.
* TheQuest
TheQuest: Milo has to find the princesses of Rhyme and Reason before he can go home.
* ReadingIsCoolAesopReadingIsCoolAesop: More like "knowledge is cool," but the work applies it to books, and it was first made in book form.



* TrappedInAnotherWorld

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* TrappedInAnotherWorldTrappedInAnotherWorld: After going through the tollbooth, Milo can only escape if the princesses are rescued.



* WorldOfSilence: Enforced ''literally'' by the Soundkeeper when she has all the sounds in the Valley Of Sound muted. However, it doesn't stop the people there from protesting.

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* WorldOfSilence: Enforced ''literally'' by the Soundkeeper when she has all the sounds in the Valley Of Sound muted. However, it doesn't stop the people there from protesting.



* YearInsideHourOutside: Despite the grandiose nature of Milo's adventure, he's only gone in the real world for five minutes in the movie; in the book it really is just an hour.

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* YearInsideHourOutside: Despite the grandiose nature of Milo's adventure, he's only gone in the real world for five minutes in the movie; in movie. In the book it really is just book, he's gone for an hour.



* YearInsideHourOutside: While the exact amount of time Milo's adventure takes is unspecified, the book's ending reveals he was only gone for an hour in the real world. In the film version, he's only gone for five minutes.
17th Jan '16 4:58:36 PM KingLyger
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The end reveals that Milo was [[spoiler: only gone for one hour. It's 5 minutes in the film version though.]]


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* YearInsideHourOutside: While the exact amount of time Milo's adventure takes is unspecified, the book's ending reveals he was only gone for an hour in the real world. In the film version, he's only gone for five minutes.
9th Jan '16 3:04:25 PM crazysamaritan
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* IntangibleTheft: The Senses Taker is an ObstructiveBureaucrat who takes away the main character's senses. [[spoiler:The one sense he can't take away, however, is their [[JustForPun sense of humor.]]]]
25th Dec '15 1:09:21 AM morenohijazo
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* InTheDoldrums: It's home to the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphic personifications]] of boredom, and you get there by not thinking.

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* InTheDoldrums: Trope Namer (kind of) and possibly the TropeCodifier. It's home to the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphic personifications]] of boredom, and you get there by not thinking.
23rd Dec '15 9:12:42 AM morenohijazo
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* ImpossibleTask:
** Getting to the land of Infinity. "Just follow that line forever, and when you get to the end, turn left." Or alternately, you can go up a staircase that never ends.
** Filling out the Senses Taker's questionnaire, which includes such questions as "why you were born", "the schools you ''haven't'' attended", "the number of books you read each year", "the number of books you ''don't'' read each year", every clothing size you can think of, and then the names and addresses of six people who can verify this information. And it should go without saying that these forms need to be filled out in triplicate and a single mistake means you have to write them all over again.



* InTheDoldrums: It's home to the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphic personifications]] of boredom, and you get there by not thinking.



* ImpossibleTask:
** Getting to the land of Infinity. "Just follow that line forever, and when you get to the end, turn left." Or alternately, you can go up a staircase that never ends.
** Filling out the Senses Taker's questionnaire, which includes such questions as "why you were born", "the schools you ''haven't'' attended", "the number of books you read each year", "the number of books you ''don't'' read each year", every clothing size you can think of, and then the names and addresses of six people who can verify this information. And it should go without saying that these forms need to be filled out in triplicate and a single mistake means you have to write them all over again.


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* InTheDoldrums: The Doldrums of the Kingdom of Wisdom.
9th Dec '15 4:20:43 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* LiteralMetaphor: ''Lots'', mainly in Digitopolis. Tock is a watchdog, a dog who's also a watch. The Spelling Bee is a large bee that likes to spell. Half-baked ideas are cakes with debunked pronouns on the frosting. The Senses Taker is a demon who actually takes senses. And many, many more.
* LogicBomb: King AzAz and the Mathemamagician ''always'' disagree with each other on ''everything'', and as a result, Dictionopolis and Digitopolis can't cooperate or even make amends with each other. Milo makes peace by telling the Mathemagician that if this is true, then the two of them ''are'' in an agreement - to disagree with each other on everything!



* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Feiffer drew the book's pictures because he happened to be living in the same apartment building as Juster at the time of the book's writing.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: RealLifeWritesThePlot:
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Feiffer drew the book's pictures because he happened to be living in the same apartment building as Juster at the time of the book's writing.



* UnfortunateName: Tock was named by his parents before he was first wound - he actually ticks. It's a sensitive subject for him.



* WorthlessYellowRocks: They keep cluttering up the Numbers Mine.

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* WorthlessYellowRocks: They keep cluttering up the Numbers Mine.Mine, along with lots of gemstones of every variety.
26th Nov '15 8:20:44 PM nombretomado
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* MediumBlending: Starts out in live-action SanFrancisco.

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* MediumBlending: Starts out in live-action SanFrancisco.UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco.
7th Nov '15 12:47:33 PM tropette
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* AdultFear: The foreword discusses, among other things, how monsters like the Terrible Trivium become this to adult readers or re-readers.
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