History Literature / ThePostman

21st Nov '16 11:34:57 AM LBHills
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* ActionSurvivor: Gordon, who most of the time just barely survives.

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* ActionSurvivor: Gordon, who most is regularly out of the time just barely survives.his depth and survives by guile or luck..



* AmazonBrigade: Dena's Army Scouts. [[spoiler: They are almost entirely wiped out after a failed plot to infiltrate and sabotage the Holnists.]]
* AmericaSavesTheDay: In a sense. [[spoiler:In that the Restored United States of America ultimately becomes very much real.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Continental/Societal Collapse. Unusually, there was not one single cause of the Doomwar. In fact, humanity probably could have weathered the nukes, the electromagnetic pulses, and the bioengineered diseases if not for the predatory, hypersurvivalist Holnists who took advantage of the situation.
* TheApunkalypse: The rule of law has collapsed AfterTheEnd, and bands of toughs roam the countryside roughing people up.

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* AmazonBrigade: Dena's Army Scouts. [[spoiler: They are almost entirely wiped out after a failed plot attempt to infiltrate and sabotage the Holnists.]]
* AmericaSavesTheDay: In a sense. [[spoiler:In that the [[spoiler: The Restored United States of America starts as a lie and ultimately becomes very much real.]]
* ApocalypseHow: Continental/Societal Collapse. Unusually, there was not one single cause of the Doomwar. In fact, humanity probably could have weathered the nukes, the electromagnetic pulses, and the bioengineered diseases if not for the predatory, hypersurvivalist hyper-survivalist Holnists who took advantage pounced on other bands of the situation.
survivors without mercy.
* TheApunkalypse: The rule of law has collapsed AfterTheEnd, and bands of toughs brigands roam the countryside roughing people up.engaged in assault, rape and murder.



* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The followers of Nathan Holn's philosophy will ''only'' accept orders from someone that they know can kill them. They generally don't murder their superiors by treachery or stealth, since that wouldn't prove who was 'better'.



* BasedOnAGreatBigLie / LiesToChildren: Gordon the Postman and his Restored United States of America [[spoiler: and Cyclops]].

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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie / LiesToChildren: Gordon the Postman and his 'The Postman' has arrived from 'The Restored United States of America States' to save the Northwest. [[spoiler: and Cyclops]].Cyclops turns out to be one as well.]].



* BlackComedy: The only comedy allowed. [[TropesAreNotBad And it works]].

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* BlackComedy: The only comedy allowed. [[TropesAreNotBad And it works]].But it's fitting]].



** [[spoiler:When Corvallis was attacked by the Anti-Tech Mob, the remnants of the local military arrived when the damage was already done and Cyclops was dying]].

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** [[spoiler:When [[spoiler: When Corvallis was attacked by the Anti-Tech Mob, anti-tech mob, the remnants of the local military arrived when the damage was already done and Cyclops was dying]].



* ComesGreatResponsibility: A recurring theme, even if that power is the position of postman.
* ConMan: By pure chance Gordon ends up in a grand scheme as the mastermind behind it. It almost seems like he's made a postman [[YouCantFightFate by fate and can't do anything about it]].
* ConspiracyTheorist: Nathan Holn, a bat-shit insane nutcase. Everyone, including people born after the Doomwar (and thus lacking any serious education), wonder how he could get any support for his ideas.

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* ComesGreatResponsibility: A recurring theme, even if that power is the seemingly-innocuous position of postman.
* ConMan: By pure chance chance, Gordon ends up in a grand scheme as the mastermind behind it. It almost seems like he's made a postman [[YouCantFightFate by fate and can't do anything about it]].
* ConspiracyTheorist: Nathan Holn, a bat-shit insane nutcase. Everyone, including people born after the Doomwar (and thus lacking any serious education), wonder how he could get any support for his ideas. Except, of course, the Holnists who have taken his MightMakesRight philosophy even further.



* CrazyHomelessPeople: Gordon ''perceives himself'' as such, since he can find no other logical explanation than insanity for his optimism in this CrapsackWorld.

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* CrazyHomelessPeople: Gordon ''perceives himself'' perceives ''himself'' as such, since he can find no other logical explanation than insanity for his optimism in this CrapsackWorld.



** In the backstory, this eventually led to the fall of civilisation, since all the increasingly shattered communities eventually stopped any cooperation and just sealed themselves from outsiders, in the process becoming very easy prey for even small groups of bandits and Holnists.

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** In the backstory, this eventually led to the fall of civilisation, since all the increasingly shattered communities eventually stopped any cooperation and just sealed themselves away from outsiders, in the process becoming very easy prey for even small groups of bandits and Holnists.



* DividedWeFall: The only reason why Holnists or just regular thugs and bandits can thrive is lack of cooperation and unity on the side of the communities they opress. The book as a whole makes a point to explain civilisation and society as we know it can exist when and only when people work together for shared goals, putting aside their petty personal gains. This was written [[{{Greed}} in the 80s]].
* TheDogBitesBack: After a long time of mistreatment, [[spoiler:one of the Holnist slaves poisons few guards and helps Gordon and Johnny escape. She even manages to arrange retrival of Gordon's diary without realising how important it is]].

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* DividedWeFall: The only reason why Holnists or just regular thugs and bandits can thrive is lack of cooperation and unity on the side of the communities they opress. oppress. The book as a whole makes it a point to explain that civilisation and society as we know it can exist when and only when people work together for shared goals, putting aside the group ahead of their petty personal gains.own ambitions. This was written [[{{Greed}} in the 80s]].
* TheDogBitesBack: After a long time of mistreatment, [[spoiler:one of the Holnist slaves poisons a few guards and helps Gordon and Johnny escape. She even manages to arrange retrival the retrieval of Gordon's diary without realising how important it is]].



* [[spoiler: DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale]]: [[spoiler: Dena is quite forcible with Gordon]]. It seems to keep on going for a while and he's forced to simply endure her.

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* [[spoiler: DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale]]: [[spoiler: Dena is quite forcible forceful with Gordon]]. It seems to keep on going for a while and he's forced to simply endure her.



* {{Eagleland}}: Curious case - Type I with all its liberty, equality and peaceful ways is contrasted with Type II for its paranoia, gung-ho attitude, over-the-top individualism and extremism.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Curious case - The book examines both sides of this dualistic trope. Type I with all its liberty, equality and peaceful ways is contrasted with Type II for its paranoia, paranoid extremism, gung-ho attitude, and over-the-top individualism and extremism.individualism.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: BIG time; Holnists are completely unable to comprehend anything that is not made or achieved by brute force or how men are supposed to be equal.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: BIG time; Holnists are completely unable to comprehend Those who have bought into the Holnist philosophy believe that [[MightMakesRight anything that is not made or achieved you can acquire by brute force is rightfully yours,]] and [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain this makes women inherently inferior.]] They choose to disdain all philosophies of equality or how men are supposed to be equal.teamwork as delusions among those 'frightened' of this 'reality'.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Charles Bezoar tries to pass for a decent person for a while, but the illusion shatters in no time, [[spoiler: with just few tiny pushes made by Gordon]].
* FeudalFuture: Countless communities were either reduced into clan-like organisations or outright serfdom under some strongman. Then there is the land under Holnist rule, which is divided into baronies - hell-holes with brutal slavery and servitude for local "lord".

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Charles Bezoar tries to pass for a decent person for a while, but the illusion shatters in no time, eventually, [[spoiler: with just a few tiny pushes made by Gordon]].
* FeudalFuture: Countless communities were either reduced into clan-like organisations or outright serfdom under some strongman. Then there is the land under Holnist rule, which is divided into baronies - hell-holes with brutal slavery and servitude where everybody except the local brute-squad are slaves for some local "lord".



* GoneHorriblyRight: Augment program gave the exact effects it was supposed to give by outfitting agressive and unstable soldiers with cybernetic enhancements to additionally strengthen them. It was almost instantly cancelled and at least part of involved soldiers were BroughtDownToNormal before the Doomwar.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Augment program gave Government research before the exact effects it was supposed to give by outfitting agressive and unstable soldiers with Doomwar used cybernetic enhancements to additionally strengthen them. It create SuperSoldier forces... [[IdiotBall without considering the psychological effects this would have on aggressive personalities.]] This research into 'augments' was almost instantly cancelled soon cancelled, and at least part most of the soldiers involved soldiers were BroughtDownToNormal before the Doomwar. [[spoiler: A second program, with a little more thought put into it, followed.]]



* GoodIsNotSoft: People from Willamette Valley are decent and good folks, but ''will'' kill you without as much as a blink of an eye if forced to do so.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: It's hinted that the Soviet Union survived until the Doomwar or was topped by violent revolution right before it. The war took place in the mid-90's.

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* GoodIsNotSoft: People from the Willamette Valley are decent and good folks, but ''will'' kill you without as much as they live in a blink of an eye if forced violent world and will not hesitate to do so.
use lethal force the second they realize it's necessary.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: It's hinted that the Soviet Union survived until the Doomwar Doomwar, or was topped toppled by violent revolution right before it. The war took place in the mid-90's.
21st Nov '16 11:14:06 AM LBHills
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* TheDreaded: Inverted with the Holnists - they are generally feared, but hated even more. Whenever there is an occassion for that, people ''gang'' on small packs of them.

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* TheDreaded: Inverted with the Holnists - they are generally feared, but hated even more. Whenever there is an occassion for that, Large bands of Holnists can force people ''gang'' on small packs into submission, but if any of them. them are caught alone, the common people will show no mercy.



* {{Eagleland}}: Curious case - Type I with all it's liberty, equality and peaceful ways is contrasted with Type II for its paranoia, gung-ho attitude, over-the-top individualism and extremism.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Curious case - Type I with all it's its liberty, equality and peaceful ways is contrasted with Type II for its paranoia, gung-ho attitude, over-the-top individualism and extremism.
21st Nov '16 11:09:52 AM LBHills
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* CharacterDevelopment: During the course of the story Gordon evolves from frightened, timid drifter minding his onw bussiness and struggling to survive into a {{Determinator}}, bringing hope to terrorised people of Oregon and connecting individual effort of countless communites into unified work for better future of them all. He still remains a DeadpanSnarker though.

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* CharacterDevelopment: During the course of the story Gordon evolves from a frightened, timid drifter minding his onw bussiness own business and struggling to survive survive... into a {{Determinator}}, bringing hope to terrorised the terrorized people of Oregon and connecting the individual effort efforts of countless communites many communities into unified work for better future of them all.their mutual progress. He still remains a DeadpanSnarker though.



** The whistle Gordon receives from Abby in the first section became very handy in [[spoiler: the third one, when he used it to signal his men about Holnist's ambush]].
** The letter from Dena became useful when it was accidently read by [[spoiler: one of the Holnist's slaves, inspiring her to help Gordon and Johnny escape]].

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** The whistle Gordon receives from Abby in the first section became very handy in [[spoiler: the third one, when he used it to signal his men about Holnist's a Holnist ambush]].
** The letter from Dena became useful when it was accidently accidentally read by [[spoiler: one of the Holnist's slaves, inspiring her to help Gordon and Johnny escape]].
14th Nov '16 9:28:54 AM Pysiewicz
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* DeconstructorFleet: Openly admitted by the author as the massive take down on [[AfterTheEnd the entire post-apocalypse genre]], which was at its peak of popularity back then. Most of it is achieved by simple PerspectiveFlip and telling the story from the perspective of people that are usually saved by some cliché, OneManArmy style anti-hero and making it a point to show just how horrible life without modern civilisation can get.
11th Nov '16 8:54:09 AM Pysiewicz
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* DivideAndConquer:
** In the backstory, this eventually led to the fall of civilisation, since all the increasingly shattered communities eventually stopped any cooperation and just sealed themselves from outsiders, in the process becoming very easy prey for even small groups of bandits and Holnists.
** A heroic example is used by Gordon with great effect. Each time he finds people distrusting his story about RUSA or the Postal Service, he makes sure to appoint them as local Post Masters, making them personally part of the system and thus unable to go against it.


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* DividedWeFall: The only reason why Holnists or just regular thugs and bandits can thrive is lack of cooperation and unity on the side of the communities they opress. The book as a whole makes a point to explain civilisation and society as we know it can exist when and only when people work together for shared goals, putting aside their petty personal gains. This was written [[{{Greed}} in the 80s]].


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* MagneticHero: PlayedWith. It's not Gordon as a person, but rather him as an ''idea'' of a person catching attention and gaining support from all the local communities.


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* WriterOnBoard: But a [[TropesAreNotBad really good one]]. Brin makes a good cause for his agenda: society can only work when people within it are willing to cooperate and look past their own personal gains, focusing on the broader picture instead, as this will benefit them anyway. Sum can be much greater than its parts, making all those individuals who feel powerless stronger as a group.
17th Oct '16 1:10:43 PM Pysiewicz
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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: {{Averted}}. [[CombatPragmatist Gordon]] never holds more than four bullets in his revolver, unless it's an emergency or it appears he's doomed. His gun is always secured in its holster. He takes a good care of it and always uses it with an accurate' two-hand grip.

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* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: {{Averted}}. [[CombatPragmatist Gordon]] never holds more than four bullets in his revolver, unless it's an emergency or it appears he's doomed. His gun is always secured in its holster. He takes a good care of it and always uses it with an accurate' accurate two-hand grip.



* TheCavalryArrivesLate:
** [[spoiler:When Corvallis was attacked by the Anti-Tech Mob, the remnants of the local military arrived when the damage was already done and Cyclops was dying]].
** Gordon finally abandoned the post assigned to his militia unit when neither reinforcements nor relief came for over a year. By that time he was [[spoiler: the last man left guarding the empty soy silos]].



* ChekhovsGun: The diary Gordon loses in the beginning shows up toward the end in the hands of [[spoiler: the Holnists]], as does the person who stole it.

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* ChekhovsGun: CharacterDevelopment: During the course of the story Gordon evolves from frightened, timid drifter minding his onw bussiness and struggling to survive into a {{Determinator}}, bringing hope to terrorised people of Oregon and connecting individual effort of countless communites into unified work for better future of them all. He still remains a DeadpanSnarker though.
* ChekhovsGun:
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The diary Gordon loses in the beginning shows up toward the end in the hands of [[spoiler: the Holnists]], as does [[ChekhovsGunman the person who stole it.it]].
** The whistle Gordon receives from Abby in the first section became very handy in [[spoiler: the third one, when he used it to signal his men about Holnist's ambush]].
** The letter from Dena became useful when it was accidently read by [[spoiler: one of the Holnist's slaves, inspiring her to help Gordon and Johnny escape]].
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Gordon, despite his strong common sense and all the bad things around, keeps on resigning himself to his fate and going for a rescue or providing help to the needy, even if he would prefer to remain the coward he feels he is. Instead of freezing he musters the resolve to do something heroic... or ''his body'' overcomes his cowardice and acts on instinct.



* ConMan: By pure chance Gordon ends up in a grand scheme as the mastermind behind it. It almost seems like he's made a postman [[YouCantFightFate by fate and can't do anything about it]].



* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Holnists "mark" their territory with crucified people. They also use it as a punishment for misbehaving slaves and a warning to others to stay in line.



* DeathGlare: Gordon gave one to the Mayor of Oakridge when he started to contest the Mayor's authority over the town - the first act of defiance the Mayor had to face in many years.
* DeathIsDramatic: Averted for almost all characters, who die suddenly, without much fanfare and often without funeral, but played absolutely straight when [[spoiler: Dena dies. She has all the time needed to talk with Gordon for the last time and expires calmly in his embrace]].
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Ever since the world collapsed, Gordon has been just drifting all over the northern parts of the former US, trying to find some place worth staying and any semblance of civilisation worth taking part in.
* DisneyVillainDeath: After climactic and lengthy duel, [[spoiler: George Powhatan grabs General Macklin and throws him down a gorge]].



* TheDogBitesBack: After a long time of mistreatment, [[spoiler:one of the Holnist slaves poisons few guards and helps Gordon and Johnny escape. She even manages to arrange retrival of Gordon's diary without realising how important it is]].



* TheDreaded: Inverted with the Holnists - they are generally feared, but hated even more. Whenever there is an occassion for that, people ''gang'' on small packs of them.



* EliteMooks: The other two [[{{Cyborg}} augments]] under Macklin's command. One of them is introduced by pulling two ends of a rebar with enough force to tear it apart. No, not by bending. ''Pulling''.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Mayor of Oakridge remains nameless even after being deposed from the post. And he wasn't elected for it either.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Charles Bezoar tries to pass for a decent person for a while, but the illusion shatters in no time, [[spoiler: with just few tiny pushes made by Gordon]].
* FeudalFuture: Countless communities were either reduced into clan-like organisations or outright serfdom under some strongman. Then there is the land under Holnist rule, which is divided into baronies - hell-holes with brutal slavery and servitude for local "lord".



* GoneHorriblyRight: Augment program gave the exact effects it was supposed to give by outfitting agressive and unstable soldiers with cybernetic enhancements to additionally strengthen them. It was almost instantly cancelled and at least part of involved soldiers were BroughtDownToNormal before the Doomwar.



* GoodIsNotSoft: People from Willamette Valley are decent and good folks, but ''will'' kill you without as much as a blink of an eye if forced to do so.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: It's hinted that the Soviet Union survived until the Doomwar or was topped by violent revolution right before it. The war took place in the mid-90's.



* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: It's hinted that the Soviet Union survived until the Doomwar or was topped by violent revolution right before it. The war took place in the mid-90's.
2nd Aug '16 8:01:26 PM PaulA
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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Holnists, who firmly believe that the strong should rule the weak, the only possible law is the law of jungle and idealism is only good for retarded kids.


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* TheSocialDarwinist: Holnists, who firmly believe that the strong should rule the weak, the only possible law is the law of jungle and idealism is only good for retarded kids.
29th Jul '16 5:06:39 AM Morgenthaler
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** Subverted later on, when [[spoiler: he is captured by the Holnists for the second time. He manages to climb on [[UnwillingSuspension a beam his hands were tied to]]]], but first thing Colonel Bezoar does is [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy look in that direction]] the moment he realises Gordon is missing.

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** Subverted later on, when [[spoiler: he is captured by the Holnists for the second time. He manages to climb on [[UnwillingSuspension a beam his hands were tied to]]]], but first thing Colonel Bezoar does is [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy look in that direction]] direction the moment he realises Gordon is missing.
12th Sep '15 2:13:15 PM NTC3
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