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9th Nov '17 9:38:45 PM merotoker
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However, in the eyes of artists and some fans, this is a JustifiedTrope. There are many instances where a film with dense references and information provide an UnconventionalLearningExperience, introducing high concepts in a dramatic, entertaining fashion. This empowers readers and viewers and makes them interested and curious in exploring offbeat ideas that they otherwise might have felt they are not educated to understand and accept, since many of them have internalized the ViewersAreMorons ideas and reflexively feel some movies or books are not for them. For instance, Joseph Campbell's [[TheHerosJourney Heroic Journey]] concept was fairly obscure before Film/StarWars used a Heroic Journey plot, which brought the concept into the mainstream. There's also SocietyMarchesOn to consider. The number of people with college educations are higher today than they were, say, in TheSixties, so what used to be obscure becomes mainstream in the passing of time, and indeed new genres and new storytelling techniques are created because audiences have become too smart for old plots and hackneyed clichés. In the case of some artists, the dense play of text and subtext for them is ''the'' reason why they make art in the first place, and they set out to fill it with {{Genius Bonus}}es and {{Rewatch Bonus}}es so that audiences can immerse themselves in understanding the work fully.

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However, in the eyes of artists and some fans, this is a JustifiedTrope. There are many instances where a film with dense references and information provide an UnconventionalLearningExperience, introducing high concepts in a dramatic, entertaining fashion. This empowers readers and viewers and makes them interested and curious in exploring offbeat ideas that they otherwise might have felt they are not educated to understand and accept, since many of them have internalized the ViewersAreMorons ideas and reflexively feel some movies or books are not for them. For instance, Joseph Campbell's [[TheHerosJourney Heroic Journey]] concept was fairly obscure before Film/StarWars ''Film/StarWars'' used a Heroic Journey plot, which brought the concept into the mainstream. There's also SocietyMarchesOn to consider. The number of people with college educations are higher today than they were, say, in TheSixties, so what used to be obscure becomes mainstream in the passing of time, and indeed new genres and new storytelling techniques are created because audiences have become too smart for old plots and hackneyed clichés. In the case of some artists, the dense play of text and subtext for them is ''the'' reason why they make art in the first place, and they set out to fill it with {{Genius Bonus}}es and {{Rewatch Bonus}}es so that audiences can immerse themselves in understanding the work fully.



* ''Franchise/NasuVerse''. Kinoko Nasu really, ''really'' loves winding philosophical debate, and he expects you to as well; his plots tend to get extremely complex, bringing up rules once or twice and then building stories based on them, and the rules governing the 'verse can get pretty complex as well, with a huge amount of MrExposition giving [[InstructionalDialogue Instruction Dialogue]] regarding borderline game-breaking abilities. ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is particularly guilty. For example, several sections will be dedicated to explaining the minute details as to why imagining swords into being real is a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway stupid, useless form of magic]], and then later it turns out that Shirou has a rare talent that turns it into a GameBreaker.

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* ''Franchise/NasuVerse''.''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}''. Kinoko Nasu really, ''really'' loves winding philosophical debate, and he expects you to as well; his plots tend to get extremely complex, bringing up rules once or twice and then building stories based on them, and the rules governing the 'verse can get pretty complex as well, with a huge amount of MrExposition giving [[InstructionalDialogue Instruction Dialogue]] regarding borderline game-breaking abilities. ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' is particularly guilty. For example, several sections will be dedicated to explaining the minute details as to why imagining swords into being real is a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway stupid, useless form of magic]], and then later it turns out that Shirou has a rare talent that turns it into a GameBreaker.



* Played with ''Motohirou Katou'''s work, especially ''Manga/{{QED}}'' and ''Manga/{{CMB}}.'' The thing is, he always takes time to explains things that need explantion for most readers, but even with that, sometimes it still leaves us baffled (like Kana), especially things like [[EverybodyHatesMathematics mathematics and such.]]

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* Played with ''Motohirou Katou'''s work, especially ''Manga/{{QED}}'' and ''Manga/{{CMB}}.'' The thing is, he always takes time to explains things that need explantion explanation for most readers, but even with that, sometimes it still leaves us baffled (like Kana), especially things like [[EverybodyHatesMathematics mathematics and such.]]



* You probably would not believe that ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' [[FanService of all things]] can be planted here. But apart from its [[{{Moe}} most obvious appeal]], it delves into ideas about AlternateReality, AlternateHistory, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII technology, {{Historical Injoke}}s, GunSafety, military organisation, its takes about the conflict in Europe, the conflict in Africa and other stuff. Did you know that the real Hartmann accidentially (?) took Hitler's hat because his own was gone? This is the basis for the PantyThief episode in season 1.

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* You probably would not believe that ''Anime/StrikeWitches'' [[FanService of all things]] can be planted here. But apart from its [[{{Moe}} most obvious appeal]], it delves into ideas about AlternateReality, AlternateHistory, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII technology, {{Historical Injoke}}s, GunSafety, UsefulNotes/GunSafety, military organisation, its takes about the conflict in Europe, the conflict in Africa and other stuff. Did you know that the real Hartmann accidentially accidentally (?) took Hitler's hat because his own was gone? This is the basis for the PantyThief episode in season 1.



* One of the reasons why JohnnyDangerously has never caught on like other famous parody films from the same period ({{Airplane}} and {{Film/TopSecret}} for example) was because it was parodying a genre (the 1930s gangster movie) that had faded from the public consciousness. Not only had 50 years passed since the genre was at its height, its place in the American collective unconscious had been supplanted by TheGodfather and its derivatives. It's very strange to note that although the movie came out in 1984 and was a parody of gangster movies, that there wasn't a single reference to TheGodfather in it.

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* One of the reasons why JohnnyDangerously ''Film/JohnnyDangerously'' has never caught on like other famous parody films from the same period ({{Airplane}} (''Film/{{Airplane}}'' and {{Film/TopSecret}} ''Film/TopSecret'' for example) was because it was parodying a genre (the 1930s gangster movie) that had faded from the public consciousness. Not only had 50 years passed since the genre was at its height, its place in the American collective unconscious had been supplanted by TheGodfather ''Film/TheGodfather'' and its derivatives. It's very strange to note that although the movie came out in 1984 and was a parody of gangster movies, that there wasn't a single reference to TheGodfather ''The Godfather'' in it.



** In many non-English speaking circles, especially in continental Europe, an advanced grasp of at least written English is taken pretty much for granted and job annoucements sometimes won't even mention this particular requirement due to it being not as much as a highlight as lack thereof would be considered a disadvantage (just like nobody boasts of being able to read and write). If you were to post a link to a news article in English on, say, a Swedish gaming forum, even if any of the users actually needed a translation, chances are they wouldn't dare to ask for fear of humiliation.

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** In many non-English speaking circles, especially in continental Europe, an advanced grasp of at least written English is taken pretty much for granted and job annoucements announcements sometimes won't even mention this particular requirement due to it being not as much as a highlight as lack thereof would be considered a disadvantage (just like nobody boasts of being able to read and write). If you were to post a link to a news article in English on, say, a Swedish gaming forum, even if any of the users actually needed a translation, chances are they wouldn't dare to ask for fear of humiliation.
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' definitely counts. While some stories may appear to be even simple children's stories, every single novel in the series contains a VAST amount of parodies, references and allusions to many equally vastly different things. This ranges from history to quantum mechanics, and from popular culture to religion. Be it mythology, geography, Shakespeare, physics, popular culture or anything else, nothing is left undiscussed or unparodied, and in order to understand all allusions one would be required to browse Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} 24/7. However, the series is still easily accessible by those who do not have such knowledge, allowing the reader to enjoy it no matter how much he knows, but the more educated readers will still get a huge GeniusBonus. A guide to many of the references in Pratchett's books is [[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/index.html here.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' definitely counts. While some stories may appear to be even simple children's stories, every single novel in the series contains a VAST amount of parodies, references and allusions to many equally vastly different things. This ranges from history to quantum mechanics, and from popular culture to religion. Be it mythology, geography, Shakespeare, physics, popular culture or anything else, nothing everything is left undiscussed discussed or unparodied, parodied, and in order to understand all allusions one would be required to browse Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} 24/7. However, the series is still easily accessible by those who do not have such knowledge, allowing the reader to enjoy it no matter how much he knows, but the more educated readers will still get a huge GeniusBonus. A guide to many of the references in Pratchett's books is [[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/index.html here.]]



** Although it must be pointed out that objections to Joyce's ''Ulysses'' in its day had to do with its straight forward look at sex and not the density of allusions per se. Even then a lot of his references were common reading material. Like ''The Odyssey'' may not have been widely read by the general public but its hardly an obscure poem, nor is ''Hamlet'' for that matter. The Irish political references are very local but ItMakesSenseInContext.

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** Although it must be pointed out that objections to Joyce's ''Ulysses'' in its day had to do with its straight forward straightforward look at sex and not the density of allusions per se. Even then a lot of his references were common reading material. Like ''The Odyssey'' may not have been widely read by the general public but its hardly an obscure poem, nor is ''Hamlet'' for that matter. The Irish political references are very local but ItMakesSenseInContext.



* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' {{light novel}}s. What starts out as a healthy amount of {{Genius Bonus}}es later falls straight into this. There are as many throwaway references to astrophysics as there are to pop culture, [[spoiler:a TimeTravel incident reaches near-''Film/{{Primer}}'' levels of complexity]], and one novel features an in-depth discussion of Euler's planar graph formula--which is necessary to resolve the current situation. There are ''diagrams''.

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* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' {{light novel}}s.LightNovels. What starts out as a healthy amount of {{Genius Bonus}}es later falls straight into this. There are as many throwaway references to astrophysics as there are to pop culture, [[spoiler:a TimeTravel incident reaches near-''Film/{{Primer}}'' levels of complexity]], and one novel features an in-depth discussion of Euler's planar graph formula--which is necessary to resolve the current situation. There are ''diagrams''.



* Creator/CharlesStross is [[OneOfUs an arch-geek]], and ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' contains lots of references to Mandelbrot sets, P-complete and NP-complete equations, and a lot of other stuff that you have to have studied advanced math and the like to understand (thankfully, understanding the technobabble isn't required for enjoyment). Lampshaded early in ''The Atrocity Archive'' when Bob gives us an overview of computational demonology:

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* Creator/CharlesStross is [[OneOfUs an arch-geek]], and ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' contains lots of references to Mandelbrot sets, P-complete and NP-complete equations, and a lot of other stuff that you have to have studied advanced math and the like to understand (thankfully, understanding the technobabble isn't required for enjoyment). Lampshaded early in ''The Atrocity Archive'' when Bob gives us an overview of computational demonology:



** Reading this series can be considered a dry run for Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' -- With over 140 POV characters spread over fifteen books, 10,000 pages and if you were to sit down and listen to them non-stop, just over 19 DAYS of audio. Whilst this could just be considered a colossal task on its own, any character could come back at any time, requiring readers to call back to previous books and remember what obscure phrase that was mentioned in passing could now mean in a revealing light.

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** Reading this series can be considered a dry run for Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' -- With over 140 POV characters spread over fifteen books, 10,000 pages and if you were to sit down and listen to them non-stop, just over 19 DAYS of audio. Whilst this could just be considered a colossal task on its own, any character could come back at any time, requiring readers to call back to previous books and remember what obscure phrase that was mentioned in passing could now mean in a revealing light.



* RickyRicottasMightyRobot got a title change because of this trope. The robot was originally called "giant" since he was compared to the rest of the characters in the setting but young readers informed author Dav Pilkey that since the setting is a MouseWorld, the robot isn't actually a giant and requested the name be changed to the current. Pilkey has gone on record as being ''very'' impressed with this.

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* RickyRicottasMightyRobot ''Literature/RickyRicottasMightyRobot'' got a title change because of this trope. The robot was originally called "giant" since he was compared to the rest of the characters in the setting but young readers informed author Dav Pilkey that since the setting is a MouseWorld, the robot isn't actually a giant and requested the name be changed to the current. Pilkey has gone on record as being ''very'' impressed with this.



* Wrestling/VinceRusso's entire run in Wrestling/{{WCW}} was based on the idea that Viewers Are {{Smark}}s; the whole thing was extremely hard to follow unless you already had a general idea of how the wrestling business works and the goings-on backstage. The problem was, even if you were able to figure out what was going on, it still wasn't very coherent or engaging.

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* Wrestling/VinceRusso's entire run in Wrestling/{{WCW}} was based on the idea that Viewers Are {{Smark}}s; {{Smar|tMark}}ks; the whole thing was extremely hard to follow unless you already had a general idea of how the wrestling business works and the goings-on backstage. The problem was, even if you were able to figure out what was going on, it still wasn't very coherent or engaging.



** Russo believes that "all viewers are Smarks," and as far as his opinion goes, a smark is a moron who believes they're a genius. If you think of his logic this way, his entire career is basically spent in a massive attempt to outsmart the smarks. Unfortunately, the only real way to trick people in a story where they usually already know, at the very least, half of what's going to happen before it happens is to make the story incomprehensible with obscurities and [[ShockingSwerve inexplicable plot twists.]]

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** Russo believes that "all viewers are Smarks," and as far as his opinion goes, a smark is a moron who believes they're a genius. If you think of his logic this way, his entire career is basically spent in a massive attempt to outsmart the smarks. Unfortunately, the only real way to trick people in a story where they usually already know, at the very least, half of what's going to happen before it happens is to make the story incomprehensible with obscurities and [[ShockingSwerve inexplicable plot twists.]]twists]].



* Creator/BertoltBrecht is perhaps the only playwright in history who considers a piece with a character named Swiss Cheese to be SeriousBusiness. If an audience is unfamiliar with his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verfremdungseffekt Verfremdungseffekt]], they're likely to be lost from the first line onward. That said, many of Brecht's plays were comprehensible in their day, and Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera was a major commerical success in Germany and abroad.

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* Creator/BertoltBrecht is perhaps the only playwright in history who considers a piece with a character named Swiss Cheese to be SeriousBusiness. If an audience is unfamiliar with his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verfremdungseffekt Verfremdungseffekt]], they're likely to be lost from the first line onward. That said, many of Brecht's plays were comprehensible in their day, and Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera was a major commerical commercial success in Germany and abroad.



* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s plot is already pretty difficult to follow due to a GroundhogDayLoop, AlternateTimelines and one heck of a TimeyWimeyBall, but that's just the beginning of your brain's struggle to keep up with the creators: Both characters and the lore include allusions to UsefulNotes/{{Christian|Mythology}}, Myth/{{Classical|Mythology}}, Myth/{{Norse|Mythology}} and Myth/JapaneseMythology, history and legends. Taxonomies, character names, {{Significant Birth Date}}s and character crests all include some level of GeniusBonus and not even the command lists go safe what with the ThemeNaming of the special moves (e.g., MadScientist-[[WasOnceAMan turned]]-EldritchAbomination Arakune's command list consists entirely of references to advanced mathematics). Finally, there's also the importance of things like "Observers" and [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything "Phenomena Intervention"]], which are allusions to QuantumPhysics, most importantly the SchrodingersCat Paradox and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation Many-Worlds Interpretation.]]

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* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s plot is already pretty difficult to follow due to a GroundhogDayLoop, AlternateTimelines {{Alternate Timeline}}s and one heck of a TimeyWimeyBall, but that's just the beginning of your brain's struggle to keep up with the creators: Both characters and the lore include allusions to UsefulNotes/{{Christian|Mythology}}, Myth/{{Classical|Mythology}}, Myth/{{Norse|Mythology}} and Myth/JapaneseMythology, history and legends. Taxonomies, character names, {{Significant Birth Date}}s and character crests all include some level of GeniusBonus and not even the command lists go safe what with the ThemeNaming of the special moves (e.g., MadScientist-[[WasOnceAMan turned]]-EldritchAbomination Arakune's command list consists entirely of references to advanced mathematics). Finally, there's also the importance of things like "Observers" and [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything "Phenomena Intervention"]], which are allusions to QuantumPhysics, most importantly the SchrodingersCat UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat Paradox and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation Many-Worlds Interpretation.]]



-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''Time Is relative, dependent you can save it, you can spend it doing things you like to do or learning how. You can't see it, you can't taste it but you certainly can waste it which is really what were doing here right now.

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-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''Time siblings:''' Time Is relative, dependent you can save it, you can spend it doing things you like to do or learning how. You can't see it, you can't taste it but you certainly can waste it which is really what were doing here right now.



-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''So remember, when you're traveling from Nantucket to St. Paul,in that airport as you're staring at those clocks upon the wall, You should think about this song, my friend, And then you will recall...that it was mildly amusing, but then totally confusing and we bet you wish we never sung at all!

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-->'''Yakko and siblings:'''So siblings:''' So remember, when you're traveling from Nantucket to St. Paul,in Paul, in that airport as you're staring at those clocks upon the wall, You should think about this song, my friend, And then you will recall...that it was mildly amusing, but then totally confusing and we bet you wish we never sung at all!



* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' first season episode Damien was about the final confrontation between Jesus and Satan. Early in the episode Damien proves his power by turning Kenny into a duck-billed platypus. The boys go to visit Jesus as he's training, and ask him if will cure Kenny if he wins. Jesus gets indignant and says: "what do you mean IF I win?" This is a reference to an incident that only occurs in the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus gets angry when someone asks him to cure his daughter "if he can".


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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' first season episode Damien "Damien" was about the final confrontation between Jesus and Satan. Early in the episode Damien proves his power by turning Kenny into a duck-billed platypus. The boys go to visit Jesus as he's training, and ask him if he will cure Kenny if he wins. Jesus gets indignant and says: "what do you mean IF I win?" This is a reference to an incident that only occurs in the Gospel of Mark, where Jesus gets angry when someone asks him to cure his daughter "if he can".

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8th Nov '17 8:23:38 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** Reading this series can be considered a dry run for Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelofTime'' -- With over 140 POV characters spread over fifteen books, 10,000 pages and if you were to sit down and listen to them non-stop, just over 19 DAYS of audio. Whilst this could just be considered a colossal task on its own, any character could come back at any time, requiring readers to call back to previous books and remember what obscure phrase that was mentioned in passing could now mean in a revealing light.

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** Reading this series can be considered a dry run for Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelofTime'' ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' -- With over 140 POV characters spread over fifteen books, 10,000 pages and if you were to sit down and listen to them non-stop, just over 19 DAYS of audio. Whilst this could just be considered a colossal task on its own, any character could come back at any time, requiring readers to call back to previous books and remember what obscure phrase that was mentioned in passing could now mean in a revealing light.
8th Nov '17 8:19:44 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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-->* Reading this series can be considered a dry run for Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelofTime'' -- With over 140 POV characters spread over fifteen books, 10,000 pages and if you were to sit down and listen to them non-stop, just over 19 DAYS of audio. Whilst this could just be considered a colossal task on its own, any character could come back at any time, requiring readers to call back to previous books and remember what obscure phrase that was mentioned in passing could now mean in a revealing light.

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-->* ** Reading this series can be considered a dry run for Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelofTime'' -- With over 140 POV characters spread over fifteen books, 10,000 pages and if you were to sit down and listen to them non-stop, just over 19 DAYS of audio. Whilst this could just be considered a colossal task on its own, any character could come back at any time, requiring readers to call back to previous books and remember what obscure phrase that was mentioned in passing could now mean in a revealing light.
29th Oct '17 2:25:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s plot is already pretty difficult to follow due to a GroundhogDayLoop, AlternateTimelines and one heck of a TimeyWimeyBall, but that's just the beginning of your brain's struggle to keep up with the creators: Both characters and the lore include allusions to UsefulNotes/{{Christian|Mythology}}, {{Classical|Mythology}}, {{Norse|Mythology}} and JapaneseMythology, history and legends. Taxonomies, character names, {{Significant Birth Date}}s and character crests all include some level of GeniusBonus and not even the command lists go safe what with the ThemeNaming of the special moves (e.g., MadScientist-[[WasOnceAMan turned]]-EldritchAbomination Arakune's command list consists entirely of references to advanced mathematics). Finally, there's also the importance of things like "Observers" and [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything "Phenomena Intervention"]], which are allusions to QuantumPhysics, most importantly the SchrodingersCat Paradox and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation Many-Worlds Interpretation.]]

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* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s plot is already pretty difficult to follow due to a GroundhogDayLoop, AlternateTimelines and one heck of a TimeyWimeyBall, but that's just the beginning of your brain's struggle to keep up with the creators: Both characters and the lore include allusions to UsefulNotes/{{Christian|Mythology}}, {{Classical|Mythology}}, {{Norse|Mythology}} Myth/{{Classical|Mythology}}, Myth/{{Norse|Mythology}} and JapaneseMythology, Myth/JapaneseMythology, history and legends. Taxonomies, character names, {{Significant Birth Date}}s and character crests all include some level of GeniusBonus and not even the command lists go safe what with the ThemeNaming of the special moves (e.g., MadScientist-[[WasOnceAMan turned]]-EldritchAbomination Arakune's command list consists entirely of references to advanced mathematics). Finally, there's also the importance of things like "Observers" and [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything "Phenomena Intervention"]], which are allusions to QuantumPhysics, most importantly the SchrodingersCat Paradox and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation Many-Worlds Interpretation.]]
27th Oct '17 2:28:41 AM Naresh
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' jokes about ''everything'', from obscure songs most people have forgotten to classical history and famous works of art. Of course the fun of the show is that [[{{MST}} the riffs]] are so frequent, you can miss one or two and still get the jokes. Their reference pool is so varied that they ''won a freakin' Peabody!'' However, they would also sometimes indulge in in-jokes that ''only'' the writers could possibly get.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' jokes about ''everything'', from obscure songs most people have forgotten to classical history and famous works of art. Of course the fun of the show is that [[{{MST}} the riffs]] are so frequent, you can miss one or two and still get the jokes. Their reference pool is so varied that they ''won won a freakin' Peabody!'' Peabody. However, they would also sometimes frequently indulge in in-jokes that ''only'' the writers could possibly get.
27th Oct '17 2:19:11 AM Naresh
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-->* Reading this series can be considered a dry run for Robert Jordan's ''Literature/WheelofTime'' -- With over 140 POV characters spread over fifteen books, 10,000 pages and if you were to sit down and listen to them non-stop, just over 19 DAYS of audio. Whilst this could just be considered a colossal task on its own, any character could come back at any time, requiring readers to call back to previous books and remember what obscure phrase that was mentioned in passing could now mean in a revealing light.
15th Oct '17 7:19:05 PM Malady
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* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s plot is already pretty difficult to follow due to a GroundhogDayLoop, AlternateTimelines and one heck of a TimeyWimeyBall, but that's just the beginning of your brain's struggle to keep up with the creators: Both characters and the lore include allusions to {{Christian|Mythology}}, {{Classical|Mythology}}, {{Norse|Mythology}} and JapaneseMythology, history and legends. Taxonomies, character names, {{Significant Birth Date}}s and character crests all include some level of GeniusBonus and not even the command lists go safe what with the ThemeNaming of the special moves (e.g., MadScientist-[[WasOnceAMan turned]]-EldritchAbomination Arakune's command list consists entirely of references to advanced mathematics). Finally, there's also the importance of things like "Observers" and [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything "Phenomena Intervention"]], which are allusions to QuantumPhysics, most importantly the SchrodingersCat Paradox and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation Many-Worlds Interpretation.]]

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* ''Franchise/BlazBlue'''s plot is already pretty difficult to follow due to a GroundhogDayLoop, AlternateTimelines and one heck of a TimeyWimeyBall, but that's just the beginning of your brain's struggle to keep up with the creators: Both characters and the lore include allusions to {{Christian|Mythology}}, UsefulNotes/{{Christian|Mythology}}, {{Classical|Mythology}}, {{Norse|Mythology}} and JapaneseMythology, history and legends. Taxonomies, character names, {{Significant Birth Date}}s and character crests all include some level of GeniusBonus and not even the command lists go safe what with the ThemeNaming of the special moves (e.g., MadScientist-[[WasOnceAMan turned]]-EldritchAbomination Arakune's command list consists entirely of references to advanced mathematics). Finally, there's also the importance of things like "Observers" and [[QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything "Phenomena Intervention"]], which are allusions to QuantumPhysics, most importantly the SchrodingersCat Paradox and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Many-worlds_interpretation Many-Worlds Interpretation.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' have a rather literal take on this in the form of various pop quizzes throughout the game. They tend to ask you random trivia facts about math, grammar, science, philosophy or Japanese history. Answering correctly gives you a permanent bonus to a particular out of combat stat. There is nothing in the game that tells you the answers, so you have to use your own real-world knowledge ([[GuideDangIt or cheat]]). There are also midterms where you get a whole bunch of these in a row, but the midterms are composed entirely out of questions that they've already asked you so if you had been paying attention it should be simple to answer.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona3'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona4'' have a rather literal take on this in the form of various pop quizzes throughout the game. They tend to ask you random trivia facts about math, grammar, science, philosophy or Japanese history. Answering correctly gives you a permanent bonus to a particular out of combat stat. There is nothing in the game that tells you the answers, so you have to use your own real-world knowledge ([[GuideDangIt or cheat]]). There are also midterms where you get a whole bunch of these in a row, but the midterms are composed entirely out of questions that they've already asked you so if you had been paying attention it should be simple to answer.
15th Oct '17 4:39:28 PM ElizaAnne
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*''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is packed with religious symbolism the average adult viewer, and certainly not the average child, would understand. Some examples that come to mind are Esmeralda's dance dress being the colors of the Whore of Babylon, Phoebus and the soldiers offering 30 pieces of silver to the gypsies in exchange for her location, and Frollo's [[SanitySlippageSong song Hellfire]] (in which he insists his lust and obsession with Esmeralda is her fault and God's rather than his own) being sung to a confessional prayer to chants of ''Mea culpa'' (through my fault.)
**Every time Frollo appears, a background chorus sings "Kyrie elison," meaning "Lord have mercy." The song in which he murders Quasimodo's mother also has a background choir singing Dies Irae, containing "beware the coming of the judge!"
**The damage that happens in the climax- broken gargoyles, etc- is actually real-life damage that has happened to the cathedral throughout history.
**Quasimodo's scene with the chains is reminiscent of Samson from the Bible.
13th Oct '17 9:08:02 AM deeman45
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** An understanding of the various real-life historical figures that the novel's characters are based on will greatly enrich your reading of the text, but once you realize who is supposed to stand in for who (and it's not difficult if you know the history, as Clavell's replacement names are very close to the original, especially for the big players) it spoils the ending.
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* ''Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls'''s designs incorporate tons of tiny details about the original ships' history and their namesakes that are very likely to fly over the heads of people who aren't hardcore naval history buffs. Many of the design choices have historically authentic but obscure backing, without which one can be led to believe such-and-such was thrown together at random.
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