History Podcast / WelcomeToNightVale

12th Oct '17 5:54:24 PM Andyroid
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-->'''Cecil:''' The Sheriff's secret police are searching for a fugitive by the name of Hiram [=McDaniels. Mr. McDaniels=] is described as a five-headed dragon approximately 18 feet tall and weighing 3600 pounds. He is suspected of insurance fraud.

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-->'''Cecil:''' The Sheriff's secret police are searching for a fugitive by the name of Hiram [=McDaniels. Mr. McDaniels=] is described as a five-headed dragon approximately 18 feet tall tall, with mostly green eyes, and weighing 3600 pounds. He is suspected of insurance fraud.
20th Sep '17 1:23:38 AM CaptEquinox
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** The local grocery store is a Ralphs, which would suggest south-eastern California (the only desert region where Ralphs operates).

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** The local grocery store is a Ralphs, which would suggest south-eastern California (the only desert region where Ralphs operates). Joseph Fink grew up near this area, which has many weird little towns. Mentone is a candidate as is Yucca Valley; Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village would be excellent settings for nearby Pine Cliffs. Cecil mentions "Joshua trees" in "The Registry of Middle School Crushes"; this could refer to Joshua Tree National Park or the nearby weird little town of Joshua Tree.
20th Sep '17 1:17:03 AM CaptEquinox
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** A lot of the press releases Cecil is given fall under this trope, without even a credible attempt at a cover-up... although you'd never know it from the tenor of Cecil's reaction. The most blatant lies of all, where it's clear even ''Cecil'' doesn't believe the words that are coming out of his mouth, are [[spoiler:at the end of Episode 32, when it becomes obvious that a [=StrexCorp=] agent is telling him what to say.]]

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** A lot of the press releases Cecil is given fall under this trope, without even a credible attempt at a cover-up... although you'd never know it from the tenor of Cecil's reaction. The most blatant lies of all, where it's clear even ''Cecil'' doesn't believe the words that are coming out of his mouth, are [[spoiler:at the end of Episode 32, when it becomes obvious that a [=StrexCorp=] agent is telling him what to say. In subsequent episodes where Strex is in control Cecil sounds increasingly snarky and nasty, letting you know that he knows what he is saying is bullshit.]]



** It later develops that bloodstone circles are prayer areas -- Tamika Flynn sets one up as part of her resistance movement -- and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliotrope_(mineral) bloodstone is apparently just that]], although you never can be too sure.



* BuryYourGays: Night Vale has two gay heroes: Carlos the Scientist and Cecil the Radio Host. Cecil repeatedly invokes then averts this trope by surviving events that would typically kill most characters from fighting off golems barehanded to surviving toxic gas attacks. During season one Carlos inverts this trope [[spoiler: when he nearly dies but the heterosexual Apache Tracker sacrifices himself as a "redeeming moment" so that Carlos can live.]]

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* BuryYourGays: Night Vale has two gay heroes: Carlos the Scientist and Cecil the Radio Host. Cecil repeatedly invokes then averts this trope by surviving events that would typically kill most characters from fighting off golems barehanded to surviving toxic gas attacks. During season one Carlos inverts this trope [[spoiler: when he nearly dies but the (presumedly) heterosexual Apache Tracker sacrifices himself as a "redeeming moment" so that Carlos can live.]]



* ChekhovsGun: Taking pictures of the stray cats. Established over a ''year'' before firing in episode 48.

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* ChekhovsGun: More like Chekov's Kittens. Taking pictures of the stray cats. Established over a ''year'' before firing in episode 48.
8th Sep '17 11:52:44 AM GrammarNavi
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* ImmuneToBullets: Discussed in a parody of the NRA; see above under AmericanGunPolitics. This is one of the times when Cecil slides towards the "snarky" end of DeadpanSnarker rather than the "deadpan" end, although Night Vale being Night Vale, at least one fanfic exists positing that the citizens of Night Vale are in fact immune to bullets.

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* ImmuneToBullets: Discussed in a parody of the NRA; see above under AmericanGunPolitics.UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics. This is one of the times when Cecil slides towards the "snarky" end of DeadpanSnarker rather than the "deadpan" end, although Night Vale being Night Vale, at least one fanfic exists positing that the citizens of Night Vale are in fact immune to bullets.
26th Aug '17 8:05:47 PM Reymma
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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Cecil's first move in his [[spoiler:war on StrexCorp]] is to barricade himself inside the studio. A rather magnificent start, so it is unfortunate that Cecil's idea of a barricade is a heap of cardboard signs reading "KEEP OUT!" and "SECRET ROOM!" (in all caps, with an exclamation point).

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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Cecil's first move in his [[spoiler:war on StrexCorp]] [=StrexCorp=]]] is to barricade himself inside the studio. A rather magnificent start, so it is unfortunate that Cecil's idea of a barricade is a heap of cardboard signs reading "KEEP OUT!" and "SECRET ROOM!" (in all caps, with an exclamation point).



* AncientAstronauts: Erich von Däniken's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_von_D%C3%A4niken theories]] about the intercession of benign extraterrestrials in mankind's development are accepted knowledge in Night Vale, whereas the concept of evolution and the notion that the pyramids and other ancient structures were built by mere humans are considered fringe beliefs.

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* AncientAstronauts: Erich von Däniken's [[http://en.[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_von_D%C3%A4niken theories]] org/wiki/Erich_von_Däniken Erich von Däniken's]] theories about the intercession of benign extraterrestrials in mankind's development are accepted knowledge in Night Vale, whereas the concept of evolution and the notion that the pyramids and other ancient structures were built by mere humans are considered fringe beliefs.
26th Aug '17 6:29:11 AM NASCARLOVER427
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*YourMom: Episode 77 was sponsored by her.
20th Aug '17 2:43:15 PM nombretomado
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* GenreBusting: It's usually a happy show, but its plot is full of horror, romance, music, thrillers, philosophy, family stories, and just about every other genre you can think of. Think "[[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion The News from Lake Wobegon]]" [[XMeetsY meets]] {{Creepypasta}} with a side dish of silly romantic sitcom, and you'll have a fair idea.

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* GenreBusting: It's usually a happy show, but its plot is full of horror, romance, music, thrillers, philosophy, family stories, and just about every other genre you can think of. Think "[[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion The News from Lake Wobegon]]" [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] {{Creepypasta}} with a side dish of silly romantic sitcom, and you'll have a fair idea.
20th Aug '17 2:42:35 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY:
** Carlos' side of things sounds like "''Eureka'' meets ''The Twilight Zone''": Normal guy finds himself in an unspeakably strange town, where all the citizens think he's the weird one for not knowing basic things. "One Year Later" sounds like he is basically doing an extreme version of Sheriff Carter's job.
** The show as a whole is "[[Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion The News from Lake Wobegon]]" meets something Lovecraftian (e.g. {{Creepypasta}}).
7th Aug '17 11:42:18 AM UmberTemporis
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** In Episode 19A, "The Sandstorm"
---> [[spoiler:'''Kevin: '''Hello... Desert Bluffs?]]
15th Jun '17 4:10:26 AM WorldTurnedUpsideDown
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* NuclearHorror: In the year [[ArcWords 1983]], [[spoiler: The Able Archer tests went wrong. Soviet Russia and the U.S.A declared nuclear war on each other. In a fit of desperation, the city's resident benevolent [[EldritchAbomination eldritch horror]] Huntokar reached out and cut off Night Vale from the soon-to-be destroyed reality. However, in doing so, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero she cut off every Night Vale from their realities]] ]].
**[[spoiler: In episode 110, Matryoshka, Cal, Cecil's brother from a different reality, walked into Cecil's room as reality was collapsing, his skin decayed and rotting, wheezing "the bomb, the bomb" over and over, clearly suffering from radiation sickness.]]
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