History Radio / BleakExpectations

5th Jun '18 5:18:17 PM eowynjedi
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* BadFuture: Pip and Benevolent ''create'' one in the final episode of series 4, [[spoiler:ruling over a vast empire together until the oppressed masses call their bluff, and the cheesebomb used to hold them at bay proves a dud. They die, but God--which is to say Harry Biscuit--explains that this was simply one alternate outcome. He sends Pip back, Pip calls Benevolent's bluff, the cheesebomb splats, and the day is saved.]]



* DistressedDamsel: Although they'll put up a fight (even against zombies) in other scenes, whenever Gently Benevolent decides to kidnap Pippa or Ripley they're kidnapped, as though there's no possibility of resistance.

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* DistressedDamsel: Although they'll put up a fight (even against zombies) in other scenes, whenever Gently Benevolent decides to kidnap Pippa or Ripley they're kidnapped, as though there's no possibility of resistance. Ripley also requires being rescued from Russia even though nobody's holding her captive, although at that point she mainly wants Pip to prioritize her over fighting his nemesis.


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* LostWorld: Gently Benevolent finds one filled with dinosaurs. He creates an army by swapping their brains with human ones.
2nd Jun '18 7:56:45 PM eowynjedi
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Thomas and Agnes Bin aren't mentioned after the series two opening.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Thomas ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
**Thomas
and Agnes Bin aren't mentioned after the series two opening.


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* DesertedIsland: Pip is stranded on one in series 4... which then turns out to be a ''dessert'' island with a beach made of apple crumble and soil made of cake.


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* {{Robinsonade}}: In series 4, Pip is stranded on a desert island and finds a bedraggled, uncivilized ape-man who speaks in growls. Pip dubs him "Sunday" and declares that they are great and perfectly equal friends whilst ordering him to perform all sorts of menial tasks. [[spoiler:It ends when the man finally manages to shout at him. Turns out it's Harry, whose teeth have been glued shut by toffee the entire time.]]
31st May '18 5:25:19 PM eowynjedi
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* BestialityIsDepraved: Evil!Harry infects some swans the same way he infects Pippa, by kissing. And not on the beak...

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* BestialityIsDepraved: BestialityIsDepraved:
** Both Harry and Benevolent find Juanita insanely hot, even after her mind has been transferred into a dinosaur. Harry is relieved when ''he'' becomes one because he can ogle her without wondering if it's weird.
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Evil!Harry infects some swans the same way he infects Pippa, by kissing. And not on the beak...



* DistressedDamsel: Although they'll put up a fight (even against zombies) in other scenes, whenever Gently Benevolent decides to kidnap Pippa or Ripley they're kidnapped, as though there's no possibility of resistance.



* IronicHell: Shows up. Harry Biscuit is given memory cake, then ForcedToWatch Mr Benevolent and Pippa kissing, while [[LovableSexManiac Ripely]] is placed in from of an army of half-dressed men, who are just out of reach. Turns out Ripely isn't bothered by this. After all, the view's nice.

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* IronicHell: Shows up. Harry Biscuit is given memory cake, then ForcedToWatch Mr Benevolent and Pippa kissing, while [[LovableSexManiac Ripely]] is placed in from front of an army of half-dressed men, who are just out of reach. Turns out Ripely isn't bothered by this. After all, the view's nice.



* MisBlamed: In-Universe: Pip Bin is rarely responsible for the death of the latest Harshsmacker / Sternbeater / Whackwallop / Grimpunch, but everyone acts like he is.

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* MisBlamed: In-Universe: Pip Bin is rarely directly responsible for the death of the latest Harshsmacker / Sternbeater / Whackwallop / Grimpunch, but everyone acts like he is.


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* ShowdownAtHighNoon: In series 4, Pip chases Benevolent to the "All Right I Suppose Corral" for a gun duel. Benevolent's first two shots are intercepted, but the third ''apparent'' miss strikes home.


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* TrailOfBreadcrumbs: Ripley leaves bits of her clothes for Pip and Harry to follow in Series 4. When she runs out of clothes, she (inadvertently) leaves a trail of men who are [[StunnedSilence struck dumb]] by the sight of a nude woman. Then she starts leaving bits of ''ship'' over the open ocean.
25th May '18 4:25:19 PM eowynjedi
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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The families that make up Gently Benevolent's accomplices. It starts with the Hardthrashers, then Sternbeater, Whackwhallop, Harshsmacker, Grimpunch, and finally Clampvulture.



* PocketProtector: In episode 6.

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* PocketProtector: PocketProtector:
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In episode 6.6.
** When Pip accidentally stabs Ripley, she doesn't bleed ''quite'' to death because she was carrying his letters. Though she points out she'd have felt a lot better if he hadn't stabbed her in the first place.



* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: In episode 6.

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* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: In episode 6.Young Gently Benevolent tried to make it to the church in time to do this during Miss Sweetly Delightful's wedding. Unfortunately, Miss Christmasham proceeds to nearly die in a series of decoration-related accidents, and then ''really'' dies of shock from a Christmas cracker. [[spoiler:The time it took Gently to check that she was ''really'' dead this time was enough to make him late.]]



* TakingTheBullet: Harry Biscuit and Aunt Lilly both take fatal injuries for Pip. Parodied in Aunt Lilly's case, as she mentions that now that had she known how much it hurts, she might not have done it, and subverted with Harry, who just slipped on a bit of custard beforehand (and he gets better anyway).

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* TakingTheBullet: TakingTheBullet:
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Harry Biscuit and Aunt Lilly both take fatal injuries for Pip. Parodied in Aunt Lilly's case, as she mentions that now that had she known how much it hurts, she might not have done it, and subverted with Harry, who just slipped on a bit of custard beforehand (and he gets better anyway).anyway).
** Later, Ripley sensibly shoves ''Grimpunch'' into the path of a bullet meant for Pip.


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* WeWantOurJerkBack: Pip is really disturbed by the de-eviled Benevolent at the end of Series 3. Of course, Benevolent has stopped being evil and has now started ''skipping'' and asking for a hug.
24th May '18 7:35:47 PM eowynjedi
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* AchillesHeel:
** In series two, Benevolent claims that his one "weakness" is total molecular disintegration. Shortly thereafter, the heroes get their hands on a Martian disintegration ray.
** Admiral Hardthrasher is made almost entirely of wood. Pip uses friction to set him on fire.



* BewareTheSillyOnes: Mr Parsimonious manages to beat up Benevolent. "Have this punch! And this kick! And you simply ''must'' have this elbow!"



* CrazyPrepared: Ten years before the first series, Mister Benevolent built the church of St. Viles, and included in it a "special step", just in case he even fought someone in a duel there, so that they would fall over it. He claims this is proof of just how complicated his plan was, which Pip Bin had previously doubted.

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* CrazyPrepared: CrazyPrepared:
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Ten years before the first series, Mister Benevolent built the church of St. Viles, and included in it a "special step", just in case he even fought someone in a duel there, so that they would fall over it. He claims this is proof of just how complicated his plan was, which Pip Bin had previously doubted.



* EvilFeelsGood: Ironically, after Sweetly Delightful restores Gently Benevolent's last shred of goodness, she decides that his long list of crimes sounds really interesting. Though Gently remains unsatisfied by evil for a time, [[spoiler:accidentally murdering Ripley when he trips with a knife in his hand makes him remember how much fun it was.]]



* FailedASpotCheck: All the time. Case in point, the reunion between Pip Bin and the Reverend Fecund. Pip Bin doesn't recognise his father in-law, and the Reverend doesn't realise Harry is presently a ''dinosaur'' (he thought it was a new type of jacket).

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* FailedASpotCheck: All FailedASpotCheck:
**All
the time. Case in point, the reunion between Pip Bin and the Reverend Fecund. Pip Bin doesn't recognise his father in-law, and the Reverend doesn't realise Harry is presently a ''dinosaur'' (he thought it was a new type of jacket).



* FluffyTheTerrible: Fifi, Mr Gently Benevolent's [[MixAndMatchCritters crocodile-elephant-hummingbird cross]]. Short for [[SubvertedTrope Fearfully Ferocious]].

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* FluffyTheTerrible: FluffyTheTerrible:
** The Martians are two feet high, have high-pitched little voices, and frequently trip over their long fuzzy ears. They also have molecular disintegration rays.
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Fifi, Mr Gently Benevolent's [[MixAndMatchCritters crocodile-elephant-hummingbird cross]]. Short for [[SubvertedTrope Fearfully Ferocious]].



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Miss Sweetly Delightful. The woodland animals are huge fans of hers.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: FriendToAllLivingThings:
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Miss Sweetly Delightful. The woodland animals are huge fans of hers.



* FullNameBasis: Everyone calls Pip "Pip Bin," including his best friend Harry. Only his family members (parents, sisters and wife) call him just "Pip," though Pippa tends to add "dear brother" to it.

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* FullNameBasis: FullNameBasis:
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Everyone calls Pip "Pip Bin," including his best friend Harry. Only his family members (parents, sisters and wife) call him just "Pip," though Pippa tends to add "dear brother" to it.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Pip is sometimes so appalled that he punctuates each word, such as after Ripely recites her zombie-killing rhyme.
-->"What. The hell. Kind of a nursery rhyme. ''Is that.''"



* ARareSentence: If Chief Inspector Whackwallop had a shilling for every time he'd heard of someone possessing a pigeon... he'd have three shillings.

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* ARareSentence: If Chief Inspector Whackwallop had a shilling for every time he'd heard of someone possessing a pigeon... he'd have three shillings. (Two of those happen in that conversation.)
3rd May '18 3:59:25 AM eowynjedi
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* MadScientist: Professor Sternbeater, who brings Mister Benevolent back from the dead in Series 2.
5th Feb '18 10:47:36 AM Muswell42
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** When she speaks Cockney for money, Ripely insists on being paid in ponies for the whole rhyming slang. Which in fairness isn't really this trope, as "poney" is itself Cockney slang for twenty-five pounds.

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** When she speaks Cockney for money, Ripely insists on being paid in ponies for the whole rhyming slang. Which in fairness isn't really this trope, as "poney" "pony" is itself Cockney slang for twenty-five pounds.
5th Feb '18 10:47:05 AM Muswell42
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** When she speaks Cockney for money, Ripely insists on being paid in ponies for the whole rhyming slang.

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** When she speaks Cockney for money, Ripely insists on being paid in ponies for the whole rhyming slang. Which in fairness isn't really this trope, as "poney" is itself Cockney slang for twenty-five pounds.
27th Aug '17 4:49:04 PM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: CharlesDickens himself in "A Writerly Life Made Dreadfully Difficult" (although [[spoiler: the Charles Dickens in most of the episode is [[PaperThinDisguise very obviously Mr Benevolent]], the real one does appear at the end]]).

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: CharlesDickens Creator/CharlesDickens himself in "A Writerly Life Made Dreadfully Difficult" (although [[spoiler: the Charles Dickens in most of the episode is [[PaperThinDisguise very obviously Mr Benevolent]], the real one does appear at the end]]).
1st May '17 12:04:06 PM SteamGoth
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** Good!Benevolent requesting a "man hug" from Pip in the end of series 3 and the start of series 4
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