History Radio / BleakExpectations

13th Dec '15 11:25:32 AM A1Tubb
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* BilingualBonus: At the banquet of Lord Dukey Clampvulture, the person who proposes a toast and promptly has his nose fall into his drink is named "General Kartoffelkopf". Which means potato head.
3rd Dec '15 5:52:27 AM dreamofwritting
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wick cleanup
* BestialityIsDepraved: Evil!Harry infects some swans the same way he infects Pippa, by kissing. And not on the beak...

* ButYouScrewOneGoat: Evil!Harry infects some swans the same way he infects Pippa, by kissing. And not on the beak...
23rd Nov '15 8:40:35 PM Angeldeb82
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** "For does the Bible not say, 'Stuff the poor, they only have themselves to blame?'" Pip's wife Ripely, quoting "the Book of Badgers". Of course, this doesn't apply to her when they lose their money. ** "Ah... but does it not say in the Bible... ''Leave me alone, I'm miserable!''" Harry Biscuit, refusing to let Pip cheer him up after [[spoiler: Pippa has left him to be Mr Gently Benevolent's "evil consort."]]
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** "For does the Bible not say, 'Stuff the poor, they only have themselves to blame?'" blame'?" Pip's wife Ripely, quoting "the Book of Badgers". Of course, this doesn't apply to her when they lose their money. ** "Ah... but does it not say in the Bible... ''Leave me alone, I'm miserable!''" Harry Biscuit, refusing to let Pip cheer him up after [[spoiler: Pippa has left him to be Mr Gently Benevolent's "evil consort."]]consort"]].

* BigNo: When Mr Benevolent believes he is the descendent of Judas Iscariot. Followed by a "Slightly smaller noooooooo!" when he learns the truth.
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* BigNo: When Mr Benevolent believes he is the descendent descendant of Judas Iscariot. Followed by a "Slightly smaller noooooooo!" when he learns the truth.

* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Harry Biscuit, often coming with some [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering non sequitur.]] * CompletelyMissingThePoint: A river-dwelling folk pull a suicidal Pip Bin from the Thames, then try to kill him when they find out he's alive. Even decades later, Sir Phillip Bin hasn't caught on.
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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Harry Biscuit, often coming with some [[AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering non sequitur.]] sequitur]]. * CompletelyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint: A river-dwelling folk pull a suicidal Pip Bin from the Thames, then try to kill him when they find out he's alive. Even decades later, Sir Phillip Bin hasn't caught on.

** Taken UpToEleven in the final ever episode. [[spoiler: Sir Philip describes how he, as he is now, was [[TimeTravel sent back in time]] to help his younger self by throwing himself in the universe-destroying machine, and then describes his final battle with Mr Benevolent, his gaining all the knowledge of the universe, and his ''actual death''. Even Sourquill says "Are you having me on?", but Sir Philip explains the GrimReaper [[PosthumousNarration returned him to finish his story]], and now he must go, [[TearJerker and join Harry, Pippa and Ripely]]. Then it turns out he [[BackFromTheDead cheated the Reaper]], and [[MoodWhiplash now it's time for a Christmas party]]!]]
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** Taken UpToEleven in the final ever episode. [[spoiler: Sir Philip describes how he, as he is now, was [[TimeTravel sent back in time]] to help his younger self by throwing himself in the universe-destroying machine, and then describes his final battle with Mr Benevolent, his gaining all the knowledge of the universe, and his ''actual death''. Even Sourquill says "Are you having me on?", but Sir Philip explains the GrimReaper TheGrimReaper [[PosthumousNarration returned him to finish his story]], and now he must go, [[TearJerker and join Harry, Pippa and Ripely]]. Then it turns out he [[BackFromTheDead cheated the Reaper]], and [[MoodWhiplash now it's time for a Christmas party]]!]]

-->'''Mr. Benevolent''': "[[BlatantLies No idea]]. Peanut-butter and banana treat, anyone?" * EverythingsWorseWithSharks: Schadenfreude Sharks, who taunts their victims until they're exhausted.
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-->'''Mr. Benevolent''': "[[BlatantLies No idea]]. idea.]] Peanut-butter and banana treat, anyone?" * EverythingsWorseWithSharks: Schadenfreude Sharks, who taunts their victims until they're exhausted.anyone?"

* GrandFinale: The grand finale naturally takes the OTT-ness of the {{Season Finale}}s to the LogicalExtreme by having Benevolent [[spoiler:become an OmnicidalManiac and ''finally'' get KilledOffForReal via TimeyWimeyBall.]]
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* GrandFinale: The grand finale naturally takes the OTT-ness of the {{Season Finale}}s to the LogicalExtreme by having Benevolent [[spoiler:become an OmnicidalManiac and ''finally'' get KilledOffForReal via TimeyWimeyBall.]]TimeyWimeyBall]].

* GrandFinale: IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The grand finale naturally takes first season titles describes how each stage of Pip's life is ruined, starting with "A Childhood Cruelly Kippered" and concluding "A Life Sadly Smashed ... Then Happily Restored A Bit". The second starts with "A Happy Life, Cruelly Re-Kippered" and also features "A Bad Life Made Worse, But Sort Of On Purpose." And the OTT-ness of the {{Season Finale}}s to the LogicalExtreme by having Benevolent [[spoiler:become an OmnicidalManiac third opens with "A Lovely Life, Re-Kippered Again Once More", and ''finally'' get KilledOffForReal via TimeyWimeyBall.]]follows that up with "A Sort Of Fine Life De-Niced Completely".

* IncrediblyLamePun: Confucius Whackwallop is killed by a can of soup to the head. His final words? "Here comes my dying ''broth''." The audience groans at that one. ** Lily's "musket" / "mouseket" pun. * IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The first season titles describes how each stage of Pip's life is ruined, starting with "A Childhood Cruelly Kippered" and concluding "A Life Sadly Smashed ... Then Happily Restored A Bit". The second starts with "A Happy Life, Cruelly Re-Kippered" and also features "A Bad Life Made Worse, But Sort Of On Purpose." And the third opens with "A Lovely Life, Re-Kippered Again Once More", and follows that up with "A Sort Of Fine Life De-Niced Completely".

* IncrediblyLamePun: LamePunReaction: Confucius Whackwallop is killed by a can of soup to the head. His final words? "Here comes my dying ''broth''." The audience groans at that one. ** Lily's "musket" / "mouseket" pun. * IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The first season titles describes how each stage of Pip's life is ruined, starting with "A Childhood Cruelly Kippered" and concluding "A Life Sadly Smashed ... Then Happily Restored A Bit". The second starts with "A Happy Life, Cruelly Re-Kippered" and also features "A Bad Life Made Worse, But Sort Of On Purpose." And the third opens with "A Lovely Life, Re-Kippered Again Once More", and follows that up with "A Sort Of Fine Life De-Niced Completely".pun.

* LaserGuidedKarma: Barker Whackwallop tries to set his freaks on Pip. Instead they attack him. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by his final words.
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Barker Whackwallop tries to set his freaks on Pip. Instead they attack him. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by his final words.

* LaserGuidedKarma: Barker Whackwallop tries to set his freaks on Pip. Instead they attack him. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by his final words.LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Several times.

* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: Mr Benevolent undergoes a HeelFaceTurn due to his love for Miss Sweetly Delightful. Unfortunately, ''she'' then has a FaceHeelTurn]]. ** [[spoiler: and this is instantly undone in season four, suggesting the StatusQuoIsGod.]] ** [[spoiler: Mr Benevolent then undergoes ''another'' HeelFaceTurn in season 5, due to his love for ''Pip''. This one doesn't even last to the end of the episode; he gets hit by a blob of pure evil from the Pen of Penrith]].
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* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: Mr Benevolent undergoes a HeelFaceTurn due to his love for Miss Sweetly Delightful. Unfortunately, ''she'' then has a FaceHeelTurn]]. FaceHeelTurn.]] ** [[spoiler: and And this is instantly undone in season four, suggesting the that StatusQuoIsGod.]] ** [[spoiler: Mr Benevolent then undergoes ''another'' HeelFaceTurn in season 5, due to his love for ''Pip''. This one doesn't even last to the end of the episode; he gets hit by a blob of pure evil from the Pen of Penrith]].Penrith.]]

--> "For example, washing up badly is not the same as washing up evilly. It is merely unhygienic. Evil washing up involves crying children, smashed plates and [[KickTheDog at least two dead dogs.]]"
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--> "For example, washing up badly is not the same as washing up evilly. It is merely unhygienic. Evil washing up involves crying children, smashed plates and [[KickTheDog at least two dead dogs.]]"dogs]]."

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

* NoodleImplements: One of Benevolent's WeWillMeetAgain monologues warns of "an even more complex and evil plan involving talking dogs, a special type of tarpaulin, and an enormous number of spoons! And then you will taste your doggy, tarpaulin-y, [[InherentlyFunnyWords spoony doom!]]"
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* NoodleImplements: One of Benevolent's WeWillMeetAgain monologues warns of "an even more complex and evil plan involving talking dogs, a special type of tarpaulin, and an enormous number of spoons! And then you will taste your doggy, tarpaulin-y, [[InherentlyFunnyWords spoony doom!]]"doom]]!"

* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Mr Benevolent when in disguise, quite frequently. [[TooStupidToLive Pip still doesn't notice.]]
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Mr Benevolent when in disguise, quite frequently. [[TooStupidToLive [[TooDumbToLive Pip still doesn't notice.]]

** Also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]. ''Names, Pip! Always ask for names!"
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** Also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].{{lampshade|Hanging}}d. ''Names, Pip! Always ask for names!"

* ParentalAbandonment: Pip and Ripely supposedly have many children together (including Lily) but the children are never around. {{Handwave}}d in one episode when it is mentioned that Pip sends them away to school in [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]].
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* ParentalAbandonment: Pip and Ripely supposedly have many children together (including Lily) but the children are never around. {{Handwave}}d in one episode when it is mentioned that Pip sends them away to school in [[TheChroniclesOfNarnia [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]].

* {{Redshirt}}: Invoked, with Constable Tragicmurdervictim.
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* {{Redshirt}}: RedShirt: Invoked, with Constable Tragicmurdervictim.

* SaveTheWorldClimax: The finale of series 2 involves Pip having to save the world [[spoiler:from a Martian invasion.]] [[OutsideContextVillain Yup.]]
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* SaveTheWorldClimax: The finale of series 2 involves Pip having to save the world [[spoiler:from a Martian invasion.]] invasion]]. [[OutsideContextVillain Yup.]]

* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: Several times.

** And maybe the most surreal one: In the last episode of Season Four, in what may or may not be [[AllJustADream a hallucination,]] Harry [[spoiler: reveals himself to be {{God}}, but tells Pip that he'll only deny it if anyone asks. In the next scene, when the possible-hallucination is over and things are back to normal, he denies it ''without'' being asked.]]
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** And maybe the most surreal one: In the last episode of Season Four, in what may or may not be [[AllJustADream a hallucination,]] hallucination]], Harry [[spoiler: reveals himself to be {{God}}, but tells Pip that he'll only deny it if anyone asks. In the next scene, when the possible-hallucination is over and things are back to normal, he denies it ''without'' being asked.]]asked]].

** And maybe the most surreal one: In the last episode of Season Four, in what may or may not be [[AllJustADream a hallucination,]] Harry [[spoiler: reveals himself to be {{God}}, but tells Pip that he'll only deny it if anyone asks. In the next scene, when the possible-hallucination is over and things are back to normal, he denies it ''without'' being asked.]]* {{Threatening Shark}}s: Schadenfreude Sharks, who taunt their victims until they're exhausted.

** In the India episode, messages are delivered via "[[InstantMessengerPigeon messenger]] [[PollyWantsAMicrophone parrots]]," who can imitate their senders perfectly.
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** In the India episode, messages are delivered via "[[InstantMessengerPigeon messenger]] [[PollyWantsAMicrophone parrots]]," {{p|ollyWantsAMicrophone}}arrots," who can imitate their senders perfectly.

** Admiral Hardthrasher's fleet has a whole row of ships that quote the chorus of ''War'' by Edwin Star. (Complete with the "huh").
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** Admiral Hardthrasher's fleet has a whole row of ships that quote the chorus of ''War'' by Edwin Star. (Complete with the "huh")."huh".)

* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Cake?]]: Quoted, subverted and parodied by Harry Biscuit, who isn't ''afraid'' of cake, but simply loves it ''too much.''
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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To to Be Cake?]]: Quoted, subverted and parodied by Harry Biscuit, who isn't ''afraid'' of cake, but simply loves it ''too much.''
1st Nov '15 6:51:13 PM nombretomado
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* SimSimSalabim: Crossed with TheRaj, naturally.
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* SimSimSalabim: Crossed with TheRaj, UsefulNotes/TheRaj, naturally.
29th Jul '15 10:36:46 AM Timurlame
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* IllGirl: Flora Diesearly, whose fainting spells turn out to be the sign of a dread illness known technically as "Nonspecific Weakness".
15th May '15 8:53:28 AM Timurlame
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* {{Corpsing}}: You can hear some of the actors doing their best not to laugh through their lines from time to time.
16th Mar '15 1:54:54 AM Roo
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** Gently Benevolent.
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** Gently Benevolent.Benevolent, as revealed by his background, started out a kind and loving boy, but circumstances (an openly evil mother, three consecutive evil and abusive step-fathers, the most horrible boarding school in the world, the discovery that he was descended from Judas Iscariot's... accountant, and finally the fact that the woman he loved married someone else) turned him evil.
28th Dec '14 4:25:42 PM Scorntex
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* WretchedHive: The East End of London. It's even called so, as a Franchise/StarWars shout-out. Pip Bin first winds up there in during a HeroicBSOD, and spends several months in a drunken stupor, then in an opium-fuelled stupor. The third series adds even more onto it. Murder is so common a policeman shows no concern for finding ''several'' dead bodies there.
23rd Dec '14 9:20:28 AM nombretomado
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** Venkman Clampvulture, Britain's greatest exorcist, has a habit of announcing himself with lines from the ''{{Ghostbusters}}'' theme.
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** Venkman Clampvulture, Britain's greatest exorcist, has a habit of announcing himself with lines from the ''{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' theme.
6th Dec '14 5:22:51 AM Roo
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** In fact, this is one of Pip Bin's most consistent flaws; he's ridiculously easy to fool and utterly incapable of seeing what's really there instead of what he ''thinks'' is there. He never sees through any disguises, no matter how obvious or even unintentional they are, and is completely oblivious to anything going on... [[RuleOfFunny except, of course, when it's funnier that he isn't.]]
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