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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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* DeadpanSnarker: Several characters have their moments, though Ripely is perhaps the most consistent example of the trope.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Several characters have their moments, though Ripely is perhaps the most consistent example of the trope. If it weren't for her obsession with class and etiquette, she'd qualify as the OnlySaneWoman for being able to point out all of the obvious hints and plot developments and the absurdities of the other characters.



* DemonicPossession: The Possessed Pen of Penrith cures writer's block but at the cost of turning the writer evil. [[spoiler:This happens to Harry in episodes 3 and 4 of the fifth series, and he becomes legitimately rather than bunglingly evil.]]



* {{Dissimile}}: "Trouble was brewing like a cup of angry tea." Sir Philip usually delivers one at the end of the episode, when Sourquil leaves and his daughter says that it's good to get these memories out

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* {{Dissimile}}: "Trouble was brewing like a cup of angry tea." Sir Philip usually delivers one at the end of the episode, when Sourquil Sourquill leaves and his daughter says that it's good to get these memories out



* EvilIsSexy: There must be a reason so many characters find Mr. Benevolent attractive...

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* EvilIsSexy: There EvilIsSexy:
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must be a reason so many characters find Mr. Benevolent attractive...



* EvilLair:
** Gently Benevolent frequently has one in varying locations, such as a church, a volcano, and Antarctica. He frequently locks up the heroes in death traps right before the end of the episode.
** Harry Biscuit builds himself one out of ''cake''.



** Harry, meanwhile, is incapable of one. Whenever he's evil, he admits it is pretty pathetic.

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** Harry, meanwhile, is incapable of one. Whenever he's evil, he admits it is pretty pathetic. [[spoiler:When possessed, though, he manages to get it pretty good.]]



* KilledOffForReal: Poppy Bin, Skinflint Parsimonious (the most generous of men). Flora Diesearly.

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* KilledOffForReal: Poppy Bin, Skinflint Parsimonious (the most generous of men). men), Flora Diesearly.



* SadisticChoice: In the GrandFinale, Gently Benevolent offers Pip a choice between letting himself be murdered (''right'' when he'd made up with Ripely) or letting the entire universe die.



* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: The start of series 5. Pip has spent so many years of his life fighting Mr Benevolent, he has no idea what to do now that it seems he's succeeded for good. He's positively delighted when his evil ex-guardian reappears to be thwarted once more.



* SpiritedYoungLady: Ripley Fecund (though she gets older as the story progresses) is impatient with the things she's not allowed to do as a nineteenth-century woman and at one point competes with Pip to see who can beat his nemesis first.



* TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: When stranded in Russia, Ripley writes to Pip and says he needs to rescue her from there now, but he's busy trying to thwart Mr. Benevolent, and he's sure she'll understand. The postscript? "I ''won't'' understand."



* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Sir Philip Bin's reaction to Sourquil cheerfully announcing he's bought another device.

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Sir Philip Bin's reaction to Sourquil Sourquill cheerfully announcing he's bought another device.
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* AmusingInjuries: Being stabbed in amusing places, struck by objects, bitten (by dog ''and'' man) and falling from heights happen to everyone. Sourquill and Harry probably suffer most.



* ButtMonkey: Sourquill. Each episode begins with him trying out the new device he's purchased, only for it to go catastrophically wrong in his direction. And then Sir Phillip wallops him, often with the device itself--except in one episode, where Sir Phillip buys his ''own'' device that attacks Sourquill whenever Sourquill talks about devices.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Sourquill finally does this in the GrandFinale and says Sir Phillip has no justification for hating someone who demonstrably makes his daughter so happy. [[spoiler:Sir Phillip agrees and is pleased that his son-in-law has finally grown a spine.]]



'''Sourquil''': And what happened?\\

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'''Sourquil''': '''Sourquill''': And what happened?\\



'''Sourquil''': Oh, how awful!\\

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'''Sourquil''': '''Sourquill''': Oh, how awful!\\



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: The "terminally metaphorical" streetsweeper, to save London from being flown to France]] and later [[spoiler: Harry Biscuit TakingTheBullet for Pip. Actually, he just fell over at the crucial moment, but it sounds more heroic this way.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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[[spoiler: The "terminally metaphorical" streetsweeper, to save London from being flown to France]] and later [[spoiler: Harry Biscuit TakingTheBullet for Pip. Actually, he just fell over at the crucial moment, but it sounds more heroic this way.]]



* HiddenInPlainSight: Mr. Benevolent imprisons Pip where nobody will ever find him, but Pip repeatedly hallucinates his sister coming in to sob, and she claims to hallucinate him in chains. [[spoiler:It's the "Cryatorium" in their own house, which Pip doesn't recognize because he's a man and thus never uses it. It's only when Harry accidentally enters that they figure it out.]]



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: GB is finally KilledOffForReal when [[spoiler:he's thrown into his own DoomsdayDevice]] in the GrandFinale.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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GB is finally KilledOffForReal when [[spoiler:he's thrown into his own DoomsdayDevice]] in the GrandFinale.



* HurtComfortFic: Pip Bin and [[spoiler: Mr Benevolent]] in "A Terrifying Life Made Even Scarier A Bit Some More".
* {{Hypocrite}}: Ripely acts like your typical Victorian-era person toward the homeless, stating that it's God's will they are homeless, accusing them of being lazy, taking any remaining accommodation they may have in case it 'undermines their self-respect', and marches around the south end of London yelling at them that it's their own fault they're poor. And the minute her family becomes broke and they're forced to live in a hut made of mud (and some [[HumanResources bodies]], she cries foul. Pippa is quick to call her on this.

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* HurtComfortFic: Pip Bin and [[spoiler: Mr Benevolent]] in "A Terrifying Life Made Even Scarier A Bit Some More".
More" is basically one of these, with Ripley as an increasingly irritated third wheel.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Ripely {{Hypocrite}}:
**Ripely
acts like your typical Victorian-era person toward the homeless, stating that it's God's will they are homeless, accusing them of being lazy, taking any remaining accommodation they may have in case it 'undermines their self-respect', and marches around the south end of London yelling at them that it's their own fault they're poor. And the minute her family becomes broke and they're forced to live in a hut made of mud (and some [[HumanResources bodies]], she cries foul. Pippa is quick to call her on this.



* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The rough pub The Jellied Eel and Murderer, in a rough part of the already pretty-damn rough East End of London.

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* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace:
**The
rough pub The Jellied Eel and Murderer, in a rough part of the already pretty-damn rough East End of London.



* ImAHumanitarian: St. Bitch's celebrates Joan of Arc day by burning one of their charges at the steak, then eating them.

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* ImAHumanitarian: ImAHumanitarian:
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St. Bitch's celebrates Joan of Arc day by burning one of their charges at the steak, then eating them.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: Bishop Righteous Whackwallop threatens to shoot Pip Bin... ''with a guitar''.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: ImprobableWeaponUser:
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Bishop Righteous Whackwallop threatens to shoot Pip Bin... ''with a guitar''.



* InsaneTrollLogic: The whole series runs on it. A shining example would be Harry's attempt to break the thirty mile an hour speed-limit.
** To whit: Harry wishes to break the speed barrier, but doesn't have access to anything fast enough. He reasons that he doesn't have enough horsepower, because he only has so many horses. Therefore, if he has more horses, he will have more horsepower, and thus go fast enough to break the thirty mile an hour limit.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: The whole series runs on it. A shining example would be Harry's attempt to break the thirty mile an hour speed-limit.
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speed-limit. To whit: Harry wishes to break the speed barrier, but doesn't have access to anything fast enough. He reasons that he doesn't have enough horsepower, because he only has so many horses. Therefore, if he has more horses, he will have more horsepower, and thus go fast enough to break the thirty mile an hour limit.



* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Sourquil usually tries some ridiculous recording device such as a horse-drawn pen or the "[[IProduct iWax]]" wax-cylinder recorder, before abandoning them moments later. Also, "Have escaped from telegram office stop. Will take telegram boy to keep you updated stop."

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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Sourquil ItRunsOnNonsensoleum:
** Sourquill
usually tries some ridiculous recording device such as a horse-drawn pen or the "[[IProduct iWax]]" wax-cylinder recorder, before abandoning them moments later. Also, "Have escaped from telegram office stop. Will take telegram boy to keep you updated stop."



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: The steam engine and the telegraph, both in episode 4.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: ItWillNeverCatchOn:
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The steam engine and the telegraph, both in episode 4.



* JustAStupidAccent: France and Russian have this in spades.

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* JustAStupidAccent: France and Russian Russia have this in spades.



* KillerRabbit: Killer underwater squirrels, capable of attacking and subduing grown humans. Sir Philip Bin repeatedly adds that they were ''incredibly'' delicious.

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* KillerRabbit: KillerRabbit:
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Killer underwater squirrels, capable of attacking and subduing grown humans. Sir Philip Bin repeatedly adds that they were ''incredibly'' delicious.



* 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.

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* LamePunReaction: LamePunReaction:
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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.



** Ripley's various puns on the word "thwart" in Series 4 increasingly annoy her husband.



* LongList: Sir Philip reciting the names of Harry and Pippa's many, many children.

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* LongList: Sir LongList:
**Sir
Philip reciting the names of Harry and Pippa's many, many children.



* LovableSexManiac: Ripely reveals herself as one after marrying Pip; not only do they go on to have a plethora of (seldom-seen) children, but she quite openly has a huge sexual appetite, a wandering eye and wandering hands. Somehow Pip always seem to buy her thinly-veiled excuses for spending an inordinate amount of time ogling or touching half-naked, handsome men.
** In season 5, Ripely discovers she is now too old to be a LoveableSexManiac. She looks forward to being old enough to be a DirtyOldWoman.
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: Mr Benevolent undergoes a HeelFaceTurn due to his love for Miss Sweetly Delightful. Unfortunately, ''she'' then has a FaceHeelTurn.]]

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* LovableSexManiac: Ripely reveals herself as one after marrying Pip; not only do they go on to have a plethora of (seldom-seen) children, but she quite openly has a huge sexual appetite, a wandering eye and wandering hands. Somehow Pip always seem to buy her thinly-veiled excuses for spending an inordinate amount of time ogling or touching half-naked, handsome men.
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men. In season 5, Ripely discovers she is now too old to be a LoveableSexManiac. She looks forward to being old enough to be a DirtyOldWoman.
* LoveRedeems: LoveRedeems:
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[[spoiler: Mr Benevolent undergoes a HeelFaceTurn due to his love for Miss Sweetly Delightful. Unfortunately, ''she'' then has a FaceHeelTurn.]]



* LukeIAmYourFather: Sourquil the journalist reveals at the end of Season One that [[spoiler: he's descended from Mr Gently Benevolent (also an IdenticalGrandson, as they're both voiced by Anthony Head)]].

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* LukeIAmYourFather: LukeIAmYourFather:
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Sourquil the journalist reveals at the end of Season One that [[spoiler: he's descended from Mr Gently Benevolent (also an IdenticalGrandson, as they're both voiced by Anthony Head)]].



* MadeOfIron: Even before he comes back as a zombie, Mister Benevolent takes a lot to actually die.

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* MadeOfIron: MadeOfIron:
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Even before he comes back as a zombie, Mister Benevolent takes a lot to actually die.



* MeaningfulName: Subverted with Mr Skinflint Parsimonious and Mr Gently Benevolent, both of whom have names that are the exact opposite of their personalities (Benevolent's full name is revealed to be 'Gently Lovely Kissy Nice-Nice Benevolent'). Done straight with the Hardthrashers, who run St Bastards, and their cousins, the Sternbeaters and Whackwhallops. Also played straight with the love interests Ripely Fecund and Sweetly Delightful, not to mention the parody of Dora Spenlow in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'': Flora Dies-Early.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Subverted with Mr Skinflint Parsimonious and Mr Gently Benevolent, both of whom have names that are the exact opposite of their personalities (Benevolent's full name is revealed to be 'Gently Lovely Kissy Nice-Nice Benevolent'). Done straight with the Hardthrashers, who run St Bastards, and their cousins, the Sternbeaters and Whackwhallops. Also played straight with the love interests Ripely Fecund and Sweetly Delightful, not to mention the parody of Dora Spenlow in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'': Flora Dies-Early.



** And again when she goes back to evil in series 5. Her ideas include inviting two people to tea who don't get along, and making Ripely wear bad makeup.

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** And again when she goes back to evil in series 5. Her ideas include inviting two people to tea who don't get along, and making Ripely wear bad makeup. (Ripley, however, is fussy enough for this to actually work.)



* NakedPeopleAreFunny: During the second-to-last episode of season 2, Harry and Pippa are robbed while out being charitable in the East End of London. The thieves make off with their money, jewellery and indeed all their clothes. They take it in amazingly good stride.

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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: NakedPeopleAreFunny:
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During the second-to-last episode of season 2, Harry and Pippa are robbed while out being charitable in the East End of London. The thieves make off with their money, jewellery and indeed all their clothes. They take it in amazingly good stride.



* NoodleIncident: Pip skips several years of narrative between series one and two as they were uneventful save for an incident "involving a horse and a balloon." When mentioned, everyone laughs, but then they remember it ended poorly for the horse.

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* NoodleIncident: Pip NoodleIncident:
**Pip
skips several years of narrative between series one and two as they were uneventful save for an incident "involving a horse and a balloon." When mentioned, everyone laughs, but then they remember it ended poorly for the horse.



* PaperThinDisguise: Mr Benevolent often adopts these. Pip is always fooled, despite the flimsiness of the disguise and frequent OohMeAccentsSlipping. In the opium den episode, Pip is so high that Benevolent stops even bothering with the accent.

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* PaperThinDisguise: PaperThinDisguise:
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Mr Benevolent often adopts these. Pip is always fooled, despite the flimsiness of the disguise and frequent OohMeAccentsSlipping. In the opium den episode, Pip is so high that Benevolent stops even bothering with the accent. Later, Benevolent starts adding phrases like 'obviously-a-disguise' into his aliases, and Pip ''still'' doesn't get it.



* 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 [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]].

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* ParentalAbandonment: Pip 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 [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]].



* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Parodied. Sir Phillip grumbles at having to use "PC" terms like loonie and opts for the supposedly proper word, "durbrain."



* RefugeInAudacity: Poverty so extreme people survive on communion wafers; kidnapping a school by harnessing it to horses; underwater carnivorous squirrels; tides of sewage that sweep over London.

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* RefugeInAudacity: Poverty RefugeInAudacity:
**Poverty
so extreme people survive on communion wafers; kidnapping a school by harnessing it to horses; underwater carnivorous squirrels; tides of sewage that sweep over London.



* RubeGoldbergDevice: The device for checking on Sorquil and Lily's baby.

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* RubeGoldbergDevice: RubeGoldbergDevice:
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The device for checking on Sorquil Sourquill and Lily's baby.



* RunningGag: The lawyer's name, Mr Skinflint Parsimonious's obsession with giving people things, Pippa's anvil, Sourquil's recording devices (season 1); Mr Gently Benevolent's nose (season 2); [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood the bizarre methods of childcare]] employed by Sir Philip's daughter and Sourquil (season 3); Lily's various evening classes, Harry Biscuit's obsession with cake (season 4); Sourquil's timekeeping devices, the repeatedly denied FoeRomanceSubtext between Pip and Gently Benevolent (Season 5) amongst others.

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* RunningGag: RunningGag
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The lawyer's name, Mr Skinflint Parsimonious's obsession with giving people things, Pippa's anvil, Sourquil's recording devices (season 1); Mr Gently Benevolent's nose (season 2); [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood the bizarre methods of childcare]] employed by Sir Philip's daughter and Sourquil (season 3); Lily's various evening classes, Harry Biscuit's obsession with cake (season 4); Sourquil's timekeeping devices, the repeatedly denied FoeRomanceSubtext between Pip and Gently Benevolent (Season 5) amongst others.



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: From the man in season 1 episode 5 who is definitely not stalking Flora.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
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From the man in season 1 episode 5 who is definitely not stalking Flora.



* TakeThat: Parliament is portrayed as revolving entirely around a rigorous schedule of breaks, during which the Members of Parliament get ''very'' drunk. In the end, parliament gets burnt down because the brandy has managed to soak into the walls. Benevolent has managed to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, because what better job is there for an evil, undead supervillain?

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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Parliament is portrayed as revolving entirely around a rigorous schedule of breaks, during which the Members of Parliament get ''very'' drunk. In the end, parliament gets burnt down because the brandy has managed to soak into the walls. Benevolent has managed to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, because what better job is there for an evil, undead supervillain?



* UsedToBeASweetKid: Pip Bin is (aside from the standard Victorian-era flaws) kind, noble, and good (if a bit thoughtless). Sir Philip Bin is a miserable old jerk.

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: UsedToBeASweetKid:
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Pip Bin is (aside from the standard Victorian-era flaws) kind, noble, and good (if a bit thoughtless). Sir Philip Bin is a miserable old jerk.



* VoiceoverLetter: Lampshading and playing with this trope is a RunningGag. Some variations;

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* VoiceoverLetter: Lampshading VoiceoverLetter:
**Lampshading
and playing with this trope is a RunningGag. Some variations;



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Pip and Ripely's children just disappear after the second series. We know Lily survived to adulthood, but nothing is ever mentioned of the others.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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Pip and Ripely's children just disappear after the second series. We know Lily survived to adulthood, but nothing is ever mentioned of the others.



* WhiteSheep: General George S. Sternbeater;

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* WhiteSheep: WhiteSheep:
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General George S. Sternbeater;


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* WritersBlock: Pip suffers from this in his novel-off with "Charles Dickens" and puts it off by taking any excuse to leave the room, along with coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
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* AffectionateParody
* AllGirlsLikePonies: One of the few things Victorian women are allowed to do.

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* AffectionateParody
AffectionateParody: Of Dickens--{{Meaningful Name}}s, orphans, potboiler cliffhangers and melodrama abound.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: AllGirlsLikePonies:
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One of the few things Victorian women are allowed to do.



* ArtifactOfDoom: The Possessed Pen of Penrith, which uses Satan's blood for ink. Even so, Pip contemplates using it to overcome a bout of WritersBlock, [[spoiler:but Harry beats him to it]].



* AttractiveBentGender: Benevolent manages to get Pip to marry him with only a PaperThinDisguise. He doesn't even [[CrossDressingVoices put on a voice]]... [[spoiler:Luckily, on the very last page of ''Loopholes In Marital Law'', it says "no wedding will be deemed to be legitimate if either party turns out to be an evil man in a dress".]]

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* AttractiveBentGender: AttractiveBentGender:
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Benevolent manages to get Pip to marry him with only a PaperThinDisguise. He doesn't even [[CrossDressingVoices put on a voice]]... [[spoiler:Luckily, on the very last page of ''Loopholes In Marital Law'', it says "no wedding will be deemed to be legitimate if either party turns out to be an evil man in a dress".]]]]
** In Series 5, he dresses as a Frenchwoman to seduce Pip ''again''.



* BackFromTheDead: As of series 4, [[spoiler: all main characters have been killed and revived at least once. Flora, Aunt Lily, Poppy, Rev. Fecund, Mr Parsimonious and the lawyer with the long name are the only ones who have actually stayed dead, and even then Mr Parsimonious hung around as a ghost for a couple of episodes before departing from the series. Mr Benevolent has returned so many times he's not even mentioned as undead any more.]]

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* BackFromTheDead: BackFromTheDead:
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As of series 4, [[spoiler: all main characters have been killed and revived at least once. Flora, Aunt Lily, Poppy, Rev. Fecund, Mr Parsimonious and the lawyer with the long name are the only ones who have actually stayed dead, and even then Mr Parsimonious hung around as a ghost for a couple of episodes before departing from the series. Mr Benevolent has returned so many times he's not even mentioned as undead any more.]]



* BeenThereShapedHistory: Harry Biscuit was the man who got the people of India to like cricket.

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: BeenThereShapedHistory:
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Harry Biscuit was the man who got the people of India to like cricket.



* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: St Bastard's. To whit: the headmaster enjoys beating students, often to death, for any and all reason he can find. The school has scores of insane and unpredictable laws which must all be obeyed, on pain of savage beating. There's no food, but there are mealtimes, so students must mime eating food, and do so convincingly, [[RuleOfThree or be beaten]]. Naturally, they have long since resorted to [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. Some students are forced to work in the salt-and-pepper mines located underneath the school, where they'll either die from dehydration or sneezing. Younger students are used as ammunition during target practice. And should you actually manage to live long enough to be eighteen, you suffer a [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident horrible accident]].

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: BoardingSchoolOfHorrors:
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St Bastard's. To whit: the headmaster enjoys beating students, often to death, for any and all reason he can find. The school has scores of insane and unpredictable laws which must all be obeyed, on pain of savage beating. There's no food, but there are mealtimes, so students must mime eating food, and do so convincingly, [[RuleOfThree or be beaten]]. Naturally, they have long since resorted to [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalism]]. Some students are forced to work in the salt-and-pepper mines located underneath the school, where they'll either die from dehydration or sneezing. Younger students are used as ammunition during target practice. And should you actually manage to live long enough to be eighteen, you suffer a [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident horrible accident]].



* BritishStuffiness: At the end of series four, Harry Biscuit seems perfectly happy to have his wife back after she went off with Mr Benevolent. When the fifth series opens a decade and a half later, he's furious with her, because as a good Englishman it's taken him fifteen years to process his emotions about the incident.

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* BritishStuffiness: BritishStuffiness:
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At the end of series four, Harry Biscuit seems perfectly happy to have his wife back after she went off with Mr Benevolent. When the fifth series opens a decade and a half later, he's furious with her, because as a good Englishman it's taken him fifteen years to process his emotions about the incident.



* BunglingInventor: Harry Biscuit builds a lot of brilliant machines, none of which work as intended. [[spoiler: Gently Benevolent's BatmanGambit in the season three finale actually relies on this.]]
** Whoever supplies Sourquil with all his devices also has to be this.

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* BunglingInventor: BunglingInventor:
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Harry Biscuit builds a lot of brilliant machines, none of which work as intended. [[spoiler: Gently Benevolent's BatmanGambit in the season three finale actually relies on this.]]
** Whoever supplies Sourquil Sourquill with all his devices also has to be this.



* CatchPhrase: "Hurrumble!", Harry Biscuit's personal version of "Hurrah!"

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* CatchPhrase: "Hurrumble!", CatchPhrase:
**"Hurrumble!",
Harry Biscuit's personal version of "Hurrah!"



* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: It's a parody of stories set in nineteenth century Briton; were you expecting a ''complimentary'' portrayal of the French?

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* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys:
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It's a parody of stories set in nineteenth century Briton; were you expecting a ''complimentary'' portrayal of the French?



* 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 Philip Bin hasn't caught on.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: ComicallyMissingThePoint:
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A river-dwelling folk pull a suicidal Pip Bin from the Thames, then try to kill him when they find out he's alive.alive so they can sell his corpse. Even decades later, Sir Philip Bin hasn't caught on.



* DeathIsCheap

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* DeathIsCheapDeathIsCheap: Apart from individual Harshsmackers, Clampvultures, etc., hardly any deaths in this story are permanent.



* TheDitz: Sorquil, oh so much. Sir Pip Bin even describes him and Lily as a "mind-shatteringly cretinous pair of stupids."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In episode 4, the progress of Pip's great invention echoes the development history of computers (starts out enormous, getting smaller as the technology improves; people fear that using one will be complicated, but once they try it find that it's "intuitive"; and so on).

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* TheDitz: Sorquil, Sourquill, oh so much. Sir Pip Bin even describes him and Lily as a "mind-shatteringly cretinous pair of stupids."
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
**In
episode 4, the progress of Pip's great invention echoes the development history of computers (starts out enormous, getting smaller as the technology improves; people fear that using one will be complicated, but once they try it find that it's "intuitive"; and so on).



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Sweetly Delightful-Benevolent.
* DrowningMySorrows: Harry Biscuit, in series 4. He stops after an accident with a dart-throwing machine.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Sweetly Delightful-Benevolent.
[[spoiler:Sweetly Delightful-Benevolent]] is unceremoniously murdered by Mr. Benevolent between seasons because he got bored.
* DrowningMySorrows: DrowningMySorrows:
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Harry Biscuit, in series 4. He stops after an accident with a dart-throwing machine.



* {{Eagleland}}: When Pip arrives in New York, he discovers American audiences are much more emotional than British ones, that people routinely order eight-acre steaks, and that absolutely all disputes are settled by gunfights.

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* {{Eagleland}}: When {{Eagleland}}:
**When
Pip arrives in New York, he discovers American audiences are much more emotional than British ones, that people routinely order eight-acre steaks, and that absolutely all disputes are settled by gunfights.



* EvilLaugh: Mr Gently Benevolent does it a lot. Turns out it runs in the family.

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* EvilLaugh: EvilLaugh:
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Mr Gently Benevolent does it a lot. Turns out it runs in the family.
15th Jul '16 8:49:12 AM RedScharlach
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** When she speaks Cockney for money, Ripley insists on being paid in ponies for the whole rhyming slang.

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** When she speaks Cockney for money, Ripley Ripely insists on being paid in ponies for the whole rhyming slang.



* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Sir Phillip Bin uses the word "figure" to describe people he doesn't recognise a lot. A lot a lot. In fact, he barely if ever uses any synonyms for it.

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* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: Sir Phillip Philip Bin uses the word "figure" to describe people he doesn't recognise a lot. A lot a lot. In fact, he barely if ever uses any synonyms for it.



** Whoever supplies Sourquill with all his devices also has to be this.

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** Whoever supplies Sourquill Sourquil with all his devices also has to be this.



* 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.

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* 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 Philip Bin hasn't caught on.



'''Sourquill''': And what happened?\\

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'''Sourquill''': '''Sourquil''': And what happened?\\



'''Sourquill''': Oh, how awful!\\

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'''Sourquill''': '''Sourquil''': Oh, how awful!\\



** 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 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]]!]]
* DirtyOldMan: Sir Phillip's idea of relaxing involves friendly scullery maids.

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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 Sourquil says "Are you having me on?", but Sir Philip explains 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]]!]]
* DirtyOldMan: Sir Phillip's Philip's idea of relaxing involves friendly scullery maids.



* {{Dissimile}}: "Trouble was brewing like a cup of angry tea." Sir Philip usually delivers one at the end of the episode, when Sourquill leaves and his daughter says that it's good to get these memories out

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* {{Dissimile}}: "Trouble was brewing like a cup of angry tea." Sir Philip usually delivers one at the end of the episode, when Sourquill Sourquil leaves and his daughter says that it's good to get these memories out



* FramingDevice: Sir Philip is retelling his story to Sourquill for serialisation in ''The Times''.

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* FramingDevice: Sir Philip is retelling his story to Sourquill Sourquil for serialisation in ''The Times''.



** Lord Dukey Clampvulture is shot dead by Ripley using his own elephant gun on him.

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** Lord Dukey Clampvulture is shot dead by Ripley Ripely using his own elephant gun on him.



* {{Hypocrite}}: Ripley acts like your typical Victorian-era person toward the homeless, stating that it's God's will they are homeless, accusing them of being lazy, taking any remaining accommodation they may have in case it 'undermines their self-respect', and marches around the south end of London yelling at them that it's their own fault they're poor. And the minute her family becomes broke and they're forced to live in a hut made of mud (and some [[HumanResources bodies]], she cries foul. Pippa is quick to call her on this.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Ripley Ripely acts like your typical Victorian-era person toward the homeless, stating that it's God's will they are homeless, accusing them of being lazy, taking any remaining accommodation they may have in case it 'undermines their self-respect', and marches around the south end of London yelling at them that it's their own fault they're poor. And the minute her family becomes broke and they're forced to live in a hut made of mud (and some [[HumanResources bodies]], she cries foul. Pippa is quick to call her on this.



* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Sourquill usually tries some ridiculous recording device such as a horse-drawn pen or the "[[IProduct iWax]]" wax-cylinder recorder, before abandoning them moments later. Also, "Have escaped from telegram office stop. Will take telegram boy to keep you updated stop."

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* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Sourquill Sourquil usually tries some ridiculous recording device such as a horse-drawn pen or the "[[IProduct iWax]]" wax-cylinder recorder, before abandoning them moments later. Also, "Have escaped from telegram office stop. Will take telegram boy to keep you updated stop."



* KillerRabbit: Killer underwater squirrels, capable of attacking and subduing grown humans. Sir Phillip Bin repeatedly adds that they were ''incredibly'' delicious.

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* KillerRabbit: Killer underwater squirrels, capable of attacking and subduing grown humans. Sir Phillip Philip Bin repeatedly adds that they were ''incredibly'' delicious.



* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Pip and Ripley consummate their marriage with appropriate Victorian decency.

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* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Pip and Ripley Ripely consummate their marriage with appropriate Victorian decency.



-->'''Sir Phillip''': I missed her, as one might miss a sister. I missed her sisterly laugh, her sisterly wisdom, and her...curvaceous yet sisterly body.
* LongList: Sir Phillip reciting the names of Harry and Pippa's many, many children.

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-->'''Sir Phillip''': Philip''': I missed her, as one might miss a sister. I missed her sisterly laugh, her sisterly wisdom, and her...curvaceous yet sisterly body.
* LongList: Sir Phillip Philip reciting the names of Harry and Pippa's many, many children.



* LukeIAmYourFather: Sourquill the journalist reveals at the end of Season One that [[spoiler: he's descended from Mr Gently Benevolent (also an IdenticalGrandson, as they're both voiced by Anthony Head)]].

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* LukeIAmYourFather: Sourquill Sourquil the journalist reveals at the end of Season One that [[spoiler: he's descended from Mr Gently Benevolent (also an IdenticalGrandson, as they're both voiced by Anthony Head)]].



* OmnicidalManiac: Benevolent in the series finale, because what else was he going to do for a GrandFinale? Somewhat deconstructed, as Sir Phillip suggests that the only reason to want to destroy ''everything'' (including himself) was [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery because he's ultimately unhappy with his life of evil, and wants to end it all and take the world with him]].

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* OmnicidalManiac: Benevolent in the series finale, because what else was he going to do for a GrandFinale? Somewhat deconstructed, as Sir Phillip Philip suggests that the only reason to want to destroy ''everything'' (including himself) was [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery because he's ultimately unhappy with his life of evil, and wants to end it all and take the world with him]].



-->'''Sir Phillip''': I opened the fortune cookie; inside it said "You are now addicted to opium."

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-->'''Sir Phillip''': Philip''': I opened the fortune cookie; inside it said "You are now addicted to opium."



* RunningGag: The lawyer's name, Mr Skinflint Parsimonious's obsession with giving people things, Pippa's anvil, Sourquill's recording devices (season 1); Mr Gently Benevolent's nose (season 2); [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood the bizarre methods of childcare]] employed by Sir Philip's daughter and Sourquill (season 3); Lily's various evening classes, Harry Biscuit's obsession with cake (season 4); Sourquill's timekeeping devices, the repeatedly denied FoeRomanceSubtext between Pip and Gently Benevolent (Season 5) amongst others.

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* RunningGag: The lawyer's name, Mr Skinflint Parsimonious's obsession with giving people things, Pippa's anvil, Sourquill's Sourquil's recording devices (season 1); Mr Gently Benevolent's nose (season 2); [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood the bizarre methods of childcare]] employed by Sir Philip's daughter and Sourquill Sourquil (season 3); Lily's various evening classes, Harry Biscuit's obsession with cake (season 4); Sourquill's Sourquil's timekeeping devices, the repeatedly denied FoeRomanceSubtext between Pip and Gently Benevolent (Season 5) amongst others.



* StayInTheKitchen: Sir Phillip Bin doesn't think highly of women.

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* StayInTheKitchen: Sir Phillip Philip Bin doesn't think highly of women.



** And one aimed at Film/{{Grease}}, which is the name of a country next to Greece, where according to Sir Phillip Bin "everyone sang too much, and needed punching".

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** And one aimed at Film/{{Grease}}, which is the name of a country next to Greece, where according to Sir Phillip Philip Bin "everyone sang too much, and needed punching".



* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Sir Phillip Bin's reaction to Sourquil cheerfully announcing he's bought another device.

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Sir Phillip Philip Bin's reaction to Sourquil cheerfully announcing he's bought another device.



* TookALevelInJerkass: Ripley is the portrait of kindness and charity in her introduction. Once she's rich, she becomes a shrill hypocrite who's loathe to let the poor have ''chairs''.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Ripley Ripely is the portrait of kindness and charity in her introduction. Once she's rich, she becomes a shrill hypocrite who's loathe to let the poor have ''chairs''.



* UsedToBeASweetKid: Pip Bin is (aside from the standard Victorian-era flaws) kind, noble, and good (if a bit thoughtless). Sir Phillip Bin is a miserable old jerk.

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* UsedToBeASweetKid: Pip Bin is (aside from the standard Victorian-era flaws) kind, noble, and good (if a bit thoughtless). Sir Phillip Philip Bin is a miserable old jerk.



-->'''Sourquill''': Do not worry, Sir Philip, I have come to see your abuse as the expression of affection by different means.\\

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-->'''Sourquill''': -->'''Sourquil''': Do not worry, Sir Philip, I have come to see your abuse as the expression of affection by different means.\\



** In the final episode Sir Philip finally admits he ''does'' like Sourquill, he was just hoping the man would stand up for himself.

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** In the final episode Sir Philip finally admits he ''does'' like Sourquill, Sourquil, he was just hoping the man would stand up for himself.
12th Jul '16 5:33:15 PM nombretomado
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** Mr Benevolent's ultimate evil scheme is a universe-destroying machine based on "wool theory". "[[AlbertEinstein God does not play dice]], but he does knit."

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** Mr Benevolent's ultimate evil scheme is a universe-destroying machine based on "wool theory". "[[AlbertEinstein "[[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein God does not play dice]], but he does knit."
3rd Jul '16 2:05:09 PM Discar
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* 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]]. [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideGenreFoe Yup.]]



* SeasonFinale: Not only does each series' finale (from the second one on) involve a SaveTheWorldClimax from an OutsideContextVillain (and ratchet the series' levels of RefugeInAudacity UpToEleven), but the characters are also [[MetaGuy more prone]] to LampshadeHanging and LeaningOnTheFourthWall. The GrandFinale even more so.

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* SeasonFinale: Not only does each series' finale (from the second one on) involve a SaveTheWorldClimax from an OutsideContextVillain OutsideGenreFoe (and ratchet the series' levels of RefugeInAudacity UpToEleven), but the characters are also [[MetaGuy more prone]] to LampshadeHanging and LeaningOnTheFourthWall. The GrandFinale even more so.
4th May '16 8:35:53 PM nombretomado
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** An episode spent in space features the characters dropping as many lines of DavidBowie's "Space Oddity" as they possibly can.

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** An episode spent in space features the characters dropping as many lines of DavidBowie's Music/DavidBowie's "Space Oddity" as they possibly can.
19th Apr '16 10:57:39 AM GlassRain
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** Not to mention [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors St. Bastard's]].
15th Apr '16 5:21:55 PM PaulA
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* ArtificialLimbs: Admiral Hardthrasher has a wooden leg -- and another wooden leg, two wooden arms, several wooden ribs, a wooden kidney, wooden hair...


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* SeadogPegLeg: Admiral Hardthrasher has a wooden leg -- and another wooden leg, two wooden arms, several wooden ribs, a wooden kidney, wooden hair...
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