History SerialEscalation / Literature

5th Nov '16 4:52:33 PM dlchen145
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': What [[CrazyAwesome mind-blowingly awesome]] trick will Harry pull this time? How many new scars can he get? How much more BadAss can Murphy become before she becomes the female equivalent of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]? How bizarre and gory can the villains' tactics get? How much can we scale up the GambitPileup? How pretty can Thomas be? How's Harry going to top [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Dinosaur Incident]]? How much ass can be kicked? How many more mind-blowingly evil and powerful people can Harry piss off?

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': What [[CrazyAwesome mind-blowingly awesome]] trick will Harry pull this time? How many new scars can he get? How much more BadAss badass can Murphy become before she becomes the female equivalent of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]? How bizarre and gory can the villains' tactics get? How much can we scale up the GambitPileup? How pretty can Thomas be? How's Harry going to top [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Dinosaur Incident]]? How much ass can be kicked? How many more mind-blowingly evil and powerful people can Harry piss off?
29th Oct '16 2:44:21 PM priestessofdan
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* In the first ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, [[spoiler:three people die]], all of them offstage. In the last book, [[spoiler:fifty-plus people die, ''including Harry Potter himself,'' several of them "seen" in the narrative]].

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* In the first ''Literature/HarryPotter'' book, [[spoiler:three people die]], all of them offstage. In the last book, [[spoiler:fifty-plus people die, ''including Harry Potter himself,'' several of them "seen" in the narrative]].himself.'']] Several are seen on-page.
29th Oct '16 2:42:54 PM priestessofdan
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' about [[spoiler:twenty-something people]] die, including [[spoiler:Harry Potter himself, sort of.]]) How many people can you kill of in a seven book series?
** Especially considering how many bought it in the last book.
** It's a war. If there was a war where twenty-something people died in Real Life, people would be glad it wasn't more. However, considering it's a children's book changes things...
*** Actually, [[spoiler:at least fifty people die, in The Battle At Hogwarts alone. Harry sees their bodies in the Great Hall, separated from Voldemort's]].

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* In the first ''Literature/HarryPotter'' about [[spoiler:twenty-something people]] die, including [[spoiler:Harry Potter himself, sort of.]]) How many book, [[spoiler:three people can you kill die]], all of in a seven book series?
** Especially considering how many bought it in
them offstage. In the last book.
** It's a war. If there was a war where twenty-something people died in Real Life, people would be glad it wasn't more. However, considering it's a children's book changes things...
*** Actually, [[spoiler:at least fifty
book, [[spoiler:fifty-plus people die, in The Battle At Hogwarts alone. ''including Harry sees their bodies Potter himself,'' several of them "seen" in the Great Hall, separated from Voldemort's]].narrative]].
27th Oct '16 10:56:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[MatthewReilly Matthew Reilly's]] books. Where to begin? Oh, let's go with flying a stealth plane out of a collapsing ice cave, killing ''twenty men'' with ''one grenade'', pinning a man trying to kill you while missing a leg, crushing Humvees with a plane in an underground hangar, driving said plane into an elevator shaft large enough to ''hold'' planes with the elevator over fifty feet down, hijacking a ''space shuttle'', chasing down a ''ballistic missile'' with a ''plane'', getting on the other side of a car pinning you to a tunnel wall by ''driving up the wall and flipping the car over the other's roof'', getting a boat dragged by Boeing 747, flipping a double-decker bus over a wall so that it lands on its roof and rolls the right way up, killing a helicopter with an ''enemy-driven'' jet ski, having a convoy chase down a jumbo jet on an Egyptian highway, climbing from one plane to another while both are flying, a one-winged 747 sliding down a slope of spikes, a tsunami throwing a supertanker up a mountain, one man holding off a platoon from a citadel by using trebuchets, killing your enemy by decapitating them ''with a subway'', having an fight scene beneath a descending elevator, running thirty feet on the backs of caimans, and disarming a planet-destroying bomb from inside a tank that fell from a plane 30,000 feet up.

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* [[MatthewReilly Matthew Reilly's]] Creator/MatthewReilly books. Where to begin? Oh, let's go with flying a stealth plane out of a collapsing ice cave, killing ''twenty men'' with ''one grenade'', pinning a man trying to kill you while missing a leg, crushing Humvees with a plane in an underground hangar, driving said plane into an elevator shaft large enough to ''hold'' planes with the elevator over fifty feet down, hijacking a ''space shuttle'', chasing down a ''ballistic missile'' with a ''plane'', getting on the other side of a car pinning you to a tunnel wall by ''driving up the wall and flipping the car over the other's roof'', getting a boat dragged by Boeing 747, flipping a double-decker bus over a wall so that it lands on its roof and rolls the right way up, killing a helicopter with an ''enemy-driven'' jet ski, having a convoy chase down a jumbo jet on an Egyptian highway, climbing from one plane to another while both are flying, a one-winged 747 sliding down a slope of spikes, a tsunami throwing a supertanker up a mountain, one man holding off a platoon from a citadel by using trebuchets, killing your enemy by decapitating them ''with a subway'', having an fight scene beneath a descending elevator, running thirty feet on the backs of caimans, and disarming a planet-destroying bomb from inside a tank that fell from a plane 30,000 feet up.



* ''{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'', Red Wedding. Because [[spoiler:[[HonorBeforeReason Robb]]]] broke off an arranged marriage one of his daughters, [[spoiler: Walder Frey has many of Robb's Bannerman and army massacred. [[AnyoneCanDie Then he kills Robb.]] [[UpToEleven Then he kills Robb's mother Catelyn Stark.]] Then Arya Stark is nearly killed.]]

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* ''{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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Red Wedding. Because [[spoiler:[[HonorBeforeReason Robb]]]] broke off an arranged marriage one of his daughters, [[spoiler: Walder Frey has many of Robb's Bannerman and army massacred. [[AnyoneCanDie Then he kills Robb.]] [[UpToEleven Then he kills Robb's mother Catelyn Stark.]] Then Arya Stark is nearly killed.]]
16th Aug '16 9:58:07 PM Minni128
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* The poem titled ''A Cut for You'' [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/A-Cut-for-You-627159644]] has a rather gory case of this as its about two friends (presumably female, according to one of the lines) playing a game where the goal seems to be who can cause themselves the most injury. The game ends when one of them hacks off a limb and they declare it a tie.
20th Jul '16 8:52:30 PM nombretomado
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* ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' - What sort of golem is Judah Low going to whip up this time?

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* ChinaMieville's Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'' - What sort of golem is Judah Low going to whip up this time?
8th May '16 9:20:21 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': What [[CrazyAwesome mind-blowingly awesome]] trick will Harry pull this time? How many new scars can he get? How much more BadAss can Murphy become before she becomes the female equivalent of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]? How bizarre and gory can the villains' tactics get? How much can we scale up the GambitPileup? How pretty can Thomas be? How's Harry going to top [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Dinosaur Incident]]? How much ass can be kicked? How many more mind-blowingly evil and powerful people can Harry piss off?

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': What [[CrazyAwesome mind-blowingly awesome]] trick will Harry pull this time? How many new scars can he get? How much more BadAss can Murphy become before she becomes the female equivalent of [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]]? How bizarre and gory can the villains' tactics get? How much can we scale up the GambitPileup? How pretty can Thomas be? How's Harry going to top [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Dinosaur Incident]]? How much ass can be kicked? How many more mind-blowingly evil and powerful people can Harry piss off?
3rd Dec '15 11:34:19 PM Yalsaris63
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* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series is made of this with its LensmanArmsRace. ''Galactic Patrol'' starts with spaceships capable of ''[[FasterThanLightTravel ninety parsecs per hour]]'' and firing "super-atomic" explosives (which might be matter-antimatter explosives, since they liberate 100% of their mass-energy). By the beginning of the third book there are flotillas of armed, moving ''planets''; by the end, whole planets made of antimatter are used as faster-than-light projectiles routinely, and there is a psychic super-mind (the "Unit") capable of destroying the Eddorian planet, which "all the physical weapons of all the universes" could not harm.

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* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series is made of this with its LensmanArmsRace. Gee, where to even ''start?'' ''Galactic Patrol'' starts with spaceships capable of ''[[FasterThanLightTravel ninety parsecs per hour]]'' and firing "super-atomic" explosives (which might be matter-antimatter explosives, since they liberate 100% of their mass-energy). By the beginning of the third book there are flotillas of armed, moving ''planets''; by the end, whole planets made of antimatter are used as faster-than-light projectiles routinely, and there is a psychic super-mind (the "Unit") capable of destroying the Eddorian planet, which "all the physical weapons of all the universes" could not harm.
17th Oct '15 8:54:53 AM Divra
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** ''Literature/McAuslan'': How many people can you rope into a Highland reel? Apparently, after trying (and succeeding) for the Black Watch's record of ''sixtyfour'', the General insists that they try for three figures. Said and done, after roping in a bunch of prisoners of war, the sentries from the neighbouring garrison and a bunch of people who have come up from a nearby town to see what the hell is going on, the Regiment dances a Onehundredandtwentyeightsome Reel, a grueling process which takes over two and a half hours.

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** * ''Literature/McAuslan'': How many people can you rope into a Highland reel? Apparently, after trying (and succeeding) for the Black Watch's record of ''sixtyfour'', the General insists that they try for three figures. Said and done, after roping in a bunch of prisoners of war, the sentries from the neighbouring garrison and a bunch of people who have come up from a nearby town to see what the hell is going on, the Regiment dances a Onehundredandtwentyeightsome Reel, a grueling process which takes over two and a half hours.
3rd Oct '15 3:57:33 PM nombretomado
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* For PaulBunyan and other TallTale characters this is pretty much the reason they exist, to make each subsequent story even bigger, more outlandish, and more absurdly implausible than the last. For example, after all the story's explaining how inhumanly large Paul is, there then come along story's like "Paul Bunyan's Cornstalk," where the eponymous stalk of corn grows so fast that, when Paul tries to chop it down, he's never able to hit it twice in the same place; by the time he makes a second swing of his axe, the stalk's grown so high that the first chop mark is over his head and out of sight!

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* For PaulBunyan Myth/PaulBunyan and other TallTale characters this is pretty much the reason they exist, to make each subsequent story even bigger, more outlandish, and more absurdly implausible than the last. For example, after all the story's explaining how inhumanly large Paul is, there then come along story's like "Paul Bunyan's Cornstalk," where the eponymous stalk of corn grows so fast that, when Paul tries to chop it down, he's never able to hit it twice in the same place; by the time he makes a second swing of his axe, the stalk's grown so high that the first chop mark is over his head and out of sight!
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