History Series / Carnivale

20th Dec '16 10:41:28 PM SinNanna
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* HistoricalFantasy: Set in the Great Depression, and would have continued through World War II had it not been ScrewedByTheNetwork.
29th Oct '16 9:29:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Ben and Justin by the end of Season 1 [[spoiler: and particularly acute once they become the Prophets of their respective Houses.]] The show also has examples of:
11th Oct '16 9:06:12 AM gunarao
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* HeirClubForMen: Only firstborn sons can become Avatars. [[spoiler: Until Sofie, that is.]]
11th Oct '16 8:59:40 AM gunarao
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%%* BrokenBird: Sofie.

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%%* * BrokenBird: Sofie.Sofie. A lifetime of being in constant telepathic communication with your mother'll do that to you.



%%* CircusOfFear



%%* CurtainCamouflage

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%%* CurtainCamouflage* CurtainCamouflage: Management hides his true form behind a curtain in the back of his trailer. At least, when he physically manifests, he does.



%%* MindScrew
%%* MonochromaticEyes
%%* MysteriousPast: ''Everyone''.

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%%* MindScrew
%%* MonochromaticEyes
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* MonochromaticEyes: A staple of Avatars of Darkness.
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MysteriousPast: ''Everyone''.Nearly everyone. For example, Iris and Justin's past is teased out over the first season, and we never learn why Ben was in prison (or how he escaped) in the show proper.



%%* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: No, really. ''Everyone''.

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%%* * PsychicDreamsForEveryone: No, really. ''Everyone''.Ben, Justin and presumably the other Avatars. Lodz as well. Ben and Justin often see each other in their shared visions.



%%* RageAgainstTheMentor: Ben vs. Management.

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%%* * RageAgainstTheMentor: Ben vs. Management.doesn't take kindly to Management's attempts to manipulate him.



%%* SinsOfOurFathers: Ben, Sofie, Iris, and Justin.

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%%* * SinsOfOurFathers: Ben, Sofie, Iris, What with his dad was an (unwilling) Avatar of Darkness, it's not surprising Ben runs into this a lot. Since Lucius Belyakov has a major case of LightIsNotGood, Iris and Justin.Justin probably apply, too.
3rd Oct '16 4:07:43 AM gunarao
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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Subverted in that Justin, Iris and Norman are all Methodists. When Norman is considering [[spoiler: attempting an exorcism on Justin]] Iris dismisses it as "Papist hocus pocus".
20th May '16 7:23:14 PM dangerkeith3000
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**His accent is TruthInTelevision as during this time period America had many recent immigrants from Europe and therefore meeting someone with a non-American accent was not far-fetched or considered strange. especially since Europe was also going through a depression at the time, increasing immigration in hopes of prosperity somewhere else.
11th May '16 2:56:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheKnightsTemplar: The Knights Templar play a role in the first season, and it's implied [[spoiler:Scudder]] was one.
27th Feb '16 1:49:07 PM voodoochild
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%%** [[spoiler: Dora Mae]]'s fate in Babylon also counts as an example.

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%%** ** [[spoiler: Dora Mae]]'s fate in Babylon also counts as an example.example: murdered for being a [[spoiler: "whore"]] and resurrected by the magic of the town, she's doomed to be the plaything of the raping, murdering miners for all eternity.



%%* AntiVillain: Brother Justin, at least earlier in the series.

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%%* * AntiVillain: Brother Justin, at least earlier in the series.first six episodes when he truly does not comprehend the nature of his powers. He believes himself to be a good man, but cursed with demonic powers. It isn't until "The River" that he embraces his destiny.



%%* AutoErotica: Ben and Sofie.
%%* AxeCrazy: Ben's grandma is this.

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%%* * AutoErotica: Ben and Sofie.
%%*
Sofie get it on in the cab of Ben's truck during a rainstorm.
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AxeCrazy: Ben's grandma is this. grandmother, upon birthing Scudder (the Child of Darkness), took an axe to the rest of her children, then gouged out her own eyes.



%%* BadassPreacher: Brother Justin.
%%* BadassFamily: The families Crowe and Hawkins, as well as the Houses of Light and Dark.

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%%* * BadassPreacher: Brother Justin.
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Justin, who is imposing even ''before'' the demonic powers.
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BadassFamily: The families Crowe and Hawkins, as well as the Houses of Light and Dark.



%%* BecauseDestinySaysSo

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%%* BecauseDestinySaysSo * BecauseDestinySaysSo: The reasoning behind much of the requirements of the Avatara, including [[spoiler: all Vectori being mad and the Prince having to kill his Prophet to rise to power]].



%%* BetaCouple: Jonesy and Libby.

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%%* * BetaCouple: Jonesy and Libby.



%%* BlindSeer: Professor Ernst Lodz.

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%%* * BlindSeer: Professor Ernst Lodz.Lodz, who [[spoiler: traded his eyesight for his psychic powers]].



%%* BrotherSisterIncest

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%%* BrotherSisterIncest* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Justin and Iris. It seems to be more sexual in nature on Justin's end, when he spies on Iris in the shower and later forces a kiss from her, but Iris certainly demonstrates her devotion to Justin, as well as her jealousy of any woman Justin pays attention to.]]



* CaliforniaDoubling: Oh, so very much. No matter where the carnies go, it looks suspiciously like [[Series/{{Mash}} South Korea]] or some planet visited by [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serentiy]].

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Oh, so very much. No matter where the carnies go, it looks suspiciously like [[Series/{{Mash}} South Korea]] or some planet visited by [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serentiy]].Serenity]].



%%* ChristmasCake: Ruthie and Iris.
%%* CircusBrat

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%%* ChristmasCake: Ruthie * CircusBrat: Dora Mae, Libby, and Iris.
%%* CircusBrat
Sofie were all raised in the carnival from a young age.



%%** Young Iris and Justin.

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%%** ** Young Iris and Justin.Justin in "The River", with their sunken eyes, "Alexei's" lack of English, and "Irina's" vicious temper.



%%* DarkMessiah:
%%** Brother Justin defines this trope from start to finish.
%%** And [[spoiler: Sofie as of the series finale]].

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%%* DarkMessiah:
%%** Brother Justin defines this trope from start to finish.
%%** And [[spoiler: Sofie
* DarkMessiah: Justin, even before the actual Antichrist power level hits him, is a staggeringly popular cult leader, envisioning himself (as a former immigrant) as the savior of the series finale]].California migrants. The migrants treat him with holy devotion, and it's only a matter of time and power before he starts exploiting his status.



** The Road of Trials: Ben must traverse the long road from Oklahoma to California to confront Justin, and he crosses paths with multiple dangerous and/or unsavory characters along the way.
** The Meeting with the Goddess: Ben learns about his father's past from the alluring snake charmer Ruthie, and cultivates a love affair with the enigmatic Sofie.
** Atonement with the Father: Ben uncovers the full truth about his absent father Henry Scudder, ultimately [[spoiler: finding him, healing his facial scars, and forgiving him for leaving]].

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** The Road of Trials: Ben must traverse the long road from Oklahoma to California to confront Justin, and he crosses paths with multiple dangerous and/or unsavory characters along the way.
way. Justin must make his way back to the ministry.
** The Meeting with the Goddess: Ben learns about his father's past from the alluring snake charmer Ruthie, and cultivates a love affair with the enigmatic Sofie.
Sofie. Justin has a long-standing love for his sister, but falls in fascination with [[spoiler: Sofie, when she runs away to New Canaan]].
** Atonement with the Father: Ben uncovers the full truth about his absent father Henry Scudder, ultimately [[spoiler: finding him, healing his facial scars, and forgiving him for leaving]]. The last vestige of goodness in Justin [[spoiler: begs his foster-father, Norman Balthus, to kill him]], but Balthus cannot bring himself to do it, and thus damns both himself and Justin.



** Apotheosis: In the series finale, [[spoiler: Ben faces Justin in personal combat and wins, being carried away by the Carnival to recover from his injuries]].

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** Apotheosis: In the series finale, [[spoiler: Ben faces Justin in personal combat and wins, being carried away by the Carnival to recover from his injuries]]. Justin [[spoiler: is killed in battle with Ben, but is resurrected by his daughter, Sofie.]]



%%** Apollonia and, later, Sofie.

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%%** ** Apollonia and, later, Sofie. hit hers before the events of the series, after her [[spoiler: rape by Justin]].



%%** Ben in "The Day That Was the Day".

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%%** ** Ben in "The Day That Was the Day".Day", after he learns the truth about his destiny.



%%* HourglassPlot: Ben and Justin.

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%%* * HourglassPlot: Brother Justin is a preacher who slowly turns to the dark side upon the realization that he is TheAntichrist, and also suffers from an unfortunate case of BadPowersBadPeople. Ben, an escaped criminal on the lam from the law, makes a parallel journey as he comes into his own powers as the Messiah. WordOfGod states that, in the third season, both men would have been recovering from the events of the finale, which would make Ben more paranoid and Justin.DarkMessiah-ish and Justin more reluctant to use his powers.



%%* InTheBlood: The Avatara.

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%%* * InTheBlood: The Avatara.Avatara are all descended from the same two brothers, and they all have either healing or destructive powers.



%%* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Management, a.k.a [[spoiler: Lucius Belyakov.]]

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%%* * TheManBehindTheCurtain: Management, a.k.a [[spoiler: Lucius Belyakov.]]Belyakov]], hides in a baggage car and speaks only through a curtain.



%%* MissConception: Sofie.



* ThePigPen : The Depression isn't far enough in the past to qualify as an example of TheDungAges , but many of the working class (particularly the carnies and the attendees at various functions) are covered in dirt and grime, due to living in the "dust bowl," in extreme poverty, without indoor plumbing. At least two minor characters also die of "dust pneumonia."

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* ThePigPen : ThePigPen: The Depression isn't far enough in the past to qualify as an example of TheDungAges , but many of the working class (particularly the carnies and the attendees at various functions) are covered in dirt and grime, due to living in the "dust bowl," in extreme poverty, without indoor plumbing. At least two minor characters also die of "dust pneumonia."



%%* PsychicNosebleed: Ben.
%%* PreApprovedSermon

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%%* * PsychicNosebleed: Ben.
%%* PreApprovedSermon
Ben, any time he uses his powers pre-Prophethood.
* PreApprovedSermon: The Methodist Church tries to do this to Justin. It doesn't go well.



%%* RacistGrandpa: Played for laughs with Stumpy.

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%%* RacistGrandpa: ** Played for laughs with Stumpy.



%%* RapeAsDrama
%%* RunningGag: "Shut up, Osgood!"

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%%* RapeAsDrama
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* RunningGag: "Shut up, Osgood!"Osgood!", wherein one of the rousties persistently says dumb shit, and someone, usually Jonesy or Samson, gets exasperated with him.



%%* SexyPriest: Oh, just ''guess''.

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%%* * SexyPriest: Oh, Justin. Sinister, popular with the ladies, and after the events of "Alamagordo, NM", just ''guess''.about on the level of Messiah-hood.



%%* SinisterScythe: Justin's sickle.

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%%* * SinisterScythe: Justin's sickle.scythe, which he uses to [[spoiler: murder the migrants blocking his path to Ben]] in the finale.



%%* ThoseTwoGuys:
%%** A few of the rousties, especially Osgood.
%%** In early season one, Jonesy and Samson come off as this.



%%* ViciousCycle

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%%* ViciousCycle * ViciousCycle: From the beginning of time, the Creature of Light and the Creature of Darkness are destined to battle, then be killed by the next generation.



%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Justin, of course.

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%%* * VillainWithGoodPublicity: Justin, of course.with some significant help from Tommy Dolan.
8th Dec '15 8:43:00 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AllInTheManual: Knauf has revealed much about the characters' histories and the series' mythology outside of the show. Much of it is explained in the [[http://m.friendfeed-media.com/adb56d1cd12611e3f795a47bb01947a1ad3b8a70 Gospel of Knaufias]].

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* AllInTheManual: AllThereInTheManual: Knauf has revealed much about the characters' histories and the series' mythology outside of the show. Much of it is explained in the [[http://m.friendfeed-media.com/adb56d1cd12611e3f795a47bb01947a1ad3b8a70 Gospel of Knaufias]]. Of note, the Gospel explains some crucial series terminology like "The Alpha" and "The Omega" (the first Avatar and the last Avatar, respectively), "Vectorus" (someone with Avataric blood who isn't an Avatar), and "Vitae Divina" (the blue blood that marks someone as an Avatar).
30th Nov '15 11:28:27 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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** Ben's grandmother Emma '''Krohn''' is a blind old woman of questionable sanity who reveals a crucial piece of information to Ben, and gave birth to a line of men with supernatural powers. Her last name is pronounced exactly how you think: like "Crone".
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