History Series / Carnivale

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".
30th Nov '15 11:17:39 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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** Crossing the Threshold: Ben leaves his sleepy hometown in Oklahoma, while Justin ultimately leaves his hometown in to start a new ministry in the flatlands.
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** Crossing the Threshold: Ben leaves his sleepy hometown in Oklahoma, while Justin ultimately leaves his hometown in California to start a new ministry in the flatlands.

** The Road of Trials: Ben crosses paths with multiple dangerous and/or unsavory characters in the backroads of the American Midwest.
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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 in along the backroads of the American Midwest.way.
29th Nov '15 6:10:52 PM PaulA
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It can't be a textbook example *and* a subversion.
* TheHerosJourney: A textbook example--though, in a subversion, both the Hero and the Villain go through many of the steps of the journey, cluing the audience into the fact that they're NotSoDifferent. Even one of Campbell's original terms ("The Boon") is name-dropped in the official guide to the series' mythology.
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* TheHerosJourney: A textbook example--though, in a subversion, both Both the Hero and the Villain go through many of the steps of the journey, cluing the audience into the fact that they're NotSoDifferent. Even one of Campbell's original terms ("The Boon") is name-dropped in the official guide to the series' mythology.
29th Nov '15 1:38:51 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: ** Just about everyone has this for Justin, but in particular, [[spoiler:Sofie]], has a bad case. Although the real wolf in sheep's clothing hanging around New Canaan is [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] Iris. ** Ben gets duped, kidnapped, tortured far too often for someone in his line of work. He tends to believe what people tell him even if these people are obviously creepy and manipulative.
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: TheHerosJourney: A textbook example--though, in a subversion, both the Hero and the Villain go through many of the steps of the journey, cluing the audience into the fact that they're NotSoDifferent. Even one of Campbell's original terms ("The Boon") is name-dropped in the official guide to the series' mythology. ** Just The Call to Adventure: Ben is invited to join the carnival, while Brother Justin is inspired to build a new church after a series of visions. ** Supernatural Aid: Ben is mentored by the psychic Professor Lodz, the dwarf Samson, and the ghostly Management. Justin receives a series of prophetic visions that put him on the path to becoming an Avatar. ** Crossing the Threshold: Ben leaves his sleepy hometown in Oklahoma, while Justin ultimately leaves his hometown in to start a new ministry in the flatlands. ** The Belly of the Whale: Ben attempts suicide in the mines of Loving, NM, only accepting his destiny when he survives; Justin discovers his full powers when he winds up in an insane asylum after being driven to despair by [[spoiler: the destruction of his ministry]]. ** The Road of Trials: Ben crosses paths with multiple dangerous and/or unsavory characters in the backroads of the American Midwest. ** The Meeting with the Goddess: Ben learns about everyone has this 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 Justin, but in particular, [[spoiler:Sofie]], has a bad case. Although leaving]]. ** The Ultimate Boon: Ben fully assumes the real wolf in sheep's clothing hanging around New Canaan is [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] Iris. mantle of the Avatar of Light after [[spoiler: killing the previous Avatar, Management]], and takes up his father's old trench knife from World War I as his personal weapon. Justin likewise becomes the Avatar of Darkness after [[spoiler: killing Henry Scudder]] and taking up a scythe as his personal weapon. ** Apotheosis: In the series finale, [[spoiler: Ben gets duped, kidnapped, tortured far too often for someone faces Justin in personal combat and wins, being carried away by the Carnival to recover from his line of work. He tends to believe what people tell him even if these people are obviously creepy and manipulative.injuries]].

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: ** Just about everyone has this for Justin, but in particular, [[spoiler:Sofie]], has a bad case. Although the real wolf in sheep's clothing hanging around New Canaan is [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bitch]] Iris. ** Ben gets duped, kidnapped, tortured far too often for someone in his line of work. He tends to believe what people tell him even if these people are obviously creepy and manipulative.
30th Sep '15 12:29:45 AM Dolski
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* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Ben attempts suicide in "The Day That Was The Day", but Scudder heals him because Ben is "too important"]].
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* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Ben attempts suicide in "The Day That Was The Day", but Scudder heals him because Ben is "too important"]]."meant for greater things"]].
14th Sep '15 12:55:48 PM KneadToKnow
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* BadassLongcoat: Justin's cassock, after he stops bothering to button up the front, which also leads to ChestInsignia.
31st Aug '15 1:55:33 PM KneadToKnow
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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]].
11th May '15 8:26:33 AM unclejack
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: John Hannah as Dora Mae's murderer in ''Pick A Number'' is from a tiny town in the middle of the dust bowl but inexplicably speaks with Hannah's natural Scottish accent.
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* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: John Hannah Creator/JohnHannah as Dora Mae's murderer in ''Pick A Number'' is from a tiny town in the middle of the dust bowl but inexplicably speaks with Hannah's natural Scottish accent.
1st Apr '15 1:01:36 PM Morgenthaler
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That's an index, not a trope.
* IncestIsRelative: The Crowe family likes this one. Not only do we have [[BrotherSisterIncest Justin and Iris]], but Justin also has an eye for his daughter (although he [[SurpriseIncest doesn't know about their relation)]].
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