History Series / KolchakTheNightStalker

5th Aug '16 10:35:58 AM Silverblade2
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* EldritchAbomination: "They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be" invokes this with explicitly alien visitors who use Earth as a trucker does a pit stop, completely ignoring humanity as anything other than a nuisance or a food source. Then there's Matchemonedo, the "Bear God" in "The Energy Eater" which only visible to the X-Ray Spectrum, [[CaptainObvious feeds on energy]] and likes it hot. When an X-Ray picture is taken of it, the being looks like a malevolent hurricane of energy.
** It was stated in the episode that it was referred to as the Bear God not because of its appearance, but because of its habits: it fed in the summer and rested in the winter, as it could not function in the cold.



* HornyDevils: Ugly as Sin in its true form, the succubus from "Demon In Lace" kills people with its visage alone.



* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: In the episode titled (appropriately) "The Ripper." The Ripper also picked up some qualities of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Heeled_Jack Spring-heeled Jack]] along the way, including the ability to make unusual (if not outright impossible) leaps and walk away from very high falls, and the ability to avoid or ignore gunshots.



* LizardFolk: "The Sentry"



* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Lots and Lots
** EldritchAbomination: "They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be" invokes this with explicitly alien visitors who use Earth as a trucker does a pit stop, completely ignoring humanity as anything other than a nuisance or a food source. Then there's Matchemonedo, the "Bear God" in "The Energy Eater" which only visible to the X-Ray Spectrum, [[CaptainObvious feeds on energy]] and likes it hot. When an X-Ray picture is taken of it, the being looks like a malevolent hurricane of energy.
*** It was stated in the episode that it was referred to as the Bear God not because of its appearance, but because of its habits: it fed in the summer and rested in the winter, as it could not function in the cold.
** LizardFolk: "The Sentry"
** OurDemonsAreDifferent: Featuring a FantasyKitchenSink of [[{{Hellhound}} Hellhounds]] ("The Devil's Platform"), Rakshashas ("Horror in the Heights") and...
*** HornyDevils: Ugly as Sin in its true form, the succubus from "Demon In Lace" kills people with its visage alone.
** OurGhostsAreDifferent: "Firefall," "Bad Medicine," "The Knightly Murders"; the headless head-chopper in "Chopper" updates "Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow" by replacing the horse with a Motorcycle.
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: WolfMan variety.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: Pretty much the Film/HammerHorror variety.
** OurZombiesAreDifferent: The eponymous beastie of "The Zombie" is the original Haitian variety. It's [[ImplacableMan far tougher]] than your average zombie, and requires an elaborate ritual to kill it.
** WitchSpecies: Kolchak was a run-in with one of its members in "The Trevi Collection".

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* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Lots and Lots
** EldritchAbomination: "They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be" invokes this with explicitly alien visitors who use Earth as a trucker does a pit stop, completely ignoring humanity as anything other than a nuisance or a food source. Then there's Matchemonedo, the "Bear God" in "The Energy Eater" which only visible to the X-Ray Spectrum, [[CaptainObvious feeds on energy]] and likes it hot. When an X-Ray picture is taken of it, the being looks like a malevolent hurricane of energy.
*** It was stated in the episode that it was referred to as the Bear God not because of its appearance, but because of its habits: it fed in the summer and rested in the winter, as it could not function in the cold.
** LizardFolk: "The Sentry"
**
OurDemonsAreDifferent: Featuring a FantasyKitchenSink of [[{{Hellhound}} Hellhounds]] ("The Devil's Platform"), Rakshashas ("Horror in the Heights") and...
*** HornyDevils: Ugly as Sin in its true form, the succubus from "Demon In Lace" kills people with its visage alone.
**
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OurGhostsAreDifferent: "Firefall," "Bad Medicine," "The Knightly Murders"; the headless head-chopper in "Chopper" updates "Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow" by replacing the horse with a Motorcycle.
** %%* OurMonstersAreDifferent:
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Film/HammerHorror variety.
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OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: WolfMan variety.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: Pretty much the Film/HammerHorror variety.
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The eponymous beastie of "The Zombie" is the original Haitian variety. It's [[ImplacableMan far tougher]] than your average zombie, and requires an elaborate ritual to kill it.
** WitchSpecies: Kolchak was a run-in with one of its members in "The Trevi Collection".
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* [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Predecessor]]: Of ''Series/TheXFiles''.


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* WitchSpecies: Kolchak was a run-in with one of its members in "The Trevi Collection".
4th Jul '16 1:53:21 PM AzureOwl
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* AgentMulder: Carl Kolchak
* AgentScully: Tony Vincenzo
** To say nothing of the police.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Updyke.

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* AgentMulder: Carl Kolchak
Kolchak is always quick to make the leap to supernatural explanations. Even though he is often right, it's still noticeable that he doesn't even try more mundane theories first.
* AgentScully: Tony Vincenzo
** To
Vincenzo hardly ever believes any of Kolchak's theories, to say nothing of the police.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Updyke.Updyke has all the stereotypical mannerism associated at the time with gays, but his personal life is never touched upon on the show.



* ClosestThingWeGot: A double serving in "The Werewolf". When Kolchak needs a priest to bless the silver he is using to make bullets, he ends up resorting to a fellow passenger on the cruise ship who flunked out of the seminary. And once he gets the guy, he doesn't know any Latin blessings for that, so they end up using the Last Rites prayer, hoping it's close enough to get the job done.

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* ClosestThingWeGot: ClosestThingWeGot:
**
A double serving in "The Werewolf". When Kolchak needs a priest to bless the silver he is using to make bullets, he ends up resorting to a fellow passenger on the cruise ship who flunked out of the seminary. And once he gets the guy, he doesn't know any Latin blessings for that, so they end up using the Last Rites prayer, hoping it's close enough to get the job done.
** Given the absence of a stepped pyramid in Chicago, an Aztec cult makes due with the seats of a stadium for their HumanSacrifice.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Vicepresident of Public Relations for the Oil Company in "Primal Scream" prides himself of his ability to put a positive spin to any and all the horrible crap his company does.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The Vicepresident of Public Relations for the Oil Company oil company in "Primal Scream" prides himself of his ability to put a positive spin to any and all the horrible crap his company does.



* DaEditor: Tony Vincenzo.

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* DaEditor: Tony Vincenzo.Vincenzo's job description.



* ADegreeInUseless: How Jim Elkhorn views his MBA, since he makes far more as foreman of a specialized construction crew than he ever could putting his degree to use. [[note]]Since Elkhorn claims to be making US$ 40,000 a year in 1974 as foreman, the equivalent of '''US$ 192,000''' in 2015 money, he may hav a point[[/note]]

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* ADegreeInUseless: How Jim Elkhorn views his MBA, since he makes far more money as foreman of a specialized construction crew than he ever could putting his degree to use. [[note]]Since Elkhorn claims to be making US$ 40,000 a year in 1974 as foreman, the equivalent of almost '''US$ 192,000''' 195,000''' in 2015 2016 money, he may hav have a point[[/note]]



* FireForgedFriends: {{Subverted}} with Louise in "The Night Strangler", who spends the entire movie as Kolchak's only ally and risks her live to help him stop the killer. But by the end of the movie she hates his guts, since her association with him resulted in her losing her job, her home and getting run out of Seattle by the police before she could complete her degree. She correctly points out that meeting him and joining in his adventure ruined her life.

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* FireForgedFriends: {{Subverted}} with Louise in "The Night Strangler", who spends the entire movie as Kolchak's only ally and risks her live to help him stop the killer. But by the end of the movie she hates his guts, since her association with him resulted in her losing her job, her home and getting run out of Seattle by the police before she could complete her degree. She correctly points out that meeting him and joining in his adventure ruined ''ruined her life.life''.



* HeadlessHorseman: "Chopper."
* HiddenDepths: Miss Emily is writing a detective novel. She only took the INS job to get more life experience... and to steal office supplies to use one her novel.
* HighVoltageDeath: In the episode "The Ripper". Kolchak manages to destroy the spirit of Jack the Ripper by electrocuting him.

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* HeadlessHorseman: "Chopper."
The MonsterOfTheWeek in "Chopper", although he happens to ride a motorcycle.
* HiddenDepths: Miss Emily is writing a detective novel. She only took the INS job to get more life experience... and to steal office supplies to use one her novel.for the book.
* HighVoltageDeath: In the episode "The Ripper". Ripper" Kolchak manages to destroy the spirit of Jack the Ripper by electrocuting him.



* MagicalNativeAmerican: Subverted in one episode when Kolchak meets a "Shaman" who only has the old knowledge of the monster of the week. He's a construction foreman and ladies' man more than anything else. He's also one of the only helpful people Kolchak ever meets. Another episode plays this only slightly straighter, when an elderly Navajo relays some vital information to him, but isn't portrayed as anything other than someone who actually believes the monster exists.

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* MagicalNativeAmerican: Subverted in one episode when Kolchak meets a "Shaman" "shaman" who is the only one who has the old knowledge of about the monster of the week. He's a construction foreman and ladies' man more than anything else. He's also one of the only helpful people Kolchak ever meets. Another episode plays this only slightly straighter, when an elderly Navajo relays some vital information to him, but isn't portrayed as anything other than someone who actually believes the monster exists.



* MurderousMannequin: "The Trevi Collection"

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* MurderousMannequin: The first clue that something supernatural is going on in a fashion house in "The Trevi Collection"Collection".



* NounVerber: The very title (or portion thereof) ''The Night Stalker''

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* NounVerber: The very title (or portion thereof) ''The Night Stalker''Stalker''.



** WitchSpecies: "The Trevi Collection"

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** WitchSpecies: Kolchak was a run-in with one of its members in "The Trevi Collection"Collection".



* PoliceBrutality: While they never go as far as beating him up, the police have no trouble manhandling Kolchak all the time and often illegally confiscate and destroy his camera and recorder in order to destroy any evidence of the unexplained creatures they’re trying to cover up.

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* PoliceBrutality: While they never go as far as beating him up, the police have no trouble manhandling Kolchak all the time and often illegally confiscate and destroy his camera and recorder in order to destroy get rid of any evidence of regarding the unexplained creatures they’re trying to cover up.



* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Jim Elkhorn, the Native American shaman who proves so helpful in assisting Kolchak in "The Energy Eater", wisely refuses to risk his neck trying to stop Matchemonedo once the true scale of the threat becomes apparent.
* SealedEvilInACan: Matchemonedo, the EldritchAbomination native american deity was put in permanent hibernation when its nesting place was covered by the cold waters of Lake Michigan. By the end of the episode, it is decided to demolish the hospital and flood the area again to make a marina.

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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Jim Elkhorn, the Native American shaman who proves so helpful in assisting Kolchak in "The Energy Eater", wisely refuses to risk his neck trying to stop Matchemonedo [[EldritchAbomination Matchemonedo]] once the true scale of the threat becomes apparent.
* SealedEvilInACan: Matchemonedo, the an EldritchAbomination native american Native American deity was put in permanent hibernation when its nesting place was covered by the cold waters of Lake Michigan. By the end of the episode, it is decided to demolish the hospital built on top of it and flood the area again to make a marina.
1st Jul '16 5:37:29 AM AzureOwl
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* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: Given the sheer number of supernatural phenomena that Kolchak goes up against, it is remarkable that TheMasquerade has remained in place. It is implied that this is due to the active efforts from the authorities to suppress any an all evidence that Kolchak might come up with.

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* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: Given the sheer number of supernatural phenomena that Kolchak goes up against, against in Chicago alone, it is remarkable that TheMasquerade has remained in place. It is implied that this is due to the active efforts from the authorities to suppress any an all evidence that Kolchak might come up with.
30th Jun '16 3:41:12 PM AzureOwl
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* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: Given the sheer number of supernatural phenomena that Kolchak goes up against, it is remarkable that TheMasquerade has remained in place. It is implied that this is due to the active efforts from the authorities to suppress any an all evidence that Kolchak might come up with.
30th Jun '16 5:28:16 AM AzureOwl
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* BerserkButton: The one thing guaranteed to piss off Miss Emily is discrimination of condescension towards the elderly.

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* BerserkButton: The one thing guaranteed to piss off Miss Emily is discrimination of or condescension towards the elderly.
30th Jun '16 2:07:37 AM morenohijazo
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* ImperfectRitual: Episode "The Youth Killer". Helen of Troy (yes, the one from GreekMythology) has retained her youth down to the present day through the HumanSacrifice of perfect physical specimens to the goddess Hecate. Kolchak points out to Hecate that one of Helen's recent sacrifices had a glass eye, causing Hecate to withdraw Helen's stolen youth and RapidAging her to death.

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* ImperfectRitual: Episode "The Youth Killer". Helen of Troy (yes, the one from GreekMythology) Myth/GreekMythology) has retained her youth down to the present day through the HumanSacrifice of perfect physical specimens to the goddess Hecate. Kolchak points out to Hecate that one of Helen's recent sacrifices had a glass eye, causing Hecate to withdraw Helen's stolen youth and RapidAging her to death.
21st Feb '16 11:03:58 AM AzureOwl
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* BerserkButton: The one thing guaranteed to piss off Miss Emily is discrimination of condescension towards the elderly.
21st Feb '16 8:35:34 AM AzureOwl
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* PoliceBrutality: While they never go as far as beating him up, the police have no trouble manhandling Kolchak all the time and often illegally confiscate and destroy his camera in order to destroy any evidence of the unexplained creatures they’re trying to cover up.

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* PoliceBrutality: While they never go as far as beating him up, the police have no trouble manhandling Kolchak all the time and often illegally confiscate and destroy his camera and recorder in order to destroy any evidence of the unexplained creatures they’re trying to cover up.
8th Feb '16 3:08:23 PM AzureOwl
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* ClosestThingWeGot: A double serving in "The Werewolf". When Kolchak needs a priest to bless the silver he is using to make bullets, he ends up resorting to a fellow passenger on the cruise ship who flunked out of the seminary. And once he gets the guy, he doesn't know any Latin blessings for that, so they end up using the Last Rites prayer, hoping it's close enough to get the job done.
8th Feb '16 3:04:44 PM AzureOwl
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* NiceHat: Kolchak's iconic straw porkpie hat is practically synonymous with the character. funnily enough it's {{Inverted}} InUniverse, since ''everyone'' Kolchak knows hates the hat.

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* NiceHat: Kolchak's iconic straw porkpie hat is practically synonymous with the character. funnily Funnily enough it's {{Inverted}} InUniverse, since ''everyone'' Kolchak knows hates the hat.



* OccultDetective: Carl Kolchak

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* OccultDetective: Even though he is a reporter by trade, Carl KolchakKolchak ends up filling this role by default, since the authorities' refusal to act on his discoveries leave him as the only one who can defeat the monsters.



* SilverBullet: "The Werewolf".

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* SilverBullet: Kolchak has a hard time coming up with one in "The Werewolf".Werewolf" because he is on a cruise ship. He ends up [[spoiler:stealing the silver buttons from the captain's dress uniform]].
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