History Series / TheMiddleman

26th Oct '17 2:32:01 PM Theriocephalus
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So Wendy reports to the Jolly Fats Weehawken Temp Agency to check on the job offer. After a battery of increasingly bizarre aptitude tests at the hands of the cranky receptionist Ida, Wendy is introduced to The Middleman, who explains what his organization is about. You know the way things work in comic books where mad Scientists and supervillains are always trying to take over the world? Well, that's also the way things work in real life. It seems he's looking for an apprentice and Wendy's cynical, snarky attitude and matter-of-fact reactions to things like the eyeball monster make her an ideal candidate for the job. Angry that he'd framed her Wendy refuses at first, but thanks to her current lack of any other prospects she relents and joins up. After that she embraces this new lifestyle and proves to excel at it, despite the problems a twenty-four hour a day "temp job" causes in her personal life.

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So Wendy reports to the Jolly Fats Weehawken Temp Agency to check on the job offer. After a battery of increasingly bizarre aptitude tests at the hands of the cranky receptionist Ida, Wendy is introduced to The the Middleman, who explains what his organization is about. You know the way things work in comic books where mad Scientists {{Mad Scientist}}s and supervillains are always trying to take over the world? Well, that's also the way things work in real life. It seems he's looking for an apprentice and Wendy's cynical, snarky attitude and matter-of-fact reactions to things like the eyeball monster make her an ideal candidate for the job. Angry that he'd framed her Wendy refuses at first, but thanks to her current lack of any other prospects she relents and joins up. After that she embraces this new lifestyle and proves to excel at it, despite the problems a twenty-four hour a day "temp job" causes in her personal life.
26th Oct '17 2:31:27 PM Theriocephalus
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Wendy "Dub-Dub" Watson is an art school graduate who, like most artists, has to get a Real Job to get by in life. Because she's an artist, this means temp work. Her mother worries about her and calls to ask embarrassing questions about her sex life that Wendy answers in dutiful deadpan ... until the day she's temping for a genetics research firm and a multi-limbed, multi-eyed monster shows up in the reception area. Enter...The Middleman. He seems to be a refugee from UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age of Comic|Books}}s, from his looks to his manner of speech. And having dispatched his duty, he warns Wendy that as far as the rest of the world is concerned this was a "gas explosion" and if she tells the truth of what she's seen he'll have to root her out like a hog ([[UnusualEuphemism not in the Australian sense]]) and kill her.

Wendy is immediately fired; it turns out her boss believes that she was the one who caused the "gas explosion" by fiddling with her missing father's lucky lighter. She spends a day pounding the pavement looking for more temp work but she finds no prospects now that word's spread that she's a possible pyromaniac. So she returns to the illegal sublet she shares with another young, photogenic artist only to have her artist-activist roommate Lacey inform her that she has a message from one more temp agency...a rather oddly named temp agency...and they want to see her ''immediately.''

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Wendy "Dub-Dub" Watson is an art school graduate who, like most artists, has to get a Real Job to get by in life. Because she's an artist, this means temp work. Her mother worries about her and calls to ask embarrassing questions about her sex life that Wendy answers in dutiful deadpan ...deadpan... until the day she's temping for a genetics research firm and a multi-limbed, multi-eyed monster shows up in the reception area. Enter...The the Middleman. He seems to be a refugee from UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age of Comic|Books}}s, from his looks to his manner of speech. And having dispatched his duty, he warns Wendy that as far as the rest of the world is concerned this was a "gas explosion" and if she tells the truth of what she's seen he'll have to root her out like a hog ([[UnusualEuphemism not in the Australian sense]]) and kill her.

Wendy is immediately fired; it turns out her boss believes that she was the one who caused the "gas explosion" by fiddling with her missing father's lucky lighter. She spends a day pounding the pavement looking for more temp work but she finds no prospects now that word's spread that she's a possible pyromaniac. So she returns to the illegal sublet she shares with another young, photogenic artist only to have her artist-activist roommate Lacey inform her that she has a message from one more temp agency... a rather oddly named temp agency...agency... and they want to see her ''immediately.''
''immediately''.
12th Oct '17 1:14:05 PM xcountryguy
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** Guy Goddard [[spoiler: former Middleman]].

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** Guy Goddard [[spoiler: former [[spoiler:former Middleman]].



** And as of the Comic-Con panel for the 13th episode: [[spoiler: previous Middleman Raveena Rao, and Clarence Colton, the current Middleman's real name.]]

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** And as of the Comic-Con panel for the 13th episode: [[spoiler: previous [[spoiler:previous Middleman Raveena Rao, and Clarence Colton, the current Middleman's real name.]]



* AlphaBitch: The sorority girl Allie from "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation" initially appears to be one, but is soon revealed to merely be suspicious of Wendy thanks to [[spoiler: the Executive Board having been body swapped with physics nerds trying to take down the Greek system]], and she turns out to be fairly nice and helpful with Wendy's current romantic drama.

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* AlphaBitch: The sorority girl Allie from "The Ectoplasmic Panhellenic Investigation" initially appears to be one, but is soon revealed to merely be suspicious of Wendy thanks to [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Executive Board having been body swapped with physics nerds trying to take down the Greek system]], and she turns out to be fairly nice and helpful with Wendy's current romantic drama.



* AlternateUniverse

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* %%* AlternateUniverse



* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Cecil]]
* BeardOfEvil: ''Every'' male in the alternate universe has a goatee. [[spoiler: Except for the guy who wants to leave it]]

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* %%* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Cecil]]
* BeardOfEvil: ''Every'' male in the alternate universe has a goatee. [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except for the guy who wants to leave it]]



* {{Blackmail}}: Pip against Wendy.

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* %%* {{Blackmail}}: Pip against Wendy.



* BirdsOfAFeather: Wendy and Tyler

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* %%* BirdsOfAFeather: Wendy and Tyler



* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Mirror Pip rescues Wendy this way.

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* %%* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Mirror Pip rescues Wendy this way.



** CoveredInMud: The consequences of fighting the earth elemental in "The Accidental Occidental Conception".

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** %%** CoveredInMud: The consequences of fighting the earth elemental in "The Accidental Occidental Conception".



* DeadManWriting: Code 47.
* DeadpanSnarker: Ida and Dubbie.

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* %%* DeadManWriting: Code 47.
* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Ida and Dubbie.



* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Well, lowland gorillas.

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* %%* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Well, lowland gorillas.



* EvilTwin: Played completely straight with [[spoiler:altWendy]].

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* %%* EvilTwin: Played completely straight with [[spoiler:altWendy]].



* EyepatchOfPower: The altMiddleman has one...because Sensei Ping ''[[Film/KillBill plucked out his eye]]''.

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* EyepatchOfPower: The altMiddleman has one... because Sensei Ping ''[[Film/KillBill plucked out his eye]]''.



* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler: Cindy]]'s.
* FlashBack
* {{Foreshadowing}}

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* %%* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler: Cindy]]'s.
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[[spoiler:Cindy]]'s.
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FlashBack
* %%* {{Foreshadowing}}



* AGodAmI: In the panel for the 13th episode, [[spoiler: collecting thousands of [[PinealWeirdness pineal glands]] and creating a hivemind from all the uMasters of the world allows Manservant Neville to become a RealityWarper. He quickly dubs himself a god.]]

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* AGodAmI: In the panel for the 13th episode, [[spoiler: collecting [[spoiler:collecting thousands of [[PinealWeirdness pineal glands]] and creating a hivemind from all the uMasters of the world allows Manservant Neville to become a RealityWarper. He quickly dubs himself a god.]]



* GranolaGirl: Lacey, at least before CharacterDevelopment

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* %%* GranolaGirl: Lacey, at least before CharacterDevelopmentCharacterDevelopment.



* GroinAttack

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* %%* GroinAttack



* HandsomeLech: Middleman '69
* HeelRealization : [[spoiler:Middleman '69, just before his HeroicSacrifice]]

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* %%* HandsomeLech: Middleman '69
* HeelRealization : HeelRealization: [[spoiler:Middleman '69, just before his HeroicSacrifice]]



** In "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown", [[spoiler: Middleman '69 [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifices himself]] to save the current-day Middleman, who he had [[FaceHeelTurn betrayed]] in jealousy earlier on.]]
** In "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse", [[spoiler: the Middleman makes "the ultimate sacrifice:" The love Lacey and he shared.]]

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** In "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown", [[spoiler: Middleman [[spoiler:Middleman '69 [[RedemptionEqualsDeath sacrifices himself]] to save the current-day Middleman, who he had [[FaceHeelTurn betrayed]] in jealousy earlier on.]]
** In "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse", [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Middleman makes "the ultimate sacrifice:" The love Lacey and he shared.]]



* HookHand

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* %%* HookHand



* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight

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* %%* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight



* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies

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* %%* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies



* ItsPronouncedTropay: a plotpoint in one episode, when Tyler is being reviewed by the board of Fatboy Industries and he notices that they pronounce Manservant Neville's first name like it would normally be pronounced, rather than they way it actually is ("MANservant" rather than "Minservant") [[spoiler: It reveals that this is just another test]].

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: a plotpoint A plot point in one episode, when Tyler is being reviewed by the board of Fatboy Industries and he notices that they pronounce Manservant Neville's first name like it would normally be pronounced, rather than they way it actually is ("MANservant" rather than "Minservant") [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It reveals that this is just another test]].



* MadLibThrillerTitle: all part of the fun

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* %%* MadLibThrillerTitle: all All part of the funfun.



* MentorShip: Between the Middleman and Wendy according to some parts of the fandom, [[spoiler: and between the Middleman and ''his'' Middleman, Raveena Rao, in {{canon}}]].

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* MentorShip: Between the Middleman and Wendy according to some parts of the fandom, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and between the Middleman and ''his'' Middleman, Raveena Rao, in {{canon}}]].



* MotiveRant
* NighInvulnerable

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* %%* MotiveRant
* %%* NighInvulnerable



** DisappearedDad: Wendy's father has been missing since she was 14. All she has to remember him by is a Zippo lighter [[spoiler: which the Middleman used to frame her for the event at which they met so he could recruit her]].
* ThePeteBest: InUniverse, Tyler

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** DisappearedDad: Wendy's father has been missing since she was 14. All she has to remember him by is a Zippo lighter [[spoiler: which [[spoiler:which the Middleman used to frame her for the event at which they met so he could recruit her]].
* %%* ThePeteBest: InUniverse, Tyler



* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: MM and Lacey]]

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* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: MM [[spoiler:MM and Lacey]]



* ReferenceOverdosed
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: for Ida's downtime]]

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* %%* ReferenceOverdosed
* %%* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler: for [[spoiler:for Ida's downtime]]



* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Ida
* RuleOfCool: Sensei Ping.

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* %%* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Ida
* %%* RuleOfCool: Sensei Ping.



** In the unmade thirteenth episode, the Middleman's instructions to Wendy before his [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]] are a direct quote from the speech the First Doctor gives his granddaughter before they part.

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** In the unmade thirteenth episode, the Middleman's instructions to Wendy before his [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]] [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]] are a direct quote from the speech the First Doctor gives his granddaughter before they part.



** ''Dr. Strangelove'' [[spoiler: Balthorium]]

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** ''Dr. Strangelove'' [[spoiler: Balthorium]][[spoiler:Balthorium]]



* SplitScreen: very uniquely done.

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* %%* SplitScreen: very Very uniquely done.



* SpyDrama: Spoofed, bigtime.
* StarCrossedLovers: Lacey and MM.

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* %%* SpyDrama: Spoofed, bigtime.
* %%* StarCrossedLovers: Lacey and MM.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Wendy has a problem of people going overly familiar with her. Despite this her roommate Lacey calls her Dub-Dub, The Middleman calls her Dubbie, and Tyler calls her Dubs. {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Noser always addresses her by her full name 'Wendy Watson'. Wendy's first episode soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend Ben seems to be just about the only one who ever just called her "Wendy".

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: TheyCallMeMisterTibbs:
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Wendy has a problem of people going overly familiar with her. Despite this her roommate Lacey calls her Dub-Dub, The Middleman calls her Dubbie, and Tyler calls her Dubs. {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Noser always addresses her by her full name 'Wendy Watson'. Wendy's first episode soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend Ben seems to be just about the only one who ever just called her "Wendy".



* {{Tykebomb}}: Cindy
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: [[spoiler: For the brief time in the thirteenth episode when Tyler is aware of Wendy's job, the only thing about it that bothers him is the realization that his own job was just a means for Manservant Neville to get to her.]]

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* %%* {{Tykebomb}}: Cindy
* UnderstandingBoyfriend: [[spoiler: For [[spoiler:For the brief time in the thirteenth episode when Tyler is aware of Wendy's job, the only thing about it that bothers him is the realization that his own job was just a means for Manservant Neville to get to her.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Manservant Neville]], whose attempt to become a Living God is environmentally inspired.
* WhatWouldXDo: "WWWWD...What would Wendy Watson do?"

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: Manservant [[spoiler:Manservant Neville]], whose attempt to become a Living God is environmentally inspired.
* WhatWouldXDo: "WWWWD... What would Wendy Watson do?"



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Cecil Rogers, who's immortal, refuses to go on boats of any kind. Admittedly, he has good cause--he's both [[spoiler: a survivor of the Titanic]] and he points out that if he drowns he'll be stuck in a constant cycle of drowning and being revived for eternity. [[spoiler: It turns out this was a lie later on when he shows up on the ship in question, revealing himself to be the episode's BigBad]]

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Cecil Rogers, who's immortal, refuses to go on boats of any kind. Admittedly, he has good cause--he's both [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a survivor of the Titanic]] and he points out that if he drowns he'll be stuck in a constant cycle of drowning and being revived for eternity. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out this was a lie later on when he shows up on the ship in question, revealing himself to be the episode's BigBad]]
10th Oct '17 7:46:59 PM Kalaong
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-->'''The Middleman''': ''[[OccamsRazor What makes more sense]]: that a [[GasLeakCoverup gas main exploded]], or that a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]] trashed a [[MadScience science lab]]? If I hadn't planted your lighter, some other pink-skinned Normal would have come up with a rational explanation. People want to believe that reality's normal. The ones who don't are freaks, and nobody believes them anyway.''

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-->'''The Middleman''': ''[[OccamsRazor What makes more sense]]: that a [[GasLeakCoverup gas main exploded]], or that a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]] trashed a [[MadScience science lab]]? If I hadn't planted your lighter, some other pink-skinned Normal [[{{Muggle}} Normal]] would have come up with a rational explanation. People want to believe that reality's normal. The ones who don't are freaks, and nobody believes them anyway.''
24th Jun '17 6:57:14 PM nombretomado
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** DudleyDoRight

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** DudleyDoRightWesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight
12th May '17 8:45:21 PM MasamiPhoenix
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Added DiffLines:

* InsistentTerminology: The title cards always refer to Wendy's place as "The illegal sublet Wendy shares with another young, photogenic artist." The pirate themed bar has a similar insistent name.
8th Jan '17 11:21:46 AM DustSnitch
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* ExtendedDisarming: the Middleman makes liberal use of {{Hammerspace}} doing this in the first episode before going on to prove his BadAss is in full working order.

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* ExtendedDisarming: the Middleman makes liberal use of {{Hammerspace}} doing this in the first episode before going on to prove his BadAss badass is in full working order.
27th Dec '16 1:34:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: The altMiddleman - or the [[FanNickname Plisskenman]] - as well as the altNoser.
21st Dec '16 1:49:55 PM themisterfree
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Originally a comic book (that itself started as a television pitch), Javier Grillo-Marxuach aptly adapted it for a surprisingly faithful series that had one season on the increasingly inaccurately named [[Creator/ABCFamily ABC Family]]. The season was originally intended to be thirteen episodes long, but was cut to twelve for budgetary reasons (and still managed to end on a satisfying note). The script for the never-filmed thirteenth episode, titled "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse," debuted in a table read at Comic-Con '09 with almost all of the original cast, and was released as a graphic novel shortly thereafter. It is definitive proof that TropesAreNotBad.

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Originally a comic book (that itself started as a television pitch), Javier Grillo-Marxuach aptly adapted it for a surprisingly faithful series that had one season on the increasingly inaccurately named [[Creator/ABCFamily [[Creator/{{Freeform}} ABC Family]]. The season was originally intended to be thirteen episodes long, but was cut to twelve for budgetary reasons (and still managed to end on a satisfying note). The script for the never-filmed thirteenth episode, titled "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse," debuted in a table read at Comic-Con '09 with almost all of the original cast, and was released as a graphic novel shortly thereafter. It is definitive proof that TropesAreNotBad.
21st Dec '16 1:49:36 PM themisterfree
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Originally a comic book (that itself started as a television pitch), Javier Grillo-Marxuach aptly adapted it for a surprisingly faithful series that had one season on the increasingly inaccurately named Creator/ABCFamily. The season was originally intended to be thirteen episodes long, but was cut to twelve for budgetary reasons (and still managed to end on a satisfying note). The script for the never-filmed thirteenth episode, titled "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse," debuted in a table read at Comic-Con '09 with almost all of the original cast, and was released as a graphic novel shortly thereafter. It is definitive proof that TropesAreNotBad.

to:

Originally a comic book (that itself started as a television pitch), Javier Grillo-Marxuach aptly adapted it for a surprisingly faithful series that had one season on the increasingly inaccurately named Creator/ABCFamily.[[Creator/ABCFamily ABC Family]]. The season was originally intended to be thirteen episodes long, but was cut to twelve for budgetary reasons (and still managed to end on a satisfying note). The script for the never-filmed thirteenth episode, titled "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse," debuted in a table read at Comic-Con '09 with almost all of the original cast, and was released as a graphic novel shortly thereafter. It is definitive proof that TropesAreNotBad.
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