History SoYouWantTo / WriteAConspiracyTheory

27th Nov '16 11:30:34 PM Koveras
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' (1993-2002) managed to play conspiracy tropes straight in the LongRunner format, [[TropeCodifier codified]] the [[AgentMulder Hero]]-[[AgentScully Lancer]] dynamic described above.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'' (1993-2002) managed to play conspiracy tropes straight in the LongRunner format, format and has [[TropeCodifier codified]] the [[AgentMulder Hero]]-[[AgentScully Lancer]] dynamic described above.



%%* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' (2009) explored the time travel conspiracy following John Titor.

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%%* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' (2009) explored the time travel conspiracy following John Titor.
27th Nov '16 5:54:14 PM nombretomado
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* More exotic variations like "[[TheDaVinciCode Priory]]" or "Enclave" can be used if it suits the plot.

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* More exotic variations like "[[TheDaVinciCode "[[Literature/TheDaVinciCode Priory]]" or "Enclave" can be used if it suits the plot.



* "[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Fantastic Easter Special]]": A brilliant parody of ''TheDaVinciCode'' below.

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* "[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Fantastic Easter Special]]": A brilliant parody of ''TheDaVinciCode'' ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' below.
13th Nov '16 4:43:08 PM nombretomado
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* The masterminds behind any conspiracy are generally expected to be [[ManOfWealthAndTaste rich]], [[EvilOldFolks old]], [[MightyWhitey white]] men. So why not make your BigBad a [[Anime/{{Noir}} selfless, motherly woman]] or a [[JusticeLeagueUnlimited black woman devoted to her country]]? The motives that made such a character join and lead a conspiracy are infinitely more interesting to explore than those of an ISO-standard mastermind.

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* The masterminds behind any conspiracy are generally expected to be [[ManOfWealthAndTaste rich]], [[EvilOldFolks old]], [[MightyWhitey white]] men. So why not make your BigBad a [[Anime/{{Noir}} selfless, motherly woman]] or a [[JusticeLeagueUnlimited [[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited black woman devoted to her country]]? The motives that made such a character join and lead a conspiracy are infinitely more interesting to explore than those of an ISO-standard mastermind.
1st Nov '16 9:26:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''Protagonist'''. [[TheHero The leader]], often [[AgentMulder the believer]], and usually the one most motivated (see above) to [[ConspiracyTheorist unveil Their secrets]]. There are two flavors he can fall into: the ''Main Brain'' and the ''Infiltrator''. The [[{{Nerd}} Main Brain]] is the more [[ScienceHero intellectual hero]] whose trump card is his vast [[MrExposition previous knowledge]] (think [[Creator/DanBrown Robert Langdon]]); while the [[{{Badass}} Infiltrator]] is more of an ActionHero who [[StealthBasedMission gets in, cracks the codes, steals the data]] (think [[Series/TheXFiles Fox Mulder]]). Although both types require equal amounts of creative thinking, the Infiltrator is more likely to rely on others for {{Exposition}}. [[BadassBookworm Mixed]] [[CulturedBadass types]] are possible, especially if he acts without backup. Many protagonists possess such traits as extensive [[HistoricalInJoke knowledge of history]] and/or [[TechnoBabble high-end technology]], [[MadeOfIron exceptional physical condition]], and from time to time, [[PsychicPowers special powers]]. Background-wise, the protagonists are often scholars, [[PlayfulHacker IT specialists]], {{Cowboy Cop}}s, {{Intrepid Reporter}}s, {{Ordinary High School Student}}s, or {{criminals}}. There are three basic patterns your protagonist can be involved with Them (you can combine them if you wish):

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* '''Protagonist'''. [[TheHero The leader]], often [[AgentMulder the believer]], and usually the one most motivated (see above) to [[ConspiracyTheorist unveil Their secrets]]. There are two flavors he can fall into: the ''Main Brain'' and the ''Infiltrator''. The [[{{Nerd}} Main Brain]] is the more [[ScienceHero intellectual hero]] whose trump card is his vast [[MrExposition previous knowledge]] (think [[Creator/DanBrown Robert Langdon]]); while the [[{{Badass}} Infiltrator]] Infiltrator is more of an ActionHero who [[StealthBasedMission gets in, cracks the codes, steals the data]] (think [[Series/TheXFiles Fox Mulder]]). Although both types require equal amounts of creative thinking, the Infiltrator is more likely to rely on others for {{Exposition}}. [[BadassBookworm Mixed]] [[CulturedBadass types]] are possible, especially if he acts without backup. Many protagonists possess such traits as extensive [[HistoricalInJoke knowledge of history]] and/or [[TechnoBabble high-end technology]], [[MadeOfIron exceptional physical condition]], and from time to time, [[PsychicPowers special powers]]. Background-wise, the protagonists are often scholars, [[PlayfulHacker IT specialists]], {{Cowboy Cop}}s, {{Intrepid Reporter}}s, {{Ordinary High School Student}}s, or {{criminals}}. There are three basic patterns your protagonist can be involved with Them (you can combine them if you wish):



* '''Dragon'''. A secondary villain who has to be [[TheDragon defeated before facing the Man]] (e.g. he is the only one who knows the Man's identity), an EvilCounterpart to the Lancer. His identity is a less guarded secret than the Man's, as he works out in the field and later, [[SternChase pursues the heroes]]. He is usually more physically robust than his boss and specializes in combat and field tactics. His background is either that of a ProfessionalKiller, or [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking military]] ([[ColonelBadass colonels]] and [[FourStarBadass generals]] are popular). A dragon is optional, since a particularly {{badass}} Man may not need him at all, or opt for a QuirkyMinibossSquad or CoDragons, who split the dragon's authority among themselves and are little more than EliteMooks (see below). Like the Man, the dragon can be introduced at several points:

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* '''Dragon'''. A secondary villain who has to be [[TheDragon defeated before facing the Man]] (e.g. he is the only one who knows the Man's identity), an EvilCounterpart to the Lancer. His identity is a less guarded secret than the Man's, as he works out in the field and later, [[SternChase pursues the heroes]]. He is usually more physically robust than his boss and specializes in combat and field tactics. His background is either that of a ProfessionalKiller, or [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking military]] ([[ColonelBadass colonels]] and [[FourStarBadass generals]] are popular). A dragon is optional, since a particularly {{badass}} badass Man may not need him at all, or opt for a QuirkyMinibossSquad or CoDragons, who split the dragon's authority among themselves and are little more than EliteMooks (see below). Like the Man, the dragon can be introduced at several points:
18th Aug '16 10:23:51 AM Koveras
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* Next up the scale are large metropolitan areas and cities (such as UsefulNotes/{{London}}, [[GayParis Paris]], [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]], and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]]). Any big old city has its share of dark secrets and {{Urban Legend}}s and you may reasonably expect anyone to know a bit about it. However, you are also bound to the local landmarks. Inventing your own city with a dark secret works but for all the trouble of fitting it into the world map later, you might as well write a [[ConstructedWorld whole new world]] from the beginning.

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* Next up the scale are large metropolitan areas and cities (such as UsefulNotes/{{London}}, [[GayParis Paris]], UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}, [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]], and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]]). Any big old city has its share of dark secrets and {{Urban Legend}}s and you may reasonably expect anyone to know a bit about it. However, you are also bound to the local landmarks. Inventing your own city with a dark secret works but for all the trouble of fitting it into the world map later, you might as well write a [[ConstructedWorld whole new world]] from the beginning.
18th Aug '16 8:00:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Next up the scale are large metropolitan areas and cities (such as {{London}}, [[GayParis Paris]], [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]], and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]]). Any big old city has its share of dark secrets and {{Urban Legend}}s and you may reasonably expect anyone to know a bit about it. However, you are also bound to the local landmarks. Inventing your own city with a dark secret works but for all the trouble of fitting it into the world map later, you might as well write a [[ConstructedWorld whole new world]] from the beginning.

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* Next up the scale are large metropolitan areas and cities (such as {{London}}, UsefulNotes/{{London}}, [[GayParis Paris]], [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity New York]], and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]]). Any big old city has its share of dark secrets and {{Urban Legend}}s and you may reasonably expect anyone to know a bit about it. However, you are also bound to the local landmarks. Inventing your own city with a dark secret works but for all the trouble of fitting it into the world map later, you might as well write a [[ConstructedWorld whole new world]] from the beginning.
11th Aug '16 3:48:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Likewise, you may also help Them [[EasyLogistics circumvent the logistical issues]] of being omnipresent by giving them means of instant communication and travel over great distances. An arcane PortalNetwork spanning the globe does it nicely; place its entrances BeneathTheEarth (cf. the catacombs of {{Paris}}).

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* Likewise, you may also help Them [[EasyLogistics circumvent the logistical issues]] of being omnipresent by giving them means of instant communication and travel over great distances. An arcane PortalNetwork spanning the globe does it nicely; place its entrances BeneathTheEarth (cf. the catacombs of {{Paris}}).
UsefulNotes/{{Paris}}).
30th Jul '16 12:00:28 PM nombretomado
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# Using constant suspense to prevent the reader from prescinding from the story. DanBrown is famous for using this in all of his books, creating tension with rapid shifts between multiple PlotThreads accompanied by [[WhatCliffhanger tantalizing cliffhangers]].

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# Using constant suspense to prevent the reader from prescinding from the story. DanBrown Creator/DanBrown is famous for using this in all of his books, creating tension with rapid shifts between multiple PlotThreads accompanied by [[WhatCliffhanger tantalizing cliffhangers]].



* '''Protagonist'''. [[TheHero The leader]], often [[AgentMulder the believer]], and usually the one most motivated (see above) to [[ConspiracyTheorist unveil Their secrets]]. There are two flavors he can fall into: the ''Main Brain'' and the ''Infiltrator''. The [[{{Nerd}} Main Brain]] is the more [[ScienceHero intellectual hero]] whose trump card is his vast [[MrExposition previous knowledge]] (think [[DanBrown Robert Langdon]]); while the [[{{Badass}} Infiltrator]] is more of an ActionHero who [[StealthBasedMission gets in, cracks the codes, steals the data]] (think [[Series/TheXFiles Fox Mulder]]). Although both types require equal amounts of creative thinking, the Infiltrator is more likely to rely on others for {{Exposition}}. [[BadassBookworm Mixed]] [[CulturedBadass types]] are possible, especially if he acts without backup. Many protagonists possess such traits as extensive [[HistoricalInJoke knowledge of history]] and/or [[TechnoBabble high-end technology]], [[MadeOfIron exceptional physical condition]], and from time to time, [[PsychicPowers special powers]]. Background-wise, the protagonists are often scholars, [[PlayfulHacker IT specialists]], {{Cowboy Cop}}s, {{Intrepid Reporter}}s, {{Ordinary High School Student}}s, or {{criminals}}. There are three basic patterns your protagonist can be involved with Them (you can combine them if you wish):

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* '''Protagonist'''. [[TheHero The leader]], often [[AgentMulder the believer]], and usually the one most motivated (see above) to [[ConspiracyTheorist unveil Their secrets]]. There are two flavors he can fall into: the ''Main Brain'' and the ''Infiltrator''. The [[{{Nerd}} Main Brain]] is the more [[ScienceHero intellectual hero]] whose trump card is his vast [[MrExposition previous knowledge]] (think [[DanBrown [[Creator/DanBrown Robert Langdon]]); while the [[{{Badass}} Infiltrator]] is more of an ActionHero who [[StealthBasedMission gets in, cracks the codes, steals the data]] (think [[Series/TheXFiles Fox Mulder]]). Although both types require equal amounts of creative thinking, the Infiltrator is more likely to rely on others for {{Exposition}}. [[BadassBookworm Mixed]] [[CulturedBadass types]] are possible, especially if he acts without backup. Many protagonists possess such traits as extensive [[HistoricalInJoke knowledge of history]] and/or [[TechnoBabble high-end technology]], [[MadeOfIron exceptional physical condition]], and from time to time, [[PsychicPowers special powers]]. Background-wise, the protagonists are often scholars, [[PlayfulHacker IT specialists]], {{Cowboy Cop}}s, {{Intrepid Reporter}}s, {{Ordinary High School Student}}s, or {{criminals}}. There are three basic patterns your protagonist can be involved with Them (you can combine them if you wish):



* ''AngelsAndDemons'' and ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' offer an example on how [[DanBrowned/DanBrown NOT to write the back-story of a conspiracy thriller]]. They are still quite exciting {{thriller}}s, nonetheless.

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* ''AngelsAndDemons'' ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' and ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' offer an example on how [[DanBrowned/DanBrown [[DanBrowned NOT to write the back-story of a conspiracy thriller]]. They are still quite exciting {{thriller}}s, nonetheless.
4th Jul '16 2:19:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the '''Despair Stage''', They finally make an active move against the hero -- and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill utterly crush him]]. The hero experiences a metaphorical (or even a [[NotQuiteDead temporary literal]]) death. His [[TheObiWan trusted mentor]] dies. His TrueCompanions either die or abandon him and everyone else he asks for help [[EtTuBrute betrays him]]. TheMole mocks him smugly. He has failed to stop Their plans. He has lost.

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* In the '''Despair Stage''', They finally make an active move against the hero -- and [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill utterly crush him]]. The hero experiences a metaphorical (or even a [[NotQuiteDead temporary literal]]) death. His [[TheObiWan [[MentorOccupationalHazard trusted mentor]] dies.mentor dies]]. His TrueCompanions either die or abandon him and everyone else he asks for help [[EtTuBrute betrays him]]. TheMole mocks him smugly. He has failed to stop Their plans. He has lost.
22nd Jun '16 6:16:33 AM gewunomox
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You don't have to go into detail just yet. Your first priority is to write an outline of Their actions from the beginning to the PresentDay; you can always expand the parts you like later. So, instead of chronicling everything and everyone, pick out the significant events (StockUnsolvedMysteries, wars, disasters, unexplained accidents, inventions) and famous personalities (nobility, politicians, clerics, scientists, artists) from your selected time frame. These will be [[HistoricalInJoke your framework story]] and [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy your dramatis personae]], respectively. Compose a coherent narrative that answers following questions: How were They involved with each significant event of Their time? How are said events even interconnected? Who among Their important contemporaries was/is one of Them, Their agent, or Their opponent (hint: the latter don't live long)? How close have Their come to Their goal by now? As you go, spice up your story (and flesh out your characters) with things your readers can relate to: {{greed}}, [[{{Horror}} fear]], {{love}}, etc..

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You don't have to go into detail just yet. Your first priority is to write an outline of Their actions from the beginning to the PresentDay; you can always expand the parts you like later. So, instead of chronicling everything and everyone, pick out the significant events (StockUnsolvedMysteries, wars, disasters, unexplained accidents, inventions) and famous personalities (nobility, politicians, clerics, scientists, artists) from your selected time frame. These will be [[HistoricalInJoke your framework story]] and [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy your dramatis personae]], respectively. Compose a coherent narrative that answers following questions: How were They involved with each significant event of Their time? How are said events even interconnected? Who among Their important contemporaries was/is one of Them, Their agent, or Their opponent (hint: the latter don't live long)? How close have Their come to Their goal by now? As you go, spice up your story (and flesh out your characters) with things your readers can relate to: {{greed}}, [[{{Horror}} fear]], {{love}}, {{Love|Tropes}}, etc..
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