Created By: Ghilz on January 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Ghilz on February 8, 2013
Nuked

Encyclopedia Of The Supernatural

A source of information and answers on the supernatural.

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From this thread.

A book, entity or some object the main characters regularly consult for information on the supernatural. Used to identify the Monster of the Week, identifying spells, making potions, etc... This thing is the character's source of answers for any question he might have on the supernatural.

The book may or may not treat the subject as a Fantastic Science.

May overlap with Great Big Book of Everything.

See also Monster Compendium, which applies to videogames but generally won't tell you about something until you've encountered it firsthand. Compare Tomes of Prophecy and Fate, which can be a book on every event past and to happen. Contrast Akashic Records, which is where the compendium itself is supernatural in origin but contains records of the mundane (as well as the supernatural).

Examples:

  • Bob the Skull from The Dresden Files.
  • John Winchester's Journal in the earlier seasons of Supernatural. Later seasons have Bobby fill this role. Or just the internet.
  • Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer had Demons, Demons, Demons, your one-stop demon database.
  • The Book of Shadows in Charmed.
  • Grimm has the journals passed down in the Grimm family. They include detailed illustrations so future generations of Grimms can identify monsters they encounter and what their weak spots are.
  • The Ghostbusters consulted Tobin's Spirit Guide, both in the films and the cartoon.
  • One of these becomes a plot point in an episode of GeGeGe no Kitaro (80s version) when it turns out the encyclopedia of yokai some kids have doesn't contain the Monster of the Week and it goes on a rampage in revenge for being left out.
  • The Martin Mystery cartoon has the Legendex.
  • The Last Apprentice series, we have the Spooks' Bestiary, and mages/withces Grimoires.
  • Yues artifact in Mahou Sensei Negima!. It uncovers most of the information needed by the user.
  • The Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You from The Spiderwick Chronicles.
  • Deadlands has the Rangers' Bible.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 21, 2012
    nielas
    • Grimm has the journals passed down in the Grimm family. They include detailed illustrations so future generations of Grimms can identify monsters they encounter and what their weak spots are.
  • January 21, 2012
    SharleeD
    The Ghostbusters (film and cartoon) regularly consult Tobin's Spirit Guide.
  • January 21, 2012
    LittleLizard
    Probably will be (and it's outside the game so far), Deckard's Cain journal for Diablo III.
  • January 21, 2012
    Ghilz
    ^ Let's save that for when the game is actually out, rather than speculate.
  • January 21, 2012
    Stratadrake
    See also Monster Compendium, which applies to videogames but generally won't tell you about something until you've encountered it firsthand.
  • January 25, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    Contrast Akashic Records, which is where the compendium itself is supernatural in origin but contains records of the mundane (as well as the supernatural).
  • January 26, 2012
    SKJAM
    One of these becomes a plot point in an episode of Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro (80s version) when it turns out the encyclopedia of yokai some kids have doesn't contain the Monster Of The Week and it goes on a rampage in revenge for being left out.
  • February 10, 2012
    lebrel
    bump
  • February 10, 2012
    Ghilz
    Bump. More examples please.
  • April 12, 2012
    Darenix
    Bumpbity bump. From The Last Apprentice series, we have the Spooks' Bestiary, and mages/withces Grimoires.
  • April 12, 2012
    Mauri
    • Yues artifact in Mahou Sensei Negima. It uncovers most of the information needed by the user.
  • April 12, 2012
    SharleeD

    The Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You from The Spiderwick Chronicles.
  • April 12, 2012
    aurora369
    Deadlands has the Rangers' Bible.
  • April 13, 2012
    Ominae
    The Martin Mystery cartoon has the Legendex.
  • May 7, 2012
    Darenix
    Gonna bump this. It's been long enough, yeah?
  • May 18, 2012
    Earnest
    The book may or may not treat the subject as a Fantastic Science. Compare Tomes Of Prophecy And Fate, which can be a book on every event past and to happen.
  • May 18, 2012
    Mulder
    Needs to be better organized. Plus far to few examples to warrant a new trope page.
  • February 8, 2013
    StarSword
    This is dead. Discarding in favor of a new attempt.
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