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Infinite


(permanent link) added: 2011-04-11 13:21:40 sponsor: Ekuran (last reply: 2011-04-14 03:55:54)

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redirect: The Infinite, Lemniscate, Infinitely Big Number

Laconic: The limitless number that's often (incorrectly) used to denote something really big.

Infinity. Everything there is, has been, and ever will be. It's literally limitless.

When a big number just isn't BIG enough , writers turn to the Infinite. Rarely do writers touch upon on it's immeasurable nature, sometimes even assigning it to something that's just really large, although that version is usually Played for Laughs or is just the closest approximation they (or the characters) could find.

When you apply it to a character, you may be flirting with Immortality and its many related tropes. It's usually indicative of a world-breaking Eldritch Abomination if they happen to be Infinite in some way.

See all related Number Tropes, which can't possibly compare. You can, however, compare a Mouthful of Pi, which is Infinite in it's own way as it goes on and on and..., well, you get the idea. Don't forget that nothing is More Than Infinite. And if you were wondering, that sideways 8 thing is called a Lemniscate.

If you were looking for the Tabletop Game, you can find it here.

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Anime and Manga
  • In the "Waking the Dragons" season of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dartz' ultimate beast has an attack power of infinity, represented by the loopy symbol. Yugi defeats him by creating a combo with an attack of...infinity plus one.
    • There are several other cards that have Infinite attack and/or defense, most notably Exodia.
  • Not sure about the math, but it's not that hard to think mu has some connection to the idea of infinity, and it's the meaning behind Mugen's name in Samurai Champloo, probably in reference to the fact that nothing seems able to permanently kill him.

Comic Books
  • The Ultraverse had a reboot when they were bought out by Marvel at which time every surviving series had an issue numbered "Infinity."
  • In Marvel Comics, there was a one shot character named "Crazy Eight" - she wanted to be called "Infinity" to symbolize how nothing ever ends, but when an ignorant cop saw her Calling Card he reported it as "some kind of crazy 8" and the name stuck.
  • In an issue of Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic, Sonic collects his millionth (or billionth?) ring and has a Disney Acid Sequence that eventually leads to him running around a giant ring shaped like the infinity symbol. You might call it a sort of "Mobius strip".

Literature
  • The Everlasting Gobstopper is an infinite hard candy. With finite volume and weight. Don't think too much about it.
  • Christopher Priest's novel Inverted World takes place on a weird planet that's shaped like a rotated hyperbola. In one direction it tapers to an infinitely long, thin spire, and in the other it spreads out into an infinite, flat plane. This means that its surface area is infinite, although its volume and mass are finite. It's actually Earth, seen through bizarrely distorted perceptions.
  • The concept of the infinite Moebius Strip is central to the main character's powers in Necroscope.

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