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Created By: STUART on October 16, 2009
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## Twenty Three

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A Numerological Motif that serves as sort of the Evil Counterpart of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's 42.

# Examples of works that use 23 as an Arc Number:

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• September 10, 2009
And the 23 enigma (which one may consider as already been mentioned by way of mentioning Illuminatus/Discordianism). It has also been pointed out that every interger can be generated by adding or subtracting 2 and 3, making it either ubiquitous to the fabric of the universe, or a complete coincidence.
• September 10, 2009
The number of humans needed to rebuild Zion after its scheduled destruction by the machines in The Matrix movies is exactly 23.
• September 10, 2009
"every interger can be generated by adding or subtracting 2 and 3, making it either ubiquitous to the fabric of the universe, or a complete coincidence."

It's not a coincidence, but it's not magic either. Obviously if you add and subtract 2's you can generate every even number. If you include 3, ie 2+1, you can generate odd numbers as well.
• September 10, 2009
@Lee M: It's even simpler as that. :D 3 minus 2 equals 1, ergo by adding up (3-2) expressions, you can produce any number dividable by 1 from zero to plus infinity. By adding up (2-3) you produce any integer between zero and minus infinity...
• September 10, 2009
How is this a trope?
• September 10, 2009
The same way One Hundred And Eight is a trope.
• September 11, 2009
This should be obvious, but just for the record: you can "generate every integer" by adding/subtracting any two sequential integers by virtue of the definition of sequential integers (the mechanics are explained in Koveras' argument above). Namely, two integers are sequential if the magnitude of the difference between them is exactly 1. That is not unique to 2 and 3.
• September 11, 2009
This trope is going to have a very very large Troper Tales section...
• September 12, 2009
Oh, did anyone explain why any integer can be generated out of 2 and 3 already? ^^
• September 13, 2009
23 pops up in Gorillaz media a lot and there's even a big mention of it in the book.

Weird Al spoofs this by including the number 27 in a lot of his songs.
• September 13, 2009
Subtrope of Numerological Motif.
• September 29, 2009
Laughter on the 23rd Floor. It's everywhere, I tells ya!
• October 1, 2009
(this post appears to have been in response to the wrong YKTTW)
• October 17, 2009
The world where the new crisis in Magical Chronicle Lyrical Nanoha Force kicks off is designated by TSAB "the administrated planet #23". Coincidence?
• October 17, 2009
The number 23 with a disturbed Jim Carrey
• October 17, 2009
I suggest this be launched after the 23rd reply.
• October 17, 2009
Deus Ex goes into it at length.
• October 17, 2009
@random surfer: I move that it would be easier to launch it at PM 11:23 (or 23:23).
• October 18, 2009
• October 23, 2009
Agh, I missed my shot. Do not reply. This trope launches in one month from this post, take a few hours.
• October 23, 2009
Oh my! I've still time!
• October 23, 2009
Ignore the above. Trope launches now.
• October 23, 2009
Launching...
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=tgr2cm477gjueb7nyubfjc3i