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->''Graffiti written on the front of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta in red spray paint:''\\
''"Dear Jesus. I will see you soon. Your friend, America. PS. I hope you will still have some vacancies by the end of the week."''

One of Creator/StephenKing's most well regarded ([[{{Doorstopper}} and thickest]]) books, ''The Stand'' is a classic work of modern apocalyptic fiction. It is the book which introduces (and primarily describes, on Earth at least) King's most famous villain and "[[TheAntichrist antichrist]]" figure, Randall Flagg.

King set out to write "An American ''[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Lord of the Rings]]''", although he later demurred as to whether he was successful. Still, it is often rated his most popular book, and, along with ''{{IT}}'', one of the most important works of King's early period.

The story concerns the travels and travails of well [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters over a dozen characters]] following intersecting story arcs across the [[{{Eagleland}} United States]] during and after an [[ThePlague apocalyptic Super-Flu]] (nicknamed ''Captain Trips'') [[ApocalypseHow kills 99.4 percent of humanity.]] The survivors are left to cope with their loss and stay alive, until everyone starts having dreams that signal the arrival of an even darker menace...

First published in 1978, the novel was reissued in 1990 in a "[[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition complete and uncut edition]]" containing about 400 additional pages of material from King's original manuscript.

A eight hour made-for-tv MiniSeries based on the novel aired for four nights on Creator/{{ABC}} in 1994. As of late 2013, a theatrical adaptation is being attempted for the second time-the first attempt was made during the 1980s and failed because of the difficulty adapting such a long novel for a big screen release, and the novel's dependence on narration to tell the story. Ben Affleck was originally attached as director and screenwriter for the new attempt, but he handed over the reins of the project when he decided to play {{Batman}}.

Should not be confused with the songs "Stand" by Music/{{Jewel}} and "Stand" by Music/{{REM}}. Should not be confused with the ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand The Stand]]".
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!!The novel contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: A few examples are seen here and there, two of the most obvious being Frannie's mother (who has an entire chapter devoted to showing how selfish and unreasonable she was with Frannie over the years) and Trashcan Man's biological father (who got drunk one night and shot the whole family, save for the five-year-old Trashy and his mother).
* AbandonedHospital: The Stovington hospital.
* AdaptationDistillation: The Marvel Comics adaptation. Helps that it features a lot of the darker stuff that was cut from the network TV mini-series adaptation due to content issues, as well as exploring the psyches of several characters like Harold Lauder, who were given the short shift in the tv mini-series.
* AfterTheEnd: The world of The Stand goes through an apocalypse and then focuses on the struggles of the survivors.
* AlasPoorVillain:
** [[spoiler:Harold Lauder realizes that his own fall was not the fault of Stu or anyone else but entirely his own fault. At worst, he was manipulated. If he had just gotten over his petty grudge, he would have become a valued part of the community. It merely saddens him to realize this as he lays dying.]]
** [[spoiler: Trashcan Man is a true pyromaniac, and while he loves setting fires, he feels horribly guilty for the consequences of them. He can't control his own behavior, and actively hallucinates persecutors to voice his guilt when everyone dies out. He loves Flagg solely due to Flagg's manipulation of him, but can't even hold to that. Trash is ultimately just a very sick and dangerous man.]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The chocolate Payday bars did exist at various times.
* AnyoneCanDie
* ApocalypseHow: Class 1, verging on Class 2.
* ApocalypticLog: The whole sub-plot with Cmdr. Starkey. Also, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Fran's diary]].
* {{Arcadia}}: New England, Boulder.
* AudienceSurrogate: Frannie, Stu, Nick, and Larry, for the most part.
* AuthorOnBoard: Glen Bateman is somewhere between TheObiWan, TheProfessor and MrExposition.
* BallsOfFire: [[spoiler:Flagg releases an EnergyBall at the climax.]]
* BabiesEverAfter: Played with. The first baby to be born after the plague [[spoiler: is only partially immune, due to having only one immune parent, and quickly dies. The first main character's baby is likewise partially immune, but survives]].
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BeneathTheEarth: The Lincoln Tunnel. Also, the Eisenhower Tunnel between Boulder and Vegas.
* BigDamnVillains:
** [[spoiler: Flagg sending wolves to save Trashcan Man from The Kid.]]
** And later played with when [[spoiler:Trash delivers an atomic bomb to Vegas.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Stu and Fran are reunited, but most of the main characters die at God's behest. Humanity is on the path to recovery at the end, but Flagg is still alive (in the expanded edition).]]
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Becomes a big trend in Stephen King's work.
* BringNewsBack: Doubles as TheUntwist.
* BOOMHeadshot: [[spoiler:The Judge and Glen Bateman die this way.]]
* [[BringHimToMe Bring Her To Me]]: [[spoiler:Dayna Jurgens]]
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive
* CanonImmigrant / EnsembleDarkHorse: Flagg has since become one of King's most popular villains, and has since made numerous reappearances in other books.
* CanonWelding: ''The Stand'' became part of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' continuity (as did most of King's work).
* CaptainErsatz:
** [[spoiler:The symbol of Flagg is a red Eye, which he uses to mentally scan the countryside. He's also a shapeshifter. [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Hmmmmm...]]]]
** [[spoiler:It's also hinted he's [[Creator/HPLovecraft Nyarlathotep]] [[CanonWelding as well]]]].
* CatchPhrase: Somewhat, more in the miniseries than the book. Larry's hit song "Baby Can You Dig Your Man" is often sung by characters (ex. Trash and Glen in the movie, Joe and others in the book).
** You come see me, ___. You and all your friends.
** "My life for you!"
** "M-O-O-N, that spells ___."
* CensorshipBySpelling: Campion uses it when he says that everybody died in the research facility in front of his little daughter.
* ChandlersLaw: According to King, [[spoiler:Harold's bomb was caused by him having writer's block, and feeling the heroes were getting complacent in Boulder]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Larry starts off as a [[AllTakeAndNoGive selfish]], arrogant {{Jerkass}}, but gradually grows enough to [[spoiler: become the de facto leader of the heroes after Stu gets injured en route to Las Vegas.]]
* [[ChasteHero Chaste Character]]: Nadine, for unfortunate reasons.
* ChekhovsGun: The [[spoiler:nuclear weapons]] out in the desert.
* CityOfGold: Cibola! [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Cities_of_Gold_%28myth%29 Seven-in-One]]! Las Vegas appears this way to Trash in a mirage.
* ClosestThingWeGot:
** Since they are trying to rebuild society from scratch, there is a lot of this going on.
** [[spoiler:Stu Redman is forced to perform an appendectomy, though the guy dies as he's doing it. Later on, the Free Zone is forced to rely on a veterinarian until a doctor arrives.]]
* CodeEmergency: "Tell him "Rome Falls"." It meant everything was screwed and it was time to put the plan to infect the rest of the world in motion.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** The Italian title of the book is "L'Ombra dello Scorpione" ("The Shadow of the Scorpion"). There are ''no'' scorpions in the book (of any relevance to the plot, anyway), either literal or metaphorical. None at all. Anywhere. Seriously, WTF?!?
** On the other hand, the Swedish title, "Pestens Tid" ("The Age of Pestilence"), arguably works better than the original.
* CosyCatastrophe: [[spoiler:At the end of the book.]]
* CreatorProvincialism:
** The action ranges across the country, quite a lot of it takes place in Maine (which is a frequent King locale) and Boulder (where he was living at the time of writing, and of which he is apparently quite fond).
** King has said he regretted not mentioning what happens to the rest of the world... beyond speculation that there may be ''rival Flaggs'' popping up all over the globe in an [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup apparent violation]] of the [[EvilOverlordList villain playbook]]. The book does make clear that the people running Project Blue deliberately spread it around the world once it's clear that there's no hope of saving America from annihilation.
* DarkIsEvil: The Dark Man, Randall Flagg.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Stu seems to infer he does it (at least before pairing up with Frannie), telling Harold early on that there's no need for rape when a man is good with his hands.
* DeadlyGame: The incident with black soldiers in a game show studio.
* DearDiary: Guess who reads Fran's SecretDiary?
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Harold]] spends at least two chapters writing and recording a Take That speech to be played by his bomb before it explodes. [[spoiler: Nick, the only deaf character,]] is the only person in the house when it detonates.
* DepopulationBomb: [[spoiler: Two of them.]]
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Literally, DeusExNukina]].
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Glenn, upon meeting Flagg.
* DisasterDemocracy: Instituted (albeit in a modified form) in Boulder.
* {{Doorstopper}}:
** Many editions, especially foreign language ones, go so far as to split it up into multiple books (incidentally, this actually becomes a plot point in ''TwentiethCenturyBoys'', which is basically the Japanese version of ''TheStand'').
** It's longer than ''WarAndPeace'', ''MobyDick'' and some editions of Literature/TheBible.
** The audiobook on CD is 37 discs long.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome
* DrivenToSuicide:
** [[spoiler:Rita, Starkey, Dayna and Nadine and several others who were involved in Project Blue]].
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler: Trash blows up the airfield.]]
** Also, when Stu fakes the cough to see the reaction in the CDC doctor.
* DoomedExpedition
* DramaBomb: Literal in this case.
* DueToTheDead:
** [[spoiler:Frannie Goldsmith burying her father in his garden, told in painful and realistic detail.]]
** The claimed reason behind the creation of the Boulder Burial Committee. The real one being for health concerns.
* DyingTown: Arnette, Texas, where the novel opens, is one of these even before the Captain Trips outbreak. Of course, ''every'' city and town becomes one of these (literally and figuratively) as the virus spreads.
* DystopiaIsHard: The theme behind the Vegas plotline.
* TheEpic: National/"Biblical" variety.
* EmergencyPresidentialAddress: The unnamed president gives one full with ImplausibleDeniability.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Lampshaded. The characters speculate on what will happen to all those corpses, how life will never be the same, etc.
* EnsembleCast
* EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace / SurvivalHorror: Stovington Hospital.
* EscortMission:
** Larry and Rita leaving New York.
** [[spoiler: Tom's return with Stu.]]
* EverybodysDeadDave
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler: Flagg's callous nature and personal obsessions are part of what makes Vegas fall. Glen easily manipulates him because of this.]]
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The MGM Grand Hotel in [[{{Mordor}} Las Vegas]].
* EvilWillFail: [[spoiler:Randall Flagg's half of civilization begins to deteriorate when the presence of so many volatile personalities mix in one society, fear stops being as effective for control, and every minor failure makes the Big Bad himself go into fits of rage and lose his focus, causing errors in judgement.]]
* ExactWords / TheUntwist: [[spoiler:Mother Abagail's final prophecy.]]
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Nick loses an eye fighting with Ray Booth in the Shoyo jail.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Dayna's [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled suicide]]]].
* FailsafeFailure
* FieldPromotion: Several characters get one, most notably Nick.
* FilkSong: [[HeavyMithril "Among The Living"]] by the band Music/{{Anthrax}} is a rock anthem about "The Walkin' Dude".
* ForTheEvulz: Flagg, full stop.
* FreudianExcuse: Trashcan Man did ''not'' have a happy childhood, which prompted him to light fires as a sort of coping mechanism. This only gave his bullies more excuses to hurl taunts and insults at him, which only gave ''him'' more reason to light fires...and it went downhill from there.
* FromBadToWorse
* GhibliHills: America [[AfterTheEnd after the plague]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: The superflu that the U.S. military cooked up. 99.4% effective...
* GoneHorriblyWrong: ...and loose on American soil. [[spoiler: And, thanks to a mean-spirited effort by the military, loose in other countries as well.]]
* GoodHurtsEvil: [[spoiler:Characters drawn to Flagg are afraid of Mother Abagail in her dreams.]]
* GovernmentConspiracy: The creation of the virus, and the attempt to suppress news of its outbreak, culminating in Stu's [[spoiler:[[AbandonedHospital abandonment and near-death]]]], is dwelt on. Various military misadventures occur offscreen; see ParanoiaFuel.
* GreenAesop: The condition of the natural environment visibly improves in the months after the plague.
* HiddenElfVillage: The Boulder Free Zone. [-Has nothing to do with [[RocksFallEveryoneDies falling rocks]].-]
* HighFantasy
** UrbanFantasy
* HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt: "...this thirtieth day of September, the year nineteen hundred and ninety, now known as The Year One, year of the plague."
* HumanoidAbomination: Randall Flagg
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Several times, most notably [[spoiler:Bobby Terry]].
* IWantThemAlive: "Flagg wants them taken alive."
* [[IllGirl Ill Guy]]: ...everyone, really; but especially Fran's dad in the miniseries.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath:
** Played totally, totally straight. If a character coughs or sneezes, chances are they're a goner.
** So straight that when Stu fakes a coughing fit to spite his caregiver-captors in Stovington, it sends them into a complete panic until he reveals the joke. [[spoiler: And then subverted when he contracts but survives the actual flu.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: A truly epic one; [[spoiler:"You might say he never ''flagged'' in his devotion."]]
* InfantImmortality: Averted, since the flu doesn't spare the children.
* TheInfiltration: [[spoiler:The Boulder leadership sends Judge Farris, Dayna Jurgens and Tom Cullen to Las Vegas to join (and spy on) Flagg's operation.]]
* IResembleThatRemark: When Stu tells the doctor to take Geraldo, the guinea pig who's been breathing his air, he says, "Don't forget your guinea pig." He really means the ''other'' guinea pig.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The story opens just a few minutes after the plague is released and begins infecting people.
* KickTheDog: Flagg runs into an [[Disney/{{Bambi}} innocent fawn]]. [-"Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub!"-]
* KillEmAll: 99.4% pure example of this trope. Even among the main characters, the death rate is pretty high.
* KirkSummation: Whitney Horgan's [[SedgwickSpeech speech]] is [[AndIMustScream cut short]].
* TheLastDJ: Ray Flowers. ''Literally.''
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The 1100 page "complete and uncut" edition
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Ten or twenty ''main'' characters following separate arcs in disparate locales. [[Characters/TheStand See here]].
* LookBehindYou: Stu Redman tells the "doctor" who's been sent to terminate him at the Stovington hospital that there's a huge rat behind him, then hits him over the head with a chair.
* LovecraftCountry: uncharacteristically averted. New England ends up being the {{Arcadia}} that [[spoiler:the two surviving heroes return to.]] Just avoid the hospitals in New England, as always.
* MagicalNegro: Mother Abigail, with her spiritual powers.
* MagicalRealism: It's a story about the conflict between humanity and itself. And Old Scratch.
* MauveShirt: Many characters.
* MayDecemberRomance: Larry and Rita.
* MissionFromGod: [[spoiler:Mother Abigail tells Stu, Larry, Glen and Ralph that God wants them to go west and make a stand before Flagg.]]
* MonochromeCasting: In both the book and the mini series, the only non-Caucasian characters in the good camp are Abigail, Leo and the Judge. Other than that, ''every single'' character stated to be black (book version) is either dead or joined up with Flagg. In many cases in the novel, the character's race is not mentioned.
* {{Mordor}}: Las Vegas.
* {{Mundanger}}: [[spoiler: While Flagg is aware of Harold before sending Nadine to him, everything Harold does before then is his own choice, without Flagg's influence.]]
* NewEden: Discussed by Glen Bateman, who suggests LuddWasRight.
* NextSundayAD:
** Originally set in 1980, updated to 1990 in the expanded version. The inspiration for Flagg was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbionese_Liberation_Army Donald DeFreeze]], the Patty Hearst kidnapper. (Another inspiration was then-current cult leader [[DrinkingTheKoolAid Jim Jones]].)
** The LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition (book) was updated with references to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (comic only.)
** In the original edition, Bobby Terry is reading a ''Comicbook/HowardTheDuck'' comic shortly before the Judge comes driving by. The "remix" changes this to a TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles comic, King presumably worrying that his 90s readers wouldn't be so familiar with Howard.
** ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' books explained this by saying the plague happened in different times in [[TheMultiverse alternate realities]]; we just live in one where it hasn't hit yet.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Barry Dorgan insults Trash at the airfield, causing him to revert to his old ways.]]
* NoBikesInTheApocalypse: Averted.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: see Passing The Torch.
* NonIndicativeName: Captain Trips.
* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: [[spoiler:The spirit of Nick Andros leads Tom Cullen to save Stu's life.]]
* OhAndXDies: Sort of:
** When [[spoiler:Dayna leaves Boulder, the narration states: "no one in the Zone ever saw Dayna Jurgens again". Indeed, she dies in Las Vegas.]]
** When [[spoiler:Larry, Glen and Ralph have to leave Stu behind, it's similarly stated that "they never saw Stu Redman again." However, Stu survives; it's the other three who don't.]]
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Abagail remembers appearing on a talent show back in 1902. Before her, a woman performed a "racy French dance", showing her ankles.
* ParanoiaFuel: In-universe, and [[DiscussedTrope extensively talked about]] by the characters themselves. One of the original "Evil US Government quarantines innocent civilians at gunpoint and leaves them to die" plots, it seemed uncharacteristically cynical (even for King) until, say 2005 (as if!) Not to mention Capt. Trips itself.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:to Larry.]]
* APirate400YearsTooLate: The Rat-Man
* ThePlague: Captain Trips, in its early stages, is indistinguishable from a common cold or a flu except by a doctor who knows what to look for.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: [[spoiler:Flagg to Abigail, Tom to Flagg.]]
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Barry Dorgan's men.
* RavensAndCrows: Uh oh. There's a corvid perched on a fencepost [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/solitary-crow-on-fence-post-portending-doom-analys,2777/ portending ill omens!]]
* RealitySubtext: The scene early in the novel when a group of students riots and is shot by the military is based, according to King, on the real life massacre at Kent State.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Several characters refuse to acknowledge the dreams.
* ScaryBlackMan: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played the "Monster Shouter" in the mini-series.
* SceneryGorn
* SendInTheSearchTeam: [[RefusalOfTheCall Ignoring the dreams]], Harold insists that help will be found at the [[AbandonedHospital Stovington Hospital]] where Stu was imprisoned and left to die.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: In-universe. A chapter is devoted to vignettes of plague survivors who succumbed to gruesome accidents because they were reckless and/or lacked the interpersonal support they could have expected from normal pre-plague society. One plague survivor is literally StuffedIntoTheFridge and dies of suffocation.
* ShoutOut: "Captain Trips" was originally a nickname of [[TheGratefulDead Jerry Garcia]]. King had first used it much earlier, for ''another'' Superflu, in his ''Literature/NightShift'' story "Night Surf".
** One of the initial Trips carriers is a police detective from Creator/EdMcBain's Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct.
** When Flagg introduces himself to Lloyd, he says "[[RollingStones Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name.]]"
** Fran imagined her father's garden was part of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Middle-Earth]], and compares the [[GhibliHills empty countryside]] to Middle-Earth at another point. Flagg's ''sigil'' is a black stone with a red eye, among other [[LawyerFriendlyCameo similarities]].
** Stu Redman name-checks ''WatershipDown'' when describing how terrified he felt in the hospital: it made him go ''tharn''.
** Allusion to an [[Music/{{ACDC}} AC/DC]] song (which had appeared in King's ''Film/MaximumOverdrive'' movie) in the 1990 revised and expanded edition of the novel, where a survivor of the flu pandemic changes the lyrics to "Flu made who."
** Lest we forget, the book name-checks the works of Creator/HPLovecraft...just like [[OncePerEpisode pretty much every other King work]].
** "I will place you high in my councils, Trash, and [[ArthurBrown I will set you...to burn]]."
** Mother Abagail describes her psychic powers as [[Literature/TheShining a lantern shining in the dark]].
* SoftGlass: Averted, [[spoiler: Dayna Jurgens breaks a decorative panel into sharp pieces and uses one to commit suicide before she gives up Tom Cullen's name as the third scout.]]
* {{Squick}}: In-universe: [[http://www.walrusmagazine.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/stand-joint.jpg The dead body Larry finds in the lavatory]] with a swollen neck the size of a tire. Larry says it had this effect on him despite everything else he'd seen.
%% In-work reference to the trope. the other examples of Squick are YMMV.
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TakeThat: Several towards RonaldReagan (in the 1990 edition). For instance:
-->'''Larry:''' He [The Judge] is only seventy, for the record. Ronald Reagan was serving as President at an older age than that.
-->'''Fran:''' That's not what Id call a very strong recommendation.
* TakingYouWithMe: Once America's leadership realizes they're doomed, they deliberately infect the rest of the world with Captain Trips.
* [[ScienceIsBad Technology Is Evil]]:
** Played straight. This book was written in the '70s and "back to the land" themes are prominent.
** Not to mention Captain Trips is a ''scientifically engineered'' Holocaust.
** Flagg is described as "the last magician of rational thought." Also, Glen speculates that Flagg is drawing all the "rationalist, engineer types" who want to quickly get the old society back up and running, military and all, while Mother Abagail attracts those seeking a HiddenElfVillage or {{Utopia}} and struggles to turn on the lights. It's not suggested that {{Straw Atheist}}s are attracted to Flagg, however; merely people looking for quick solutions.
** Interestingly, the book inverts the typical "MagicVersusScience" trope: supernatural forces merely take advantage of the sudden, artificially engineered holocaust to initiate the [[ApocalypseHow Apocalypse]] more or less.
* TheStinger: Added to the Uncut edition, to strengthen the tie with ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'': [[spoiler: Randall Flagg wakes up after the nuclear blast in another universe, and begins to take over a society once again. ''Ka'' is referenced.]]
* ThrowAwayCountry: [[spoiler:A divine wind]] ensures that Los Angeles gets the short end of a [[spoiler:nuclear fallout incident]] entirely offscreen, thereby sparing the good guys. Don't even ask what happened to other countries.
* TitleDrop: Abagail, during her [[spoiler: FinalSpeech]].
--> "And with God's help, you will ''stand''..."
* TooDumbToLive: A whole chapter is devoted to incidents around the world.
* TotallyRadical: Teenage characters unironically calling cops 'pigs', which even in 1980 was a rather dated insult and had become all the more so when the setting had been updated to 1990.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Harold and his chocolate Paydays.
* TrainsRunOnTime: [[spoiler:Las Vegas gets the utilities running in their city much more quickly than Boulder, and discipline is harshly enforced, with crucifixion being a common punishment for crimes as petty as recreational drug use.]]
* TrueCompanions: Stu, Larry, Glen and Ralph. There's also:
** Stu, Frannie, Harold, and Glen.
** Larry, Nadine, Joe, and Lucy, along with Rita.
** Nick, Tom, Ralph, and Mother Abagail.
* TyphoidMary: Campion; the second he and his family made it off the base and encountered other people, it was already entirely too late to contain Trips.
* TheUnFavourite: Frannie to her mother, and Harold to everyone.
* UpdatedRerelease: Two updates of the novel were done. The mid-1980s one just tweaked a few cultural references. The Complete Uncut restored much of what King was forced to cut, either because it made the book too long or because it would have offended too many back in the 70s.
* WalkIntoMordor: [[spoiler:The third act of the book centers on one.]]
* WeAreNotGoingThroughThatAgain: [[spoiler:Stu and Fran's reason for leaving Boulder]].
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"After all, why else could he suddenly do magic?"]]
* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife
* WhoWatchesTheWatchmen: The escape of Campion, the security guard at the research facility who spreads Captain Trips beyond hope of containment, is explained thusly:
-->"He drove through the main gate just four minutes before the sirens started going off and we sealed off the whole base. And no one started looking for him until nearly an hour later because there are no monitors in the security posts--somewhere along the line you have to stop guarding the guardians or everyone in the world would be a goddamn turnkey...."
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Major Len Creighton has a fairly substantial role in the first section of the book as General Starkey's second in command in Project Blue and after Starkey's suicide becomes the head of the millitary coverup. He's last 'seen' onpage talking over the radio to one of his officers in LA during the last days of the plague. It is of course very possible he died of the superflu but notably he gives ''no'' indications of being sick even at this very late stage, leaving his fate a mystery.
* WidowWoman: Rita Blakemoor.
* WildChild: Joe/Leo.
* YankTheDogsChain
* YouHaveFailedMe: "There were worse things than crucifixion. There were teeth."

!!The miniseries contains examples of:

* ActorAllusion: [[TheBradyBunch Mike Lookinland]], who was a cameraman, has a cameo part as one of the Boulder residents. Stu addresses him as "Bobby" at one point.
* AllStarCast: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Ed Harris, Laura San Giacomo, Jamey Sheridan, Miguel Ferrer, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Corin Nemec, Matt Frewer, Adam Storke and Ray Walston.
* {{Cameo}}: Several in the miniseries, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (as the "monster shouter"), Joe Bob Briggs, Creator/SamRaimi, and Creator/JohnLandis. Also included uncredited appearances by Ed Harris and Creator/KathyBates.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Nadine and Rita's stories are merged in the series.
** Some of Nadine's sub-plots were transferred to Lucy.
** Also, Doctors Dietz and Elder.
** CompressedAdaptation: To a point. The Boulder section is truncated, as well as [[spoiler:Stu and Tom's return home]].
* CreatorCameo: King appears in the last two episodes as Teddy Weizak, one of the Boulder residents who [[spoiler:discovers Stu]] in the final chapter.
* TheDanza: Joe Bob Briggs (best known for hosting [=MonsterVision=]) is Deputy Joe-Bob.
* EmpathyDollShot: In the opening credits, as the doll dropped by Campion's daughter lays on the ground... and is being pecked at by a crow.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: In one episode, [[TheLancer Larry Underwood]] actually plays guitar and ''sings'' Barry Mcguire's "Eve of Destruction," a song about the End Of The World, on the outskirts of Des Moines. Which was [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]].
* GenderFlip:
** Fran's child, Peter, is Abagail in the miniseries.
** Also the one-scene character of Ray Flowers becomes Rae Flowers.
* LargeHam: A few in the miniseries, notably Matt Frewer as Trashcan Man and Laura San Giacomo as Nadine.
* TheMountainsOfIllinois: Trash Can Man's arson incidents in Gary, Indiana and Des Moines, Iowa, are both shown with rugged mountains in the background, because they were filmed in New Mexico.
* ThePowerOfRock: At the end of the third episode, Larry is shown taking his guitar (and nothing else) to Las Vegas. A [[BonJovi loaded six-string]] may not help with the forces of darkness...
-->'''Rat-Man:''' ''(smashes guitar)'' [[DeaderThanDisco Disco is]] ''dead!!''
* PragmaticAdaptation: In order to get the mini-series greenlighted, King had to cull the darker aspects of the novel for network TV, which in turn led to some decent revisions of the story: removing the "female zoo" sequence and expanding upon Nadine and Larry's relationship as far as the two hooking up in the city rather than once Larry's former companion died.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: When the Judge is shot. You can see the bullet holes, but it's nothing like the book description where there was ''nothing left of his face''. Considering the whole reason Flagg was angry at his men was that he wanted the face to be recognizable, this made the scene make a lot less sense.
** Averted in the comic adaptation, in which the Judge's face is pretty much destroyed.
* RealMenEatMeat: In the miniseries version, when Larry asks Nadine how she wants her steak cooked, she says "just run it through a warm room" in a tomboyish moment.
* RepressiveButEfficient: [[TheEmpire Las Vegas]] under Flagg.
* SoundOnlyDeath: Rae Flowers is killed offscreen when a group of soldiers break into her studio and gun her down, while Fran is listening to the broadcast.
* TemptingFate: ''[[ClifftopCaterwauling "Piece of cake!"]].'' In the miniseries, he [[GenreBlind says it three times]] while climbing the washout.
* VaguenessIsComing: In the miniseries, [[MagicalNegro Abagail]] helpfully informs the heroes: ''"The Beast is loose in the fields of Bethlehem. The rats are in the corn!"'' She also says:
** AStormIsComing. ...'''''[[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed His]]''''' storm!" And "the rats are his."
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-> ''We need help, the poet reckoned.''