->''"Uh, 'Korey.' My name has five letters in it, right? But if you add eighteen to it... it's twenty-three! Crazy how that works, huh?"''
-->-- '''[[WebAnimation/{{Spill}} Korey Coleman]]''', ''Film/TheNumber23'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z9ifNxnk4M review]]

A NumerologicalMotif that serves as sort of the EvilCounterpart of Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy's JustForFun/FortyTwo. To put it simply, whenever you see the number 23, it hints towards a connection to ''the'' AncientConspiracy.
!!Examples of works that use 23 as an ArcNumber:


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* This is the [[YouAreNumberSix original name]] that Theophrastus Bombastus Von Hohenheim goes by in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* It's also Hige's call-sign as a ManchurianAgent in ''Anime/WolfsRain''.
* In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', the first arc is set mostly on Ruwella, a pastoral world where a GovernmentConspiracy conducted secret experiments on Lily Strosek (a driving force of the plot). According to TSAB's catalogue, Ruwella is the "Administrated World #23".
* In the opening chapter of ''Manga/AKB49RenaiKinshiJourei'', when the protagonist Minoru Urayama cross-dresses as Minori Urakawa and shows up to audition for the group, "she" is candidate number 23.


[[folder: Comic Book ]]

* The number 23 shows up quite a few time across the various episodes of ComicBook/TankGirl, usually as a recurring detail in the background.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheNumber23'' uses it as a subject.
* ''Film/JeepersCreepers''.
-->"Every 23rd Spring for 23 days, it gets to eat..."
* On [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]]'s last day as a cartoon star before [[spoiler: Doom frames him for]] the murder of Marvin Acme, he gets his key line wrong for the twenty-third time.
* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'' starts with the protagonist's secretary telling him it is Wednesday the twenty-third.
* ''Film/SevenSamurai:'' Kanbei says that there are twenty houses in the village plus three over the river. ''Probably'' a coincidence.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2:'' [[BigBad Al the toy collector]] lives on the twenty-third floor of his apartment building.
* German film "23 Nichts ist so wie es scheint" about the "KGB hack".


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/PrincipiaDiscordia'': UsefulNotes/{{Discordianism}} pretty much set the ball rolling on this one.
* ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'' helped it get known.
* It gets used as a RunningGag in Creator/RobertRankin's "The Toyminator." (It's that kind of book.)
* In Creator/StephenKing's short story 'N.', the obsessive-compulsive main character fears all odd numbers, but some seem to be worse than others. He states that 23 is a ''terrible'' number, even worse than unlucky 13.
* In Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities, [[spoiler:Sydney Carton]] is the 23rd prisoner to be executed.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* It's one of the numbers in the recurring sequence of six on ''{{Series/LOST}}''.
* This is the apartment number of the b---- who shouldn't be trusted on, well, ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23''.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/TheyMightBeGiants had a show in 1983 in which 23 was prevalent. The show was on January 23rd, John Linnell was 23 years old at the time, 23 people attended the show, they played 23 songs (although they had only planned to play 22), and Flansburgh and Linnell both earned $23.
* Every song by BlackMetal[=/=]Ambient project Echtra is exactly twenty-three minutes long.
* The number is a frequent [[EasterEgg Easter Egg]] in the {{Music/Gorillaz}} universe.
* "23" (referring to UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan -- see the RealLife section below) is the title of a song by rapper Mike [=WiLL=] Made-It, featuring Music/MileyCyrus, [[Music/ThreeSixMafia Juicy J]], and Wiz Khalifa. The song is actually about Air Jordan shoes, with an overload of basketball imagery and ''shameless'' ProductPlacement in the music video.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The number 23 appears regularly in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing''. [[spoiler:FNORD]]
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', this gem of a conversation between protagonist Carl Johnson and The Truth:
-->'''Carl Johnson''': What's with all [[TinFoilHat the aluminum foil]], man? \\
'''The Truth''': Protection from mind control, dude. \\
'''Carl Johnson''': Mind control? \\
'''The Truth''': Induction of images, sound or emotion using microwave radiation. D'you know how many government satellites are watching any citizen at any moment? \\
'''Carl Johnson''': No. \\
'''The Truth''': Twenty-three. Do you know how many religious relics are kept at The Pentagon? \\
'''Carl Johnson''': No, I don't. \\
'''The Truth''': Twenty three. You see a pattern emerging here, man? \\
'''Carl Johnson''': Man, I'm seeing patterns all over the place! Get that smoke out of my face!
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0:'' Sexy bad boy Billy Coen was convicted of killing 23 people.
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}:'' The Sombra ARG was heavily predicated on the number 23, using it as a constant for decoding various encrypted messages and also as a hint that whatever it was affixed to might be related to Sombra. Incidentally, Sombra is also the 23rd hero in the game.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920s]] slang "23 Skidoo!", which means go away, scram, or GTFO. (23 had been reported to mean "get out of here" as early as 1899.)
* Together with 28, one of the Arc Numbers in Wilhelm Fliess's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biorhythm Biorhythm]] theory.
* Allegedly, UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar was stabbed 23 times during his assassination. According to Suetonius, only one of his wounds was fatal. There were seven or eight assassins, so it was about three hits each (a number of assassins in fact wounded their allies).
* The motor company Nissan whenever they launch a new race car in any series, will use the number 23 because Nissan sounds a bit like Ni-San or 2-3.
* UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's number was 23 (okay, and 45, but 23 is the one that everyone remembers). Bizarrely, one of the factors that drove him to retire the first time was the death of his father -- who was murdered on the ''twenty-third'' of July 1993. He returned to basketball under the number 45, the number he wore during his short-lived minor-league baseball career, because the number 23 had been retired in his honor after his first retirement. During the Bulls' 1995 playoff series against Orlando (which Chicago lost), he brought the 23 jersey back, with the Bulls officially un-retiring it for him at the start of the following season.
* Midsummer Eve/Saint John's Eve falls on the twenty-third of June.