Samowar in Atlantis contains examples of the following tropes:
Just like the mothership Chaos Timeline, the trope list of Samowar in Atlantis is foldered into thematic categories too.General General Tropes are everything that wouldn't fit anywhere else.Insane Insanity Tropes deal with tropes denoting things that certain populaces might prefer not to know about.Character Character Tropes are just that.Love You can't deny that the story mostly deals with undeniably sexually active young people, so don't be too surprised that Love and Sexual Tropes get an own folder here.Shout Shout Outs are just that.
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Added Alliterative Appeal: Nipponese pirates are refered to as "chin-chin choppers", even outside the relatively small Anglosphere in this world.
Allohistorical Allusion: In this world, Yom haShoah stands for the day when The End of the World as We Know It nearly happened and was combatted (i.e. the Streich). And Judeans mark it in the same way as real Isrealis do it, a minute of standstill with loud sirenes to commemorate the horror and the salvation from said obstacle.
Anachronic Order: The initial 30-pager played on a day in 2003. The subsequent stories jump back and forth between 1989 and 2010.
Greece is not considered to be any an important part of the Socialist Block. Guess what the author thinks about Greece in the Eurozone!
German has an own short acronym for a bunch of guys sharing a flat, they call it a "WG" or Wohngemeinschaft, an issue especially for poor students. While searching for shelter, he used some short-lived shelter of this kind to do so that was rather organized like a firm rather than a commune because its head (Saskia) dislikes affecting her "business" with all too many unproductive quarrels. And Björn loves it that way.
They talk a lot about condoms to keep unwanted "souvenirs" away from you. But this special trope is conversed when it's about a core philosophy of this timeline's "Anti-Buddhist" religion, that everything can serve both good and bad purposes. Here the proposed use of condoms is contrasted to their misuse for illegal drug trafficking and the even worse consequences of a leak in said condom for that matter.
Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Alternative names for the Streich have shown up. He coined the term Numeric Mutinynote numeric meaning "digital" and proposed Yom haShoahnote Holocaust Remembrance Day in our world for Hebrew.
Björn says that, at the beginning of their engagement, he didn't really believe Natascha about the part with her parents hiking in the Golan and dismissed it as a lousy excuse to ensure him that they could go banging in their house without getting caught in the act. In turned out to be true after all and Björn started to believe her at least before their apocalyptic lovegame and while he spent ten days with Natascha and got to know part of her extended family, her parents just weren't there.
At the beginning, Samowar In Atlantis wasn't supposed to get a title at all, and the "samovar" was only intentioned to be a part of the Russian proverb "bringing your samovar (or your coal) to Tula (or Newcastle)" to imply, among others, the influence of Gratuitous Russian on the Gratuitous German in this world. But the wish to smoothly integrate this issue led to the samovar becoming Björn's nickname... and then he went to Atlantis.
Drink Order: If Tatjana orders some nice Budvar (especially for other people) at the Peklo in Tel Aviv, she doesn't say a word, but applies Electronic Telepathy to the club owner and he knows exactly what she wants.
Everything Is Big in Texas: Subverted. When Simon asks Björn if dishes in Atlantis were bigger than in Europe, Björn negates and said that "Atlantis also ceased to be what it used to be" and that Argentina were the better destination to go for that.
Expospeak: This story necessarily runs on this because it contains little more than extensive dialogue.
Expy: Björn's picker in Judea, Natascha, cousin of Tatjana, is meant to be a crossbreed of two better-known celebrity redheads described at the Shout-Out section, one of them that's also been labeled by a lover as...
Björn: "[...] very, very good and surprisingly experienced, extremely flexible and adventurous [...]"
Fair for Its Day: In-universe. Germany's late semi-authoritarian, rather socially conservative technocratic regime is at least depicted as curtailing Holier Than Thou excesses by lower-level authorities against whatever little exists in open gay culture. Real technocrats think in The Stoic terms and therefore dislike Holier Than Thou excesses.
Björn: "You know, the attack on the Summer Palace was the best thing that ever happened to Mecklenburg."
German Dialects: As the conversation takes place in a city in Saxony, somebody rushes into the bar sounding like a firetruck while he is actually asking for some guy called Dieter, doing this with a heavy Saxon accent. These accents get further lampshaded with the saying...
Simon:"In Magdeburg there are five ways to pronounce the G, but G is not among them."
Subverted. The conventional time reckoning of this timeline remained unchanged after the Streich, but this didn't keep the author from opening almost every story with telling you how many days have exactly passed since that event at said dates. In German, of course.
Bjorn openly admits that a "Battle of Monaco" could have taken place either at the French Riviera or at one of the two German Munichs, one in Bavaria and one in our timeline's Iowa.
Paulskirchen in Argentina (at our Sao Paolo) finally became St. Pauli (not all related tothe Hamburg neighborhood) to distinguish it handily from the original Paulskirchen in Atlantis (at Minneapolis/St. Paul).
There's also mention of a city of "Nagold/Innernakota" and a town of "Freudenstadt/Südnakota", both in our Dakotas. The originals are actually at the Black Forest in Southwestern Germany.
MacGuffin: The item called "samovar", a Russian and Southwest Asian tea cooking device.
Missing Steps Plan: Oh Björn, we know that the place is full of hipsters and scenesters (or Szenevolk) and that you could potentially exploit their solvency. But what do you want to sell?
Björn explicitally states that his really first sex some one or two years before didn't qualify as much as Sex as Rite-of-Passage as his affair in Judea. And said affair with Natascha had lesser long-term effects than his encounter with Tatjana.
Poor Man's Substitute: After the author mentioned the brothel "RoteFahne" from the mentor's GURPS adventure sources, the mentor revealed its hookers to be an in-universe example of this trope. While there would indeed be hookers of English, French, Italian, Spanish and Scandinavian mother tongue, they were actually supposed to be from Atlantis or just anywhere outside the Socialist Block. As the chapter straddling this issue takes place several years after this timeline's Velvet Revolution, things may have actually changed in the meantime though.
Rant Inducing Slight: Even unprovoked, Björn makes it clear that he really hates it to hear his hometown Wismar in Mecklenburg being called part of a Dunkeldeutschlandnote In our world, this dark(est) Germany is a nickname West Germans apply to East Germany because of their ignorance about it, in this world, it's a label for all the no man's land bordering this world's Iron Curtain that cut of non-Socialist European Germany from the Atlantic Ocean, a more sinister brand of Flyover Country if you want. In both worlds, Wismar would be considered part of both respective brands. and complains about how his place supposedly used to be treated like a contagious disease.
Reality Subtext: Björn is said to remember the 1998 W-Tech so well because that's "how he saw things survive that otherwise got lost", the lifesaver being the transatlantic tunnel feeding in European guests. That's a hint to the former Love Parade that struggled to take place in most of the 2000s and found its final blow after the third event in the Ruhr.
Real Life Writes the Plot: The chapter "Coincidence" describes a "double-blind what-if" scenario wherein an actual author-mentor experience was detailed: The author of the original timeline (called the mentor here) introduced an at least once admired, but otherwise obscure singer as a #1 star in his timeline that actually existed in reality among otherwise perfectly fictional characters. The author of the fanfic, when writing his fanfic, found a record of said singer at a peddlar's market, right in the city where said singer comes from.
Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: Somewhere between levels 5 and 6. Björn got hooked up in Judea by a three years older girl, being nobody else than the cousin of the female mutinist number 1, and loved it. Björn's first host in Atlantis also was a girl and would later provide him with crucial information. And his girlfriend Rosi beats the crap out of her father whenever she deems it necessary. The girls in this world seem pretty dangerous and no longer in need of such a thing as role models.
They Killed Kenny: Discussed and inverted. Björn explains that some Kenny at least temporarily killed his favorite band (Kerrygoldnote like a German brand of Irish butter) by his exit. Because in the promised land of Irish Australia, Kenny kills you!
Viva Las Vegas: Björn regarding the assence of his affair with Natascha in 1993 Judea, aka "What happens in X stays in X". Though that doesn't keep Björn from deliberately seeing Tascha again.
You Are Number Six: As a legacy of the technocracy, everybody living in Germany has a national personal identity number. Unlike the actual German social security number whose format this fictional system is pretty much based on, its usage is much more versatile and pretty much like the system in Sweden where you're essentially screwed without it, even more so than without an SSN in the United States. For people like Saskia who needs to keep track of many former tenants (for deposits and the like), requiring someone to tell their identity number alongside their name is a common practice to fub off imposers.
Artistic License - Economics: Author and mentor had at least one or another word with each other about a "basic income guarantee". Note that the end of the timeline belongs to the category "post-scarcity economics".
Brain Bleach: Björn lies about "no longer knowing what title the book was" that he read. Actually it's a form of justified Executive Meddling because the book is Nausea Fuel and it's still implied. note In one version of the script, the book was supposed to be named Meadows Of Swampland by Karolin Roscher, which is a lot like its Real Life counterpart Wetlands by Charlotte Roche. Nuff said.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: You probably won't remember whose brother you caught on that one shift in Switzerland, Herr Ignaz Schuhmann, no? Björn thought so too and that's why he didn't confront the Schuhmann family with that discovery he made.
Cat Girl: Played with. The mentor told the author that "Cat" Tatjana is based on a real woman with that name. The author likes cats as well. Thus he makes several characters play cat sometimes.
Just the First Citizen: Lampshaded with Björn explaining the titles of all Socialist national leaders and some others.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Finster brothers have been displayed like this with a twist. Before his incarceration, big brother Ruedi was the red oni to the blue oni of Magnus. Twelve years later, a very active Magnus brings the broken shell of a man that his brother meanwhile became back home.
Tattooed Crook: Ruedi Finster got twelve bulbous spires tattoed on his back for every year he's been in jail out in Argentinien, even though he's never been part of The Mafiya but rather the complete opposite.
Those Two Guys: Patricia and Sean, two Irish-Catholic missionaries hanging out in Judea ten years after the Streich, in what could be considered a Busman's Holiday shortly before getting to Africa as election watchdogs.
Vodka Drunkenski: Alcohol was completely banned from all trains and train stations in Atlantis or heading to it for the duration of the W-Tech festival in 1998. That's because the transatlantic maglev tunnel just went online at Christmas before and because new European guests in the million-margin just smell like trouble, especially as you can expect guests like Oleg from Kiev among them.
Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Natascha gets to know firsthand by her own cousin via Electronic Telepathy that apocalypse was called off and awaits her affair Björn for breakfast where he says that his instinct was to just deliberately impregnate her at the kitchen table.
Natascha on the other hand would not have minded if he'd had that idea just some hours before when she was lolling in her sleep for offering him her birth-control-free loins to give it to her bareback as consequences wouldn't have mattered in the expected event of becoming Grey Goo anyway. And that she's been in her fertile days anyway. Both of them were quite shocked about their own colors. As a consequence, Natascha gets herself an IUD for that matter after all that.
Must Not Die a Virgin: One of the sub-chapters has been dubbed "Riding Through The Apocalypse" for a reason.
Nerds Are Virgins: A lot of freshmen at the Chemnitz Polytechnic are implied to be exactly this.
No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Averted with Björn regarding Natascha, he loved it. Reconstructed in the end as Björn states that being a literal Chick Magnet also is something he needn't have had.
Sex Tourism: Many a character makes the impression that their entire quests through the world were little more than this. Most notably Patricia Ó Domnhall.
Your Cheating Heart: Topper and Tatjana are said to have laid bets on whether Björn and Natascha cheated on their respective significant others with each other as they're all in Southern Bavaria to watch the total solar eclipse of 1999.
"When it comes to bowel cancer, fun stops with me. I head to prophylaxy!"
The plot with the gastroentorologist medical praxis featuring a retired and sick Nipponese pirate and a man who's coming to prevent related diseases is a reference to series of German TV ads featuring comedians calling for bowel cancer awareness under the mentioned motto.
And yes, it's hard to hook somebody up, even if you're a girl. On the other hand, not every girl is a gremlin like Snooki, you know?
Björn admits that it's a shame to not really remember the first time you did "das gute A". The "good A" (two sockpuppets humping each other) is the classical ending of Das Alphabet mit Bimmel und Bommel, a Show Within The Show of the legendary late night talk show Die Harald Schmidt Show.
Björn explains his choice for university to study BA with the desire to have a "bill to clean his dirty coat with". Such a bill, a so-called Persilscheinnote "Persil" is Germany's biggest laundry detergent, was a literal carte blanche in the denazification process in Germany after World War II proving you didn't play an active role in the atrocities of Those Wacky Nazis.
Björn goes completely Deng Xiaoping when he states that it didn't matter if the cat were black or white, so long it catches mice. In fact, it's a centuries-old proverb from the Chinese Sichuan province where Deng hailed from.
Björn rants about someone destroying his favorite band by leaving it on July 17th, 1995.
The multiple hints to a Lithuanian family name note Wowereit" as in long-time Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit meaning "squirrel" or "the squirrel-like" appear to become a Running Gag.
There's also a reference to a German Big Brother season back in late 2000, by Mike Krüger in 7 Tage - 7 Köpfe:
Simon:"[...] But you know, those who bring cans to the container get pledge!"
Ulf had a problem with his sat nav that Björn solved with a slightly different pronunciation of the target address. That's a hint to the role of Ottfried Fischer in Pfarrer Braunnote This German series adaption of Father Brown has been produced since 2003 and will have its production ended in 2013 due to the worsening of Fischer's Parkinson disease. in the episode "Kein Sterbenswörtchen" (lit. "not the death of a word") where the seemingly difficult word to pronounce for the sat nav was that of the Saxon town of Liebwitz.