A Numerological Motif that serves as sort of the Evil Counterpart of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's 42. To put it simply, whenever you see the number 23, it hints towards a connection to the Ancient Conspiracy.
Examples of works that use 23 as an Arc Number:Anime and Manga
- This is the original name that Theophrastus Bombastus Von Hohenheim goes by in Fullmetal Alchemist.
- It's also Hige's call-sign as a Manchurian Agent in Wolf's Rain.
- In Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force, the first arc is set mostly on Ruwella, a pastoral world where a Government Conspiracy 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 AKB49 - Renai Kinshi Jourei, when the protagonist Minoru Urayama cross-dresses as Minori Urakawa and shows up to audition for the group, "she" is candidate number 23.
- The Number 23 uses it as a subject.
- Jeepers Creepers.
"Every 23rd Spring for 23 days, it gets to eat..."
- On Roger Rabbit's last day as a cartoon star before Doom frames him for the murder of Marvin Acme, he gets his key line wrong for the twenty-third time.
- Videodrome starts with the protagonist's secretary telling him it is Wednesday the twenty-third.
- Principia Discordia: Discordianism pretty much set the ball rolling on this one.
- The Illuminatus! Trilogy helped it get known.
- It gets used as a Running Gag in Robert Rankin's "The Toyminator." (It's that kind of book.)
- In Stephen King'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 A Tale of Two Cities, Sydney Carton is the 23rd prisoner to be executed.
- It's one of the numbers in the recurring sequence of six on LOST.
- They Might Be Giants 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 Black Metal/Ambient project Echtra is exactly twenty-three minutes long.
- The number is a frequent Easter Egg in the Gorillaz universe.
- The number 23 appears regularly in Kingdom of Loathing. FNORD
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, this gem of a conversation between protagonist Carl Johnson and The Truth:
Carl Johnson: What's with all 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!
- The 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 Biorhythm theory.
- Allegedly, Gaius Julius Caesar 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.