One man responsible for every disaster in history.:

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Some nights I rule the world...
Just a silly comedy idea that came to mind, partly inspired by threads like this one.

Essentially, what if you had a guy who, through the Timey-Wimey Ball, was unknowingly responsible for every disaster in history, all on account of an incident not too dissimilar to that time Arthur Dent's words went through that portal and caused an alien war.

And worse yet, some sort of Time Police types have figured this out and, predictably, end up causing it themselves.
"If you're out here why do I miss you so much?"
2 SandJosieph3rd Feb 2011 07:03:49 PM from Grand Galloping Galaday , Relationship Status: Brony
Bigonkers! is Magic
Finally! I can now blame someone else for that painting accident!
... blagh, I can't think of it in any other way than an existentialist (anti-existentialist?) black comedy.
Some nights I rule the world...
Yeah, the hardest part is all the disasters that would be a case of Dude, Not Funny!.
"If you're out here why do I miss you so much?"
5 Wanderhome3rd Feb 2011 08:14:02 PM , Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
The Joke-Master
[up] Depends on how you handle it. If he's just a side character in another story, you could have the main character encounter him, listen to him talk about all his guilt and such, and then totally ignore all of the big disasters of history to bitch at the guy for causing his personal problems.
6 Vorpy3rd Feb 2011 08:23:03 PM from from from from from from from from from , Relationship Status: Two-timing
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Perhaps you can use it for Natural Disasters and avoid all human influenced terrorism and massacres, you know?
Some nights I rule the world...
[up][up]He's not aware of it. He literally has no idea this happened, and would probably think you're crazy if you brought it up.

[up]That is a good point.
"If you're out here why do I miss you so much?"
8 MrAHR4th Feb 2011 03:23:52 AM from ಠ_ಠ , Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
It has been done on a smaller scale. Arthur Dent, from Hitchhikers Guide, is responsible for the death of a person through every single one of their reincarnations, which ranges from a fly, to a rabbit, to a bowl of petunias

So, it's possible, you just need to make the world odd enough to allow it.
It can be worked out in a comedy concept as long as you know how to Cross the Line Twice and Refuge in Audacity.
It's not exactly naive. And it can happen. But it's tough. And definetly worthwhile.
10 bwburke944th Feb 2011 12:47:03 PM from Massachusetts , Relationship Status: Longing for my OTP
bumbleby is canon dammit
I know! It can be Hitler!
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11 lordGacek4th Feb 2011 03:19:29 PM from Kansas of Europe
I read somewhere once that Hitler almost drowned as a kid. Let the dude save some Austrian kid from drowning and be proud of finally doing some good. ;]
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12 TheGunheart4th Feb 2011 04:35:35 PM from on the street.
Some nights I rule the world...
@Mr AHR: I mentioned that in my first post, actually.

[up]Not nearly crazy enough. I'm talking about a grand, glorious cluster of insanity involving time warps, time loops, aliens, and who knows what else. Simply saving Hitler is far too mundane.
"If you're out here why do I miss you so much?"
13 NickTheSwing9th Feb 2011 09:49:02 PM from Ya really wanna know? , Relationship Status: Dating Catwoman
Swing, not Slide
Is he P. Diddy?

sorry about that...

Now, it might make for some good black comedy on the nature of existence and the human tendency toward right or wrong.
That reminds me of a story idea I had, where a Mystery Magnet detective discovers that he/she has an unconscious psychic ability to set off people's inner psychos.
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