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A 1953 short story -- I mean -- [[SelfDemonstratingArticle a very]] ''[[ArcWords good]]'' short story by Jerome Bixby, set in the small town of Peaksville. The town used to be in Ohio, but it has since been completely cut off from the outside world (assuming the outside world still exists) by the first manifestation of Anthony Fremont's powers.

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A 1953 short story -- I mean er -- [[SelfDemonstratingArticle a very]] ''[[ArcWords good]]'' short story by Jerome Bixby, set in the small town of Peaksville. The town used to be in Ohio, but it has since been completely cut off from the outside world (assuming the outside world still exists) by the first manifestation of Anthony Fremont's powers.



[[SelfDemonstratingArticle ...wait, no! I meant to say it's good! It's a]] ''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle very good life!]]''

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[[SelfDemonstratingArticle ...wait, no! I meant Meant to say it's good! good!]] It's a]] ''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle very a ''very good life!]]''
life!''




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* AmbiguousInnocence: Anthony is not a malelovent person, but his young age means he has a very hazy understanding of right and wrong and lacks the ability to understand other people's feelings.

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* AlmightyIdiot: Anthony may have literal godlike power but he still has all of the intelligence and understanding of a normal kid his age.


Compare and contrast with ''Webcomic/{{minus}}''. Definitely not to be confused with ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.

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Compare and contrast with ''Webcomic/{{minus}}''. Definitely not to be confused with ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''.
''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife''. It's still a good life, though. Yes, a ''very'' good life indeed.

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* TheDreaded: Fear of Anthony is the driving force behind most of the other characters' actions throughout the story.


* PurpleEyes: Anthony apparently has purple eyes, one hint that he doesn't look human.


* HumanoidAbomination: Anthony. There are hints that he does not look human, though there are no details about what he does look like. He is described as having a "wet, purple gaze", that he has an "odd shadow", and he goes "smoothly" over a fence. He is weird-looking enough that when he was born the doctor screamed, dropped him and tried to kill him, and he is at one point referred to as a "goblin"..

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* HumanoidAbomination: Anthony. There are hints that he does not look human, though there are no details about what he does look like. He is described as having a "wet, purple gaze", that he has an "odd shadow", and he goes "smoothly" over a fence. He is weird-looking enough that when he was born the doctor screamed, dropped him and tried to kill him, and he is at one point referred to as a "goblin".."goblin".


* EvilDetectingDog: In the ''Twilight Zone'' adaptation, Anthony has [[KickTheDog killed off most of the dogs]] because "they don't like me. I hate anyone who doesn't like me."



* HumanoidAbomination: Anthony. There are hints that he does not look human though there are no details about what he does look like. He is described as having a "wet, purple gaze", that he has an "odd shadow", and he goes "smoothly" over a fence... he is weird-looking enough that when he was born the doctor screamed, dropped him and tried to kill him. Also, he is at one point referred to as a "goblin", suggesting he most likely doesn't look human.

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* HumanoidAbomination: Anthony. There are hints that he does not look human human, though there are no details about what he does look like. He is described as having a "wet, purple gaze", that he has an "odd shadow", and he goes "smoothly" over a fence... he fence. He is weird-looking enough that when he was born the doctor screamed, dropped him and tried to kill him. Also, him, and he is at one point referred to as a "goblin", suggesting he most likely doesn't look human."goblin"..


* * AndIMustScream: Anthony's mother briefly considers at the end that while Anthony could "wish away" any of them one day, he also may not let them ''die'', and they'll have to be with him forever. It's not a good thought and dangerous, so she mumbles until it goes away.

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* * AndIMustScream: Anthony's mother briefly considers at the end that while Anthony could "wish away" any of them one day, he also may not let them ''die'', and they'll have to be with him forever. It's not a good thought and dangerous, so she mumbles until it goes away.

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* * AndIMustScream: Anthony's mother briefly considers at the end that while Anthony could "wish away" any of them one day, he also may not let them ''die'', and they'll have to be with him forever. It's not a good thought and dangerous, so she mumbles until it goes away.


This story has been adapted several times by ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone''. [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The original series]] did a very faithful adaptation, with Bill Mumy as Anthony and Creator/ClorisLeachman as his mother Agnes; the only major change being that the character of Anthony was aged up to six. [[Series/TheTwilightZone2002 The 2002 revival series]] had a sequel episode, "It's Still a Good Life", featuring a grown-up Anthony ([[CharacterAgedWithTheActor played again by Bill Mumy]]) and his daughter Audrey (played by Mumy's [[RealLifeRelative real-life daughter]] Creator/LilianaMumy), who also has powers. Cloris Leachman also returned as Agnes. ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' gave the story a SettingUpdate to the 1980s (with Anthony terrorizing a single mansion rather than an entire town) and the happiest ending that the premise would allow.

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This story has been adapted several times by ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone''. [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The original series]] did a very faithful adaptation, with Bill Mumy as Anthony and Creator/ClorisLeachman as his mother Agnes; the only major change being that the character of Anthony was [[AgeLift aged up up]] to six. [[Series/TheTwilightZone2002 The 2002 revival series]] had a sequel episode, "It's Still a Good Life", featuring a grown-up Anthony ([[CharacterAgedWithTheActor played again by Bill Mumy]]) and his daughter Audrey (played by Mumy's [[RealLifeRelative real-life daughter]] Creator/LilianaMumy), who also has powers. Cloris Leachman also returned as Agnes. ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' gave the story a SettingUpdate to the 1980s (with Anthony terrorizing a single mansion rather than an entire town) and the happiest ending that the premise would allow.


* MindRape: In the beginning, Aunt Amy was the only person who could exercise any control over Anthony, until she got upset with him for transforming the Fremonts' cat (in the ''Twilight Zone'' episode, she offended him by singing in his presence) and his mind "snapped" at her. She's left as a shell of her former self, smiling vacantly, and no longer watching how she acts or what she says around Anthony.

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* MindRape: In the beginning, Aunt Amy was the only person who could exercise any control over Anthony, until she got upset with him for transforming the Fremonts' cat (in the ''Twilight Zone'' episode, she offended him by singing in his presence) and his mind "snapped" at her. She's left as a shell of her former self, smiling vacantly, and no longer watching how she acts or what she says around Anthony.



* TragicallyMisguidedFavor: The townspeople apply the "real good" mantra to ''everything'' that happens, whether or not Anthony is directly responsible, for fear that he might sense unhappiness from someone he likes and cause even worse damage with a poorly informed attempt to ''help''.

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* TragicallyMisguidedFavor: The townspeople apply fear Anthony trying to help them as much as or more than his lashing out in anger. Since he's a small child and doesn't fully understand the adults' problems, his attempts to solve those problems are often disastrous. This is why the "real good" mantra is applied to ''everything'' everything that happens, whether or not Anthony is directly responsible, for fear that he might involved; no one wants him to sense their unhappiness from someone he likes and cause even worse damage with a poorly informed attempt try to ''help''. help them.


For ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode, see "Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E73ItsAGoodLife".

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For ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode, episode and other adaptations, see "Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E73ItsAGoodLife".
''Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E73ItsAGoodLife''.


This story has been adapted several times by ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone''. [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The original series]] did a very faithful adaptation, with Bill Mumy as Anthony and Creator/ClorisLeachman as his mother Agnes; the only major change being that the character of Anthony was aged up to six. [[Series/TheTwilightZone2002 The 2002 revival series]] had a sequel episode, "It's Still a Good Life", featuring a grown-up Anthony ([[CharacterAgedWithTheActor played again by Bill Mumy]]) and his daughter (played by Mumy's [[RealLifeRelative real-life daughter]] Liliana), who also has powers. ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' gave the story a SettingUpdate to the 80's (with Anthony terrorizing a single mansion rather than an entire town) and the happiest ending that the premise would allow.

For the Twilight Zone Episode see ''Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E73ItsAGoodLife''.

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This story has been adapted several times by ''Franchise/TheTwilightZone''. [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The original series]] did a very faithful adaptation, with Bill Mumy as Anthony and Creator/ClorisLeachman as his mother Agnes; the only major change being that the character of Anthony was aged up to six. [[Series/TheTwilightZone2002 The 2002 revival series]] had a sequel episode, "It's Still a Good Life", featuring a grown-up Anthony ([[CharacterAgedWithTheActor played again by Bill Mumy]]) and his daughter Audrey (played by Mumy's [[RealLifeRelative real-life daughter]] Liliana), Creator/LilianaMumy), who also has powers. Cloris Leachman also returned as Agnes. ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' gave the story a SettingUpdate to the 80's 1980s (with Anthony terrorizing a single mansion rather than an entire town) and the happiest ending that the premise would allow.

For the Twilight Zone Episode ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode, see ''Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E73ItsAGoodLife''.
"Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E73ItsAGoodLife".



* BodyHorror: When Anthony gets angry at Dan Hollis, he turns Hollis into "something like nothing anyone would have believed possible".

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* BodyHorror: When Anthony gets angry at Dan Hollis, he turns Hollis into "something like nothing anyone would have believed possible".possible."



* SpoiledBrat: Anthony is a combination of a SpoiledBrat and SpoiledSweet. Most of his reality warping power is used trying to help people, often in ways that are destructive to them or others. When he gets annoyed, however, he's quick to punish in horrible ways.

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* SpoiledBrat: Anthony is a combination of a SpoiledBrat and SpoiledSweet. Most of his Anthony's reality warping power is used trying to help people, often in ways that are destructive to them or others. When he gets annoyed, however, he's quick to punish in horrible ways.

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