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* HeroicWannabe: Tim is the type of person who watches too many movies and he sees the event as the ultimate power fantasy. [[spoiler: When he discovers that the titular Jam broke out because of an ''accident'' and the event has only affected Australia. He quickly loses his sanity and immediately decides to spread the jam across the rest of the world so he can rebuild society in his image.]]

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* HeroicWannabe: When the titular jam starts attacking Australia, Tim is assumes the type role of person the hero who watches too many movies will unite the people and he sees save the event as world from the ultimate power fantasy. apocalypse. [[spoiler: When he discovers that the titular Jam broke out because of an ''accident'' and the event has only affected Australia. He quickly loses his sanity and immediately decides to spread the jam across the rest of the world so he can still be the hero and rebuild society in his image.society.]]

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** At one point (after running into the aforementioned cult), Tim notes that all the CrazySurvivalist types hiding outside the city would have been among the first to go. When Travis describes this as ironic, Tim is not amused.


* ForgottenFallenFriend: Almost everyone but Travis starts doing this as a defense mechanism. By day four they're getting annoyed at him for still getting upset when people die. Averted with [[spoiler: X, who spends the rest of the book in mourning after Y dies.]]



* IKnowMortalKombat: Tim and Travis both have basic tactical knowledge from playing strategy video games. Dub mocks them mercilessly for it, but their analysis is right on the money more often than not.



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: As Tim points out, the cultists don't really know what irony is.
** To make things stupidly simple; they confuse "sarcasm" with "irony"; very common with hipsters.
** They also love the "we're doing it literally but rolling our eyes while we do it" variant, also a sterotype of hipsters. Like being "ironically" evil by "ironically" executing people for petty reasons.

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: YouKeepUsingThatWord:
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As Tim points out, the cultists don't really know what irony is.
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is. To make things stupidly simple; they confuse "sarcasm" with "irony"; very common with hipsters.
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hipsters. They also love the "we're doing it literally but rolling our eyes while we do it" variant, also a sterotype of hipsters. Like like being "ironically" evil by "ironically" executing people for petty reasons.reasons.
** The Hibatsu executives insist on using "acquisition" as a verb and refuse to use "acquire".

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** They also love the "we're doing it literally but rolling our eyes while we do it" variant, also a sterotype of hipsters. Like being "ironically" evil by "ironically" executing people for petty reasons.


* AmbiguousDisorder: There's ''something'' going on with Travis, but it's never really spelled out.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: There's ''something'' going on with Travis, but it's never really spelled out. Travis. He's extremely slow on the uptake, tends to get irrationally fixated on the last thing he was told was important, and even before the disaster had a habit of calling his roommate at work in panicked indecision every time there was a knock on the door.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: There's ''something'' going on with Travis, but it's never really spelled out.

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* HeroicWannabe: Tim is the type of person who watches too many movies and he sees the event as the ultimate power fantasy. [[spoiler: When he discovers that the titular Jam broke out because of an ''accident'' and the event has only affected Australia. He quickly loses his sanity and immediately decides to spread the jam across the rest of the world so he can rebuild society in his image.]]


* SupportingProtagonist: Travis is the one character that rarely if ever does anything proactive. Angela [[LampshadeHanging notes that]] if this was a film, the main character would be either Tim or Don, depending on whether this was a [[ApocalypseHow world-wide apocalypse of just a localized one]].

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* SupportingProtagonist: Travis is the one character that rarely if ever does anything proactive. Angela [[LampshadeHanging notes that]] if this was a film, the main character would be either Tim or Don, depending on whether this was a [[ApocalypseHow world-wide apocalypse of or just a localized one]].


* JerkassHasAPoint: Don and Tim aren't exactly nice people and Alice isn't far behind, but they juggle the SanityBall between them on a regular basis. [[spoiler: By the end, Don ends up winning gold on both counts - crazy as his obsession with his Build may be, his assessment about [[ItsAllAboutMe Tim]] is entirely accurate.]]

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Don and Tim aren't exactly nice people and Alice Angela isn't far behind, but they juggle the SanityBall between them on a regular basis. [[spoiler: By the end, Don ends up winning gold on both counts - crazy as his obsession with his Build may be, his assessment about [[ItsAllAboutMe Tim]] is entirely accurate.]]


* RunningGag: On a Meta level, Yatzee's habit of giving ''ThunderCats'' a ShoutOut.

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* RunningGag: On a Meta level, Yatzee's habit of giving ''ThunderCats'' ''WesternAnimation/{{ThunderCats|1985}}'' a ShoutOut.


* CreatorProvincialism: Yahtzee lives in Brisbane.

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* CreatorProvincialism: Yahtzee lives lived in Brisbane.Brisbane when he wrote the novel.


''Jam'' is a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] novel by [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]], with a twist, and even a couple of [[{{Satire}} satirical]] jabs at some of the apocalypse genre's recurring tropes.

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''Jam'' is a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] novel from 2012 by [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]], with a twist, and even a couple of [[{{Satire}} satirical]] jabs at some of the apocalypse genre's recurring tropes.

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* DarkMessiah: Lord Awesomo serves as one of these, despite his claims that it's "only [[YouKeepUsingThatWord ironic]]". [[spoiler: Tim]] later tries for this more naturally.


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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: [[spoiler: Tim's fatal flaw. Don accurately points out that his ActionSurvivor identity is nothing more than a way to [[ItsAllAboutMe make the apocalypse all about himself]], a fact echoed by his need to be the one who leads humanity's surviving remnants, first in the group, then among the Plastic People, Hibatsu and the Obi Wan. Finding out that this isn't a worldwide apocalypse and that the human race never had or would depend upon him personally [[DrivenToMadness is what finally pushes him over the edge]].]]


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* JerkassHasAPoint: Don and Tim aren't exactly nice people and Alice isn't far behind, but they juggle the SanityBall between them on a regular basis. [[spoiler: By the end, Don ends up winning gold on both counts - crazy as his obsession with his Build may be, his assessment about [[ItsAllAboutMe Tim]] is entirely accurate.]]


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* PinballProtagonist: Lampshaded and deconstructed. Travis has almost no will of his own, going along with the group's ever-shifting leadership and is routinely ignored, pushed around, verbally abused and/or exploited. Travis likewise tends to go along with plans he knows are bad ideas, fail to share [[PoorCommunicationKills vital information]] at key points and caves easily when faced with more forceful authority figures. He lacks the drive to either stand up for himself ''or'' leave, and his need to believe ''someone'' respects him leads him to invent [[GiantSpider Mary]]'s role as TeamPet.


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* SanitySlippage: Oh yes. None of the main characters are the most socially adjusted people alive and things just get worse as the pressure mounts. [[spoiler: Tim gets the worst of it though.]]


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* TeamPet: Mary. Deconstructed as she's more of a burden than she lets on and [[spoiler: all her Team Pet-ish behavior is in [[UnreliableNarrator Travis' head]]]].


* XMeetsY: This is basically post-apocalyptic fiction meets the children's game known as 'The Floor is Made of Lava'.


** Naming the spider that Travis is talking to (and not getting a response from) Mary may have been a been a joke about ''VideoGame/SilentHill''.

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** Naming the spider that Travis is talking to (and not getting a response from) Mary may have been a been a joke about ''VideoGame/SilentHill''.''VideoGame/SilentHill2''.

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