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* ShaggyDogStory: The story may not be pointless, but [[spoiler:apparently all human endeavour and experience is]].
** Or at least, has been so far. There's a subtle implication that [[spoiler:with the delivery to Titan]] complete, [[spoiler:Rumfoord's departure]] may signify the beginning of humanity's freedom to pursue our own destiny, for better or worse.


* AGodAmI: In a godless, indifferent universe, Winston Niles Rumfoord is the closest thing to a deity we have.


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* PhysicalGod: In a godless, indifferent universe, Winston Niles Rumfoord is the closest thing to a deity we have.

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* ExactWords: Rumfoord predicts everything that's going to happen to Malachi over the course of the novel right at the start, and everything he says is technically true, but he makes it sound like it's going to be an exciting, pulpy adventure rather than the years-spanning TraumaCongaLine it actually turns out to be.


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* ThrowTheDogABone: After everything he goes through (see TraumaCongaLine, below), Malachi gets thrown one in the end as [[spoiler: his death triggers a DyingDream wherein his dead best friend comes down from Heaven to fetch him, and tells him that actually, yes - someone up there ''does'' like him!]]


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-->''Somebody up there likes me.''
-->'''[[MeaningfulName Malachi Constant]]'''

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-->'''[[MeaningfulName -->'''--[[MeaningfulName Malachi Constant]]'''


''Sirens of Titan'' (1959) was KurtVonnegut's second novel and is notable for being one of his more overt Science Fiction novels. Set in 22nd-century America, it tells the story of Malachi Constant, one of the richest men in the world, who has the gall, the temerity to attribute his good fortune to divine providence.

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''Sirens of Titan'' (1959) was KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's second novel and is notable for being one of his more overt Science Fiction novels. Set in 22nd-century America, it tells the story of Malachi Constant, one of the richest men in the world, who has the gall, the temerity to attribute his good fortune to divine providence.


* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: How the entire Army of Mars is managed. From Generals down to platoon sergeants, they all march to the commands of some nearby underling. [[spoiler: Boaz, though ostensibly a private]], is actually in charge of Unk's platoon, and uses his mind-control device to confuse and and command his sergeant.

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* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: How the entire Army of Mars is managed. From Generals down to platoon sergeants, they all march to the commands of some nearby underling. [[spoiler: Boaz, though ostensibly a private]], is actually in charge of Unk's platoon, and uses his mind-control device to confuse and and command his sergeant.


* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: How the entire Army of Mars is managed. From Generals down to platoon sergeants, they all march to the commands of some nearby underling. [[spoiler Boaz, though ostensibly a private]], is actually in charge of Unk's platoon, and uses his mind-control device to confuse and and command his sergeant.

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* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: How the entire Army of Mars is managed. From Generals down to platoon sergeants, they all march to the commands of some nearby underling. [[spoiler [[spoiler: Boaz, though ostensibly a private]], is actually in charge of Unk's platoon, and uses his mind-control device to confuse and and command his sergeant.

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* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: How the entire Army of Mars is managed. From Generals down to platoon sergeants, they all march to the commands of some nearby underling. [[spoiler Boaz, though ostensibly a private]], is actually in charge of Unk's platoon, and uses his mind-control device to confuse and and command his sergeant.


* BreakTheHaughty: Malachi's first thought after meeting cloistered, snooty Beatrice Rumfoord is that he'd like to knock her down a peg by adding her to his list of conquests. [[spoiler: Later, on the trip to Mars, this is exactly how their son Chrono is conceived.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: Malachi's Malachi Constant's first thought after meeting cloistered, snooty Beatrice Rumfoord is that he'd like to knock her down a peg by adding her to his list of conquests. [[spoiler: Later, on the trip to Mars, this is exactly how their son Chrono is conceived.]]

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* BreakTheHaughty: Malachi's first thought after meeting cloistered, snooty Beatrice Rumfoord is that he'd like to knock her down a peg by adding her to his list of conquests. [[spoiler: Later, on the trip to Mars, this is exactly how their son Chrono is conceived.]]


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* BlackComedy: Standard in a Vonnegut novel.

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* CosmicPlaything

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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Boaz.]]
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet
* TheManBehindTheMan

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* NonLinearCharacter: Winston Niles Rumfoord.
* OurWormholesAreDifferent

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* TogetherInDeath: Subverted in Vonnegut's trademark gentle sardonicism.

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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Both Constant and Rumfoord qualify for this before their respective changes.

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The inevitable fate of the Martian force which invades Earth.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The inevitable fate of the Martian force which invades Earth. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption Which was Rumfoord's plan all along, of course]]. ]]


* CurbStompBattle: [[The inevitable fate of the Martian force which invades Earth.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[The [[spoiler: The inevitable fate of the Martian force which invades Earth.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[The inevitable fate of the Martian force which invades Earth.]]

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