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* YouAreWhoYouEat: Subverted. The swamp plants that consumed Holland's consciousness didn't actually ''become'' him, any more than Holland became a plant. Rather, the vegetation now ''thought'' it was Holland, not realizing the real person by that name was dead and his body was decomposed.

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* YouAreWhoYouEat: Subverted. The swamp plants that consumed Holland's consciousness didn't actually ''become'' him, any more than Holland became a plant. Rather, the vegetation now ''thought'' it was Holland, not realizing the real person by that name was dead and his body was decomposed.decomposed.
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--> "[Y]ou can't kill a vegetable by shooting it through the head."\\
'''--Jason Woodrue'''

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--> -> "[Y]ou can't kill a vegetable by shooting it through the head."\\
'''--Jason
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-->-- '''Jason
Woodrue'''


* ScienceIsUseless: Sunderland displays this attitude when he chews Woodrue out for insisting he doesn't have the required knowledge to understand the full implications of his discovery about the Swamp Thing:

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* ScienceIsUseless: ScienceIsUseless
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Sunderland displays this attitude when he chews Woodrue out for insisting he doesn't have the required knowledge to understand the full implications of his discovery about the Swamp Thing:



** [[spoiler:and then he foolishly leaves Woodrue alone with his computer, and Woodrue does have the "correct background" to subvert Sunderland's security systems...]]

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** [[spoiler:and then Then he foolishly leaves Woodrue alone with his computer, and Woodrue does have the "correct background" to subvert Sunderland's security systems...]]systems.


* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: What Swamp Thing discovers regarding the quest for his lost humanity.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: What Swamp Thing discovers regarding the quest for his lost humanity. Moore stated that he deliberately wanted to remove the "carrot-and-stick" because Holland's quest to become human again would have ended the series and kept it in a permanent abyss of failure. By resolving once and for all, that Swamp Thing never will be (and never was) a human, the story was no longer bound by its DrivingQuestion.


* FridgeLogic: This issue resolves a big loophole about Swamp Thing's origins: that the bio-restorative formula only worked on plants, it shouldn't have affected Alec Holland's body. We find out that the formula worked on the plants that consumed Alec's burned corpse...
** And even then this resolution didn't make much sense biologically (see above)... but by then Moore brought about the Plant Elemental origins which covered the loopholes this RetCon created.


* FridgeLogic: This issue resolves a big loophole about Swamp Thing's origins: that the bio-restorative formula only worked on plants, it shouldn't have affected Alec Holland's body. We find out that the formula worked on the plants that consumed Alec's burned corpse...
** And even then this resolution didn't make much sense biologically (see above)... but by then Moore brought about the Plant Elemental origins which covered the loopholes this RetCon created.



* SanitySlippage: The Swamp Thing acts with uncharacteristic, unthinking savagery at the issue's climax.

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* SanitySlippage: The Swamp Thing acts with uncharacteristic, unthinking savagery at the issue's climax. The [[TomatoInTheMirror revelation he learns]], though, when his sanity does slip is slightly justifiable...



** [[spoiler:and then he foolishly leaves Woodrue alone with his computer, and Woodrue does have the "correct background" to subvert Sunderland's security systems...]]



* WhamEpisode: "He isn't Alec Holland. He never will be Alec Holland. He never was Alec Holland. He's just a ghost. A ghost dressed in weeds."

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* WhamEpisode: "He isn't Alec Holland. He never will be Alec Holland. He never was ''was'' Alec Holland. He's just a ghost. A ghost dressed in weeds."

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* BookEnds: Woodrue's observation, "It's raining in Washington tonight," opens and closes the issue.


* DeadAllAlong. Played with. Woodrue, and the Swamp Thing himself, discover that Alec Holland died right after his explosion, meaning that the being thought to be him has simply been borrowing Holland's identity and memories without knowing it.

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* DeadAllAlong. Played with. Woodrue, and the Swamp Thing himself, discover that Alec Holland died right almost immediately after his explosion, catching fire, meaning that the being thought to be him has simply been borrowing Holland's identity and memories without knowing it.


However, just as Woodrue is about to explain the most important implication of all this, Sunderland cuts him off and fires him, saying his scientists can do the rest. He then exits the room, leaving the vengeful, computer-savvy Woodrue alone with the console which controls everything in the lab. This includes the cryogenic freezer containing the swamp creature, whom he proceeds to unthaw because, as he reflects that evening at home, if the Swamp Thing is really a plant, that means bullets can't kill it, only put it into a state of shock. Soon enough, at the lab, Sutherland discovers the empty freezer and hurries to his office to summon help...only to encounter the revived Swamp Thing, who's just finished reading Woodrue's report on him.

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However, just as Woodrue is about to explain the most important implication of all this, Sunderland cuts him off and fires him, saying his scientists can do the rest. He then exits the room, leaving the vengeful, computer-savvy Woodrue alone with the console which controls everything in the lab. This includes the cryogenic freezer containing the swamp creature, whom he proceeds to unthaw thaw because, as he reflects that evening at home, if the Swamp Thing is really a plant, that means bullets can't kill it, only put it into a state of shock. Soon enough, at the lab, Sutherland discovers the empty freezer and hurries to his office to summon help...only to encounter the revived Swamp Thing, who's just finished reading Woodrue's report on him.


* WhamLine: See page quote.

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* WhamLine: See page quote.quote.
* YouAreWhoYouEat: Subverted. The swamp plants that consumed Holland's consciousness didn't actually ''become'' him, any more than Holland became a plant. Rather, the vegetation now ''thought'' it was Holland, not realizing the real person by that name was dead and his body was decomposed.


Over the next six weeks, Woodrue analyzes the Swamp Thing's organs one by one, finding, to his confusion, that none of them could possibly perform the functions they would in a human body, as they're made of coarse plant fibre and otherwise lack the proper physiological structure. Finally, Woodrue's chance reading about a biology experiment gives him the answer. He excitedly explains to an impatient Sunderland that planarian worms unable to run a maze were, after being fed worms that the researchers had trained to do so, then able to run it. From this, he deduces that "consciousness can be passed on as foodstuffs."

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Over the next six weeks, Woodrue analyzes the Swamp Thing's organs one by one, finding, to his confusion, that none of them could possibly perform the functions they would in a human body, as they're made of coarse plant fibre and otherwise lack the proper physiological structure. Finally, Woodrue's chance reading about a biology experiment gives him the answer. He excitedly explains to an impatient Sunderland that planarian worms unable to run a maze were, after being fed worms that the researchers had trained to do so, then able to run it. From this, he deduces that "consciousness and intelligence can be passed on as foodstuffs."



As the enraged Swamp Thing chases his captor through the lab, Woodrue thinks that the only thing that could've kept the creature sane all this time was the hope that he could one day regain his humanity. However, now that he knows he isn't, never has been and never will be human, all bets are off. And sure enough, at the lab, Sunderland, trapped by the doors that no longer recognize his I.D., succumbs to strangulation at the Swamp Thing's hand. Woodrue imagines that the creature would head back to the Louisiana swamplands, and resolves to follow him there.

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As the enraged Swamp Thing chases his captor through the lab, Woodrue thinks that the only thing that could've kept the creature sane all this time was the hope that he could one day regain his humanity. However, now that he knows he isn't, never has been and never will be human, all bets are off. And sure enough, at the lab, Sunderland, trapped by the doors that (thanks to Woodrue) no longer recognize his I.D., succumbs to strangulation at the Swamp Thing's hand. Woodrue imagines that the creature would head back to the Louisiana swamplands, and resolves to follow him there.


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* BrainFood: Woodrue theorizes that consciousness and intellect can be transferred, from one organism to another, as food, and relates this to the ritual consumption, in some cultures, of a deceased elder in order to [[CannibalismSuperpower gain his wisdom]]. "General, you could go into a delicatessen and [[BlackComedyCannibalism order Einstein on pumpernickel]]...''


--> I am not, in your terms, an intelligent man. I am merely shrewd. Being "merely shrewd" has secured me a vast financial empire and has enabled me to watch while cleverer men went penniless to their graves [...] You see, I am very rich. I do not need to be an [[AntiIntellectualism intellectual]][...] I do not need the ramifications. I do not need the "correct background." And you, Dr. Woodrue, now that you've provided me with my breakthrough...I need ''you'' least of all.

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--> I am not, in your terms, an intelligent man. I am merely shrewd. Being "merely shrewd" has secured me a vast financial empire and has enabled me to watch while cleverer men went penniless to their graves [...] You see, I am very rich. I do not need to be an [[AntiIntellectualism intellectual]][...intellectual]] [...] I do not need the ramifications. I do not need the "correct background." And you, Dr. Woodrue, now that you've provided me with my breakthrough...I need ''you'' least of all.


--> I am not, in your terms, an intelligent man. I am merely shrewd. Being "merely shrewd" has secured me a vast financial empire and has enabled me to watch while cleverer men went penniless to their graves [...] You see, I am very rich. I do not need to be an [[AntiIntellectualism intellectual]]. I do not need to understand how this computer works [...] I do not need the ramifications. I do not need the "correct background." And you, Dr. Woodrue, now that you've provided me with my breakthrough...I need ''you'' least of all.

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--> I am not, in your terms, an intelligent man. I am merely shrewd. Being "merely shrewd" has secured me a vast financial empire and has enabled me to watch while cleverer men went penniless to their graves [...] You see, I am very rich. I do not need to be an [[AntiIntellectualism intellectual]]. I do not need to understand how this computer works [...intellectual]][...] I do not need the ramifications. I do not need the "correct background." And you, Dr. Woodrue, now that you've provided me with my breakthrough...I need ''you'' least of all.

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* ScienceIsUseless: Sunderland displays this attitude when he chews Woodrue out for insisting he doesn't have the required knowledge to understand the full implications of his discovery about the Swamp Thing:
--> I am not, in your terms, an intelligent man. I am merely shrewd. Being "merely shrewd" has secured me a vast financial empire and has enabled me to watch while cleverer men went penniless to their graves [...] You see, I am very rich. I do not need to be an [[AntiIntellectualism intellectual]]. I do not need to understand how this computer works [...] I do not need the ramifications. I do not need the "correct background." And you, Dr. Woodrue, now that you've provided me with my breakthrough...I need ''you'' least of all.

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* PurpleProse: Woodrue's narration opens with this bit of whimsy:
--> It's raining in Washington tonight. Plump, warm summer rain that covers the sidewalks with leopard spots. Downtown, elderly ladies carry their houseplants out to set them on the fire-escapes, as if they were infirm relatives or boy kings.

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