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* DutchAngles: Dutch angles are used when the characters form a HumanLadder to climb out of the strange room. to make it look like actors lying on a floor are vertical. The effect is particularly obvious with the bagpiper, whose kilt is clearly hanging down to lie on the "wall."

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* DutchAngles: DutchAngle: Dutch angles are used when the characters form a HumanLadder to climb out of the strange room. to make it look like actors lying on a floor are vertical. The effect is particularly obvious with the bagpiper, whose kilt is clearly hanging down to lie on the "wall."


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and army major -- a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it -- because this is Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and army major -- a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it -- because this is Series/{{The the Twilight Zone|1959}}.
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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as Series/{{The the Twilight Zone|1959}}.
Zone.


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* AlienAbduction. {{Discussed|Trope}}. The ballet dancer believes that they have been abducted by aliens and are either on another planet or on a ship on the way to one.


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* DreamPeople: {{Discussed|Trope}}. The bagpiper speculates that they are nothing more than characters in someone else's dream.
* DutchAngles: Dutch angles are used when the characters form a HumanLadder to climb out of the strange room. to make it look like actors lying on a floor are vertical. The effect is particularly obvious with the bagpiper, whose kilt is clearly hanging down to lie on the "wall."


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* ManlyTears: The major begins to cry after his numerous attempts to escape the strange room fail. He is also no closer to figuring out what is going on. The ballet dancer comforts him.


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* PurgatoryAndLimbo: {{Discussed|Trope}}. The hobo speculates that they are trapped in Limbo.


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* TearsFromAStone: In the final scene, having been revealed to be dolls, the ballet dancer cries as she moves her hand towards the major.

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* SnowcloneTitle: To ''Theatre/SixCharactersInSearchOfAnAuthor''.


* UncannyValley: The clown hits it hard in places- such as doing silly moves while discussing the serious predicament they seem to be in.

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* TomatoInTheMirror: The characters realize they're toys.
* UncannyValley: Invoked. The clown hits it hard in places- such as doing silly moves while discussing the serious predicament they seem to be in.


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and army major -- a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it -- because this is TheTwilightZone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and army major -- a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it -- because this is TheTwilightZone.
Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}.



->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as TheTwilightZone.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as TheTwilightZone.
Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}.

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* ChildrenAreInnocent: As noted by the final narration.


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* RayOfHopeEnding: Our five mismatched heroes are trapped and isolated for now, but they'll be toys for an orphanage and Serling suggests they'll be loved unconditionally by the children there.

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* UncannyValley: The clown hits it hard in places- such as doing silly moves while discussing the serious predicament they seem to be in.


* MoodWhiplash: The Clown switches between funny and serious.

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* MoodWhiplash: MoodSwinger: The Clown switches between funny and serious.


->'''RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and army major -- a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it -- because this is TheTwilightZone.

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->'''RodSerling''': ->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and army major -- a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it -- because this is TheTwilightZone.



->'''RodSerling''': Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as TheTwilightZone.

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->'''RodSerling''': ->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love. A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as TheTwilightZone.


Eventually the ballet dancer suggests a plan to escape: forming a tower of people, each person on the other's shoulders. The plan almost works, but a loud sound shakes the cylinder and sends the five tumbling to the ground. Now even more determined, the Major fashions a grappling hook out of loose bits of clothing and his sword. By reforming the tower, he manages to grapple onto the edge of the container. As he turns to survey the area surrounding the cylinder, he tumbles to the ground outside. The other characters talk about him, and the Clown says that he may be right, and they may be in Hell.

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Eventually the ballet dancer suggests a plan to escape: forming a tower of people, each person on the other's shoulders. The plan almost works, but a loud sound shakes the cylinder and sends the five tumbling to the ground. Now even more determined, the Major fashions a grappling hook out of loose bits of clothing and his sword. By reforming the tower, he manages to grapple onto the edge of the container. As he turns to survey the area surrounding the cylinder, he tumbles to the ground outside. The other characters talk about him, and the Clown says that the Major will return but not to rescue them. That he may be right, and they may be in Hell.



** The first time it fails, injuring the ballerina.
** The second time the Major escapes.

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** ** The first time it fails, injuring the ballerina.
** ** The second time the Major escapes.


* WildMassGuessing: In universe among the characters.

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* WildMassGuessing: In universe In-universe among the characters.


->'''RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and an army major - a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it - because this is TheTwilightZone.

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->'''RodSerling''': Clown, hobo, ballet dancer, bagpiper, and an army major - -- a collection of question marks. Five improbable entities stuck together into a pit of darkness. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare in which fear, loneliness and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we'll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats, and the wheres. We will not end the nightmare, we'll only explain it - -- because this is TheTwilightZone.


* WildMassGuessing: Inuniverse among the characters.

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* WildMassGuessing: Inuniverse In universe among the characters.


[[caption-width-right:330:Behold. [[spoiler: The original WesternAnimation/ToyStory]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:330:Behold. [[spoiler: The original WesternAnimation/ToyStory]].''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''.]]



The scene cuts to [[spoiler:a little girl picking up a doll from the snow - a doll in the dress of an Army major. A kindly woman tells her to "Put it back in the barrel with the rest of them." It is revealed that the cylinder is a Christmas toy collection bin for a girls' orphanage, and that all five characters are nothing more than dolls. The loud noise was the shaking of a hand held bell which the woman used to attract donations.]]

The final shot is of the five characters[[spoiler:, now seen as dolls with painted faces and glass eyes. The ballet dancer moves to hold the hand of the major and her eyes fill with tears]].

->'''RodSerling''': [[spoiler:Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love.]] A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as TheTwilightZone.

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The scene cuts to [[spoiler:a a little girl picking up a doll from the snow - a doll in the dress of an Army major. A kindly woman tells her to "Put it back in the barrel with the rest of them." It is revealed that the cylinder is a Christmas toy collection bin for a girls' orphanage, and that all five characters are nothing more than dolls. The loud noise was the shaking of a hand held bell which the woman used to attract donations.]]

donations.

The final shot is of the five characters[[spoiler:, characters, now seen as dolls with painted faces and glass eyes. The ballet dancer moves to hold the hand of the major and her eyes fill with tears]].

tears.

->'''RodSerling''': [[spoiler:Just Just a barrel, a dark depository where are kept the counterfeit, make-believe pieces of plaster and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added, hopeful note: perhaps they are unloved only for the moment. In the arms of children there can be nothing ''but'' love.]] A clown, a tramp, a bagpipe player, a ballet dancer, and a major. Tonight's cast of players on the odd stage known as TheTwilightZone.



* BottleEpisode
* [[spoiler:ChristmasEpisode]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Since they don't remember their names, their costumes are all they have to go on. [[spoiler: The kids are bound to give them proper names.]]
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: The Major
** TheLancer: The Clown
** TheSmartGuy: The Hobo
** TheBigGuy: The Bag Piper
** TheChick: The Ballerina
* HumanLadder
* [[spoiler:LivingToys]]

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* BottleEpisode
BottleEpisode: A majority of the episode is inside a small room, and one street corner.
* [[spoiler:ChristmasEpisode]]
ChristmasEpisode: One of the surprises of the episode.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Since they don't remember their names, their costumes are all they have to go on. [[spoiler:
* HumanLadder:
The kids are bound group tries this twice to give them proper names.]]
* FiveManBand
** TheHero:
attempt an escape.
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The Major
** TheLancer:
first time it fails, injuring the ballerina.
**
The Clown
** TheSmartGuy:
second time the Major escapes.
* LivingToys:
The Hobo
** TheBigGuy: The Bag Piper
** TheChick: The Ballerina
* HumanLadder
* [[spoiler:LivingToys]]
major (pardon the pun) surprise of the episode.



* NamelessNarrative

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* NamelessNarrativeNamelessNarrative: None of the characters, human or doll, have any proper name given.



* OntologicalMystery
* WildMassGuessing: Among the characters.
* YouWakeUpInARoom: Dressed as a major, surronded by a clown, a hobo, a bag piper, and a ballerina.

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* OntologicalMystery
OntologicalMystery: Five people are trapped in a room with no exit or memory of where they came from or who they are. Only a hole above them.
* WildMassGuessing: Among Inuniverse among the characters.
* YouWakeUpInARoom: Dressed as a major, surronded surrounded by a clown, a hobo, a bag piper, and a ballerina.

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