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* TemporalSuicide: In the episode "Tikka to Ride", the Starbug crew travel back in time and unwittingly prevent the JFK assassination. They find out that as a result, Kennedy's womanizing is revealed and he's impeached and disgraced; furthermore, J Edgar Hoover is blackmailed into letting the Soviet Union re-install nuclear missiles in Cuba, so most major US cities are evacuated. The group go to 1967 and encounter Kennedy as he's about to be transferred to a prison, and give him the chance to fix the timeline by taking him back to 1963 to [[WhoShotJFK shoot his past self from the grassy knoll]]. This fixes the timeline, and Kennedy thanks the crew for letting him save his legacy before he fades away.

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* SetWrongWhatWasOnceMadeRight: The episode "Tikka To Ride" had this as its premise; the crew of the Starbug inadvertently prevent JFK's assassination, only to find that in doing so they turned Kennedy from a martyr to a disgraced convict; in the altered timeline, President Kennedy was impeached in 1964 for sharing a mistress with a Mafia boss, and sentenced to three years in prison. J. Edgar Hoover became president, and was blackmailed by the mob, who made him allow the USSR to install a nuclear base in Cuba in return for Mafia cocaine trafficking between Cuba and the States. As a result, all major US cities were evacuated. The crew then travel to 1966, and have the now-disgraced Kennedy travel back with them to 1963 so he can shoot his past self, saving the US and his image in the process. He thanks the Starbug crew for redeeming him, and then fades away.

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* UncoolUndies: In "Krytie TV", Kochanski goes on a date with an old boyfriend, to Lister's dismay. Kryten suggests that they sabotage the evening by planting in the former boyfriend's quarters (among other things) "tragically unfashionable underpants", showing off a pair for reference. Rimmer irritably points out that said underpants are ''his''.

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*** The theory is the buttons on Red Dwarf and its transport ship are Light-sensitive to allow Holograms to do their jobs. For example, what would be the point of a console officer hologram if they couldn't operate their computer?


*** Given that Series X Rimmer retains memories of both his living and dead counterparts, and their actions, we can assume this is a 3rd Rimmer, who is made up of both his couterparts memories. After Series 8 Rimmer died, most likely after the events of "Only The Good" and was resurrected using his Series 1-7 holo-disk, which contained the most recent backups of his personality on-hand, along with his "Alive memories the crew were able to amalgamate a Rimmer who was up-to-date on their adventures without having "actually" been there.

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*** Given that Series X Rimmer retains memories of both his living and dead counterparts, and their actions, we can assume this is a 3rd Rimmer, who is made up of both his couterparts memories. After Series 8 Rimmer died, most likely after the events of "Only The Good" and was resurrected using his Series 1-7 holo-disk, which contained the most recent backups of his personality on-hand, along with his "Alive "Alive" memories the crew were able to amalgamate a Rimmer who was up-to-date on their adventures without having "actually" been there.

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*** Given that Series X Rimmer retains memories of both his living and dead counterparts, and their actions, we can assume this is a 3rd Rimmer, who is made up of both his couterparts memories. After Series 8 Rimmer died, most likely after the events of "Only The Good" and was resurrected using his Series 1-7 holo-disk, which contained the most recent backups of his personality on-hand, along with his "Alive memories the crew were able to amalgamate a Rimmer who was up-to-date on their adventures without having "actually" been there.


* BackFromTheDead: The entire crew of ''Red Dwarf'' in Series VII.

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* BackFromTheDead: The entire crew of ''Red Dwarf'' in Series VII.VIII.


*** We only find out the "history" of the series 3000 in a unreality bubble, it's not clear if the apparent history is correct or not, and one would assume that Kryten, with his guilt chip in overload already, wouldn't tell the rest of the crew otherwise.

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*** We only find out the "history" of the series 3000 in a an unreality bubble, it's not clear if the apparent history is correct or not, and one would assume that Kryten, with his guilt chip in overload already, wouldn't tell the rest of the crew otherwise.


*** We only find out the "history" of the series 3000 in a unreality bubble, it's not clear if the apparent history is correct or not, and one would assume tha Kryten, with his guilt chip in overload alrady, wouls tell the res of the crew otherwise.

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*** We only find out the "history" of the series 3000 in a unreality bubble, it's not clear if the apparent history is correct or not, and one would assume tha that Kryten, with his guilt chip in overload alrady, wouls already, wouldn't tell the res rest of the crew otherwise.

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*** We only find out the "history" of the series 3000 in a unreality bubble, it's not clear if the apparent history is correct or not, and one would assume tha Kryten, with his guilt chip in overload alrady, wouls tell the res of the crew otherwise.


* AmbiguousCloneEnding: It's unclear which Rimmer is the Rimmer we see from ''[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]'' onwards (the one from Series I-VII who [[spoiler: became Ace Rimmer]] or the one from Series VIII who [[spoiler: may or may not have died during the series cliffhanger]]) as Series X presents evidence for both scenarios.[[note]]Series X!Rimmer talks about remembering being killed by the radiation leak, which only happened to the first Rimmer, but also mentions dealing with the chameleonic microbes, which happened with the second Rimmer.[[/note]]

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* AmbiguousCloneEnding: It's unclear which Rimmer is the Rimmer we see from ''[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]'' onwards (the one from Series I-VII who [[spoiler: became Ace Rimmer]] or the one from Series VIII who [[spoiler: may or may not have died during the series cliffhanger]]) as Series X presents evidence for both scenarios.[[note]]Series X!Rimmer talks about remembering being killed by the radiation leak, which only happened to the first Rimmer, but also mentions dealing with the chameleonic microbes, which happened with the second Rimmer.[[/note]][[note]]Both Rimmers events may have been recorded by the ships onboard hologramatic computer, the assumption in-universe is it collects everything you learn or know, because you'd be useless as a hologram if you signed up for the spacecorps as a Janitor, worked your way up to Captain, died, and were resurected as a Janitor again. SO! Holo-Rimmer has the same DNA as Series 8 Rimmer, so series 8's actions are appended to the "A.J.Rimmer" file sometime after the end of series 8, possibly while S8 is still alive.[[/note]]


* RankedByIQ: The crew of the ''Enlightenment'' in "Holoship" not only use this to suggest intelligence, but seem to have a rank structure based around IQ. Given that, barring TheCaptain, everybody on board seems to be a Commander, this makes some kind of sense.
** Also used in "White Hole", where Rimmer points to Holly's IQ to explain why he thinks she, as opposed to Lister, should be in charge of their attempts to destroy the white hole.
* RashEquilibrium: The climax of "Justice".

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The crew of the ''Enlightenment'' in "Holoship" not only use this to suggest intelligence, but seem to have a rank structure based around IQ. Given that, barring TheCaptain, everybody on board seems to be a Commander, this makes some kind of sense.
** Also used in In "White Hole", where Rimmer points to Holly's IQ to explain why he thinks she, as opposed to Lister, should be in charge of their attempts to destroy the white hole.
* RapidFireDescriptors: In "Blue", after missing Rimmer and his quirks, Kryten arranges the full Rimmer Experience for the crew. After that, Lister is once again ''very'' fed up with him, and calls him a scum-sucking, lying, weasel-minded smegger.
-->'''Lister:''' I never wanna see or hear from that scum-sucking, lying, weasel-minded smegger in my entire life!
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RashEquilibrium: The climax of "Justice".


** Simulants are human in appearance with some differences (some have extra eyebrows or circuit boards) and are partly organic. A couple of them are shown with wear and tear: Most notably the first simulant the crew encounters in "Justice" looks to have exterior damage akin to a Terminator.

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** Simulants are human in appearance with some differences (some have extra eyebrows or circuit boards) and are partly organic. A couple of them are shown with wear and tear: Most notably the first simulant the crew encounters in "Justice" looks to have exterior damage akin to a Terminator. Kryten, an android, is quick to point out simulants and androids are different. The key distinction is that an android will never rip off a person's head then spit down their neck.

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* WhiteAndGreyMorality: Played with in that Lister and Kryten pride themselves on being good and moral, while Rimmer and Cat are far more selfish and make decisions for their own personal gain, regardless of the impact this has on others. This actually becomes a plot point in “The Inquisitor” when Cat and Rimmers low standards preclude them from living better lives while Lister and Kryten could have bettered themselves.

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* HyperCompetentSidekick: Kryten is almost totally subservient to the entire crew (primarily serving as a butler) however he also seems to be the most genuinely intelligent and is usually the one who comes up with solutions to the various problems they face.

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