This article is about an entertainment form. For other uses, see Heterodyne (disambiguation).
A popular form of entertainment in Europa, Heterodyne shows are dramatized and highly fictionalized versions of the adventures of the heroic Heterodyne Boys, Bill and Barry. Lucrezia Mongfish features prominently as Bill's scientific rival and love interest, and Klaus as the duo's disaster-prone yet unflappable ally - though after his ruthless rise to power he is increasingly portrayed as a coward or even a traitor.
Not unlike the "pantos" of modern-day Britain, or Punch-and-Judy puppet shows (nothing to do with the construct couple), audience participation and response is expected and nearly required for the best effect of the performance.
Heterodyne stories are non-performed print counterparts, and make up a significant chunk of Europa's popular fiction. The canon between the written stories and the performed plays probably overlaps a great deal.
Possibly relevant outside information
Given the metafictional nature of the Heterodyne stories, it should be unsurprising that they are built on well-known tropes. Here are some examples.
- The Five Man Band
- Bill: The Hero
- Klaus: The Lancer
- Barry: The
- Punch: The Big Guy
- Judy: The Chick/Action Girl
Žiga is a Slovene given name, a form of Sigmund. (As in Freud?)