History Characters / GunslingerGirl

19th Dec '17 12:39:17 AM Rissis
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* SuicidePact: A variation: [[spoiler:unlike most such pacts, no suicides are actually involved. Both parties involved in "this" pact kill each other.]]

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* SuicidePact: A variation: [[spoiler:unlike most such pacts, no suicides are actually involved. Both parties involved in "this" ''this'' pact kill each other.]]
24th Nov '17 11:12:06 AM Pichu-kun
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* BerserkButton: When a terrorist starts hitting Jose this creates a subconscious reminder of her own trauma -- Henrietta responds by [[HandbagOfHurt hitting the man in the jaw]] with [[SenselessViolins her violin case]] then killing every terrorist in the apartment, despite direct orders from Jose not to act until they'd spotted their target.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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When a terrorist starts hitting Jose this creates a subconscious reminder of her own trauma -- Henrietta responds by [[HandbagOfHurt hitting the man in the jaw]] with [[SenselessViolins her violin case]] then killing every terrorist in the apartment, despite direct orders from Jose not to act until they'd spotted their target.



* ClingyJealousGirl: Henrietta has a face like dip whenever her handler Jose pays attention to someone other than herself.
** A significant representative scene from the first series of the anime: Marco is supervising Henrietta and Angelica on the shooting range. Jose arrives - but does not immediately speak to Henrietta, instead greeting Marco and complimenting Angelica on her improving accuracy. Henrietta watches the conversation - and praise - with a silent scowl, and then starts deliberately throwing off her aim to falsely suggest that her own technique is poor. She thus gets rewarded with private tuition with Jose all afternoon!

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* ClingyJealousGirl: Henrietta has a face like dip whenever her handler Jose pays attention to someone other than herself. \n** A significant representative scene from the first series of the anime: Marco is supervising Henrietta and Angelica on the shooting range. Jose arrives - but does not immediately speak to Henrietta, instead greeting Marco and complimenting Angelica on her improving accuracy. Henrietta watches the conversation - and praise - with a silent scowl, and then starts deliberately throwing off her aim to falsely suggest that her own technique is poor. She thus gets rewarded with private tuition with Jose all afternoon!



* PluckyGirl: Apparently guileless, Rico has a bright, sunny, genial and bubbly disposition that nothing can seem to dull. Arguably ThePollyanna given that she has a harsh handler, but unlike the classic Pollyanna the entire universe is not conspiring to make Rico's life a misery, and she enjoys friends and many benefits in her Agency life, too.

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* PluckyGirl: PluckyGirl:
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Apparently guileless, Rico has a bright, sunny, genial and bubbly disposition that nothing can seem to dull. Arguably ThePollyanna given that she has a harsh handler, but unlike the classic Pollyanna the entire universe is not conspiring to make Rico's life a misery, and she enjoys friends and many benefits in her Agency life, too.



* {{Shorttank}}: While Rico's personality is well away from that of a tomboy (cf. PluckyGirl above), neither can she be said to be especially feminine. She has a boy's name, a permanent cropped haircut, and a wardrobe consisting entirely of sweatshirts, jerseys and trousers.
** This is really a reflection of her handler, who treats Rico in a utilitarian way -- partially to not get attached to her since she'll die sooner or later.
* SlasherSmile: Rico seems to [[ExaltedTorturer enjoy the prospect of torturing]] a Padania suspect.

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* {{Shorttank}}: While Rico's personality is well away from that of a tomboy (cf. PluckyGirl above), neither can she be said to be especially feminine. She has a boy's name, a permanent cropped haircut, and a wardrobe consisting entirely of sweatshirts, jerseys and trousers.
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trousers. This is really a reflection of her handler, who treats Rico in a utilitarian way -- partially to not get attached to her since she'll die sooner or later.
* SlasherSmile: SlasherSmile:
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Rico seems to [[ExaltedTorturer enjoy the prospect of torturing]] a Padania suspect.



* [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Better To Die Than Be Reconditioned]]: Expresses to Hilshire that she'd rather die than have him see her like that, in part because she doesn't want him to have any more regrets than he already does about the [=SWA=].
** Hilshire's reaction, "Is that your will?" (The document, Japanese doesn't have the double meaning). Triela, "Yes it's a will."

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* [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled Better To Die Than Be Reconditioned]]: Expresses to Hilshire that she'd rather die than have him see her like that, in part because she doesn't want him to have any more regrets than he already does about the [=SWA=].
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[=SWA=]. Hilshire's reaction, "Is that your will?" (The (the document, Japanese doesn't have the double meaning). Triela, "Yes it's a will."



* CuteAsABouncingBetty: When Triela was learning hand-to-hand fighting with the [=GIS=], she picked up a nickname. What did the Special Forces call the little killing machine? Lepretto (roughly "bunny") after a child's doll that shares her TwinTails.
** Leading to a Crowning Moment of Cuteness when Triela runs into those GIS troopers the following year -- they immediately start rubbing her [[TwinTails "bunny ears"]] for luck. Cue LuminescentBlush.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: And it adds to the mysteriousness of her origins. She is, however, ''decidedly'' [[TheDitz non-ditzy]], breaking type a little.
** Triela originates from Tunisia, lending greater support to mixed ethnicity.

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* CuteAsABouncingBetty: When Triela was learning hand-to-hand fighting with the [=GIS=], she picked up a nickname. What did the Special Forces call the little killing machine? Lepretto (roughly "bunny") after a child's doll that shares her TwinTails.
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TwinTails. Leading to a Crowning Moment of Cuteness when Triela runs into those GIS troopers the following year -- they immediately start rubbing her [[TwinTails "bunny ears"]] for luck. Cue LuminescentBlush.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: And it adds to the mysteriousness of her origins. She is, however, ''decidedly'' [[TheDitz non-ditzy]], breaking type a little.
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little. Triela originates from Tunisia, lending greater support to mixed ethnicity.



* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Triela owns a number of bears, but these are an austere ornamental collection rather than a soft pile of fuzzy teddies to cuddle (sort of, it's left quite vague). The severe names she gives the eighth bear onwards (after Roman Emperors) is remarked on by other characters.
** She's shown cuddling and dressing them up, but only after she realized that the bears were in fact signs of Hilshire's affection for her, not just something given to shut her up at Christmas.

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* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Triela owns a number of bears, but these are an austere ornamental collection rather than a soft pile of fuzzy teddies to cuddle (sort of, it's left quite vague). The severe names she gives the eighth bear onwards (after Roman Emperors) is remarked on by other characters.
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characters. She's shown cuddling and dressing them up, but only after she realized that the bears were in fact signs of Hilshire's affection for her, not just something given to shut her up at Christmas.


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* InconsistentColoring: Early chapters had her skin color not be shaded in. It wasn't until several volumes in that her being darker skinned than the others became obvious even in monochrome.
1st Jul '17 10:04:05 AM JackG
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* WomanScorned: Feels this way [[spoiler: towards Pinocchio, after he best her for the first time]]

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* WomanScorned: Feels this way [[spoiler: towards Pinocchio, after he best her for the first time]]time. [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Averted with Roberta Guellfi]]; she shows none of Henrietta's jealous tendencies when her handler finds himself a LoveInterest.
1st Jul '17 9:47:45 AM JackG
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* WistfulAmnesia: See UnableToCry.
27th Jun '17 2:27:55 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* BadassNormal: In a HiddenBadass NonActionGuy way. Aside from frequently using his incredible SherlockScan to locate and identify criminals as well as come up with effective strategies and plans that even impress some of the veterans, he is the person who locates the BigBad in Venice [[spoiler:(though not soon enough to reach him)]]. Considering that he's doing all of this in battlefields when he has no skill for combat, it's hard to consider him anything other than badass. In Turin, he even manages to [[spoiler:single-handedly talk down the BigBad's right-hand man, who is threatening to detonate a nuclear warhead from a room around the corner, using only his SherlockScan to assist (note, he can't see the guy), while silently instructing Petra how to take the guy down; all this, without pausing for an instant to think]].

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* BadassNormal: In a HiddenBadass NonActionGuy way. Aside from frequently using his incredible SherlockScan to locate and identify criminals as well as come up with effective strategies and plans that even impress some of the veterans, he is the person who locates the BigBad in Venice [[spoiler:(though not soon enough to reach him)]]. Considering that he's doing all of this in battlefields when he has no skill for combat, it's hard to consider him anything other than badass. badass.
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In Turin, he even manages to [[spoiler:single-handedly talk down the BigBad's [[TheDragon right-hand man, man]], who is threatening to detonate a nuclear warhead from a room around the corner, using only his SherlockScan to assist (note, he can't see the guy), while guy). Meanwhile, he is silently instructing Petra how to take the guy down; all down. All this, without pausing for an instant to think]].



* NominalHero: With significant shades of PragmaticHero, especially once [[spoiler:he begins to reciprocate Petra's feelings]]. He has multiple moments where he goes out of his way to have his actions lead to good results, which leaves him being a bit more complicated than a strait-forward NominalHero, but mostly without the good-guy attitude of a PragmaticHero. The best example of his attitude is in chapter 36, where he tells Petra "Bad people can always protect good ones from the really bad ones."

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* NominalHero: With significant shades of PragmaticHero, especially once [[spoiler:he begins to reciprocate Petra's feelings]]. He has multiple moments where he goes out of his way to have his actions lead to good results, which leaves him being a bit more complicated than a strait-forward straight-forward NominalHero, but mostly without the good-guy attitude of a PragmaticHero. The best example of his attitude is in chapter 36, where he tells Petra "Bad people can always protect good ones from the really bad ones."



* SherlockScan: Has developed this skill since he was a kid.

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* SherlockScan: Has developed this skill since he was a kid. His mentor trained him in this [[UpToEleven even farther]].



* HowDareYouDieOnMe: [[spoiler: Roberta resents how Hilshire's death means she is plunged back into loneliness again. Turns out he's left SomeoneToRememberHimBy.]]

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* HowDareYouDieOnMe: [[spoiler: Roberta resents how Hilshire's death means she is plunged back into loneliness again. Turns out he's left SomeoneToRememberHimBy.]]SomeoneToRememberHimBy]].


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* DeadLoveInterest: To Hilshire.
27th Jun '17 2:19:08 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Right before Turin, he feels guilty about [[spoiler:betraying Raballo to the Agency]] and orders Rico to kill him when Dante tries using him as a HumanShield. [[spoiler:Following this ThanatosGambit, he apologizes to Rico and tells her to move on. However, in chapter 95, he's confirmed to be alive, but amnesiac regarding Rico (considering later chapters, he might have just been concussed.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Right before Turin, he feels guilty about [[spoiler:betraying Raballo to the Agency]] and orders Rico to kill him when Dante tries using him as a HumanShield. [[spoiler:Following this ThanatosGambit, he apologizes to Rico and tells her to move on. However, in chapter 95, he's confirmed to be alive, but amnesiac regarding Rico (considering later chapters, he might have just been concussed.]]
27th Jun '17 2:03:36 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* AntiHero: Somewhere between Type III and Type V; she's the least moral of the cyborgs, though that's just because Sandro passed quite a few vices on to her.
** On the other hand, she's the only girl who appears to have doubts about the morality of their methods (torturing prisoners, that is, not [[MoralMyopia brainwashing girls like herself]]). She asks quite a few questions about violence and the like, actually.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Well, she "did" want to be taller...
** Not only is this lampshaded by [[spoiler:Petrushka herself, when she's regained her memory]], but it is also used to lampshade the irony of her situation at the end of the manga. She mentions regret over her name being that of a puppet from ballet, so when [[spoiler:Sandro tells her that this Petrushka got what she wanted]], she replies that she guesses they both got what they wished for.

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* AntiHero: Somewhere between Type III and Type V; she's the least moral of the cyborgs, though that's just because Sandro passed quite a few vices on to her.
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her. On the other hand, she's the only girl who appears to have doubts about the morality of their methods (torturing prisoners, that is, not [[MoralMyopia brainwashing girls like herself]]). She asks quite a few questions about violence and the like, actually.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Well, she "did" ''did'' want to be taller...
** Not only is this lampshaded by [[spoiler:Petrushka herself, when she's regained her memory]], but it is also used to lampshade the irony of her situation at the end of the manga. She mentions regret over her name being that of a puppet from ballet, so when [[spoiler:Sandro [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove tells her that this Petrushka got what she wanted]], wanted]]]], she replies that she guesses they both got what they wished for.
11th May '17 3:33:15 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* DramaticIrony: She first meets Sandro hours before the amputation of her leg is confirmed and her resulting suicide attempt. The irony is further shown in that he tells the agency to give him any random girl and gives her the name Petrushka only knowing that she is Russian. Just before the Turin Battle, he was informed that a nuclear power plant might give her some bad reactions, considering her past, which he is informed of for the first time, and then he realizes the worst part of all this.

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* DramaticIrony: She first meets Sandro hours before the amputation of her leg is confirmed and her resulting suicide attempt. The irony is further shown in that he tells the agency to give him any random girl and gives her the name Petrushka only knowing that she is Russian. Just before the Turin Battle, he [[spoiler:Sandro was informed that a nuclear power plant might give her some bad reactions, considering her past, which he is informed of for the first time, and then he realizes the worst part of all this.]]



* TeacherStudentRomance: Petrushka falls in love with her handler Alessandro, who after initially resisting her increasingly obvious affection (incorrectly believing her to be driven by [[BlessedWithSuck cyborg conditioning]] and not wanting to [[HypnotizeThePrincess take advantage of her]]), eventually acknowledges her feelings to be real and genuine and forms a relationship with her. This is not a MentorShip because the pairing is not implicit but actually occurs.

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* TeacherStudentRomance: Petrushka falls in love with her handler Alessandro, who after initially resisting her increasingly obvious affection (incorrectly believing her to be driven by [[BlessedWithSuck cyborg conditioning]] and not wanting to [[HypnotizeThePrincess take advantage of her]]), eventually acknowledges her feelings to be real and genuine genuine, falls for her himself, and forms a relationship with her. This is not a MentorShip because the pairing is not implicit but actually occurs.
11th May '17 3:29:34 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* DramaticIrony: She first meets Sandro hours before the amputation of her leg is confirmed and her resulting suicide attempt. The irony is further shown in that he tells the agency to give him any random girl and gives her the name Petrushka only knowing that she is Russian. Just before the Turin Battle, he was informed that a nuclear power plant might give her some bad reactions, considering her past, which he is informed of for the first time, and then he realizes the worst part of all this.
11th May '17 3:21:48 PM HwaetGrimmalkin
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* ButNotTooForeign: In the anime, Mimi asks Triela if she's part-Japanese, but we get no answer. This does not occur in the manga, however.

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* ButNotTooForeign: In the anime, Mimi asks Triela if she's part-Japanese, but we get no answer. This exchange does not occur in the manga, however.



* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Triela owns a number of bears, but these are an austere ornamental collection rather than a soft pile of fuzzy teddies to cuddle (sort of, it's left quiet vague). The severe names she gives the eighth bear onwards (after Roman Emperors) is remarked on by other characters.

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* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Triela owns a number of bears, but these are an austere ornamental collection rather than a soft pile of fuzzy teddies to cuddle (sort of, it's left quiet quite vague). The severe names she gives the eighth bear onwards (after Roman Emperors) is remarked on by other characters.



* [[PutOnABus Put On A Boat]]: [[spoiler: Lives out the last years of her life on a boat with Rico and the remaining 2nd gen Cyborgs. It isn't said how long she lives (every day is much the same to her), but she is the last survivor of the first gens.]]

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* [[PutOnABus Put On A Boat]]: [[spoiler: Lives out the last years of her life on a boat with Rico and the remaining 2nd gen Cyborgs. It isn't said how long she lives (every day is much the same to her), but she is and Rico are the last survivor survivors of the first gens.]]



** On the other hand, she's the only girl who appears to have doubts about the morality of their methods (torturing prisoners, that is, not [[MoralMyopia brainwashing girls like herself]])

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** On the other hand, she's the only girl who appears to have doubts about the morality of their methods (torturing prisoners, that is, not [[MoralMyopia brainwashing girls like herself]])herself]]). She asks quite a few questions about violence and the like, actually.



* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: So it turns out that Petra's conversion to a cyborg didn't actually cure her cancer; it basically just masked it, allowing her to function normally but doing nothing to stop the disease. The SWA tells her this when she's about to die from it having spread to the rest of her organic body parts. Oh, and they could have paid for her to actually be treated but didn't think it was worth it because she was going to die early as a cyborg anyway.]]
* DreamBallet: There is a dream-sequence where Petrushka witnesses her pre-cyborg self (aspiring ballerina Elisabeta) practice her dancing, but because she's lost her memory, she doesn't realize that it's her.

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* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: So it turns out that Petra's conversion to a cyborg didn't actually cure her cancer; it basically of cancer entirely since she ended up relapsing anyway, and it's leukaemia this time; basically, her being a cyborg mostly just masked it, the symptoms, allowing her to function normally but doing did next to nothing to stop the disease. disease (though with artificial organs, it was less likely). The SWA tells her finds this when she's about to die from it having spread to the rest of out and informs her organic body parts. Oh, handler a bit late, and they could have paid for her it's hard to actually be treated but didn't think it was worth it say if that's because she was going the prosthesis made the symptoms subtle or if this were a deliberate case of hiding it. They do try to die early as a cyborg anyway.treat her for it after Turin, though, however, what happens to her and Sandro is left open to interpretation.]]
* DreamBallet: There is a dream-sequence where Petrushka witnesses her pre-cyborg self (aspiring ballerina Elisabeta) practice her dancing, but because she's lost her memory, memory and the person she sees has a different appearance and height, she doesn't realize that it's her.



* MeaningfulName: Petrushka is the name of a puppet used in Russian theatre - thus reflecting both the character's origins as a Russian ballerina, and her status as an Agency cyborg.

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* MeaningfulName: Petrushka is the name of a puppet used in Russian theatre and ballet - thus reflecting both the character's origins as a Russian ballerina, and her status as an Agency cyborg.



* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler: Leukemia. Inverted in that she's the one that doesn't know, but the staff and her handler do]].

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* SecretlyDying: [[spoiler: Leukemia. Inverted in that she's the one that doesn't know, but the staff and (just before she is informed) her handler do]].



* TheTopicOfCancer: Had a bad case of it. [[spoiler:Eventually it comes back as leukemia and is the cause of her death]].

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* TheTopicOfCancer: Had a bad case of it. [[spoiler:Eventually it comes back as leukemia and is the supposed cause of her death]].
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