History Characters / LesMiserables

11th Feb '18 3:08:09 PM OlmoJV
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* EvilCounterpart: Like Jean Valjean, Thénardier has the shrewdness of a criminal, uses various aliases, takes care of Cosette in Fantine's stead, goes through rough times and runs from the law. While Valjean loves Cosette like she were his own daughter, Thénardier doesn't really care for her or any of his own children. After Jean Valjean sees the error of thieving ways, he becomes rich through honest means yet hardly uses the wealth for his own benefit. The selfish and greedy Thénardier in turn repeatedly tries to get rich however he can, and he never repents. While Valjean became an embittered convict due to circumstances and a harsh justice system, Thénardier has wrongdoing in the blood.
6th Jan '18 10:28:48 PM nombretomado
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* AdaptationalVillainy: He of all characters is hit with this ''hard'' in the 1935 American film adaptation, in which, due to the Thenardiers' screen time being drastically reduced, he's actually the closest character to pure evil. He is portrayed as an AxCrazy BloodKnight who stages a coup on Maruis's nonviolent protest movement, sparking the violence. He's even played by JohnCarradine, who is better known for playing {{Dracula}} numerous times and who looks about as unlike a radiant young man as possible. The reason for this is due to the film being made during the First Red Scare, and a heroic revolutionary being considered too much for the public of the day to swallow.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: He of all characters is hit with this ''hard'' in the 1935 American film adaptation, in which, due to the Thenardiers' screen time being drastically reduced, he's actually the closest character to pure evil. He is portrayed as an AxCrazy BloodKnight who stages a coup on Maruis's nonviolent protest movement, sparking the violence. He's even played by JohnCarradine, Creator/JohnCarradine, who is better known for playing {{Dracula}} numerous times and who looks about as unlike a radiant young man as possible. The reason for this is due to the film being made during the First Red Scare, and a heroic revolutionary being considered too much for the public of the day to swallow.
17th Dec '17 11:32:45 AM DustSnitch
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* BadassGrandpa: Aging hardly diminishes his SuperStrength -- he's in his fifties by the time he adopts Cosette, a rescue that involves plenty of running through Paris and wall-climbing. His strength does go near the end of the story, however.



* BadassGrandpa: Although he is 80 years old, he is the only one who volunteers to risk his life raising the flag. In fact, the revolutionaries are so impressed with his bravery that many of them assume him to be a veteran of the French Revolution.
23rd Nov '17 4:31:34 PM BlindJustice-2515
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* DeathByDespair: Fantine is taken to a hospital and improves significantly when told Cosette is there to visit her. When she realizes Cosette is actually not here and that Monsieur Madeline is a convict, she drops dead from shock.

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* DeathByDespair: Fantine is taken already developed an IncurableCoughOfDeath from living in poverty, but shows signs of improving when Monsieur Madeline takes her to a hospital and improves significantly when told promises to fetch Cosette is there to visit her. from the Thenardiers on her behalf. When she realizes Cosette is actually not here and that Monsieur Javert barges into her room, announcing Madeline is a convict, the convict Valjean who would never keep his promise. Fantine's last hope shatters and she drops dead from shock.



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: All of Fantine's misfortunes can be traced back to her being too trusting of people. She has a daughter with a man she believes is her true love, but leaves her once he tires of her, and places said daughter in the care of a family that bilks her to nothing while they enslave and abuse her child.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: All of Fantine's misfortunes can be traced back to her being too trusting of people. She First, she has a daughter with a man she believes is her true love, but leaves her once he tires of her, and her. Then she places said her daughter in the care of a family criminals that bilks her to nothing while they enslave and abuse her the child.
18th Nov '17 11:23:06 AM BlindJustice-2515
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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: All of Fantine's misfortunes can be traced back to her being too trusting of people. She has a daughter with a man she believes is her true love, but leaves her once he tires of her, and places said daughter in the care of a family that bilks her to nothing while they enslave and abuse her child.
31st Oct '17 9:15:17 PM CJCroen1393
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* AbusiveParents: Mainly Thénardier, who goes so far as to force Eponine into prostitution and mutilate Alzema to make her a better beggar. Madame Thénardier seems to genuinely care for her daughters, and continued to be so when they were in poverty. However, she is the most clearly abusive of Cosette, and in the musical, she clearly doesn't care a bit about Éponine post-bankruptcy.

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* AbusiveParents: Mainly Thénardier, who goes so far as to force Eponine into prostitution and mutilate Alzema to make her a better beggar. Madame Thénardier seems to genuinely care for her daughters, and continued to be so when they were in poverty. However, she is the most clearly abusive of Cosette, abandoned all three of her sons, and in the musical, she clearly doesn't care a bit about Éponine post-bankruptcy.



* AdaptationalVillainy: Madame was still villainous in the novel, but genuinely loved her daughters and both feared and objected to one of her husband's schemes when it injured one of them. This is not the case in the musical, wherein she ceases to care about Eponine after the family goes bankrupt and clearly doesn't mourn her death after the fact.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Madame was still villainous in the novel, but genuinely loved her daughters and both feared and objected to one of her husband's schemes when it injured one of them. This is not the case in the musical, wherein she gladly goes along with everything her husband does, ceases to care about Eponine after the family goes bankrupt and clearly doesn't mourn her death after the fact.



** [[AdaptationalKarma Averted]] in the 2007 anime.

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** [[AdaptationalKarma Averted]] in the 2007 anime. Played straight with his wife, though--she survives prison and gets released, with her worst punishment being losing a whole lot of weight.



* MoralityPet: Éponine and Azelma to Madame, at least; they're the only ones she shows a semblance of kindness and caring for.

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* MoralityPet: Éponine and Azelma to Madame, at least; they're the only ones she shows a semblance of kindness and caring for. Averted in the musical, wherein Azelma is AdaptedOut and Madame stops caring about Eponine when the family goes bankrupt.
27th Oct '17 7:33:03 PM CJCroen1393
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* ExactWords: Thenardier in the musical. Remember when he said he served "food beyond belief"? Or that he treated Cosette like "one of his own"? He [[LethalChef wasn't]] [[AbusiveParents lying]] about either of those things...
13th Oct '17 1:45:17 AM Synchronicity
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* AdaptedOut: In some adaptations, they are unnamed. Justified, as it is quite easy to think of them as a unit as opposed to individual personalities, especially for the first-time viewer.



* IJustWantToBeFree: Their motivation

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* IJustWantToBeFree: Their motivationmotivation. They want France to be free from its capricious monarchy.


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* NamedByTheAdaptation: Inverted -- in some adaptations they are unnamed.
29th Sep '17 9:15:08 AM BlindJustice-2515
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* SpitefulSpit: To Valjean, after his strict moral codes drive her to her lowest point. He forgives her.

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* SpitefulSpit: To Valjean, after his strict moral codes drive her to her lowest point. He Seeing the state she's in, he forgives her.her instantly.
22nd Sep '17 10:29:50 AM Vampireandthen
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* FriendlyRivalry[=/=]WorthyOpponent: Apparently, with Gavroche in the 2012 film. Gavroche asks Valjean to spare him at the barricade, and Javert is [[AntagonistInMourning aghast to discover]] Gavroche among the dead after the battle.

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* FriendlyRivalry[=/=]WorthyOpponent: Apparently, with Gavroche in the 2012 film. Gavroche asks Valjean to spare him at the barricade, and Javert is [[AntagonistInMourning aghast to discover]] Gavroche among the dead after the battle. His reaction may also have do with the fact Gavroche is a child, though.
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