History Characters / LesMiserables

7th Dec '16 6:57:02 PM DustSnitch
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* {{Badass}}: Possibly the most badass character in the story, a borderline ActionHero in an otherwise grounded novel. Not only does he lead a rebellion against the state despite acknowledging that he'll probably be killed, he personally takes part in the battle at the barricade, where he kills or wounds several soldiers. See OneManArmy.
** BadassGay: Another possibility. He is compared to quite a few gay classical figures, is described as feminine, and has a certain amount of HoYay with Grantaire. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Needless to say]], his sexuality's been a topic of some debate; the only thing certain is that he's a CelibateHero.

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* {{Badass}}: Possibly the most badass character in the story, a borderline ActionHero in an otherwise grounded novel. Not only does he lead a rebellion against the state despite acknowledging that he'll probably be killed, he personally takes part in the battle at the barricade, where he kills or wounds several soldiers. See OneManArmy.
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BadassGay: Another possibility. He is compared to quite a few gay classical figures, is described as feminine, and has a certain amount of HoYay with Grantaire. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Needless to say]], his sexuality's been a topic of some debate; the only thing certain is that he's a CelibateHero.
24th Nov '16 10:13:34 PM MonsieurThenardier
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* AbusiveParents: Mainly Thénardier, 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, and in the musical, she clearly doesn't care a bit about Éponine post-bankruptcy.



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* EvilMatriarch: Madame Thénardier.



* EvilMatriarch: Madame Thénardier.



* HateSink: Thenardier is the only truly, 100% evil character in the story. Even his wife has ''some'' redeeming qualities, while he has none.



* LargeHam: Thénardier frequently qualifies, particularly as played by Matt Lucas and Creator/SachaBaronCohen.

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* LargeHam: The musical version of Thénardier frequently qualifies, particularly as played by Matt Lucas and Creator/SachaBaronCohen.Creator/SachaBaronCohen. In the book on the other hand, he's deadly serious and not loud or over-the-top at all.



* MisplacedAccent: The musical usually gives him a Cockney accent for some reason. The book heavily implies he's a Flemish Belgian.

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* MisplacedAccent: The musical usually gives him a Cockney accent for some reason. The book heavily implies he's Belgian. Specifically, the narrator speculates that he was "some Fleming from Lille, in Flanders, a Flemish Belgian.Frenchman in Paris, a Belgian at Brussels, being comfortably astride of both Frontiers".



* SparedByTheAdaptation: Madame Thénardier in the musical, the 2007 anime, and the 2012 film.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Madame Thénardier in the musical, the 2007 anime, and the 2012 film. In the book, she dies in prison while her husband escapes a few years later, and thus doesn't appear in the second half of the story.
24th Nov '16 10:04:24 PM MonsieurThenardier
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* BigBadEnsemble: Thenardier is the closest thing the story has to a villain besides the French system itself (as personified by [[HeroAntagonist Javert]]). He runs into the main characters several times by sheer coincidence, each time working a despicable hustle (whether it be as an innkeeper, a grave robber, or a crime boss) in an attempt to either get rich or get revenge against someone who prevented him from getting rich. His actions end up indirectly driving the plot, usually negatively. For example he indirectly causes Fantine's death by lying to extort money from her and causes Valjean to be discovered by Javert again when his gang kidnaps and attempts to murder him.



* DirtyCoward: Thenardier likes to weasel his way out of tough scrapes as opposed to fighting, though this doesn't make him any less intimidating.

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* DirtyCoward: Thenardier likes to weasel his way out of tough scrapes as opposed to fighting, though this doesn't make him any less intimidating. It pays off, as he ends up being the only prominent character besides Cosette and Marius to survive the events of the story.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: When Javert arrests them, Madame Thenardier cries that if they go to jail, no will be around to care for their children. Her husband doesn't seem to care.



* EvilIsPetty: There is absolutely ''no'' low Thenardier will not sink to to scrounge up just a little bit more cash, it's practically his defining trait. This includes heinous acts such as murder and forced prostitution, but also extends to petty things like overcharging on rent, watering down the wine he sells, or beating a child and forcing her to do manual labor. It's also stated that his main source of income prior to getting the inn was [[DueToTheDead robbing dead soldiers.]]



* GodIsDead: M Thénardier professes to believe this in "Dog Eats Dog".
--> "''And God in His Heaven / He don't interfere / 'Cause he's dead as the stiffs at my feet.''"

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* GodIsDead: M In the music, Thénardier professes to believe this in "Dog Eats Dog".
Dog", as contrasted with Javert's belief in a strict/vengeful God and Valjean's belief in a kind, loving one. It's how he justifies his deeds.
--> "''And God in His Heaven / He don't interfere / 'Cause he's dead DEAD as the stiffs at my feet.''"feet!''"



** Though in the book, he did spend several years in jail for his crimes after being arrested by Javert. So he didn't get off ''completely'' scot-free.



* MisplacedAccent: The musical usually gives him a Cockney accent for some reason. The book heavily implies he's a Flemish Belgian.



* {{Slimeball}}: Thenardier in quite possibly every version of the story is a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal slimy scheming scumbag]] through and through.

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* {{Slimeball}}: Thenardier in quite possibly every version of the story is a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal slimy scheming scumbag]] through and through.through, lacking even the very few redeeming qualities of his wife.


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* UnderestimatingBadassery: Thenardier orders a thug to shoot Javert when the inspector comes at the head of a group of lawmen to arrest them. The thug refuses, causing Thenardier to attempt do so himself. It doesn't end well for him; Javert accurately predicts his gun will misfire, casually tosses a stone tossed at his head by Thenardier's wife, and then casually arrests them both. They get additional years for attempted murder of an officer (or would've, if one hadn't died and the other hadn't broken out).
12th Nov '16 1:03:20 PM CJCroen1393
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: In the book. Granted, it's not so much that Marius dislikes her as it is he finds her creepy. And he's not entirely unjustified in feeling that way, either. Interestingly, she had her own abhorrent admirer in the book too, Montparnasse.



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Shows traits of this despite resenting Cosette and being very clingy to Marius. This is a possible interpretation of why she [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet for Marius]].

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy:
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Shows traits of this despite resenting Cosette and being very clingy to Marius. This is a possible interpretation of why she [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet for Marius]].Marius]].
** Could be seen as a deconstruction too; oh yes, she's bringing Marius and Cosette together because she knows it's what Marius wants...and the closer together she brings them, the more she dies a little inside.
9th Nov '16 11:07:31 PM CJCroen1393
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* {{Slimeball}}: Thenardier in quite possibly every version of the story is a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal slimy scheming scumbag]] through and through.
9th Nov '16 11:00:48 PM MonsieurThenardier
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* BadassPacifist: At the barricade, he refuses to take any lives, settling for just tending to the wounded. However, to give the illusion that he's doing something so the rebels won't get angry, he ''does'' pick up a rifle and shoots the hats off of several soldiers- showing he very well ''could'' have killed several of them, had he been so inclined.



* SelfMadeMan: He started out as the son of a fortune-teller and a galley slave, born in a prison. He eventually becomes a high ranking police officer and the most feared lawman in Paris. This is especially impressive if he really is of Roma descent (see AmbiguouslyBrown)- 19th century western Europe wasn't a place known for its good treatment of racial and ethnic minorities.



* VillainousRescue: He ends up rescuing Valjean and Marius from Thenardier's gang, easily arresting the violent criminals in the process.



* BadassBookworm: Yes, he is something of a bumbler. But this young law student still manages to pull off some impressive feats in the climactic battle at the barricade. Highlights include shooting a policeman seconds before he spears little Gavroche, making two simultaneous shots with pistols while DualWielding, and single-handedly repelling the first assault on the barricade... by taking a match to a large barrel of gunpowder and threatening to ''[[TakingYouWithMe blow everyone up.]]''



* AdaptationalBadass: The novel makes it clear that Enjolras and his club are merely one group involved in the June Rebellion, and a fairly minor one at that. The musical and movie more or less portray him as the RebelLeader who inspires the people to revolt.



* BadassGay: Another possibility. He is compared to quite a few gay classical figures, is described as feminine, and has a certain amount of HoYay with Grantaire. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Needless to say]], his sexuality's been a topic of some debate; the only thing certain is that he's a CelibateHero.

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* {{Badass}}: Possibly the most badass character in the story, a borderline ActionHero in an otherwise grounded novel. Not only does he lead a rebellion against the state despite acknowledging that he'll probably be killed, he personally takes part in the battle at the barricade, where he kills or wounds several soldiers. See OneManArmy.
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BadassGay: Another possibility. He is compared to quite a few gay classical figures, is described as feminine, and has a certain amount of HoYay with Grantaire. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Needless to say]], his sexuality's been a topic of some debate; the only thing certain is that he's a CelibateHero.


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* OneManArmy: Towards the end of the battle at the barricade, he volunteers to go at the soldiers alone to buy the few survivors time to get out. He lasts quite a while.
9th Nov '16 10:28:58 PM CJCroen1393
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Despite the above, some versions of the musical portray something like this between them; the implication that they genuinely love each other is probably the only redeeming quality either of them have in the musical. Mostly averted in the book, as though Madame is stated to be quite possessive of her husband, she's also stated to fear him (implying that their marriage is...[[DomesticAbuse a LOT less pleasant]] behind the scenes) and is understandably furious with him later when he intentionally injures their daughter for pity points.
9th Nov '16 9:16:41 PM CJCroen1393
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%%BreakoutCharacter: Mostly due to the musical.

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%%BreakoutCharacter: * BreakoutCharacter: Mostly due to the musical.musical playing up how tragic her character is.



* LovingAShadow: In the musical, the song "On My Own" makes it explicit that she's in love with the idea of Marius rather than the man himself.

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* LovingAShadow: In the musical, the song "On My Own" makes it explicit that she's in love with the idea of Marius rather than the man himself. In a move that makes her ''[[UpToEleven even more tragic]]'', it's shown that she ''knows'' this, but keeps pursuing him anyway, because he's the only ray of hope left in her miserable life.
1st Nov '16 3:38:52 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: How do you think he became one of the most well known police officers in France?



* {{Badass}}: For a poor, impoverished waif, she's pretty tough and scrappy. As Gavroche put it in the musical, "she knows her way about/Only a kid but hard to scare".
31st Oct '16 7:21:19 PM CJCroen1393
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* AdaptationalComicRelief: In the musical, though that doesn't stop them from being legitimately awful.
* 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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