History Characters / LesMiserables

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.
14th Sep '17 9:35:25 PM AnnieLeonhardts
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* BenevolentBoss

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* BenevolentBossBenevolentBoss: As M. Madeline, he improved conditions for the factory workers and was incredibly generous to everyone. When he found out that Fantine had turned to prostitution after getting fired from his factory, he goes out of his way to help her.



* RepetitiveName

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* RepetitiveNameRepetitiveName: '''Jean''' Val'''jean'''



--> '''Gavroche:''' That's Eponine, she know's her way about / Only a kid, but hard to scare

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--> '''Gavroche:''' That's Eponine, she know's knows her way about / Only a kid, but hard to scare
14th Sep '17 9:23:22 PM AnnieLeonhardts
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* StreetSmart: One would have to be to live the life she led.
--> '''Gavroche:''' That's Eponine, she know's her way about / Only a kid, but hard to scare
14th Sep '17 9:18:37 PM AnnieLeonhardts
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* AnimalMotifs: In the book, she is compared to a bird, with the narration describing her as "more of a lark than a dove".



* ExtremeDoormat: The book describes her as this, thus explaining why she was so compliant during her and Valjean's escape to Paris. Justified, due to her abuse from the Thenardiers.

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* ExtremeDoormat: The book describes her young Cosette as this, thus explaining why she was so compliant during her and Valjean's escape to Paris. Justified, due to her abuse from the Thenardiers. She later grows out of this somewhat, as her older self is much more spirited and well-adjusted.


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* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Eponine sees him as this (more so in the musical, where their relationship is closer, but there's shades of it in the book as well). She doesn't quite love him as much as she loves [[LovingAShadow the idea of him]]; she just sees him as the one good thing in her terrible life.
14th Sep '17 8:58:45 PM AnnieLeonhardts
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* ExtremeDoormat: The book describes her as this, thus explaining why she was so compliant during her and Valjean's escape to Paris. Justified, due to her abuse from the Thenardiers.
1st Aug '17 8:25:49 AM CarolC
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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: In some tour musical productions, Valjean has a few verses where he warns Eponine to be cautious, likely to make her spirit's visit to Valjean's death scene make sense.
28th Jul '17 3:59:14 AM SoapheadChurch
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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the novel, he's a Type II AntiVilain, a good person at heart, but too morally inflexible to truly be a hero. In the various adaptations, he's more of a straight villain.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: In the novel, he's a Type II AntiVilain, AntiVillain, a good person at heart, but too morally inflexible to truly be a hero. In the various adaptations, he's more of a straight villain.
27th Jul '17 8:19:28 PM SoapheadChurch
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* ActualPacifist: In the book, Valjean actively refuses to fight or physically hurt anyone after his encounter with the bishop (even Javert, Thenardier, and everyone on both sides of the barricades). (In the musical and many other adaptations, he is only a technical pacifist.)
** However, on two occasions, once with Javert immediately after Fantine's death, the second with Thenardier shortly after buying Cosette, he makes it VERY clear that if they make one more wrong move he will go to violence, and that it would be a very bad idea for them. Both back off.

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* ActualPacifist: In the book, Valjean actively refuses to fight or physically hurt anyone after his encounter with the bishop (even Javert, Thenardier, and everyone on both sides of the barricades). (In the musical and many other adaptations, he is only a technical pacifist.)
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) However, on two occasions, once with Javert immediately after Fantine's death, the second with Thenardier shortly after buying Cosette, he makes it VERY clear that if they make one more wrong move he will go to violence, and that it would be a very bad idea for them. Both back off.



%%EarnYourHappyEnding: After all the trials Valjean goes through throughout the novel and musical, he finally dies surrounded by Marius and Cosette.

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%%EarnYourHappyEnding: * EarnYourHappyEnding: After all the trials Valjean goes through throughout the novel and musical, he finally achieves the redemption he has been fighting for and dies surrounded by Marius and Cosette.with the knowledge that his surrogate daughter will live in happiness.



%%FakingTheDead: Happens in the novel and in the anime, declared by Javert of all people.

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%%FakingTheDead: Happens * FakingTheDead: He pulls it off to escape parole in the novel and in the anime, anime. For added irony, it is declared by Javert of all people.



* TurnTheOtherCheek: Valjean is a master at this. The standout example is when he [[spoiler:spares Javert's life at the barricade, despite the fact that he's spent years running away from him.]]

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* TurnTheOtherCheek: Valjean is a master at this. The standout example is when he [[spoiler:spares spares Javert's life at the barricade, despite the fact that he's spent years running away from him.]]



* AdaptationalVillainy: In the novel, he's a Type II AntiVilain, a good person at heart, but too morally inflexible to truly be a hero. In the various adaptations, he's more of a straight villain.



* BadassBoast: In the anime, when Javert arrests Thénardier for the second time, he practically vows that if the latter breaks out of prison again and again, he will just send him back until he repents.

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* BadassBoast: BadassBoast:
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In the anime, when Javert arrests Thénardier for the second time, he practically vows that if the latter breaks out of prison again and again, he will just send him back until he repents.



*** In one of russian radioplays he also adds: "I told you so. A gun aimed at Javert never fires."

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*** ** In one of russian radioplays he also adds: "I told you so. A gun aimed at Javert never fires."



%%CelibateHero

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%%CelibateHero* CelibateHero: No matter the adaptation, he never shows any interest in the opposite sex. The novel seems to suggest that he finds such a thing distracting, so he completely eschews it.



* RagsToRiches

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* RagsToRichesRagsToRiches: He goes from the son of a gypsy and a galley slave to the most respected police inspector in France.



* WideEyedIdealist: His devotion to law and order includes the belief that no court judgement is ever wrong, no official is ever corrupt, and no law is ever unjust.

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* WideEyedIdealist: His devotion to law and order includes the belief that no court judgement judgment is ever wrong, no official is ever corrupt, and no law is ever unjust.



* TeenPregnancy: Most likely in her case. It is not stated when Fantine was born, other than that the Directory still was in function at the time (and therefore, she never was baptized). This lasted until 1799, when Napoleon took the helm. Fantine was then born no later than 1798, and was abandoned in 1817. Do the math.
** The book states that Fantine was 22 years old in 1818, when she left Paris for Montreuil. With Cosette being between two and three years at the time, Fantine gave birth at the age of 19. That would make her a straight example, although becoming a mother in her ''late'' teens.

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* TeenPregnancy: Most likely in her case. It is not stated when Fantine was born, other than that the Directory still was in function at the time (and therefore, she never was baptized). This lasted until 1799, when Napoleon took the helm. Fantine was then born no later than 1798, and was abandoned in 1817. Do the math. \n** The book states that Fantine was 22 years old in 1818, when she left Paris for Montreuil. With Cosette being between two and three years at the time, Fantine gave birth at the age of 19. That would make her a straight example, although becoming a mother in her ''late'' teens.



%%HappilyMarried: To Cosette near the end of the novel and musical.

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%%HappilyMarried: * HappilyMarried: To Cosette near the end of the novel and musical.musical. At least, theoretically. We only see the wedding.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: While the narrator claims Book Éponine is rather ugly due to her horrid circumstances[[note]]despite the fact that she could have been pretty had she been given the chance[[/note]], she is notably more attractive in the musical. She's also a lot less creepy.
** This predated the musical. Classical illustrations of Eponine often portray her as looking older and prettier than she is described in the book.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: While the narrator claims Book Éponine is rather ugly due to her horrid circumstances[[note]]despite the fact that she could have been pretty had she been given the chance[[/note]], she is notably more attractive in the musical. She's also a lot less creepy.
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creepy. This predated the musical. Classical illustrations of Eponine often portray her as looking older and prettier than she is described in the book.



%%IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: Introduced in the 2012 adaptation trying to seduce Marius this way.



* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:The first major character casualty of the barricade in the musical]].

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* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:The The first major character casualty of the barricade in the musical]].musical.



%%TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified

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%%TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Hugo intended to portray him as the DoomedMoralVictor, and adaptations rarely stray from this. The one notable exception is the 1935 film adaptation, in which he is essentially a CardCarryingVillain.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
** Madame Thénardier in the 2012 film; they cast ''Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter''. This is played with by having her verse of "Master of the House" sung to a guest in flirtation, distracting him with [[DistractedByTheSexy the sexy]] while she steals from him. Later, she tries to do this near the end of "Javert's Intervention" to Javert [[IgnoreTheFanservice but he remains unfazed.]]
** Also in the 2000 mini-series.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness:
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AdaptationalAttractiveness: Madame Thénardier in the 2012 film; they cast ''Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter''. This is played with by having her verse of "Master of the House" sung to a guest in flirtation, distracting him with [[DistractedByTheSexy the sexy]] while she steals from him. Later, she tries to do this near the end of "Javert's Intervention" to Javert [[IgnoreTheFanservice but he remains unfazed.]]
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]] Also in the 2000 mini-series.



%%ApronMatron: Madame Thénardier to her daughters.



%%KidAppealCharacter
%%KilledMidSentence

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%%KidAppealCharacter
%%KilledMidSentence
* KidAppealCharacter: Strangely enough for the time period, he was actually based on a child hero of the French Revolution, and intended to appeal to rebellious and politically active children.
* KilledMidSentence: In most adaptations, he's killed in the midst of singing an uplifting song.



%%EccentricMentor

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%%EccentricMentor* EccentricMentor: The Bishop is merciful beyond what anyone would expect, which ultimately prompts Valjean's HeelFaceTurn.



%% MentorOccupationalHazard: The reason for Valjean's HeelFaceTurn
%%PosthumousCharacter

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%% * MentorOccupationalHazard: The reason for Valjean's HeelFaceTurn
%%PosthumousCharacter
Valjean learns of his death of old age via newspaper. It helps to encourage him to stay on the straight and narrow.
* PosthumousCharacter: He lives on through the brief interaction with Valjean, which forms the basis of his life philosophy.



%%TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified

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%%TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Les Amis are almost never portrayed in a negative light. Sure, they're a bit misguided, but their hearts are in the right place.



* CowardlyLion: Despite his timid disposition, he is said to show great courage.
%%CloudCuckoolander



%%TheGenericGuy

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%%TheGenericGuy* TheGenericGuy: He seems to be the only one of the revolutionaries without any real distinguishing character traits.



%%NiceGuy



A law student of eleven years with no intention of becoming a lawyer, who serves as a connection between the ABC and other unorganized groups. He is from a peasant background. [[spoiler:He dies first out of the ABC on the barricade.]]

%%TheBigGuy

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A law student of eleven years with no intention of becoming a lawyer, who serves as a connection between the ABC and other unorganized groups. He is from a peasant background. [[spoiler:He He dies first out of the ABC on the barricade.]]

%%TheBigGuy
barricade.



* DeadpanSnarker: The standout example in the novel; a sure indicator of his skeptical nature.



%%DoomedMoralVictor

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%%DoomedMoralVictor* DoomedMoralVictor: Along with the other members of Les Amis de L'ABC. He gets a special mention, as he chooses to die at their side despite his clear lack of passion for their cause.



%%SadClown
%%DeadpanSnarker
%% GallowsHumor

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%%SadClown
%%DeadpanSnarker
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* SadClown: He's a comic relief character, yes, but that's only because he has a distinctly lack of purpose in his life. He copes with this through alcoholism and cracking the occasional joke.
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GallowsHumor
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