History Characters / ThePrincessBride

14th Jan '17 10:02:53 AM Give1Take2
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* TheMourningAfter: Played with. While Buttercup is deeply grieved by the news of Westley's "murder" and holds to her vow never to love again, she does get engaged to another man. However, it is an [[ArrangedMarriage arranged]] and loveless engagement that the film implies (and the book confirms) she had no real say in.



* BadLiar: Parodied and subverted at Miracle Max's, where he tries (badly) to convince Max to work a miracle for cheap with a noble lie, [[CassandraTruth only for Max not to believe him when he tells the truth]].
-->'''Inigo:''' (''Unable to keep a straight face'') Oh, this is noble, sir. His wife is... crippled. And his children are on the brink of starvation.\\
'''Max:''' Boy, are ''you'' a rotten liar!\\
'''Inigo:''' (''Emphatically'') I need him to avenge my father, murdered these past twenty years!\\
'''Max:''' Your first story was better.



* RealityEnsues: Inigo is basically a walking RealityEnsues trope to the classic "live for revenge" plot. Before he finds his target he discovers that it's not easy to find a man when all you have to go on is "the man with six fingers," and it takes over twenty years to find his mark. In that time, he discovers there's no money in pursuing revenge, so he has to work for Vizzini to pay the bills. Also, since he puts his entire sense of self-worth in his sword skills but worries that they won't be enough to defeat "the man with six fingers" (his only life's ambition), he becomes TheAlcoholic to keep his confidence up. Finally, after he manages to defeat Count Rugan he realizes [[AndThenWhat he doesn't know what to do with his life now that it's over]].

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* RealityEnsues: Inigo is basically a walking RealityEnsues trope to the classic "live for revenge" plot. Before he finds his target he He discovers that it's not easy to find a man when all you have to go on is "the man with six fingers," and it takes over twenty years to find his mark. In that time, he discovers there's no money in pursuing revenge, so he has to work for Vizzini to pay the bills. Also, since he puts his entire sense of self-worth is in his sword skills but he worries that they won't be enough to defeat "the man with six fingers" (his only life's ambition), fingers," he becomes TheAlcoholic to keep his confidence up. Finally, after he manages to defeat Count Rugan he realizes [[AndThenWhat he doesn't know what to do with his life now that it's over]].
13th Jan '17 1:54:59 PM Give1Take2
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%%* ArrangedMarriage: To Prince Humperdinck.

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%%* * ArrangedMarriage: To Prince Humperdinck.Humperdinck, though it's one he arranges himself.



%%* CatapultNightmare: In the movie.
%%* CuffsOffRubWrists: After being untied.

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%%* * CatapultNightmare: In the movie.
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movie, after she's heckled by the Ancient Booer
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CuffsOffRubWrists: After being untied.untied by Westley when rescued from Vizzini.



%%* DreamingTheTruth: The Ancient Booer.

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%%* * DreamingTheTruth: The Or rather, dreaming the truth of her guilty conscience via the Ancient Booer.Booer.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Buttercup has her moments in the book. Like when she reasons to herself that while it's not ''right'' to marry someone she doesn't love it's not ''wrong'' either, since it's not hurting anyone (that she knows of) and it's not like she has anything else to live for while she waits to die to rejoin Westley anyway. She also tells Vizzini that his brilliant plan to use his blood to whip the sharks into a frenzy wasn't exactly hard to come up with.



%%* FairytaleWeddingDress: Naturally.

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%%* * FairytaleWeddingDress: Naturally.The wedding dress she wears in the third act, as she's about to marry Prince Humperdinck.
* GiverOfLameNames: In the book, she names her [[ADogNamedDog horse "Horse,"]] and calls her parents' farm boy "Farm Boy."


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* ShutUpHannibal: Buttercup actually gets two moments, one in the book and one in the film.
** In the book, after Buttercup jumps out of the boat to swim away from her kidnappers, Vizzini threatens to pour his blood into the water to excite the sharks into attacking her. After she's returned, he gloats endlessly about his genius plan. Eventually she has enough and snaps at him that it doesn't exactly take genius intellect to come up with ''that'' plan.
** PlayedForDrama in the film, when Buttercup finally has enough of "The Dread Pirate Roberts" heckling her about her ArrangedMarriage to Prince Humperdink.
-->'''"Dread Pirate Roberts:''' Now tell me truly: when you found out [your love] was dead, did you get engaged to your prince in the same our, or did you wait a whole week out of respect for the dead?\\
'''Buttercup:''' You mocked me once, never do it again! I DIED THAT DAY!


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* RealityEnsues: Inigo is basically a walking RealityEnsues trope to the classic "live for revenge" plot. Before he finds his target he discovers that it's not easy to find a man when all you have to go on is "the man with six fingers," and it takes over twenty years to find his mark. In that time, he discovers there's no money in pursuing revenge, so he has to work for Vizzini to pay the bills. Also, since he puts his entire sense of self-worth in his sword skills but worries that they won't be enough to defeat "the man with six fingers" (his only life's ambition), he becomes TheAlcoholic to keep his confidence up. Finally, after he manages to defeat Count Rugan he realizes [[AndThenWhat he doesn't know what to do with his life now that it's over]].
-->'''Westley:''' And you've done nothing but study swordplay?\\
'''Inigo:''' [''{{Beat}}''] Well, pursued more than study lately. You see: I cannot find him. It's been twenty years, and I'm starting to lose confidence. I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There's not a lot of money in revenge.
28th Nov '16 8:19:34 PM Eievie
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--> '''Fezzik''': Why are you wearing a mask? Were you burned by acid or something like that?\\

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--> '''Fezzik''': -->'''Fezzik''': Why are you wearing a mask? Were you burned by acid or something like that?\\



--> '''Inigo:''' Hello there! Slow going?\\
'''Westley:''' Look, I don't mean to be rude, but this is not as easy as it looks, so I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't distract me.\\
'''Inigo:''' Right, right. Sorry.\\
'''Westley:''' Thank you.\\

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--> '''Inigo:''' -->'''Inigo''': Hello there! Slow going?\\
'''Westley:''' '''Westley''': Look, I don't mean to be rude, but this is not as easy as it looks, so I'd appreciate it if you wouldn't distract me.\\
'''Inigo:''' '''Inigo''': Right, right. Sorry.\\
'''Westley:''' '''Westley''': Thank you.\\



'''Inigo:''' I do not suppose you could-a speed things up?\\
'''Westley:''' Look, if you're in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.\\
'''Inigo:''' I could do that. I have got some more rope up here. But I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around up here to kill you.\\
'''Westley:''' [[{{Understatement}} That does put a damper on our relationship.]]\\
'''Inigo:''' But... I promise I will ''not'' kill you until you reach the top.\\
'''Westley:''' That's very comforting. But I'm afraid you'll just have to wait.\\
'''Inigo:''' I hate waiting. Could I give you my word as a Spaniard?\\
'''Westley:''' No good. I've known too many Spaniards.\\
'''Inigo:''' Is there no way you trust me?\\
'''Westley:''' Nothing comes to mind.

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'''Inigo:''' '''Inigo''': I do not suppose you could-a speed things up?\\
'''Westley:''' '''Westley''': Look, if you're in such a hurry, you could lower a rope or a tree branch or find something useful to do.\\
'''Inigo:''' '''Inigo''': I could do that. I have got some more rope up here. But I do not think you would accept my help, since I am only waiting around up here to kill you.\\
'''Westley:''' '''Westley''': [[{{Understatement}} That does put a damper on our relationship.]]\\
'''Inigo:''' But... '''Inigo''': But… I promise I will ''not'' kill you until you reach the top.\\
'''Westley:''' '''Westley''': That's very comforting. But I'm afraid you'll just have to wait.\\
'''Inigo:''' '''Inigo''': I hate waiting. Could I give you my word as a Spaniard?\\
'''Westley:''' '''Westley''': No good. I've known too many Spaniards.\\
'''Inigo:''' '''Inigo''': Is there no way you trust me?\\
'''Westley:''' '''Westley''': Nothing comes to mind.



--> '''Westley''': To the pain means that the first thing you lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists, next your nose... The next thing you lose will be your left eye, followed by your right... Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why: so that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish; every babe that weeps at your approach; every woman who cries out, 'Dear God! What is that thing?' will echo in your perfect ears. That is what 'to the pain' means; it means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery, forever.

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--> '''Westley''': -->'''Westley''': To the pain means that the first thing you lose will be your feet below the ankles. Then your hands at the wrists, next your nose... nose… The next thing you lose will be your left eye, followed by your right... right… Your ears you keep, and I'll tell you why: so that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish; every babe that weeps at your approach; every woman who cries out, 'Dear "Dear God! What is that thing?' thing?" will echo in your perfect ears. That is what 'to "to the pain' pain" means; it means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery, forever.









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* InformedAttractiveness: Regarding the movie: Princess Buttercup, while pretty, is far from the "most beautiful woman in the world". Then again, there are casting difficulties involved in finding a woman who could pass for the most beautiful woman in the world; not to mention the budget difficulties of paying her, and the possibility - indeed, the likelihood - that the most beautiful woman in the world can't act. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], though, as beauty is to the eye of the beholder and no matter who they picked she wouldn't appeal to everyone.

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* InformedAttractiveness: Regarding the movie: Princess Buttercup, while pretty, is far from the "most beautiful woman in the world". Then again, there are casting difficulties involved in finding a woman who could pass for the most beautiful woman in the world; not to mention the budget difficulties of paying her, and the possibility - indeed, possibility--indeed, the likelihood - that likelihood--that the most beautiful woman in the world can't act. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], though, as beauty is to the eye of the beholder and no matter who they picked she wouldn't appeal to everyone.



--> '''Buttercup''': You can't hurt me. Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds. And you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords. And when I say you are a coward, that is only because you are the slimiest weakling ever to crawl the earth.

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--> '''Buttercup''': -->'''Buttercup''': You can't hurt me. Westley and I are joined by the bonds of love. And you cannot track that, not with a thousand bloodhounds. And you cannot break it, not with a thousand swords. And when I say you are a coward, that is only because you are the slimiest weakling ever to crawl the earth.









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--> '''Inigo:''' Excuse me...excuse me... Fezzik, please?\\
'''Fezzik:''' EVERYBODY ''MOVE''!\\
'''Crowd:''' ''[clears a path]''\\
'''Inigo:''' Thank you.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When Westley defeats him, he initially thinks he is going to be killed and becomes very calm - his only request being a quick death. Luckily for him, Westley is even more good and honorable than he is and rebuffs the very idea of doing so.

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--> '''Inigo:''' '''Inigo''': Excuse me...me… excuse me... me… Fezzik, please?\\
'''Fezzik:''' '''Fezzik''': EVERYBODY ''MOVE''!\\
'''Crowd:''' '''Crowd''': ''[clears a path]''\\
'''Inigo:''' '''Inigo''': Thank you.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: When Westley defeats him, he initially thinks he is going to be killed and becomes very calm - his calm--his only request being a quick death. Luckily for him, Westley is even more good and honorable than he is and rebuffs the very idea of doing so.



* MinionWithAnFInEvil: He's ordered by Vizzini to kill the man in black. Inigo tries to do this by... throwing his opponent a rope to scale the cliff, let him catch his breath, and even have a friendly chat before they fight.

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* MinionWithAnFInEvil: He's ordered by Vizzini to kill the man in black. Inigo tries to do this by... by… throwing his opponent a rope to scale the cliff, let him catch his breath, and even have a friendly chat before they fight.



-->'''Inigo:''' I want my father back, you son of a bitch!
* PunchClockVillain: He says it in the film -- "I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills."

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-->'''Inigo:''' -->'''Inigo''': I want my father back, you son of a bitch!
* PunchClockVillain: He says it in the film -- "I film--"I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills."



-->'''Westley:''' [[PassingtheTorch You'd make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.]]

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-->'''Westley:''' -->'''Inigo''': You know… it's very strange. I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it's over, I don't know what to do with the rest of my life.\\
'''Westley''': Have you ever considered piracy?
[[PassingtheTorch You'd make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.]]



* VillainousBreakdown: A minor example - during his duel with Westley, after they both stop holding back, Inigo noticeably starts losing control of the duel. The more Westley outperforms him, the less reserved and more desperate Inigo becomes, until he's frantically slashing inanely in a mad bid to hit him. On the other hand, [[FaceDeathWithDignity he calms down immediately]] [[spoiler: once Westley disarms him.]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: A minor example - during example--during his duel with Westley, after they both stop holding back, Inigo noticeably starts losing control of the duel. The more Westley outperforms him, the less reserved and more desperate Inigo becomes, until he's frantically slashing inanely in a mad bid to hit him. On the other hand, [[FaceDeathWithDignity he calms down immediately]] [[spoiler: once Westley disarms him.]]



-->'''Vizzini''': He didn't fall?! Inconceivable!
-->'''Inigo''': You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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-->'''Vizzini''': He didn't fall?! Inconceivable!
-->'''Inigo''':
Inconceivable!\\
'''Inigo''':
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
means.






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--> '''Westley''': You are that smart?
--> '''Vizzini''': There are no words to contain all my wisdom. I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy...well, I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is, but let me put it this way: the world is several million years old and several billion people have at one time or another trod upon it, but I, Vizzini the Sicilian, am, speaking with pure candor and modesty, the slickest, sleekest, sliest and wiliest fellow who has yet come down the pike.

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--> '''Westley''': -->'''Westley''': You are that smart?
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smart?\\
'''Vizzini''': There are no words to contain all my wisdom. I am so cunning, crafty and clever, so filled with deceit, guile and chicanery, such a knave, so shrewd, cagey as well as calculating, as diabolical as I am vulpine, as tricky as I am untrustworthy...untrustworthy… well, I told you there were not words invented yet to explain how great my brain is, but let me put it this way: the world is several million years old and several billion people have at one time or another trod upon it, but I, Vizzini the Sicilian, am, speaking with pure candor and modesty, the slickest, sleekest, sliest and wiliest fellow who has yet come down the pike.pike.
** PlatoIsAMoron:
-->'''Vizzini''': Let me put it this way--have you ever heard of Creator/{{Plato}}? Creator/{{Aristotle}}? Creator/{{Socrates}}?\\
'''Man in Black''': Yes?\\
'''Vizzini''': [[TropeNamer Morons.]]



-->'''Vizzini''':...so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me! But you would have counted on my thinking that, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you!...

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-->'''Vizzini''':...so -->'''Vizzini''': …so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me! But you would have counted on my thinking that, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you!...you!



* PlatoIsAMoron:
-->'''Vizzini:''' Let me put it this way--have you ever heard of Creator/{{Plato}}? Creator/{{Aristotle}}? Creator/{{Socrates}}?\\
'''Man in Black:''' Yes?\\
'''Vizzini:''' [[TropeNamer Morons]].









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-->'''Humperdinck:''' I know of nothing else that kills so silently.

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-->'''Humperdinck:''' -->'''Humperdinck''': I know of nothing else that kills so silently.



* WickedStepmother: Subverted. His stepmother is actually quite nice, it's just that [[GenreSavvy he grew up reading fairytales with wicked stepmothers]] and as such refers to her as "Evil Stepmother" ("E.S" for short), a term of endearment between them.

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* WickedStepmother: Subverted. His stepmother is actually quite nice, it's just that [[GenreSavvy he grew up reading fairytales with wicked stepmothers]] and as such refers to her as "Evil Stepmother" ("E.S" S." for short), a term of endearment between them.
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* DirtyCoward: When Inigo finally confronts him, he at first raises his sword to fight... then turns and runs away. When Inigo catches up, he ambushes him with a throwing knife. This is more justified in the book; the four swordsmen Inigo cut through in seconds are explained to all be master swordsmen themselves there (while in the movie they seem to just be mooks) so he knows a fair fight would effectively be suicide.

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* DirtyCoward: When Inigo finally confronts him, he at first raises his sword to fight... fight… then turns and runs away. When Inigo catches up, he ambushes him with a throwing knife. This is more justified in the book; the four swordsmen Inigo cut through in seconds are explained to all be master swordsmen themselves there (while in the movie they seem to just be mooks) so he knows a fair fight would effectively be suicide.









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-->And so here the point is, if Max and Valerie sound Jewish, why shouldn't they? You think a guy named [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Simon Morgenstern]] was Irish Catholic? Funny thing — [[WriteWhoYouKnow Morgenstern's folks]] were named Max and Valerie and his father was a doctor.

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-->And -->''And so here the point is, if Max and Valerie sound Jewish, why shouldn't they? You think a guy named [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Simon Morgenstern]] was Irish Catholic? Funny thing — [[WriteWhoYouKnow thing--[[WriteWhoYouKnow Morgenstern's folks]] were named Max and Valerie and his father was a doctor. doctor.''



* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Well.... They ''are'' an old married couple but even still, all their dialog to each other is in this vein.

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* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Well.... Well… They ''are'' an old married couple but even still, all their dialog to each other is in this vein.
vein.






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* EvilSoundsRaspy: Parodied. He says his first line with an extreme rasp... then he clears his throat and speaks with a clear voice and a slight cockney accent for the rest of the film.

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* EvilSoundsRaspy: Parodied. He says his first line with an extreme rasp... rasp… then he clears his throat and speaks with a clear voice and a slight cockney accent for the rest of the film.









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[[folder:The Kid]]
!! The Kid

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[[folder:The Kid]]
!! The Kid
[[folder:Grandson]]
!!The Grandson






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--> '''The Boy''': Wait, what did Fezzik mean, 'He's dead?' I mean he didn't mean dead. Westley's only faking, right?

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--> '''The Boy''': -->'''Grandson''': Wait, what did Fezzik mean, 'He's dead?' I mean he didn't mean dead. Westley's only faking, right?



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: After his grandfather tells him that Buttercup doesn't get eaten by eels, he vehemently denies he was nervous about it, instead stating he was 'concerned'.

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: After his grandfather tells him that Buttercup doesn't get eaten by eels, he vehemently denies he was nervous about it, instead stating he was 'concerned'.
"concerned".



!! The Grandfather

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!! The !!The Grandfather




The Kid's visiting grandfather, who reads him a story to make him feel better while sick.
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\nThe Kid's boy's visiting grandfather, who reads him a story to make him feel better while sick.
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sick.



3rd Nov '16 10:23:58 PM SparksOfTheTempest
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* {{Troperiffic}}: Look at the number of tropes he ''names''! He may well hold a record.
3rd Nov '16 11:59:11 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* UnkeptBeauty: Hinted at in the film's opening. In the book it's much more explicit, as before Westley left she had not yet gotten into the habit of things like bathing or combing her hair, so her beauty shined through despite (and later because of) her tangled hair and messy appearance.

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* UnkeptBeauty: UnkemptBeauty: Hinted at in the film's opening. In the book it's much more explicit, as before Westley left she had not yet gotten into the habit of things like bathing or combing her hair, so her beauty shined through despite (and later because of) her tangled hair and messy appearance.
23rd Oct '16 10:29:15 AM nombretomado
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* BritishAccents: Cary Elwes uses his native AhPea accent in the role.
12th Oct '16 12:34:23 AM Caswin
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* VillainousBreakdown: The man in black's pursuit sends him right off his rocker, especially in the book, albeit not so very long after the reader ''meets'' him in the first place. (That said, he claims that it's been ''years'' since someone challenged his mind, and there's a general indication that Vizzini is legitimately used to his plans going off without a hitch.)
3rd Oct '16 9:19:24 AM FordPrefect
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* PsychoForHire: Works part-time as Humperdinck's ExaltedTorturer, a job he takes to with a level of satisfaction that can only be called psychotic.

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* PsychoForHire: Works part-time as Humperdinck's ExaltedTorturer, TortureTechnician, a job he takes to with a level of satisfaction that can only be called psychotic.
3rd Oct '16 9:17:33 AM FordPrefect
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* NervesOfSteel: He's the only one who stands his ground when Westeley, Inigo and Fezzik arrive (Fezzik disguised as the Dread Pirate Roberts). Subverted when actually threatened and gives up the keys.

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* NervesOfSteel: He's the only one who stands his ground when Westeley, Westley, Inigo and Fezzik arrive (Fezzik disguised as the Dread Pirate Roberts). Subverted when he's actually threatened directly and immediately gives up the keys.
3rd Oct '16 9:15:34 AM FordPrefect
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* CripplingOverspecialization: He's use to fighting multiple people at once, so he loses fast to a single, skilled fighter. He himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: He's use used to fighting multiple people at once, so he loses fast to a single, skilled fighter. He himself [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.



* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: He has a tendency to replace his rs with ws.

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* ElmuhFuddSyndwome: He has a tendency to replace his rs r's with ws.w's.



* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Forgoes Vizzini's underhanded ambush tactics for a straight up wrestling match with Westley. Westley's still grossly outmatched, but it's the thought that counts.

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* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Forgoes Vizzini's underhanded ambush tactics for a straight up wrestling match with Westley. Westley's still grossly outmatched, outmatched (presumably only winning because Fezzik ''also'' didn't bother going for an immediate bear hug to counter his), but it's the thought that counts.
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