History ComicBook / NikolaiDante

12th Feb '16 10:44:56 AM CynicalBastardo
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* CatchPhrase: Nikolai has several: ** "Heroes/Honour be damned" tends be used when someone calls him a hero or tells him to act with honour. ** "I'm too cool to kill" is something of a BadassBoast when someone threatens him. ** He tends to introduce himself either as "[[BondJamesBond The name's Dante. Nikolai Dante]]" or "Dante's the name, X is the game." ** "Fuoco", "Diavolo" and "Bojemoi" are generally exclamations of surprise, though "Bojemoi" gets phased out after "The Courtship of Jena Makarov".

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The Countessa De Wynter will get various people to help her with heists and then try and have them killed.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Despite their [[DirtyCoward extreme cowardice]] and their reputation as the worst soldiers in the empire, Spatchcock and Flintlock manage to survive two revolutions and even save both Dante and Elena on different occasions. Even during the final battle against the Imperial army, they charge into the battle and distract Elizabeth Hawksmoore long enough for Elena to stick a grenade onto her.

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* PoweredArmor: The Order Of The Dragon wear massive powered suits of armour in battle. Both Richard and Elizabeth Hawksmoore, as heads of the Order, favour their signature battle armour. [[spoiler: Elena Kurakin finds a workaround thanks to Spatch and Flint and a grenade.]]
23rd Jan '16 9:14:53 PM nombretomado
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** Nikolai is at one point attacked by genetically engineered creatures called [[StrontiumDog Kreelers]].
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** Nikolai is at one point attacked by genetically engineered creatures called [[StrontiumDog [[ComicBook/StrontiumDog Kreelers]].
19th Dec '15 11:46:08 AM CynicalBastardo
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* OffWithHisHead: Due to a resurgence of swords and axes as battlefield weapons, decapitations are quite common occurrences in the strip. Notably, this happens to Lazarev at the end of his duel with Nikolai [[spoiler: and Papa Yeltsin by Dmitri/Arkaday]].
8th Dec '15 5:58:55 PM msq
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* GloriousMotherRussia: A somewhat twisted take on this trope, but the resurgent Russian Empire is not only a land of adventure. But also encompasses the ''entire planet'' by the the time the series takes place.

* GratuitousRussian: Given how most characters are actually Russian, it's justified.

* KlingonPromotion: The title of Tsar Of All The Russias seems to be passed over through revolution many, many times. Nikolai invokes this trope in Rudinshtein in order to save its people.
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* KlingonPromotion: The title of Tsar Of All The Russias seems to be passed over through revolution revolutions and rebellions many, many times. Nikolai invokes this trope in Rudinshtein in order to save its people.

* KlingonPromotion: TheMafiya: The title Russian aristocracy by and large trace their descent to the Mafiya clans that arose from the ashes of Tsar Of All The Russias seems to be passed over through revolution many, many times. Nikolai invokes this trope in Rudinshtein in order to save its people.the Soviet Union. Elements of their code have thus endured as part of courtly tradition.

* OneWorldOrder: By the 27th Century, just about the entire planet is under direct or indirect Russian rule.
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* OneWorldOrder: By the 27th Century, just about the entire planet is under direct or indirect Russian rule. Although rebel groups still persist in what was once America.
3rd Dec '15 9:22:40 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ListOfTransgressions: In "The Memoirs Of Nikolai Dante", the Tsar is shown with a list of Nikolai's crimes, which describe him as a bandit, a brawler, a conman, a duellist, a thief [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a gigolo]].
2nd Dec '15 2:24:06 PM CynicalBastardo
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** Dmitri gets the most powerful crest of all, being able to override all of the other crests.
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** Dmitri gets the most powerful crest of all, being able to override all of the other crests. He's also able to use bio blades and fusion powers.
1st Dec '15 2:02:36 PM CynicalBastardo
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* AncestralWeapon: Elena Kurakin's father [[TakeUpMySword gives her his swords on his deathbed]].

* AristocratsAreEvil
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* AristocratsAreEvilAristocratsAreEvil: The aristocracy tortures, starves and kills the poor, often for their own amusement.

* IncestIsRelative: There's a huge incest subtext within the family Romanov. It's implied that Dmitri is in love with Jocasta and he makes her have his children via genetic engineering. Konstantin may be as well, given that he requests prostitutes to take her name for the duration. Then, there's Aleksandr and Aleksandra, who are so in love with each other that their crests' abilities allow them to merge as a single being. And, of course, there's also a fetishy artwork cover of Lulu dominating Nikolai.
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* ImprobableAimingSkills: After shooting Katarina, Vlad explains to her that he'd been [[ColdSniper a sniper in his youth]] and has just deliberately shot her in a way that would ensure a slow and painful death. She has just enough left in her to kill Dmitri before she succumbs to her wounds. * IncestIsRelative: There's a huge incest subtext within the family Romanov. It's implied that Dmitri is in love with Jocasta and he makes her have his children via genetic engineering. Konstantin may be as well, given that he requests prostitutes to take her name for the duration. Then, there's Aleksandr and Aleksandra, who are so in love with each other that their crests' abilities allow them to merge as a single being. And, of course, there's also a fetishy artwork cover of Lulu dominating Nikolai.Nikolai as well as the goodbye kiss she gives him during the last story to which he responds with shock [[INeedAFreakingDrink and a desire to get plastered]].

* IncestIsRelative: ** There's a huge incest subtext within the family Romanov. It's implied that Dmitri is in love with Jocasta and he makes her have his children via genetic engineering. Konstantin may be as well, given that he requests prostitutes to take her name for the duration. Then, there's Aleksandr and Aleksandra, who are so in love with each other that their crests' abilities allow them to merge as a single being. And, of course, there's also a fetishy artwork cover of Lulu dominating Nikolai. news reporter named Kurt [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Brockman]].

* IncestIsRelative: There's a huge incest subtext within the family Romanov. It's implied that ** Played straight with Katarina Dante, but not before she takes out Dmitri is Romanov first. * VikingFuneral: [[spoiler: Nikolai sends off his mother in love with Jocasta and he makes such a fashion after she succumbs to her have his children via genetic engineering. Konstantin may be as well, given that he requests prostitutes to take her name for the duration. Then, there's Aleksandr and Aleksandra, who are so in love with each other that their crests' abilities allow them to merge as a single being. And, of course, there's also a fetishy artwork cover of Lulu dominating Nikolai. wounds.]]

* YouKilledMyFather: Elizabeth Hawksmoore confesses to Elena Kurakin that she killed her father. Elena severs her spine not too long after.
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* YouKilledMyFather: Elizabeth Hawksmoore confesses to Elena Kurakin that she killed her father. Elena severs her spine not too long after. During the final battle, Elena destroys Hawksmoore's PoweredArmor with a grenade and finishes the job with her [[AncestralWeapon father's sword]].
1st Dec '15 11:18:35 AM CynicalBastardo
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** Richard Hawksmoore is known as The Beast Of Tunguska.

* VillainousWidowsPeak: Gender flipped with Elizabeth Hawksmoore. Her very high forehead is clearly visible and she is a very brutal SociopathicSolider. These are both traits she inherited from her father, though he was more BaldOfEvil.
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* VillainousWidowsPeak: Gender flipped with Elizabeth Hawksmoore. Her very high forehead is clearly visible and she is a very brutal SociopathicSolider.SociopathicSoldier. These are both traits she inherited from her father, though he was more BaldOfEvil.
1st Dec '15 10:30:52 AM CynicalBastardo
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* TheChessmaster: The Countessa de Wynter
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* TheChessmaster: TheChessmaster: ** The Countessa de WynterWynter manages to manipulate everybody in order to further her schemes. ** Dmitri Romanov, upon losing the war, manages to [[spoiler: hide within Arkady so he can worm his way into command of the Scarlet Wraiths and take control of the empire from Nikolai and Jena after they've done all the legwork against Vlad.]] * ChivalrousPervert: Nikolai. While he's well known as a notorious womaniser, he won't take a woman because it's the right of an aristocrat. He also turns down Julianna Makarov because he loves Jena.
1st Dec '15 10:21:44 AM CynicalBastardo
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* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Eugenia]]
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* [[DoNotCallMePaul Do Not Call Me Eugenia]]Eugenia]]: Jena's full name in Eugenia Vladimirovna Makarova. Simon Fraser asked a Russian friend to help him come up with a suitably pompous sounding name for her for Nikolai to make fun of. It took him until "Sword Of The Tsar" to convince Robbie Morrison to use it.
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