History Literature / AliBabaAndTheFortyThieves

2nd Dec '16 10:54:25 PM Xtifr
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'''"Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"''' is a story from the ''Literature/ArabianNights''.

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'''"Ali "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"''' Thieves" is a story from the ''Literature/ArabianNights''.
26th Jul '16 12:22:11 AM Chabal2
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: At first, this is the reason why the Bandit Chief devotes so much time to finding and killing Ali Baba, to keep the location of his horde a secret. (When all his men are dead, however, it becomes a matter of self-preservation.)

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: At first, this is the reason why the Bandit Chief devotes so much time to finding and killing Ali Baba, to keep the location of his horde hoard a secret. (When all his men are dead, however, it becomes a matter of self-preservation.)



* StupidEvil: The Forty Thieves are obsessed with finding Ali Baba to silence him, and just don't know when to quit. They spend a fortune to find the place (as the tailor gets smart and charges a larger fee each time) two of them are killed by the leader for messing up, and when they finally ''do'' find his house, ''all'' of them but the leader are killed in the attempt. But the leader ''still'' doesn't give up, and his final attempt gets ''himself'' killed. Relocating and setting up shop elsewhere may have been the smart thing, but they clearly lacked smarts.

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* StupidEvil: The Forty Thieves are obsessed with finding Ali Baba to silence him, and just don't know when to quit. They spend a fortune to find the place (as the tailor gets smart and charges a larger fee each time) two of them are killed by the leader for messing up, and when they finally ''do'' find his house, ''all'' of them but the leader are killed in the attempt. But the leader ''still'' doesn't give up, and his final attempt gets ''himself'' ''him'' killed. Relocating and setting up shop elsewhere may have been the smart thing, but they clearly lacked smarts.
12th Jun '16 1:31:42 AM gallium
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/466px_ali_baba.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Kasim is stumped.]]



Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, stumbles on the treasure cave of a band of robbers, which is magically sealed and must be opened by speaking the words "Open Sesame". He takes some of the treasure from the cave and becomes rich. His brother Kasim, a wealthy merchant, finds out Ali Baba suddenly had money, and learns how to get to the cave. Cassim is discovered by the robbers when he forgets the magic word to open the door, and is killed and his body cut into quarters and hung up at the entrance to the cave to warn others. Ali Baba comes to the cave, finds his brother's body, and retrieves it. The robbers discover the body is missing and come in search of whoever removed it. Their attempts to identify Ali Baba and then to kill him are repeatedly foiled by the clever slave-girl Morgiana, and all the thieves wind up dead. Morgiana marries Ali Baba's son, Ali Baba marries Kasim's wife, and the family lives happily ever after.

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Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, stumbles on the treasure cave of a band of robbers, which is magically sealed and must be opened by speaking the words "Open Sesame". He takes some of the treasure from the cave and becomes rich. His brother Kasim, a wealthy merchant, finds out Ali Baba suddenly had money, and learns how to get to the cave. Cassim Kasim is discovered by the robbers when he forgets the magic word to open the door, and is killed and his body cut into quarters and hung up at the entrance to the cave to warn others. Ali Baba comes to the cave, finds his brother's body, and retrieves it. The robbers discover the body is missing and come in search of whoever removed it. Their attempts to identify Ali Baba and then to kill him are repeatedly foiled by the clever slave-girl Morgiana, and all the thieves wind up dead. Morgiana marries Ali Baba's son, Ali Baba marries Kasim's wife, and the family lives happily ever after.


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6th Jun '16 5:07:13 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* StupidEvil: The Forty Thieves are obsessed with finding Ali Baba to silence him, and just don't know when to quit. They spend a fortune to find the place (as the tailor gets smart and charges a larger fee each time) two of them are killed by the leader for messing up, and when they finally ''do'' find his house, ''all'' of them but the leader are killed in the attempt. But the leader ''still'' doesn't give up, and his final attempt gets ''himself'' killed. Relocating and setting up shop elsewhere may have been the smart thing, but they clearly lacked smarts.
17th Apr '16 10:09:18 PM Adept
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* {{Greed}}: Kasym's FatalFlaw. He apparently intends to loot the whole treasure cave in one take, lingers too long and forgets the password.

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* {{Greed}}: Kasym's Kasim's FatalFlaw. He apparently intends to loot the whole treasure cave in one take, lingers too long and forgets the password.
23rd Dec '15 11:13:25 PM Adept
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** This same tactic is used by one of the money-guarding dogs in the Creator/HansChristianAndersen tale "Literature/TheTinderbox".
23rd Dec '15 11:11:46 PM Adept
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** This same tactic is used by one of the money-guarding dogs in the HansChristianAndersen tale "Literature/TheTinderbox".

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** This same tactic is used by one of the money-guarding dogs in the HansChristianAndersen Creator/HansChristianAndersen tale "Literature/TheTinderbox".
27th Jun '15 4:16:41 PM fruitstripegum
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* {{Greed}}: Kasym's FatalFlaw. He apparently intends to loot the whole treasure cave in one take, lingers too long and forgets the password.



* Greed: Kasym's FatalFlaw. He apparently intends to loot the whole treasure cave in one take, lingers too long and forgets the password.
25th Apr '15 8:35:38 AM Chariset
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* BlindfoldedTrip: Morgiana does this with Baba Mustafa the tailor, leading him to Kasim's house so Mustafa can stitch Kasim's body back together. This precaution fails when one of the bandits does the same--he blindfolds Mustafa, who uses muscle memory to successfully lead the bandit to Kasim's house.

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* BlindfoldedTrip: Morgiana does this with Baba Mustafa the tailor, leading him to Kasim's house so Mustafa can stitch Kasim's body back together. This precaution fails when one of the bandits does arrive to seek Ali Baba -- on three separate trips the same--he blindfolds Mustafa, who blindfolded Mustafa successfully uses muscle memory to successfully lead the bandit bandits to Kasim's house.house, where Ali Baba is now living.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: In order to infiltrate Ali-Baba's house the chief bandid hides his men in large jugs that his "caravan" is carrying. Morgiana then fills those jugs with boiling oil.

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* FakingTheDead: An odd case where the victim truly is dead but the ''manner'' of death needs to be faked. Kasim's household spends two or three days building the ruse that their master is desperately ill, so when he is finally pronounced 'dead' it raises no suspicion.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: In order to infiltrate Ali-Baba's house the chief bandid bandit poses as an oil merchant and hides his men in large jugs that his "caravan" is carrying. oil jars. (One of the jars actually does contain oil, to keep up the ruse). Morgiana then fills those jugs with heats the oil to boiling oil.and kills the hidden bandits with it.



* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: One of the thieves learns the location of Ali Baba's house, and puts a mark on his door. While he's away fetching the rest of the thieves, Morgiana sees the mark, and thinking quickly she puts the same mark on every other door in the street. A second thief tries to mark the door more surreptitiously, but Morgana notices the mark anyway and does the same thing. The leader of the thieves is smarter, however, and choses to study the house and area until he memorizes the location.

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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: One of the thieves learns the location of Ali Baba's house, and puts a mark on his door. While he's away fetching the rest of the thieves, Morgiana sees the mark, and thinking quickly she puts the same mark on every other door in the street. A second thief tries to mark the door more surreptitiously, but Morgana notices the mark anyway and does the same thing. The leader of the thieves is smarter, however, and choses chooses to study the house and area until he memorizes the location.



* SacredHospitality: A dinner guest at Ali Baba's house says that he is unable to eat anything with salt in; his excuse is a dietary restriction, but actually he's the bandit chief, come in disguise to kill Ali Baba, and if he eats salt while he's a guest, he has "shared salt" with his host and is bound by the laws of hospitality. This is actually how Morgiana figures out the mysterious guest was the Bandit Chief.

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* SacredHospitality: A dinner guest at Ali Baba's house says that he is unable to eat anything with salt in; his excuse is a dietary restriction, but actually he's the bandit chief, come in disguise to kill Ali Baba, and if he eats salt while he's a guest, he has "shared salt" with his host and is bound by the laws of hospitality. This is actually how Clever Morgiana quickly figures out that this man is up to no good.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Ali Baba's cover is blown when Baba Mustafa,
the mysterious guest was the Bandit Chief.tailor, brags to a stranger that he is so skilled he can sew a human body back together.


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* StandardHeroReward: Ali Baba marries his son to Morgiana as a reward for her heroism.
17th Feb '15 12:53:49 PM MarsJenkar
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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: One of the thieves learns the location of Ali Baba's house, and puts a mark on his door. While he's away fetching the rest of the thieves, Morgiana puts the same mark on every other door in the street. A second thief makes the exact same mistake. The leader of the thieves is smarter, however, and choses to study the house and area until he memorizes the location.

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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: One of the thieves learns the location of Ali Baba's house, and puts a mark on his door. While he's away fetching the rest of the thieves, Morgiana sees the mark, and thinking quickly she puts the same mark on every other door in the street. A second thief makes tries to mark the exact door more surreptitiously, but Morgana notices the mark anyway and does the same mistake.thing. The leader of the thieves is smarter, however, and choses to study the house and area until he memorizes the location.


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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Depending on the version of the story, Ali Baba's brother is either spelled "Kasim", "Cassim", or "Kasym".
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