History Literature / AsianSaga

13th Jul '17 7:41:02 AM Galvatron29
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** Rodriques, the Portuguese navigator in ''Shogun'', is said to have them--justifiably, as he is not only married to a Japanese woman (who would have emphasised hygiene) but being Southern European, likely had a far better diet in vitamins growing up (more fresh fruit), not to mention that forms of dental hygiene had been practiced in the Mediterranean countries since the Romans.



** Rodriques, the Portuguese navigator in ''Shogun'', is said to have them--justifiably, as he is not only married to a Japanese woman (who would have emphasised hygiene) but being Southern European, likely had a far better diet in vitamins growing up (more fresh fruit), not to mention that forms of dental hygiene had been practiced in the Mediterranean countries since the Romans.
13th Jul '17 7:38:45 AM Galvatron29
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* DomesticAbuse: Several characters are this by modern standards, but are completely normal for the time. The Victorian-era Tyler Brock is shown to occasionally threaten his wife with violence, but they nonetheless have a very close relationship and are very happy together[[note]]At some point she muses on how his threats are empty, as the last time the guy had spanked her was many years before[[/note]]. Buntaro is well within his rights to hurt or even kill Mariko by samurai law, but Toranaga is still angry with him for beating her up because she's his only interpreter, and when he chastises Buntaro he criticises him for his short-sightedness and lack of self-control rather than saying it's wrong for him to beat his wife. Buntaro is also a somewhat sympathetic case, as he does genuinely try to control himself and reconcile with her, and Mariko explicitly says that she deliberately angers him with her eternally polite and icily deferential behaviour.

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* DomesticAbuse: Several characters are this by modern standards, but are completely normal for the time. The Victorian-era Tyler Brock is shown to occasionally threaten his wife with violence, but they nonetheless have a very close relationship and are very happy together[[note]]At some point she muses on how his threats are empty, as the last time the guy had spanked her was many years before[[/note]]. time.
** In ''Shogun''
Buntaro is well within his rights to hurt or even kill Mariko by samurai law, but Toranaga is still angry with him for beating her up because she's his only interpreter, and when he chastises Buntaro he criticises him for his short-sightedness and lack of self-control rather than saying it's wrong for him to beat his wife. Buntaro is also a somewhat sympathetic case, as he does genuinely try to control himself and reconcile with her, and Mariko explicitly says that she deliberately angers him with her eternally polite and icily deferential behaviour.behaviour.
** The Victorian-era Tyler Brock (of ''Tai-Pan'') is shown to occasionally threaten his wife with violence, but they nonetheless have a very close relationship and are very happy together[[note]]At some point she muses on how his threats are empty, as the last time the guy had spanked her was many years before[[/note]].
13th Jul '17 7:30:09 AM Galvatron29
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* DirtyOldMan: Aristotle Quance. The man talks constantly about how 'delectable' the younger european ladies are, and when he's forced to [[spoiler: hide out in a brothel to avoid his wife]], he runs up a spectacular tab for services rendered. Not to mention that the Tai-Pan himself considers Quance completely trustworthy in regards to which brothels are good or not. Later on, in ''Noble House'', we find out that four of Hong Kong's best families are [[ReallyGetsAround descended]] from him.

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* DirtyOldMan: Aristotle Quance. The man talks constantly about how 'delectable' the younger european European ladies are, and when he's forced to [[spoiler: hide out in a brothel to avoid his wife]], he runs up a spectacular tab for services rendered. Not to mention that the Tai-Pan himself considers Quance completely trustworthy in regards to which brothels are good or not. Later on, in ''Noble House'', we find out that four of Hong Kong's best families are [[ReallyGetsAround descended]] from him.



** In ''Noble House'', tales of Tess "Hag" Struan's long, cunning, and ruthless [[ManBehindTheMan rule-behind-the-throne through successive Tai-pans (chief executives)]] of Struan's Trading Company, and her dealings with hers and the company's enemies, were commonly discussed by the main characters.

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** In ''Noble House'', tales of Tess "Hag" Struan's long, cunning, and ruthless [[ManBehindTheMan rule-behind-the-throne through successive Tai-pans (chief executives)]] of Struan's Trading Company, and her dealings with hers and the company's enemies, were commonly discussed by the main characters.characters with both reverence and a hint of dread.
9th Jul '17 7:22:02 AM Galvatron29
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* CanonWelding: ''King Rat'' was originally not part of the Saga; although it's set in Asia, it's different in style (and much shorter) than the others. Then the protagonist showed up as a supporting character in ''Noble House''...

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* CanonWelding: CanonWelding:
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''King Rat'' was originally not part of the Saga; although it's set in Asia, it's different in style (and much shorter) than the others. Then the protagonist protagonist, Peter Marlowe, showed up as a supporting character in ''Noble House''...
3rd Jul '17 4:47:00 AM Galvatron29
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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: In the ''Shogun'' miniseries, used as a TranslationConvention. Portuguese (and/or Japanese and Dutch, depending on the POV character) is rendered as contemporary English. When Blackthorne and Mariko slip into Latin, however, it's rendered as Ye Olde Butchered Englishe. "I say thou art beautiful, and I love thee!" It also occasionally crops up in translations of Farsi in ''Whirlwind'', particularly durig declarations of love.

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* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: In the ''Shogun'' miniseries, used as a TranslationConvention. Portuguese (and/or Japanese and Dutch, depending on the POV character) is rendered as contemporary English. When Blackthorne and Mariko slip into Latin, however, it's rendered as Ye Olde Butchered Englishe. "I say thou art beautiful, and I love thee!" It also occasionally crops up in translations of Farsi in ''Whirlwind'', particularly durig during declarations of love.
3rd Jul '17 4:32:00 AM Galvatron29
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** [[spoiler: Brain Kwok is also this for the British police in Hong Kong, turning out to be a Chinese mole.]]

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** [[spoiler: Brain Brian Kwok is also this for the British police in Hong Kong, turning out to be a Chinese mole.mole. It appears that Roger Crosse is this for a large part of the novel, as he's revealed as Arthur, the controller of the Hong Kong Soviet cell, but it's eventually subverted when the ending reveals he's actually a double agent for the British government.]]
3rd Jul '17 4:09:48 AM Galvatron29
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Linc Bartlett in the 1988 miniseries. In the book he's popular with everyone due to his immense charm and charisma, business savvy and personal bravery. In the miniseries he's a lot less scrupulous, and his deal with Gornt seems to be partially motivated by jealousy over Casey's attraction to Dunross..

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* AdaptationalVillainy: The 1988 ''Noble House'' miniseries had a few examples.
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Linc Bartlett in the 1988 miniseries.Bartlett. In the book he's popular with everyone due to his immense charm and charisma, business savvy and personal bravery. In the miniseries he's a lot less scrupulous, and his deal with Gornt seems to be partially motivated by jealousy over Casey's attraction to Dunross..Dunross.



* TheAlcoholic: Culum Struan is revealed to be a particularly sad case of this in ''Gai-Jin'' - having taken over as Tai-Pan after Dirk's death he's nowhere near as competent or strong-willed at it as Dirk was, and the stress cripples him. Coupled with a loveless marriage to the future Hag Struan (who repeatedly unfavourably compares him to Dirk), he turns to alcohol to cope. It ends up killing him not long into ''Gai-Jin''.
** His Uncle Robb was also this before the main plot of ''Tai-Pan'' gets under way. A mightily-angry Dirk solves him by giving him a pistol and telling him to either clean up or shoot himself.

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* TheAlcoholic: Culum TheAlcoholic:
** Robb
Struan was this before the main plot of ''Tai-Pan'' gets under way. A mightily-angry Dirk solves him by giving him a pistol and telling him to either clean up or shoot himself.
** His nephew Culum
is revealed to be have become a particularly sad case of this in ''Gai-Jin'' - having taken over as Tai-Pan after Dirk's death he's nowhere near as competent or strong-willed at it as Dirk was, and the stress cripples him. Coupled with a loveless marriage to the future Hag Struan (who repeatedly unfavourably compares him to Dirk), he turns to alcohol to cope. It ends up killing him not long into ''Gai-Jin''.
** His Uncle Robb was also this before the main plot of ''Tai-Pan'' gets under way. A mightily-angry Dirk solves him by giving him a pistol and telling him to either clean up or shoot himself.
''Gai-Jin''.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In ''Shogun'', [[spoiler: Ishido (Ishida Mitsunari's {{Expy}})]] is buried up to the neck in mud, and random passers-by are invited to take turns sawing away at his neck with a bamboo saw. It took three days for him to finally die.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: CruelAndUnusualDeath:
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In ''Shogun'', [[spoiler: Ishido (Ishida Mitsunari's {{Expy}})]] is buried up to the neck in mud, and random passers-by are invited to take turns sawing away at his neck with a bamboo saw. It took three days for him to finally die.



* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: In ''Noble House'', [[spoiler:Roger Crosse]] is the chief of [[spoiler:British]] Intelligence for Hong Kong, who pretends to work for [[spoiler:the KGB]] but really reports to [[spoiler:London]] and earns money and commendations (by selling information to and selling out agents from) from both sides.
** Unluckily for him, ''Whirlwind'' confirms [[spoiler: the Soviets eventually caught on and had him killed]].

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: In ''Noble House'', [[spoiler:Roger Crosse]] is the chief of [[spoiler:British]] Intelligence for Hong Kong, who pretends to work for [[spoiler:the KGB]] but really reports to [[spoiler:London]] and earns money and commendations (by selling information to and selling out agents from) from both sides.
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sides. Unluckily for him, ''Whirlwind'' confirms [[spoiler: the Soviets eventually caught on and had him killed]].



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Tyler Brock, the nominal antagonist of ''Tai-Pan'', insists that he and his sons live by a code - he genuinely loves his family, insists that his nemesis Dirk Struan be broken "regular" (i.e not assassinated or knifed in the back), rebukes his mad son Gorth for taunting Struan when he's down and refuses to take advantage of his daughter Tess' love for Culum Struan. In this he actually shows more standards than Struan, [[spoiler: who takes full advantage of it to manipulate Culum and Tess into eloping, knowing it would enrage Gorth into attacking him so he could challenge him to a duel and kill him legally]] - and even after that, Brock stops himself from killing Struan when he realises that [[spoiler: as Gorth had tried to knowingly infect Culum with syphilis, Struan had cause to try to kill him]], and later attempts to arrange [[spoiler: Dirk being buried without May-May, to avoid his being tarnished by scandal in death.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Tyler Brock, the nominal antagonist of ''Tai-Pan'', insists that he and his sons live by a code - he genuinely loves his family, insists that his nemesis Dirk Struan be broken "regular" (i.e not assassinated or knifed in the back), rebukes his mad son Gorth for taunting Struan when he's down and refuses to take advantage of his daughter Tess' love for Culum Struan. In this he actually shows more standards than Struan, [[spoiler: who takes full advantage of it to manipulate Culum and Tess into eloping, knowing it would enrage Gorth into attacking him so he could challenge him to a duel and kill him legally]] - and even after that, Brock stops himself from killing Struan when he realises that [[spoiler: as Gorth had tried to knowingly infect Culum with syphilis, Struan had cause to try to kill him]], and later attempts to arrange [[spoiler: Dirk being buried without May-May, to avoid his being tarnished by scandal in death.]]



** His descendant Quillan Gornt, after a verbal confrontatation with Ian Dunross, compliments and shows great charm towards Dunross' wife Penelope. When called on it by another character, he explains that just because he loathes Dunross that's no reason to be rude to his family.

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** His descendant Quillan Gornt, after a verbal confrontatation with Ian Dunross, compliments and shows great charm towards Dunross' wife Penelope. When called on it by another character, a baffled Casey, he explains that just because he loathes Dunross that's no reason to be rude to his family.



* EveryoneHasStandards: In ''Gai-Jin'' Toranaga Yoshi lets Koiko's mama-san commit a graceful and dignified suicide, despite knowing full-well she was involved in the assassination attempt on him that got Koiko killed, solely because of her good manners in asking.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: EveryoneHasStandards:
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In ''Gai-Jin'' Toranaga Yoshi lets Koiko's mama-san commit a graceful and dignified suicide, despite knowing full-well she was involved in the assassination attempt on him that got Koiko killed, solely because of her good manners in asking.



* ExactWords: At one point in ''Whirlwind'' things get nasty for Erikki Yokkonen when the tribal sheik he's ferrying home in his helicopter turns on him and demands he take him all the way home instead of partway as agreed. When Erikki protests the sheik gave his word before God, the sheik notes ''he'' indeed did - [[LoopholeAbuse but the dozen armed tribesmen also being taken home didn't...]]

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* ExactWords: At one point in ''Whirlwind'' things get nasty for Erikki Yokkonen when the tribal sheik he's ferrying home in his helicopter turns on him and demands he take him all the way home instead of partway as agreed. When Erikki protests the sheik gave his word before God, the sheik notes ''he'' indeed did - [[LoopholeAbuse but the dozen armed tribesmen also being taken home didn't...]]



** At one point in ''Whirlwind'' things get nasty for Erikki Yokkonen when the tribal sheik he's ferrying home in his helicopter turns on him and demands he take him all the way home instead of partway as agreed. When Erikki protests the sheik gave his word before God, the sheik notes ''he'' indeed did - [[LoopholeAbuse but the dozen armed tribesmen also being taken home didn't...]]



* FromNobodyToNightmare: In ''Noble House'' Paul Choy starts the novel as an intelligent but easily cowed ButtMonkey working for his father, Four Finger Wu, who wants nothing better than to get out of Hong Kong. By novel's end he's the undisputed head of the Wu crime family after [[spoiler: Four Finger's death]] and enters into a very profitable business relationship with Dunross after [[spoiler: presenting the half-coin]]. By the time of ''Whirlwind'' he's married into the Struan family and is implied to be the ManBehindTheMan for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Linbar Struan]].

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: In ''Noble House'' Paul Choy starts the novel as an intelligent but easily cowed ButtMonkey working for his father, Four Finger Wu, who wants nothing better than to get out of Hong Kong. By novel's end he's the undisputed head of the Wu crime family after [[spoiler: Four Finger's death]] and enters into a very profitable business relationship with Dunross after [[spoiler: presenting the half-coin]]. By the time of ''Whirlwind'' he's married into the Struan family and is implied to be the ManBehindTheMan for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Linbar Struan]].



** In ''Noble House'' Paul Choy starts the novel as an intelligent but easily cowed ButtMonkey working for his father, Four Finger Wu, who wants nothing better than to get out of Hong Kong. By novel's end he's the undisputed head of the Wu crime family after [[spoiler: Four Finger's death]] and enters into a very profitable business relationship with Dunross after [[spoiler: presenting the half-coin]]. By the time of ''Whirlwind'' he's married into the Struan family and is implied to be the ManBehindTheMan for [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Linbar Struan]].



* GenerationXerox: While things don't play out exactly the same way, Dunross and Gornt are basically this to Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock, with both attempting to destroy the other in the face of tumultuous events in a specific period of Hong Kong history. Dunross is even mentioned as bearing a striking resemblance to Dirk on several occasions, and Gornt's initial description when he meets Bartlett also heavily resembles Brock.
** ''Gai-Jin'' averts this a few times. Malcolm Struan initially looks to be this for Dirk Struan (his grandfather), being described as very physically similar and looking to likewise destroy the Brocks. However his injury, love for Angelique and [[spoiler: untimely death]] mean it never comes to pass. Similarly, while Toranaga Yoshi is leagues ahead of the other Japanese characters for intelligence and ManipulativeBastard tendencies, he's not the [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] his ancestor Lord Toranaga was, and never develops the latter's control over events.

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* GenerationXerox: While things don't play out exactly the same way, Dunross and Gornt are basically this to Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock, with both attempting to destroy the other in the face of tumultuous events in a specific period of Hong Kong history. Dunross is even mentioned as bearing a striking resemblance to Dirk on several occasions, and Gornt's initial description when he meets Bartlett also heavily resembles Brock.
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** ''Gai-Jin'' averts subverts this a few times. Malcolm Struan initially looks to be this for Dirk Struan (his grandfather), being described as very physically similar and looking to likewise destroy the Brocks. However his injury, love for Angelique and [[spoiler: untimely death]] mean it never comes to pass. Similarly, while Toranaga Yoshi is leagues ahead of the other Japanese characters for intelligence and ManipulativeBastard tendencies, he's not the [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]] his ancestor Lord Toranaga was, and never develops the latter's control over events.events.
** While things don't play out exactly the same way, Dunross and Gornt in ''Noble House'' are basically this to Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock, with both attempting to destroy the other in the face of tumultuous events in a specific period of Hong Kong history. Dunross is even mentioned as bearing a striking resemblance to Dirk on several occasions, and Gornt's initial description when he meets Bartlett also heavily resembles Brock.



* GladYouThoughtOfIt: In ''Shogun'', Toranaga is notorious among both his allies and enemies for his skill at this. During the massive GambitPileup that makes up the book, his enemies are constantly trying to figure out whether such-and-such a player is working with Toranaga, acting independently, or [[UnwittingPawn simply believes himself to be the latter when he's actually the former]]. [[TheStarscream Yabu]] and [[BastardUnderstudy Omi]] also rid themselves of an enemy by manipulating Toranaga's son Naga (who is well-known for being unintelligent and impulsive) into deciding to kill him. When Toranaga arrives he sees through it immediately and admits it probably helped his cause in the long run - but cautions Naga that it's better to recognise when people are trying to manipulate him and act for himself, not as a puppet.

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* GladYouThoughtOfIt: GladYouThoughtOfIt:
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In ''Shogun'', Toranaga is notorious among both his allies and enemies for his skill at this. During the massive GambitPileup that makes up the book, his enemies are constantly trying to figure out whether such-and-such a player is working with Toranaga, acting independently, or [[UnwittingPawn simply believes himself to be the latter when he's actually the former]]. [[TheStarscream Yabu]] and [[BastardUnderstudy Omi]] also rid themselves of an enemy by manipulating Toranaga's son Naga (who is well-known for being unintelligent and impulsive) into deciding to kill him. When Toranaga arrives he sees through it immediately and admits it probably helped his cause in the long run - but cautions Naga that it's better to recognise when people are trying to manipulate him and act for himself, not as a puppet.



* GoingNative: In ''Shogun'', John Blackthorne, to the point that he find his former companions "alien". Dirk Struan as ''Tai-Pan'' plays with this - while he certainly prefers a lot of Chinese practices and customs (especially those relating to cleanliness), he never learns Chinese (though it is mentioned he has tried) and tries to bend the ways of China to his will wherever possible, instead of being bent to them as Blackthorne was in Japan.

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* GoingNative: GoingNative:
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In ''Shogun'', John Blackthorne, to the point that he find his former companions "alien". Dirk Struan as ''Tai-Pan'' plays with this - while he certainly prefers a lot of Chinese practices and customs (especially those relating to cleanliness), he never learns Chinese (though it is mentioned he has tried) and tries to bend the ways of China to his will wherever possible, instead of being bent to them as Blackthorne was in Japan.



* HiddenWeapons: One scene in ''Shogun'' has Blackthorne, prior to [[WeNeedADistraction acting as a distraction]] in the plan to liberate Toranaga's ship, borrow a few knives and start stashing them under his belt, strapped to his arm and so on. The surrounding samurai seem vaguely appalled. Later he's visited by FriendlyEnemy Rodriguez, who he orders searched, turning up knives and pistols hidden in his boots, sleeves, pockets and even in the band on [[NiceHat his hat]].

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* HiddenWeapons: HiddenWeapons:
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One scene in ''Shogun'' has Blackthorne, prior to [[WeNeedADistraction acting as a distraction]] in the plan to liberate Toranaga's ship, borrow a few knives and start stashing them under his belt, strapped to his arm and so on. The surrounding samurai seem vaguely appalled. Later he's visited by FriendlyEnemy Rodriguez, who he orders searched, turning up knives and pistols hidden in his boots, sleeves, pockets and even in the band on [[NiceHat his hat]].



* LaserGuidedKarma: Omi's mother in ''Shogun'' repeatedly tries to dominate and manipulate her son, tyrannises his wife and treats her terribly - and while this is expected among Japanese mothers/daughters-in-law of the time, she's noted by several characters as being especially cruel about it. During Yabu's [[spoiler: last testament before his seppuku, he orders her to shave her head and become a nun for exactly these things, so she'll stop distracting Omi as he moves up the Japanese political ladder.]] Omi is, needless to say, pretty happy about this turn of events.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: LaserGuidedKarma:
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Omi's mother in ''Shogun'' repeatedly tries to dominate and manipulate her son, tyrannises his wife and treats her terribly - and while this is expected among Japanese mothers/daughters-in-law of the time, she's noted by several characters as being especially cruel about it. During Yabu's [[spoiler: last testament before his seppuku, he orders her to shave her head and become a nun for exactly these things, so she'll stop distracting Omi as he moves up the Japanese political ladder.]] Omi is, needless to say, pretty happy about this turn of events.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: ''Shogun'', which frequently switches character viewpoints without warning as we get to know everyone involved in the GambitPileup going on in Japan in 1600.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters:
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''Shogun'', which frequently switches character viewpoints without warning as we get to know everyone involved in the GambitPileup going on in Japan in 1600.



* LongDeadBadass: In ''Noble House'', tales of Tess "Hag" Struan's long, cunning, and ruthless [[ManBehindTheMan rule-behind-the-throne through successive Tai-pans (chief executives)]] of Struan's Trading Company, and her dealings with hers and the company's enemies, were commonly discussed by the main characters.

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* LongDeadBadass: In ''Noble House'', tales of Tess "Hag" Struan's long, cunning, and ruthless [[ManBehindTheMan rule-behind-the-throne through successive Tai-pans (chief executives)]] of Struan's Trading Company, and her dealings with hers and the company's enemies, were commonly discussed by the main characters. LongDeadBadass:



** Yoshi Toranaga considers the original Toranaga (of ''Shogun'') to be this.

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** In ''Gai-Jin'' Yoshi Toranaga considers the original Toranaga (of ''Shogun'') to be this.this.
** In ''Noble House'', tales of Tess "Hag" Struan's long, cunning, and ruthless [[ManBehindTheMan rule-behind-the-throne through successive Tai-pans (chief executives)]] of Struan's Trading Company, and her dealings with hers and the company's enemies, were commonly discussed by the main characters.



* TheMole: Several in ''Noble House''. John Chen is one in Struan's for Linc. Sevrin is a Soviet network of moles in the Hong Kong police and businesses (including [[spoiler: Jacques Deville in Struan's]]), while [[spoiler: Brian Kwok]] is one in the police for the PRC.

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* TheMole: TheMole:
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Several in ''Noble House''. John Chen is one in Struan's for Linc. Sevrin is a Soviet network of moles in the Hong Kong police and businesses (including [[spoiler: Jacques Deville in Struan's]]), while [[spoiler: Brian Kwok]] is one in the police for the PRC.



* ProtagonistCentredMorality: Subverted in ''Tai-Pan'': despite being the protagonist, Dirk's well aware he's no angel and never tries to pass off what he's doing as morally right, instead viewing his dodgier actions as IDidWhatIHadToDo regardless of personal distaste. In one notable instance, when Culum rages about having Brock hanged as a pirate for trying to sink their bullion-carrying lorcha, Dirk calmly observes he'd [[NotSoDifferent have done the same thing]] in Brock's position, and that Brock's only sin was failure - leaving Culum utterly flabbergasted.
** Played straight when Struan descendants like Malcolm Struan and Ian Dunross look back on and romanticize Dirk's deeds, simultaneously demonizing Brock.

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* ProtagonistCentredMorality: ProtagonistCentredMorality:
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Subverted in ''Tai-Pan'': despite being the protagonist, Dirk's well aware he's no angel and never tries to pass off what he's doing as morally right, instead viewing his dodgier actions as IDidWhatIHadToDo regardless of personal distaste. In one notable instance, when Culum rages about having Brock hanged as a pirate for trying to sink their bullion-carrying lorcha, Dirk calmly observes he'd [[NotSoDifferent have done the same thing]] in Brock's position, and that Brock's only sin was failure - leaving Culum utterly flabbergasted.
** Played straight when Struan descendants like Malcolm Struan and Ian Dunross look back on and romanticize Dirk's deeds, simultaneously demonizing Brock. When we see Quillan Gornt's POV, we see the same is true from his standpoint,, regarding Dirk as the most evil man ever to have lived.



* RecklessGunUsage: All over the place in ''Whirlwind'' by the Iranian revolutionaries, unsurprising since they are armed (and trigger-happy) civilians rather than trained soldiers. One such instance is when one of them finds his gun jammed, looks down the barrel, and then bashes the rifle butt against the ground with the barrel pointing towards him. At the same time there's another revolutionary who's attached grenades to his belt by their pins. The helicopter pilots (most of them ex-military,) are naturally horrified and try to stay as far away as they can. It's not totally clear whether the lack of care is simple stupidity or whether it's part of their fanatic belief that everything happens at the will of God, so either they'll be fine anyway, or they'll die and there would be absolutely nothing they could do to prevent it.

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* RecklessGunUsage: All over the place in ''Whirlwind'' by the Iranian revolutionaries, unsurprising since they are armed (and trigger-happy) civilians rather than trained soldiers. One such instance is when one of them finds his gun jammed, looks down the barrel, and then bashes the rifle butt against the ground with the barrel pointing towards him. At the same time there's another revolutionary who's attached grenades to his belt by their pins. The helicopter pilots (most of them ex-military,) are naturally horrified and try to stay as far away as they can. It's not totally clear whether the lack of care is simple stupidity or whether it's part of their fanatic belief that everything happens at the will of God, so either they'll be fine anyway, or they'll die and there would be absolutely nothing they could do to prevent it.RecklessGunUsage:



** All over the place in ''Whirlwind'' by the Iranian revolutionaries, unsurprising since they are armed (and trigger-happy) civilians rather than trained soldiers. One such instance is when one of them finds his gun jammed, looks down the barrel, and then bashes the rifle butt against the ground with the barrel pointing towards him. At the same time there's another revolutionary who's attached grenades to his belt by their pins. The helicopter pilots (most of them ex-military,) are naturally horrified and try to stay as far away as they can. It's not totally clear whether the lack of care is simple stupidity or whether it's part of their fanatic belief that everything happens at the will of God, so either they'll be fine anyway, or they'll die and there would be absolutely nothing they could do to prevent it.



* RevengeBeforeReason: Quillan Gornt is so determined to destroy Struan's in ''Noble House'' that he doesn't care in the slightest when the bank run he started on the Ho-Pak goes colony-wide and threatens to wreck Hong Kong's entire financial system - potentially including his own company.

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* RevengeBeforeReason: RevengeBeforeReason:
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Quillan Gornt is so determined to destroy Struan's in ''Noble House'' that he doesn't care in the slightest when the bank run he started on the Ho-Pak goes colony-wide and threatens to wreck Hong Kong's entire financial system - potentially including his own company.



* SamuraiInNinjaTown: In ''Shogun'', everyone believes that the target of the ninja attack is Blackthorne. In reality, its the Lady Mariko. Not that it matters, because the castle is full of samurai, and the ninjas are attacking in force.

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* SamuraiInNinjaTown: SamuraiInNinjaTown:
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In ''Shogun'', everyone believes that the target of the ninja attack is Blackthorne. In reality, its the Lady Mariko. Not that it matters, because the castle is full of samurai, and the ninjas are attacking in force.



* SelfMadeMan: Both Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock started with nothing and worked and schemed their way into being two of the most powerful men in Asia. Their backgrounds and attitudes put them at odds with many of the upper class politicians and soldiers they have to deal with, and their exasperation with their blinkered social superiors is one of the few topics on which they completely agree.
** Played straight with Linc Bartlett but zigzagged with Casey Tcholock from ''Noble House'' - while Casey's background fits this to a tee, nearly all the British characters (with the exception of Dunross and Gornt) refuse to take her seriously as a businessperson because of her gender, despite the fact she's far more able than most of them.

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* SelfMadeMan: Both Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock started with nothing and worked and schemed their way into being two of the most powerful men in Asia. Their backgrounds and attitudes put them at odds with many of the upper class politicians and soldiers they have to deal with, and their exasperation with their blinkered social superiors is one of the few topics on which they completely agree.
** Played straight with Linc Bartlett but zigzagged with Casey Tcholock from ''Noble House'' - while Casey's background fits this to a tee, nearly all the British characters (with the exception of Dunross and Gornt) refuse to take her seriously as a businessperson because of her gender, despite the fact she's far more able than most of them.
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** Both Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock started with nothing and worked and schemed their way into being two of the most powerful men in Asia. Their backgrounds and attitudes put them at odds with many of the upper class politicians and soldiers they have to deal with, and their exasperation with their blinkered social superiors is one of the few topics on which they completely agree.
** Played straight with Linc Bartlett but zigzagged with Casey Tcholock from ''Noble House'' - while Casey's background fits this to a tee, nearly all the British characters (with the exception of Dunross and Gornt) refuse to take her seriously as a businessperson because of her gender, despite the fact she's far more able than most of them.



* TookALevelInBadass: Many characters throughout the series, notably Blackthorne in ''Shogun'' (who starts out a mere ship pilot and by the end is [[spoiler: hatamoto samurai and advisor to Toranaga]]), Tess Struan from ''Tai-Pan'' (who goes from a meek, unassuming girl to the iron fist that keeps the Struan empire together in later books, albeit [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen]]) and Angelique Richaud (who starts ''Gai-Jin'' as Malcolm Struan's beautiful but naive fiance and ends up [[spoiler: a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] destined to be married to Edward Gornt - and implied to be the reason the Gornts end up hating the Struans so much]]).
** Culum Struan seems to take one at the end of ''Tai-Pan'', but later books reveal it didn't stick.

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* TookALevelInBadass: TookALevelInBadass:
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Many characters throughout the series, notably Blackthorne in ''Shogun'' (who starts out a mere ship pilot and by the end is [[spoiler: hatamoto samurai and advisor to Toranaga]]), Tess Struan from ''Tai-Pan'' (who goes from a meek, unassuming girl to the iron fist that keeps the Struan empire together in later books, albeit [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen]]) and Angelique Richaud (who starts ''Gai-Jin'' as Malcolm Struan's beautiful but naive fiance and ends up [[spoiler: a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] destined to be married to Edward Gornt - and implied to be the reason the Gornts end up hating the Struans so much]]).
** Subverted with Culum Struan - he seems to take one at the end of ''Tai-Pan'', but later books reveal it didn't stick.



* TheTraitor: ''Noble House'' has two different cases, both from the Chen family. The entire Chen family turn out to have been a benign form of this to the Noble House since the beginning, on orders of its founder, recording every single dirty deed the Struans ever did as a form of protection, in case the Struans ever turned on them. John Chen then uses this to become TheStarscream to the Chens, stealing the half-coin to deliver it to Bartlett for money and erasing his own gambling debts in the process.

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* TheTraitor: ''Noble TheTraitor:
**''Noble
House'' has two different cases, both from the Chen family. The entire Chen family turn out to have been a benign form of this to the Noble House since the beginning, on orders of its founder, recording every single dirty deed the Struans ever did as a form of protection, in case the Struans ever turned on them. John Chen then uses this to become TheStarscream to the Chens, stealing the half-coin to deliver it to Bartlett for money and erasing his own gambling debts in the process.



* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Feature prominently throughout ''Tai-Pan'', where the Triads in Hong Kong are a persistent thorn in Dirk Struan's side.

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* TheTriadsAndTheTongs: TheTriadsAndTheTongs:
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Feature prominently throughout ''Tai-Pan'', where the Triads in Hong Kong are a persistent thorn in Dirk Struan's side.



** [[spoiler: Philip Chen]] holds a hereditary position as a Red Pole in the 14K Triad
* {{Troll}}: In ''Tai-Pan'', Dirk Struan; he throws a lavish ball with a huge prize for the best dressed woman in the then near-cultureless Hong Kong, knowing that every female European on the continent will do nothing but nag their husbands into insanity for weeks before hand about buying dresses/getting their hair done etc.

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** [[spoiler: Philip Chen]] holds a hereditary position as a Red Pole in the 14K Triad
Triad.
* {{Troll}}: {{Troll}}:
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In ''Tai-Pan'', Dirk Struan; he throws a lavish ball with a huge prize for the best dressed woman in the then near-cultureless Hong Kong, knowing that every female European on the continent will do nothing but nag their husbands into insanity for weeks before hand about buying dresses/getting their hair done etc.



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: All of his books (with the possible exception of ''Noble House'') are based on real historical events, and their protagonists on real people, but the names have all been changed, along with anything else that got the way of the story.
** The Noble House is based on Jardine House, and the events depicted in the novel as one week in the 60s were in fact spread over several years in the same decade for Jardine.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: All of his Clavell's books (with the possible exception of ''Noble House'') are based on real historical events, and their protagonists on real people, but the names have all been changed, along with anything else that got the way of the story.
** The Noble House is based on the Jardine House, Matheson company, and the events depicted in the novel as one week in the 60s were in fact spread over several years in the same decade for Jardine. Similarly, Rothwell-Gornt is based on Jardine Mathesons' real-life rival Swire.



* WorthyOpponent: Blackthorne and Father Alvito clearly view each other as this by the end of ''Shogun'', both having considerable respect for the other despite their religious and personal differences.

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* WorthyOpponent: WorthyOpponent:
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Blackthorne and Father Alvito clearly view each other as this by the end of ''Shogun'', both having considerable respect for the other despite their religious and personal differences.



* XanatosSpeedChess: Toranaga and Ishido are playing it against each other all the way through ''Shogun''. Ishido seems to be better at it, as during much of the second half Toranaga mainly just goes through desperate attempts to buy more time and needs the help of several others to figure out how to counter Ishido's latest move. [[spoiler:But in the end it's enough...]]
** Being good at this is definitely a hallmark of a Clavell protagonist - Dirk Struan from ''Tai-Pan'', Toranaga Yoshi and Edward Gornt from ''Gai-Jin'', and Ian Dunross from ''Noble House'' are all shown to be able to navigate through umpteen unforeseen setbacks while keeping their goals firmly within reach.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: Being good at this is definitely a hallmark of a Clavell protagonist - Dirk Struan from ''Tai-Pan'', Toranaga Yoshi and Edward Gornt from ''Gai-Jin'', and Ian Dunross from ''Noble House'' are all shown to be able to navigate through umpteen unforeseen setbacks while keeping their goals firmly within reach.
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Toranaga and Ishido are playing it against each other all the way through ''Shogun''. Ishido seems to be better at it, as during much of the second half Toranaga mainly just goes through desperate attempts to buy more time and needs the help of several others to figure out how to counter Ishido's latest move. [[spoiler:But in the end it's enough...]]
** Being good at this is definitely a hallmark of a Clavell protagonist - Dirk Struan from ''Tai-Pan'', Toranaga Yoshi and Edward Gornt from ''Gai-Jin'', and Ian Dunross from ''Noble House'' are all shown to be able to navigate through umpteen unforeseen setbacks while keeping their goals firmly within reach.
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* DepravedBisexual: Yabu from ''Shogun'' is an overly-ambiguous daimyo who [[InLoveWithYourCarnage has sex with a female and male prostitute at the same time while listening to the sounds of a guy being tortured to death on his orders.]]
4th May '17 2:54:48 AM Galvatron29
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* PlotCoupon: The four broken coins given to Dirk Struan by Jin-Qua. Each half coin allows the bearer to ask one favor of any size of the Noble House. One of them was used to get Chiang Kai-Shek out of China when the Communists took over. Another becomes the MacGuffin of ''Noble House''.

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* PlotCoupon: The four broken coins given to Dirk Struan by Jin-Qua. Each half coin allows the bearer to ask one favor of any size of the Noble House. One of them was used to get Chiang Kai-Shek out of China when the Communists took over. protect Sun Yat-Sen during his exile, then support him in his drive to unify China.Another becomes the MacGuffin of ''Noble House''.



* ProtagonistCentredMorality: Actually averted in ''Tai-Pan'': despite being the protagonist, Dirk's well aware he's no angel and never tries to pass off what he's doing as morally right, instead viewing his dodgier actions as IDidWhatIHadToDo regardless of personal distaste. In one notable instance, when Culum rages about having Brock hanged as a pirate for trying to sink their bullion-carrying lorcha, Dirk calmly observes he'd [[NotSoDifferent have done the same thing]] in Brock's position, and that Brock's only sin was failure - leaving Culum utterly flabbergasted.

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* ProtagonistCentredMorality: Actually averted Subverted in ''Tai-Pan'': despite being the protagonist, Dirk's well aware he's no angel and never tries to pass off what he's doing as morally right, instead viewing his dodgier actions as IDidWhatIHadToDo regardless of personal distaste. In one notable instance, when Culum rages about having Brock hanged as a pirate for trying to sink their bullion-carrying lorcha, Dirk calmly observes he'd [[NotSoDifferent have done the same thing]] in Brock's position, and that Brock's only sin was failure - leaving Culum utterly flabbergasted.
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* ProtagonistCentredMorality: Actually averted in ''Tai-Pan'': despite being the protagonist, Dirk's well aware he's no angel and never tries to pass off what he's doing as morally right, instead viewing his dodgier actions as IDidWhatIHadToDo regardless of personal distaste. In one notable instance, when Culum rages about having Brock hanged as a pirate for trying to sink their bullion-carrying lorcha, Dirk calmly observes he'd have done the same thing in Brock's position, and that Brock's only sin was failure - leaving Culum utterly flabbergasted.

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* ProtagonistCentredMorality: Actually averted in ''Tai-Pan'': despite being the protagonist, Dirk's well aware he's no angel and never tries to pass off what he's doing as morally right, instead viewing his dodgier actions as IDidWhatIHadToDo regardless of personal distaste. In one notable instance, when Culum rages about having Brock hanged as a pirate for trying to sink their bullion-carrying lorcha, Dirk calmly observes he'd [[NotSoDifferent have done the same thing thing]] in Brock's position, and that Brock's only sin was failure - leaving Culum utterly flabbergasted.
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