History Literature / BridgeInTheMenagerie

3rd Feb '16 10:05:53 AM 32_Footsteps
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* TooDumbToFool: The Rueful Rabbit manages to pull this off in all sorts of spectacular fashions. Maybe he'll completely ignore a falsecard or other deceptive play. Maybe he'll fall for it, but accidentally play the "wrong" card anyway. Maybe he'll fall for it, but get a different wrong inference than the one originally intended, which ends up guiding him to the right play. Regardless, his inability to correctly gauge deceptive plays helps him way more often than it hurts him. This goes UpToEleven when Papa the Greek is the one attempting to fool him.
6th Jan '16 2:29:36 PM OddHack
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* The Hog, of course -- figuratively ''and'' literally.

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* ** The Hog, of course -- figuratively ''and'' literally.
6th Jan '16 2:29:19 PM OddHack
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* The Hog, of course -- figuratively ''and'' literally.
22nd Jun '15 1:10:55 PM 32_Footsteps
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* TheAce: The Hideous Hog.

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* TheAce: The Hideous Hog.Hog, by far the most successful player in the series. He's also the player most likely to pull off any variety of trick play intentionally and successfully.



* BlatantLies: Papa's fondness for non-standard play to a trick, to confuse opponents as to the contents of his hand, is well-known to everyone, to the extent that only the weakest of players, such as the Rabbit and Walter, fall for them. It's repeatedly {{Lampshaded}} - one opening lead from Papa is described as "the closest falsecard to his thumb," the Hog notes that the by-the-book play would count as a falsecard from Papa, and he's once described as the kind of person who'd try to falsecard from a singleton.



* DeadpanSnarker: Colin the Corgi.
* TheEeyore: Karapet, the Free Armenian, who is convinced that all his bad luck is due to a {{curse}} placed on the Djoulikyans in the fourteenth century by the [[WickedWitch black witch]] of Ararat.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Colin the Corgi.
Corgi. It was even {{Lampshaded}} at one point, where he was noted as being uncharacteristically charitable to a player in one of his stories - at which point Colin revealed that he was the player in question.
* TheEeyore: Karapet, the Free Armenian, who is convinced that all his bad luck is due to a {{curse}} placed on the Djoulikyans in the fourteenth century by the [[WickedWitch black witch]] of Ararat.



* NoSenseOfHumor: The Secretary Bird.

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* {{Jerkass}}: The Hideous Hog is petty and cruel to opponents, dismissive of partners, and he has a habit of just grabbing whatever he wants and leaving the bill for others.
* KansasCityShuffle: The Hog's general strategy for playing against Papa. Papa and the Hog know all of the same techniques for both bidding and play. The Hog's advantage over Papa is that he can confuse Papa as to which technique he'll use. It only occasionally comes up in the bidding, but it's a regular feature in the play of the hand itself between the two.
* LargeHam: Karapet enjoys bemoaning his results and [[BornUnlucky his poor fortune]] at every turn, loudly and repeatedly. He'll even do this when analysis shows that the most common split of cards, that which is the least involving of luck, is what played out.
* NoSenseOfHumor: The Secretary Bird. His default expression is a scowl, and he never appreciates any jibe, regardless of whether it's directed at him.



* TooCleverByHalf: Themistocles Papadopolous, aka "Papa the Greek". His results do not live up to his brilliance.

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* TooCleverByHalf: Themistocles Papadopolous, aka "Papa the Greek". His results do not live up to his brilliance. One chapter in one of the books, which featured Papa repeatedly falling for the KansasCityShuffle, is even titled this.
30th Mar '14 3:18:20 AM SeptimusHeap
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22nd Jan '14 10:18:36 AM 32_Footsteps
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* SideBet: The focus of the action is, naturally for a collection of bridge columns, the bridge hands themselves. However, it's frequent that various bets (usually bottles of wine) will be riding on the outcome of a hand or a series of hands. Some of the odder bidding sequences come from bids that would ordinarily be unorthodox but are made to attempt to secure one of these bets.
20th Nov '13 11:51:02 AM 32_Footsteps
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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Charlie The Chimp - he frequently gets distracted with postmortem analysis of previously played bridge hands. This most often occurs when he should be focusing on his current hand instead.



* BatmanGambit: Frequently how the Hideous Hog makes contracts over his opponents and defeats the contracts of his opponents, particularly Walter Walrus (who he can guarantee will hold onto sure high card winners to cover other high cards, even if it's obvious that taking certain tricks earlier are the only hope to prevail) and Papa the Greek (who loves falsecarding so much that the Hog even states that the by-the-book play would be a falsecard for Papa).



* TheFool: Rueful Rabbit - unable to keep straight the standard recommended plays, or even what conventions to bid half the time, and more than capable of mixing up which cards he even holds or which card he meant to play... and yet, after the Hog (his most frequent partner), the most successful player in the series.



* StopHavingFunGuys: The Secretary Bird, frequently the Hog's nemesis.

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* StopHavingFunGuys: The InUniverse, a regular accusation about the Secretary Bird, who is frequently the Hog's nemesis.


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* TheWatcher: Oscar the Owl, "Senior Kibitzer" of the club. Seldom if ever plays, but loves to watch everyone else play.
18th Apr '12 8:52:53 AM 32_Footsteps
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* TheAce: The Hideous Hog.



* BornLucky: The Rueful Rabbit; his results are way better than his lack of skill present. One common habit is playing the wrong card to a trick, throwing off his opponents' count of the hand.
* BornUnlucky: Karapet - his style of play actually takes into account that his suits will split poorly, his finesses will fail, and all probability plays will work out in the most unfavorable fashion.



* DeadpanSnarker: Colin the Corgi.



* HairTriggerTemper: The Hog once again, who has precious little patience for partners who make questionable moves. The only way of mollifying him is to somehow overcome the blunder (frequently by inducing worse blunders from the opposition).
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Frequently by the Secretary Bird, who will always insist on the by-the-book penalties for straying from the standard play. If his opposing partnership is the Rabbit and the Hog, it can practically be guaranteed.



* NoSenseOfHumor: The Secretary Bird.



* RulesLawyer: Walter the Walrus, of sorts. He's very attentive to the "truisms" of the quality of hands and relies heavily on various maxims of play, regardless of whether indications from bidding and play suggest a different course of action. He'll heavily complain when "inferior quality" hands produce outsized results. More strictly the Secretary Bird, who will enforce the rule book regarding infractions... more than once [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ruining his chances at winning a hand]] in doing so.
* StopHavingFunGuys: The Secretary Bird, frequently the Hog's nemesis.



* TooCleverByHalf: Themistocles Papadopolous, aka "Papa the Greek". His results do not live up to his brilliance.

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* TooCleverByHalf: Themistocles Papadopolous, aka "Papa the Greek". His results do not live up to his brilliance.brilliance.
* YesMan: Timothy the Toucan; he knows he lacks talent, so he tends to suck up to partners to ingratiate himself.
8th Jan '12 5:59:30 PM JackRudd
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The first book has a number of apparent club regulars who never appear again, such as the Doctor and the Keyhole Manufacturer.
5th Jun '11 3:07:23 PM OddHack
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* TheEeyore: Karapet, the Free Armenian, who is convinced that all his bad luck is due to a curse placed on the Djoulikyans in the fourteenth century by the [[WickedWitch black witch]] of Ararat.

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* TheEeyore: Karapet, the Free Armenian, who is convinced that all his bad luck is due to a curse {{curse}} placed on the Djoulikyans in the fourteenth century by the [[WickedWitch black witch]] of Ararat.
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