History Literature / BridgeOfBirds

9th Aug '17 12:41:28 PM SpectralTime
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** Really, a lot of the characters are this. [[spoiler: The Ancestress is a homicidal ControlFreak, her daughters are a pack of spoiled brats, one of whom murdered a soldier and his lover due to the soldier picking a commoner over her, and the Duke of Ch'in is a self centered coward in the body of a TinTyrant. All of them come to horrific and well deserved ends. Unfortunately averted for Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub, who despite deliberatly botching the silk harvest, and accidentally poisoning the village's children in the process, get away scot free.]]

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** Really, a lot of the characters are this. [[spoiler: The Ancestress is a homicidal ControlFreak, her daughters are a pack of spoiled brats, one of whom murdered a soldier and his lover due to the soldier picking a commoner over her, and the Duke of Ch'in is a self centered coward in the body of a TinTyrant. All of them come to horrific and well deserved ends. Unfortunately averted for Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub, who despite deliberatly botching the silk harvest, and accidentally poisoning the village's children in the process, get away scot free.free... unless that last lynching in the finale did the trick.]]
9th Aug '17 12:04:54 PM TheFLL
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** Really, a lot of the characters are this. [[spoiler: The Ancestress is a homicidal ControlFreak, her daughters are a pack of spoiler brats, one of whom murdered a soldier and his lover due to the soldier picking a commoner over her, and the Duke of Ch'in is a self centered coward in the body of a TinTyrant. All of them come to horrific and well deserved ends. Unfortunately averted for Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub, who despite deliberatly botching the silk harvest, and accidentally poisoning the village's children in the process, get away scot free.

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** Really, a lot of the characters are this. [[spoiler: The Ancestress is a homicidal ControlFreak, her daughters are a pack of spoiler spoiled brats, one of whom murdered a soldier and his lover due to the soldier picking a commoner over her, and the Duke of Ch'in is a self centered coward in the body of a TinTyrant. All of them come to horrific and well deserved ends. Unfortunately averted for Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub, who despite deliberatly botching the silk harvest, and accidentally poisoning the village's children in the process, get away scot free. ]]
9th Aug '17 12:01:15 PM TheFLL
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** Really, a lot of the characters are this. [[spoiler: The Ancestress is a homicidal ControlFreak, her daughters are a pack of spoiler brats, one of whom murdered a soldier and his lover due to the soldier picking a commoner over her, and the Duke of Ch'in is a self centered coward in the body of a TinTyrant. All of them come to horrific and well deserved ends. Unfortunately averted for Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub, who despite deliberatly botching the silk harvest, and accidentally poisoning the village's children in the process, get away scot free.



* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: The Duke of Ch'in. He engineers the downfall of Jade Pearl, kills her three handmaidens, and engages in centuries of cruelty and villainy because he's scared stiff of dying and facing the Wheel of Transmogrification. Ditto for the Ancestress, who engages in a similar life of self centered cruelty against others, only to flee in terror from Henpecked Ho after he's finally had enough of her madness.]]



* HenpeckedHusband: The appropriately nicknamed Henpecked Ho.

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* HenpeckedHusband: The appropriately nicknamed Henpecked Ho. [[spoiler: At first, until Li and Ten Ox walk into his life.]]


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* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: Henpecked Ho is a weak-willed but likable and intelligent NiceGuy, to the point of choosing IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy in regards to his deceased concubine. All of his daughters are stubborn, self-centered, and stupid, [[spoiler: with [[BewareTheSillyOnes Fainting Maid]] [[IfICantHaveYou murdering a soldier she was attracted to]] [[DisprorportionateRetruibution because he chose Ho's concubine over her,]] much to Ho's disgust.]]


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* PsychopathicManchild: [[spoiler: The Duke of Ch'in. For all of his villainy, at heart, he's just a scared little boy utterly unable to accept his own mortality. Master Li notes from all the labyrinths, games, and petty behaviour he indulges in, that Ch'in never really grew up in all the centuries he's been alive.]]
17th Mar '17 11:40:38 AM FordPrefect
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** Anyone, who makes himself invulnerable by removing his heart, acquires an overwhelming lust to obtain and handle "cold things": treasure in all forms.
* MotiveDecay: Surprisingly averted. The Master Li and Number Ten Ox go through many epic adventures [[spoiler: such as becoming the wealthiest men in China and meeting [[GodInHumanForm gods in human form]]]], all to save the children of the village.

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** Anyone, Anyone who makes himself invulnerable by removing his heart, heart also acquires an overwhelming lust to obtain and handle "cold things": treasure in all forms.
* MotiveDecay: Surprisingly averted. The Master Li and Number Ten Ox go through many epic adventures adventures, such as [[spoiler: such as becoming the wealthiest men in China and meeting [[GodInHumanForm gods in human form]]]], all to save the children of the village.



* MrViceGuy: There is a slight flaw in Li Kao's character (more than one flaw, actually, if you count "alcoholism" and "willingness to rob and murder people to achieve your goals" as two separate traits), but he's still unquestionably on the side of good and most of the more morally dubious actions he commits are done to people who [[PayEvilUntoEvil thoroughly deserved it]].

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* MrViceGuy: There is a slight flaw in Li Kao's character (more than one flaw, actually, if you count "alcoholism" and "willingness to rob and murder people to achieve your goals" as two separate traits), but he's still unquestionably on the side of good good, and most of the more morally dubious actions he commits are done to people who [[PayEvilUntoEvil thoroughly deserved it]].
17th Mar '17 11:23:12 AM FordPrefect
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* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Master Li [[TheReveal reveals]] in a WhamLine that [[spoiler:the Key Rabbit, who has been depicted up to this point as a meek, cowardly man forced to be the accessor of the Duke of Ch'in, is actually the Duke of Ch'in himself]].

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* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Master Li [[TheReveal reveals]] in a WhamLine that [[spoiler:the Key Rabbit, who has been depicted up to this point as a meek, cowardly man forced to be the accessor assessor of the Duke of Ch'in, is actually the Duke of Ch'in himself]].
11th Nov '16 9:58:00 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: One of the first things Master Li does once he and Number Ten Ox set out is, for lack of a better term, get him ''laid''. [[spoiler: This is largely to counteract his IncorruptiblePurePureness, though it doesn't really take.]]
24th Jul '16 11:25:13 PM OddHack
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* CirclesOfHell: The trip through Hell is essentially a Chinese version of Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]].''
30th Apr '16 11:43:48 AM Aspr3
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* ReallyGetsAround: Moon Boy. [[spoiler: Although as he is the former goddess of prostitutes, this comes to make more sense.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Moon Boy. [[spoiler: Although as he is the former goddess of prostitutes, this comes to make more sense.]]
30th Apr '16 11:28:01 AM Aspr3
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** That said, most of the other named positions do appear in Chinese sex manuals, with named defensibly translated as Hugart does, and are used appropriately in the story.

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** That said, most of the other named positions do appear in Chinese sex manuals, with named names defensibly translated as Hugart does, and are used appropriately in the story.
21st Apr '16 1:49:34 AM PaulA
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* AssholeVictim: One of Li Kao's plans involves murder, and he hopes to find someone who deserves to be offed. He does.

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* AssholeVictim: One of Li Kao's plans involves murder, requires a funeral, and since they're in too much of a hurry to wait for one, he hopes to find someone who deserves to be offed. He does.
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