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12th Sep '16 9:23:59 AM Solle
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This is Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser[='=]s politically incorrect series of novels, presented as the memoirs of a Victorian war hero who is actually a bully, rapist, lecher, backstabber, and [[DirtyCoward coward]]. The character Flashman is taken from the Victorian novel, ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'', where he is presented without any redeeming qualities. He has no redeeming qualities in Fraser's books, either, despite occasional feelings of love for his wife and always coming out of a situation alright, so he might be considered a MagnificentBastard. There is the ''very'' occasional indication that Flashy doth protest too much, and, to be honest, in the situations he finds himself in, "being a coward" also counts as "being the OnlySaneMan".

It's the nineteenth century, it's the British Army - very little of it is going to make sense. In fact, if you want the entire series in a nutshell, try this, the blurb for ''Flashman and the Mountain of Light'':
-->''With the mighty Sikh Khalsa, the finest army ever seen in Asia, poised to invade the Punjab and sweep Britannia's ill-guarded Empire into the sea, every able-bodied man was needed to defend the frontier, and one, at least, had his answer ready when the call of duty came: "I'll swim in blood first!" Alas, for poor Flashy, there was no avoiding the terrors of secret service in the debauched and intrigue-ridden court of the Punjab, the attentions of its beautiful nymphomaniac Maharani (not that he minded that really), the horrors of its torture chambers and the baleful influence of the Mountain of Light.''

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This is Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser[='=]s politically incorrect The ''Flashman'' novels by Creator/GeorgeMacDonaldFraser are a {{Picaresque}} series of novels, adventures, starring Harry Flashman. They are presented as the memoirs of a an infamous Victorian war hero who is actually proud to be a bully, rapist, lecher, backstabber, and [[DirtyCoward coward]]. The author had a fondness for RefugeInAudacity and strove to make his stories, narrated by the eponymous rogue from the perspective of his comfortable retired life, as politically incorrect as possible.

The character Flashman is taken from the Victorian novel, ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'', where he is presented without any redeeming qualities. He has no redeeming qualities in Fraser's books, either, despite occasional feelings of love for his wife and always coming out of a situation alright, so he might be considered a MagnificentBastard. There is the ''very'' occasional indication that Flashy doth protest too much, and, to be honest, in the situations he finds himself in, "being a coward" also counts as "being the OnlySaneMan".

It's The novels are extremely well-researched, and Flashman encounters pretty much anyone who was famous during the nineteenth century, it's the British Army - very little of it is going to make sense. In fact, if you want the entire series in a nutshell, try this, the blurb for ''Flashman and the Mountain of Light'':
-->''With the mighty Sikh Khalsa, the finest army ever seen in Asia, poised to invade the Punjab and sweep Britannia's ill-guarded Empire into the sea, every able-bodied man was needed to defend the frontier, and one, at least, had his answer ready when the call of duty came: "I'll swim in blood first!" Alas, for poor Flashy, there was no avoiding the terrors of secret service in the debauched and intrigue-ridden court
Victorian times, as well as living through most of the Punjab, the attentions of its beautiful nymphomaniac Maharani (not that he minded that really), the horrors of its torture chambers and the baleful influence great political movements of the Mountain of Light.''
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28th Aug '16 4:29:32 AM Nautilus1
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Subverted - the cowardly and slinky Flashman is a [[TheBigGuy Big Guy]] of appropriate physical strength, a very good swordsman, proficient with cavalry lance and brags about his ability with horses. In each book there is at least a scene where he has no way to run and uses his strength to fight ferociously. What keeps him back most of the time is lack of courage, not physical inadequacy.
30th Jun '16 4:54:28 PM Anddrix
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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Richard Lester's 1975 adaptation of ''Royal Flash'', with Creator/MalcolmMcDowell as Flashman, co-starring Alan Bates, Oliver Reed and Florinda Balkin. Fraser himself wrote the screenplay. The movie [[BaseBreaker isn't universally popular]] with ''Flashman'' fans, however.

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* TheFilmOfTheBook: Richard Lester's 1975 adaptation of ''Royal Flash'', with Creator/MalcolmMcDowell as Flashman, co-starring Alan Bates, Oliver Reed and Florinda Balkin. Fraser himself wrote the screenplay. The movie [[BaseBreaker isn't universally popular]] popular with ''Flashman'' fans, however.
14th May '16 11:51:10 AM nombretomado
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* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: By the time he is supposed to be writing his memoirs, Flashman's full name and title is [[KnightFever Brigadier-General Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC KCB KCIE]].

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* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: By the time he is supposed to be writing his memoirs, Flashman's full name and title is [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Brigadier-General Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC KCB KCIE]].
19th Mar '16 10:19:21 AM LentilSandEater
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* AntiHero: Flashman himself who is an odd mix of Type I and Type V.

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* AntiHero: Flashman is an UnscrupulousHero who cares only about himself who is an odd mix of Type I and Type V.what he can get out of a situation.
5th Jan '16 3:58:57 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* ImperialChina: Seen in its later days during the Taiping Rebellion; Flashman makes occasional references to the later [[NoodleIncident Boxer Rebellion]].



* ImperialChina: Seen in its later days during the Taiping Rebellion; Flashman makes occasional references to the later [[NoodleIncident Boxer Rebellion]].

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* ImperialChina: Seen ** An in-universe one in its later days during the Taiping Rebellion; first book. After returning to England, Flashman makes occasional references to the later [[NoodleIncident Boxer Rebellion]].sees a cartoon in ''Punch'' of himself fighting off a dozen Afghans, captioned "A Flash(ing) Blade". He finds it groanworthy.



* WhiteSheep:- Flashman's son, who mortifies his hard-living father by becoming an Anglican priest.

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* WhiteSheep:- WhiteSheep: Flashman's son, who mortifies his hard-living father by becoming an Anglican priest.
25th Nov '15 7:32:43 AM JulianLapostat
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* MonumentalDamage: ''Flashman and the Dragon'' deals with the real-life destruction of the Summer Palace ordered by Lord Elgin, [[LikeFatherLikeSon the son of the same Lord Elgin who "acquired" the marbles]] from Greece.


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* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: Fraser doesn't deny that the British Empire originated for purely mercenary intentions, and that the benign idea of civilizing the colonizes was a justification added much later. But while being honest about the racism, the plunder and the expansionism of the Empire, he also feels that it did contribute to a great deal of good, especially the work of rank-and-file bureaucrats who governed on the ground.
16th Nov '15 8:00:00 AM FF32
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[[caption-width-right:180:[[{{Blackadder}} Flash by name! Flash by nature!]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:180:[[{{Blackadder}} [[caption-width-right:180:[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Flash by name! Flash by nature!]]]]
17th Oct '15 3:15:42 PM SabresEdge
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* BavarianFireDrill: Flashman, certainly later in his career, seems to be rather adept at talking his way out of certain situations. He certainly seems proud of the fact that he once [[NoodleIncident convinced Andrew Jackson]] that he was only there to fix the lightning rod.

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* BavarianFireDrill: Flashman, certainly later in his career, seems to be rather adept at talking his way out of certain situations. He certainly seems proud of the fact that he once [[NoodleIncident convinced Andrew Jackson]] Jefferson Davis]] that he was only there to fix the lightning rod.
27th Sep '15 2:54:47 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* WouldHitAGirl:- Several times.

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* WouldHitAGirl:- WouldHitAGirl: Several times.
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