History Literature / HardToBeAGod

27th Sep '16 4:12:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Rumata, especially considering that his physical condition is far superior to any Arkanarian.
12th Jul '16 5:29:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* BeingGodIsHard: This is the topic of the book. Even though the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Sufficiently Advanced Earthlings]] are not literally gods by any measure, to the native HumanAlien population of Arkanar, they are, with all the expectations and responsibilities that come with it.
10th Jun '16 4:53:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]%%* DownerEnding
10th Jun '16 4:53:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* BigBad: Don Reba.
* BlackShirt: The Grey Stormtroopers.
* BoisterousBruiser: Baron Pampa.

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* %%* BigBad: Don Reba.
* %%* BlackShirt: The Grey Stormtroopers.
* %%* BoisterousBruiser: Baron Pampa.



* TheChessmaster: Don Reba.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Prince, Uno.
* ChurchMilitant: The Holy Order.

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* %%* TheChessmaster: Don Reba.
* %%* ChildrenAreInnocent: Prince, Uno.
* %%* ChurchMilitant: The Holy Order.



* CorruptChurch

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* %%* CorruptChurch



* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rumata.

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* %%* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie.
* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Rumata.



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The 2013 movie.

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* %%* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The 2013 movie.



* TheDungAges: A particularly bleak example.

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* %%* TheDungAges: A particularly bleak example.



* EvilChancellor: Don Reba.

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* %%* EvilChancellor: Don Reba.



* FatBastard: Reba in the movie.
* FromBadToWorse: and worse and worse.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Don Reba.

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* %%* FatBastard: Reba in the movie.
* %%* FromBadToWorse: and worse and worse.
* %%* FromNobodyToNightmare: Don Reba.



* GoodIsNotNice: Arata.

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* %%* GoodIsNotNice: Arata.



* HumansAreBastards

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* %%* HumansAreBastards



* TheQuisling: [[spoiler: Don Reba, to the Holy Order.]]
* RebelLeader: Arata.

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* %%* TheQuisling: [[spoiler: Don Reba, to the Holy Order.]]
* %%* RebelLeader: Arata.



* SmugSnake: Don Reba.

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* %%* SmugSnake: Don Reba.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Don Sera and Don Tameo.

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* %%* ThoseTwoGuys: Don Sera and Don Tameo.



* UpperClassTwit: Don Sera, Don Tameo and the other nobles.

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* %%* UpperClassTwit: Don Sera, Don Tameo and the other nobles.



* WretchedHive: Arkanar.

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* %%* WretchedHive: Arkanar.
25th May '16 11:26:44 AM NativeJovian
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* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Don Rumata, justified by the facts that his [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture physical condition is superior to any native]] and that his swordfighting techniques wouldn't be discovered in Arkanar for another couple of centuries. Still, even the best swordsman cannot hold long [[RealityEnsues against multiple attackers, all of whom are larger than himself]]. Especially when he is hampered by ThouShallNotKill rule.



* MasterSwordsman: Rumata is universally acknowledged as the best swordsman in the Estorian metropole.

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* MasterSwordsman: Don Rumata is universally acknowledged as the best swordsman in the Estorian metropole.metropole. Justified by the facts that his [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture physical condition is superior to any native]] and that his swordfighting techniques wouldn't be discovered in Arkanar for another couple of centuries. Still, even the best swordsman cannot hold long [[RealityEnsues against multiple attackers, all of whom are larger than himself]]. Especially when he is hampered by ThouShallNotKill rule.
28th Apr '16 9:57:55 PM SinNanna
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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The royal court is filled with vapid, self-obsessed aristocrats who have no interest in the affairs of the country,

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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The royal court is filled with vapid, self-obsessed aristocrats who have no interest in the affairs of the country,country.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Baron Pampa and Arata in the movie.]]



* MutilationConga: Arata has endured one after leading and losing many uprisings.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: After Kira's death, Rumata goes on a rampage through Arkanar and kills both Don Reba and Arata, along with dozens of soldiers.]]

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: [[spoiler: After Kira's death, Rumata goes on a rampage through Arkanar and kills both Don Reba and Arata, Reba, along with dozens of soldiers.]]



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilizedTheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Arata's final goal is the bloody overthrow of the feudal system.



* TitleDrop

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* TitleDropTitleDrop: Rumata thinks "It's hard to be a god" during a conversation with Arata.
23rd Apr '16 9:58:05 PM SinNanna
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* {{BFS}}: Pampa wields a giant zweihander. At one point he fends off a group of storm troopers by swinging it around above his head like a helicopter blade.
23rd Apr '16 7:23:50 PM SinNanna
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* TheAce: Rumata gives off this impression to the people of Arkanar. It helps that he's aided by advanced Earthling technology.



* DeadlyDecadentCourt: One willing to [[spoiler: slaughter its own royal family.]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie.
* DeadpanSnarker: Rumata.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: One willing to [[spoiler: slaughter its own The royal family.]]court is filled with vapid, self-obsessed aristocrats who have no interest in the affairs of the country,



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The 2013 movie.



* GrandInquisitorScene: The scene where Rumata confronts Reba in his office [[spoiler: after his coup of the country]] is an almost literal example.



* [[spoiler: KillTheCutie. Twice. ]]

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* [[spoiler: KillTheCutie. [[spoiler: Twice. Uno and Kira are both dead by the end.]]



* InfantImmortality: Averted. [[spoiler: The young prince is brutally murdered by Grey soldiers while Rumata watches.]]

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* InfantImmortality: Averted. [[spoiler: The young prince is brutally murdered by Grey soldiers while Rumata watches. That same night, Uno is killed during an attempted break-in.]]



* LeFilmArtistique: Aleksei Gehrman's adaptation, for better or worse.

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* LeFilmArtistique: Aleksei Gehrman's adaptation, for better or worse. A rare example of the film being even weirder and darker than the book.


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* MasterSwordsman: Rumata is universally acknowledged as the best swordsman in the Estorian metropole.


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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Rumata pretends to be another vain nobleman to disguise his true intention of rescuing intellectuals.


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* TheQuisling: [[spoiler: Don Reba, to the Holy Order.]]
21st Mar '16 3:40:08 AM Koveras
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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: [[spoiler: Not exactly, the novel is in between the non-interference era and the progressors era. Rumata is saving scientists from prosecution, but isn't allowed to influence political matters.]]

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: [[spoiler: Not [[spoiler:Not exactly, the novel is in between the non-interference era and the progressors era. Rumata is saving scientists from prosecution, but isn't allowed to influence political matters.]]



* CrapsackWorld: And how. After a series of ill-advised wars that all ended in losses, common people in Arkanar are living in extreme poverty and the nobles struggle to hold on to their wealth. The king is incompetent and the kingdom's educational system is in shambles. The kingdom is surrounded by hostile powers on all sides. The only people who really thrive are the Grey Stormtroopers and the local criminal gang. You can pretty much count on everything that shows the slightest hint of goodness being twisted, corrupted, used in the service of darkness or outright destroyed.
** Considering the [[TheDungAges state of public sanitation in Arkanar]], this is almost literal.

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* CrapsackWorld: And how. After a series of ill-advised wars that all ended in losses, common people in Arkanar are living in extreme poverty and the nobles struggle to hold on to their wealth. The king is incompetent and the kingdom's educational system is in shambles. The kingdom is surrounded by hostile powers on all sides. The only people who really thrive are the Grey Stormtroopers and the local criminal gang. You can pretty much count on everything that shows the slightest hint of goodness being twisted, corrupted, used in the service of darkness or outright destroyed.
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destroyed. Considering the [[TheDungAges state of public sanitation in Arkanar]], this is almost literal.



* DualWielding: Anton/Don Rumata is famous for his AwesomeYetPractical fighting style. So Awesome Yet Practical, in fact, it was seen as evidence of his supposed DealWithTheDevil.

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* DualWielding: Anton/Don Rumata is famous for his AwesomeYetPractical awesome-yet-practical fighting style. So Awesome Yet Practical, awesome-yet-practical, in fact, it was seen as evidence of his supposed DealWithTheDevil.
20th Mar '16 11:58:21 PM SinNanna
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* AddledAddict: Father Kabani, who descended into alcoholism after seeing too many of his inventions be used for war and violence, and is a complete wreck when we see him.
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