History Literature / HoratioHornblower

18th Apr '16 7:27:39 PM eowynjedi
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** The interception of a Spanish treasure flotilla in ''Hotspur'' was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_of_5_October_1804 a real battle]], which Hornblower ends up not joining in because he has to stop a fictional French ship from warning the real Spaniards.



** Remember the bit in ''Hotspur'' where Hornblower arranges for Doughty's escape to the ''U.S.S. Constitution'' at Cadiz? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornblower_and_the_Hotspur Not only was the ship actually there on that date]], she took on new crew.

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** Remember the bit in ''Hotspur'' where Hornblower arranges for Doughty's escape to the ''U.S.S. Constitution'' at Cadiz? [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hornblower_and_the_Hotspur Not only was the ship actually there on in that date]], October]], she took on new crew.crew just a few days after the October 5th action that Hornblower was there to participate in.
15th Apr '16 5:13:02 PM PaulA
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* SeadogPegLeg: Bush loses a leg at the end of ''Ship of the Line'', and has a wooden leg for all subsequent appearances.
13th Apr '16 8:21:51 PM eowynjedi
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* TheBlackDeath: In the ''Noah's Ark'' story, Hornblower is sent to pick up supplies from the Algerian city of Oran on the very day it's struck by plague. Normally this would mean he and his men would have to be quarantined there for three weeks since the last case, but he has the novel idea to ride it out on the supply ship he was provided.



* ButIReadABookAboutIt: Hornblower considers constant research both a duty and a pleasure. It enhances his BadassBookworm status.

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* ButIReadABookAboutIt: Hornblower considers constant research both a duty and a pleasure. It enhances his BadassBookworm status. This is particularly pronounced in the ''Midshipman'' stories, where young Hornblower encounters things in reality he had hitherto only known from literature and sometimes compares the two.



* PerformanceAnxiety: In "The Examination for Lieutenant", Hornblower is about to go down in flames in front of the board before a fire ship appears in the harbor, and he helps Captain Foster steer it away. After it's all over, Foster makes a point of telling him that he ''was'' about to fail and it was lucky for him a crisis appeared. (He is later given the promotion for his actions that night.)



* RefugeInAudacity: At one time Hornblower scares away a Spanish ship bigger then his by sailing towards it to while signalling to his nonexistent backup.

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* RefugeInAudacity: At one time RefugeInAudacity:
** In ''Atropos'',
Hornblower scares away a Spanish ship bigger then his by sailing towards it to while signalling to his nonexistent backup.backup.
** Hornblower takes two Spanish ships in separate ''Midshipman'' stories by this method as well. In "The Spanish Galleys", he storms a galley with a jolly-boat crew (though it helps that much of its "crew" are oarslaves, with only a dozen or so officers). In "Noah's Ark", he has his men hide themselves as a guarda-costa ship approaches his tiny supply vessel that can't possibly win in an engagement, then ambushes the Spanish when they board.


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* UnstoppableRage: In "The Spanish Galleys", Hornblower's success is due in large part to how morally outraged he and his men are by witnessing the hellish condition that the galley-slaves are kept in.
8th Apr '16 9:27:03 PM eowynjedi
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** ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' has a court of ''inquiry'', which investigates whether the full court-martial is needed, over Captain Sawyer's fall down the hatchway and subsequent removal from command. They decide against it in order to cover up Sawyer's insanity.

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** ''Lieutenant Hornblower'' has a court of ''inquiry'', which investigates whether the a full court-martial is needed, over Captain Sawyer's fall down the hatchway and subsequent removal from command. They decide against it in order to cover up Sawyer's insanity.



* DrinkOrder: Contrary to the [[SpotOfTea common English stereotype]], Hornblower prefers to drink coffee rather than tea, or at least whatever passes for coffee depending on supplies (in one book, the coffee is described as being made with crushed burnt bread, with enough sugar to mask the taste.) This was possibly because most of the readers of the ''Hornblower'' series were American. Or alternatively, because tea was expensive and Hornblower was poor. Some consideration though should also be given to the hypothesis that Forester knew enough history to be very well aware that coffee was enormously fashionable in England for many years, and London in particular was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse#Coffee_in_Europe lousy]] with coffee-houses in the 1700s.

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* DrinkOrder: Contrary to the [[SpotOfTea common English stereotype]], Hornblower prefers to drink coffee rather than tea, or at least whatever passes for coffee depending on supplies (in one book, the coffee is described as being made with crushed burnt bread, with enough sugar to mask the taste.) This was possibly because most of the readers of the ''Hornblower'' series were American. Or alternatively, because tea was expensive and Hornblower was poor. Some consideration though should also be given to the hypothesis that Forester knew enough history to be very well aware that coffee Coffee was enormously fashionable in England for many years, and London in particular was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffeehouse#Coffee_in_Europe lousy]] with coffee-houses in the 1700s. Tea was also more expensive than coffee, and Hornblower--who is always having to pawn things to complete his ship and rarely gets prizes--can barely afford jam most of the time.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Turkish mudir in ''Atropos'', who asks for Hornblower to guard the bay from "pirates" and lets Hornblower think himself quite lucky that he's being given time to carry out his secret salvage operation. Hornblower only realizes when he sees the abandoned forts being manned that the Turks probably have telescopes, too, and have just been waiting for him to do the work so they can come in and claim it.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Turkish mudir in ''Atropos'', who asks for Hornblower to guard the bay from "pirates" and lets Hornblower think himself quite lucky that he's being given time to carry out his secret salvage operation. Hornblower only realizes when he sees the abandoned forts being manned that the Turks probably have telescopes, too, and have just been waiting for letting him to do the work so they can come in and claim it.the gold once he's done.



* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Hornblower is a broody, self-loathing mess when he's not being a brilliant naval captain and can't stop thinking about the prospect of death and mutilation in battle even if he never shirks from it. Bush is a stolid and [[TheStoic stoic]] LightningBruiser who's unfazed by hardship but also lacking in Hornblower's genius.

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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Hornblower is a broody, self-loathing mess when he's not being a brilliant naval captain and can't stop thinking about the prospect of death and mutilation in battle even if he never shirks from it. Bush is a stolid and [[TheStoic stoic]] LightningBruiser who's unfazed by hardship but also lacking in Hornblower's genius. It's also noted that Bush has much more physical strength and endurance than Hornblower, who is usually described as gangly and prone to tire.



* SexForSolace: While spending the winter at the Comte de Gracay's manor after escaping exection, Hornblower's brain is "racketing itself to pieces" with the genteel captivity and worries of success, death, and court-martial until he starts an affair with Marie. It relieves his CabinFever immediately, but also fills him with shame because he's seducing the daughter-in-law of the only man in France who ''would'' shelter three British fugitives.



* StuffBlowingUp: In ''Hotspur'', Hornblower witnesses sets off a ''huge'' explosion in a French powder magazine on the coast of Brest that rains heavy debris on the retreat. Later he witnesses a ship get blown to bits by a howitzer shell.

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* StuffBlowingUp: In ''Hotspur'', Hornblower witnesses sets off a ''huge'' explosion in a French powder magazine on the coast of Brest that rains heavy debris on the retreat. Later he witnesses a ship get blown to bits by a howitzer shell.



* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances. He doesn't love his first wife, Maria, marrying her from a sense of obligation and pretending to love her so as to keep her happy, but finds a genuine match with Lady Barbara in ''Happy Return''. Later he consummates an affair with Marie Ladon in ''Flying Colours'' due to cabin fever while hiding on her father-in-law's French estate. In ''Lord Hornblower'', he's finally married to Lady Barbara, whom he loves dearly, but then restarts his affair with Marie when he goes to France again.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances. He doesn't love his first wife, Maria, marrying her from a sense of obligation and pretending to love her so as to keep her happy, but finds a genuine match with Lady Barbara in ''Happy Return''. Later he consummates an affair with Marie Ladon in ''Flying Colours'' due to cabin fever while hiding on her father-in-law's French estate. In ''Lord Hornblower'', However, he's finally married not faithful to Lady Barbara, whom he loves dearly, but then restarts his affair with Marie Barbara when he goes to France again.does marry her: in ''Commodore'' he has an (implied) one-night-stand with a Russian countess after a stressful evening of averting an assassination attempt, and in ''Lord'' he starts thinking of Marie well before actually visiting the Ladons (and restarting the old affair).
7th Apr '16 9:33:41 AM eowynjedi
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* GoodWithNumbers: Hornblower is ''very'' good with numbers.

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* GoodWithNumbers: Hornblower is ''very'' good with numbers.numbers; one book says that trigonometry was a plaything to him when he was the age of the midshipmen he's tormenting with navigational study. This makes him an excellent whist player and navigator.



** [[spoiler:Horatio's ship]] at the end of ''Ship of the Line''.

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** [[spoiler:Horatio's ship]] Horatio sacrifices the ''Sutherland'' at the end of ''Ship of the Line''.Line'' in order to keep the French from breaking the blockade around the coast of Rosas. He knows full well that his ship and most of his crew will be lost, but it's his duty to stop them.



* LastStand: The end of ''Ship of the Line''. Hornblower versus three French frigates. He makes them pay dearly, crippling all of them and even scuttling one, despite being vastly outnumbered and shot to pieces. He ''does'' surrender, but only when he's wrung everything out of his ship and crew, and he's outraged to read in a French newspaper that he had only "lightly" damaged the French ships when he saw himself that blood was running down the sides.

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* LastStand: The end of ''Ship of the Line''. Hornblower versus three ends up facing four French frigates. frigates alone when the rest of the squadron is becalmed, and he can't very well retreat and let them escape the blockade. He makes them pay dearly, crippling all three of them and even scuttling one, despite being vastly outnumbered and shot to pieces. He ''does'' surrender, but only when he's wrung everything out of his ship and crew, and he's outraged to read in a French newspaper that he had only "lightly" damaged the French ships when he saw himself that blood was running down the sides.



* LotsOfLuggage: Subverted in the first (written) novel. Hornblower starts to lecture Lady Barbara on the impracticality of bringing a huge amount of luggage onto a warship, but she irritates him by showing that she only has a couple of sea-chests, which is a perfectly reasonable amount.

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* LotsOfLuggage: Subverted in the first (written) novel. Hornblower starts to lecture Lady Barbara on the impracticality of all the luggage she's bringing a huge amount of luggage onto a warship, aboard, but she irritates him by showing that saying everything she only has a couple of sea-chests, which needs for the journey is a perfectly reasonable amount.in one chest and the rest can be packed away wherever.



* NavalBlockade: ''Hornblower and the Hotspur'' involves the British blockade of the French port of Brest and Hornblower's deeds during the blockade.

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* NavalBlockade: NavalBlockade:
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''Hornblower and the Hotspur'' involves the British blockade of the French port of Brest and Hornblower's deeds during the blockade.blockade.
** ''Ship of the Line'' is also about adventures in blockading, this time along the Spanish coast.



* PluckyMiddie: There are several capable young midshipmen. However, any time you meet one, there's about a 75% chance of them dying. The more endearing they are, the more likely this is. Hornblower himself gets to be one in ''Mr. Midshipman Hornblower''. ([[CaptainObvious He's one of the ones who survives]].)

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* PluckyMiddie: PluckyMiddie:
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There are several capable young midshipmen. However, any time you meet one, there's about a 75% chance of them dying. The more endearing they are, the more likely this is. Hornblower himself gets to be one in ''Mr. Midshipman Hornblower''. ([[CaptainObvious He's one of the ones who survives]].)


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* PoorCommunicationKills: Examined due to the extremely slow pace of communication at the time. In ''The Happy Return'', much of the book is driven by Hornblower's orders to support an uprising against the Spanish in Central America, specifying that he was not to be in sight of land before he got there. Because he follows this instruction, he doesn't learn that England and Spain formed an alliance until ''after'' he captures the only Spanish warship in the area and gives it (along with other materiel) to the rebels... forcing him to go out and fight the battle all over again or have his career ruined just for following orders to the letter. It's also noted that his new orders are numbered, meaning that several copies had been sent in case one failed to reach its destination.


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* SternChase: Hornblower engages in some literal ones.
** In ''The Happy Return'', he pursues the 50-gun ''Natividad'' with his smaller frigate ''Lydia'' to recapture or sink it from under El Supremo's forces. The enemy's long-range guns allow them to take potshots before he can, so he puts his best gunner with the bow chasers and has a hornpipe competition on deck to keep spirits up.
** In ''Hotspur'', he dogs a French frigate that's trying to warn a flotilla of Spanish treasure ships of the British squadron lying in wait for them. It's the kind of work that his little sloop seems made for, being smaller and nimbler so that the French ship can't shake him unless it turns and fights, which its mission doesn't allow. After twelve hours it has to flee back to harbor.


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* WorthyOpponent: The French officers at the start of ''Flying Colours'' are all very sympathetic towards Hornblower, their prisoner, for his action in disabling three-fourths of their own squadron. It's also mixed with pity since they know Napoleon is going to haul him off to Paris and shoot him on trumped-up charges.
30th Mar '16 4:33:38 AM eowynjedi
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* InnocentBlueEyes: William Bush of all people, although a downplayed instance as he's hardly waifish. His blue eyes are often described as being frank and honest, and his straightforward character contrasts with brown-eyed Hornblower's guile (especially in ''Lieutenant''). Hornblower himself thinks of Bush's eyes as looking incongruous in Bush's weatherbeaten face.



* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Hornblower is not faithful to either of his wives, under different circumstances. He doesn't love his first wife, Maria, marrying her from a sense of obligation and pretending to love her so as to keep her happy, but finds a genuine match with Lady Barbara in ''Happy Return''. Later he consummates an affair with Marie Ladon in ''Flying Colours'' due to cabin fever while hiding on her father-in-law's French estate. In ''Lord Hornblower'', he's finally married to Lady Barbara, whom he loves dearly, but then restarts his affair with Marie when he goes to France again.
29th Mar '16 8:01:27 PM eowynjedi
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* RecycledPlot: "Hornblower and the Hand of Destiny", written 1941, seems like a proto-version of ''Lieutenant Hornblower''. Junior lieutenant Hornblower is faced with the tyrannical (though explicitly not mad) Captain Courtney, who has already broken several lieutenants. Courtney is mutinied upon; after Hornblower settles the situation they attack a Spanish target (the ''Castilla'') in a victorious action. In the midst of this, one of the crewmen shoots at Courtney, resulting in Courtney's discharge through disability. Hornblower had a chance to intervene but chose not to, was the only one who saw the crewman's action, and never told the story for the rest of his life.


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* SameStoryDifferentNames: "Hornblower and the Hand of Destiny", written 1941, seems like a proto-version of ''Lieutenant Hornblower''. Junior lieutenant Hornblower is faced with the tyrannical (though explicitly not mad) Captain Courtney, who has already broken several lieutenants. Courtney is mutinied upon; after Hornblower settles the situation they attack a Spanish target (the ''Castilla'') in a victorious action. One of the abused crewmen takes the opportunity to shoot Courtney in the chaos, resulting in an end to Courtney's captaincy (through physical disability rather than mental break and later death). Hornblower had a chance to intervene but chose not to, was the only one who saw the crewman's action, and never told the story for the rest of his life.


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* StepfordSnarker: Condemned Irish rebel Barry [=McCool=] is calmly sarcastic throughout the period Hornblower is guarding, although never insulting ''to'' Hornblower. But even he finds himself unable to speak of his impending execution in plain terms.
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* CutlassBetweenTheTeeth: Young Longley holds his dirk clamped in his teeth in imitation of proper swashbuckling tales whilst on a cutting-out expedition, though he doesn't injure himself while doing so.


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* YourCostumeNeedsWork: Admiral Hornblower (Ret.) privately concludes that the man claiming to be Napoleon III is a fraud and/or madman because the man is too tall, has the wrong accent, and dresses like a (wet) dandy rather than in any way to call to mind his ancestor.
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* ExactWords: Captain Courtney, in "The Hand of Destiny", agrees not to flog the mutineers for a week if they do their duty. They do, including a successful capture of a Spanish ship, but Courtney still gloats to Hornblower that he plans to flog the fifteen men the instant the week is up. (This may actually violate his promise, as he'd promised not to flog for "past actions", but Courtney takes it as a loophole all the same.)



* RecycledPlot: "Hornblower and the Hand of Destiny", written 1941, seems like a proto-version of ''Lieutenant Hornblower''. Junior lieutenant Hornblower is faced with the tyrannical (though explicitly not mad) Captain Courtney, who has already broken several lieutenants. Courtney is mutinied upon; after Hornblower settles the situation they attack a Spanish target (the ''Castilla'') in a victorious action. In the midst of this, one of the crewmen shoots at Courtney, resulting in Courtney's discharge through disability. Hornblower had a chance to intervene but chose not to, was the only one who saw the crewman's action, and never told the story for the rest of his life.



** One particular scene in ''Ship of the Line'' switches to the POV of the hot and weary Italian conscripts marching on a coastal road, going out of its way to tell the reader that these are just ordinary men who have been taken far from home by the war. When they see a pretty ship offshore, they're quite happy to benignly watch it and even ''wave'' to it. Then, the ship--Hornblower's ''Sutherland''--opens fire. (After he's slaughtered or dispersed most of the soldiers he has the cannons turned on the pack animals. His men are more upset about shooting oxen and donkeys than people.)

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** One particular scene in ''Ship of the Line'' switches to the POV of the hot and weary Italian conscripts marching on a coastal road, going out of its way to tell the reader that these are just ordinary men who have been taken far from home by the war. When they see a pretty ship offshore, they're quite happy to benignly watch it and even ''wave'' to it. Then, the ship--Hornblower's ''Sutherland''--opens fire. (After he's slaughtered or dispersed most of the soldiers he has the cannons turned on the pack animals. His animals, and he reflects disdainfully on the fact that his men are more upset about shooting oxen and donkeys less willing to shoot animals than people.)


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* TakeAThirdOption: Hornblower tries for this in "Hand of Destiny", suggesting that Courtney pack off the mutineers with a prize crew rather than flog them or let their actions go unpunished. Courtney rejects it, however, accuses Hornblower of being in sympathy with them and would have brought disciplinary action if one of the aforesaid mutineers hadn't shot him in the knee.
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* AllergicToRoutine: Hornblower. Of course, naval life is explicitly ''very'' routine, long periods of boredom interspersed with wild activity. Many of Hornblower's daring and innovative schemes arise out of a desire to do something other than just patrol for enemies on blockade service.

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* AllergicToRoutine: Hornblower. Of course, naval life is explicitly ''very'' routine, long periods of boredom interspersed with wild activity. Many of Hornblower's daring and innovative schemes arise out of a desire to do something other than just patrol for enemies break the monotony of patrolling on blockade service.



** Hornblower is himself a great fan of the game of whist, and will often play it to pass the time during stressful situations, such as during a SternChase, giving him something to think about other than things he currently can't control. Forester often describes the games [[MundaneMadeAwesome in great detail]].

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** Hornblower is himself a great fan of the game of whist, and will often play it to pass the time during stressful situations, such as during a SternChase, giving him something to think about other than things he currently can't control. He also supports himself by whist during the Peace of Amiens, working for a gambling establishment as a permanent fourth player. Forester often describes the games [[MundaneMadeAwesome in great detail]].



* CardboardPrison: Admiralty House's jail, which has a ''thatched roof'', of all things. A marine awaiting court martial for defying an order escapes at the end of Hornblower's tenure as Commander-in-Chief. Hornblower muses that while the marine escaped the jail, [[TheAlcatraz he was still on Jamaica]], and his white face and uniform would stick out like a sore thumb, especially with the standing reward of £10 for returned prisoners, meaning he only added more charges to original crime. [[spoiler:Hornblower later finds him in a military band in Peurto Rico, and discovers Lady Barbara paid a merchant captain to free him.]]

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* CardboardPrison: Admiralty House's jail, which has a ''thatched roof'', of all things. A marine awaiting court martial for defying an order escapes at the end of Hornblower's tenure as Commander-in-Chief. Hornblower muses that while the marine escaped the jail, [[TheAlcatraz he was still on Jamaica]], and his white face and uniform would stick out like a sore thumb, especially with the standing reward of £10 for returned prisoners, meaning he only added more charges to original crime. [[spoiler:Hornblower later finds him in a military band in Peurto Puerto Rico, and discovers Lady Barbara paid a merchant captain to free him.]]



** The set of double barrelled, rifled, percussion pistols Lady Barbara gives Hornblower at the beginning of ''The Commodore''. [[spoiler:One is stolen by his Finnish interpreter, Braun, who attempts to assassinate both Czar Alaxander and the King of Sweden at a banquet, for vengence over the conquest of Finland; he chose Hornblower's, which [[RareGuns were likely the only of their kind in Eastern Europe]], because they were very accurate, wouldn't misfire, and had two shots. Hornblower puts everything together (after remembering seeing the pistol in Braun's waist while embarking the boat to the palace which he forgot in the excitement), and stops him in time. He also retrieves the stolen pistol.]]

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** The set of double barrelled, rifled, percussion pistols Lady Barbara gives Hornblower at the beginning of ''The Commodore''. [[spoiler:One is stolen by his Finnish interpreter, Braun, who attempts to assassinate both Czar Alaxander Alexander and the King of Sweden at a banquet, for vengence over banquet to avenge the conquest of Finland; he chose Hornblower's, which [[RareGuns were likely the only of their kind in Eastern Europe]], because they were very accurate, wouldn't misfire, and had two shots. Hornblower puts everything together (after remembering seeing the pistol in Braun's waist while embarking the boat to the palace which he forgot in the excitement), and stops him in time. He also retrieves the stolen pistol.]]



* DavidVsGoliath: The ''Hotspur'' versus the ''Loire''. Hornblower doesn't actually destroy his enemy, but he does evade the larger ship and manages to fire into her unopposed with some very cunning maneuvering, rather than being chased away from his station observing Brest.



* GuileHero: Horatio steps into this role at different points over his career, but [[BuffySpeak the guiliest]] would probably be ''Lieutenant Hornblower.'' He is the least senior lieutenant aboard, but he sets the tone for what the senior lieutenants do after Sawyer's fall and persuades them to implement all of his subsequent ideas.

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* GuileHero: Horatio steps into this role at different points over his career, but [[BuffySpeak the guiliest]] would probably be ''Lieutenant Hornblower.'' He is the least senior lieutenant aboard, out of five, but he sets the tone for what the senior lieutenants do after Sawyer's fall and persuades them or maneuvers Buckland to implement all of his subsequent ideas.



* ImprobableAge: Inverted, since Hornblower, when the series begins, is improbably ''old'' to be a beginning midshipsman. He is in his late teens, while his messmates went to sea at age 12 or thereabouts.

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* ImprobableAge: Inverted, since Hornblower, when the series begins, is improbably ''old'' to be a beginning midshipsman.midshipman. He is in his late teens, while his messmates went to sea at age 12 or thereabouts.



* LaResistance: Hornblower leads one during Napolean's Hundred Days after escaping his exile in ''Lord Hornblower''.

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* LaResistance: Hornblower leads one during Napolean's Napoleon's Hundred Days after escaping his exile in ''Lord Hornblower''.Hornblower''.
* LastStand: The end of ''Ship of the Line''. Hornblower versus three French frigates. He makes them pay dearly, crippling all of them and even scuttling one, despite being vastly outnumbered and shot to pieces. He ''does'' surrender, but only when he's wrung everything out of his ship and crew, and he's outraged to read in a French newspaper that he had only "lightly" damaged the French ships when he saw himself that blood was running down the sides.



* LightningBruiser: Bush in ''Lieutenant Hornblower,'' who is described as immensely strong and lightfooted.

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* LightningBruiser: Bush in ''Lieutenant Hornblower,'' who is described as immensely strong and lightfooted.lightfooted, and generally not someone you want to meet at the wrong end of a sword.



* MasterActor: Hornblower can put on the appearance of a scowling, bloodthirsty tyrant as easily as putting on a hat; he can conceal his fatigue and human doubts behind an imperturbable mask just as easily. (Bush is generally not fooled.) He's also able to perfectly convince Maria that he loves her.

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* MasterActor: Hornblower can put on the appearance of a scowling, bloodthirsty tyrant as easily as putting on a hat; he can conceal his fatigue and human doubts behind an imperturbable mask just as easily. (Bush is generally not fooled.) He's also able to perfectly convince Maria that he loves her.her, and while this is helped by his long absences at sea, she never suspects for two decades that he's been faking it.



* NeverLiveItDown: Buckland's fate in-universe. Despite the ''Renown's'' success on Samana, all that will be remembered is that he was taken prisoner in his bed when the captured Spaniards attempted to take the ship. Bush reflects on the illogicality of this, knowing that Buckland (for all his wavering) would have fought just as Bush if he'd been able.



** The Duke of Wellington really was as much of a snob as one scene depicts him.

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** The Duke Marquis of Wellington really was as much of a snob as one scene depicts him.


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* SilentSnarker: Hornblower, sometimes, because in certain circumstances it would violate naval protocols. When Mr. Prowse is acting as TheEeyore in ''Hotspur'', for instance, Hornblower bites back a retort that maybe they should just surrender, because the Articles of War stipulate that you do ''not'' mention the possibility unless it's imminent and unavoidable.
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