History Literature / JohnCarterOfMars

6th Jul '17 6:35:57 PM PaulA
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** This makes him the most thick-headed of the heroes, but several others have the same problem, starting with John Carter himself.
6th Jul '17 2:48:16 PM Goldfritha
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* ObliviousToLove: Tan Hadron takes the ''entire book'' to realize that he has fallen out of love with Sanoma Taro and into love with Tavia -- a fact painfully clear not only to the reader but to everybody else in the book.

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* ObliviousToLove: Tan Hadron takes the ''entire book'' to realize that he has fallen out of love with Sanoma Taro and into love with Tavia -- a fact painfully clear not only to the reader but to everybody else in the book.book -- and which includes his explicitly telling Sanoma Taro that he's fallen in love with a slave girl, and another character's explicitly telling him he was in love with Tavia.
** This makes him the most thick-headed of the heroes, but several others have the same problem, starting with John Carter himself.
20th Jun '17 7:07:47 PM PaulA
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* KillerGorilla: The White Apes are essentially gigantic, hairless, four-armed, carnivorous white gorillas. They double as KillerSpaceMonkey thanks to their extraterrestrial origin.

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* KillerGorilla: KillerSpaceMonkey: The White Apes are essentially gigantic, hairless, four-armed, carnivorous white gorillas. They double as KillerSpaceMonkey thanks to their extraterrestrial origin.gorillas.
20th Jun '17 8:11:42 AM Snicka
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* KillerGorilla: The White Apes are essentially gigantic, hairless, four-armed, carnivorous white gorillas. They double as KillerSpaceMonkey thanks to their extraterrestrial origin.
30th Jan '17 7:02:59 PM PaulA
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* TheAce: Carter. And to a lesser extent, every other male protagonist.
* ActionGirl:
** Llana of Gathol.
** Tavia, the heroine of ''A Fighting Man of Mars''.
** Every female of many (though not all) of the Martian races is supposed to be an ActionGirl, [[FauxActionGirl but many of them aren't very impressive at it,]] especially earlier in the series.

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* %%* TheAce: Carter. And to a lesser extent, every other male protagonist.
* %%* ActionGirl:
** %%** Llana of Gathol.
** %%** Tavia, the heroine of ''A Fighting Man of Mars''.
** %%** Every female of many (though not all) of the Martian races is supposed to be an ActionGirl, [[FauxActionGirl but many of them aren't very impressive at it,]] especially earlier in the series.



* ArtificialHuman: The Hormads from ''Synthetic Men of Mars''

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* ArtificialHuman: The Hormads from ''Synthetic Men of Mars''Mars'' are grown in tissue vats by the MadScientist Ras Thavas.



* BigBad: The series as a whole doesn't have one, but most individual books do:
** ''A Princess of Mars'': No clear example, owing to the episoding nature of the book. Sab Than is the climactic villain, but doesn't show up until about two thirds of the way through.
** ''The Gods of Mars'': Issus.
** ''The Warlord of Mars'': Matai Shang and Thurid are a BigBadDuumvirate, which gains a third member, Salensus Oll, midway through the novel.
** ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars'': Prince Astok.
** ''The Chessmen of Mars'': Jeddak O-tar.
** ''The Master Mind of Mars'': Xaxa.
** ''A Fighting Man of Mars'': Tul Axtar.
** ''Swords of Mars'': Looks like Ur Jan at first, but Gar Nal proves EvilerThanThou.
** ''Synthetic Men of Mars'': Jal Had.
** ''Llana of Gathol'': Though episodic, the four sections have an overarching villain in Hin Abtol.
** ''John Carter & The Giant of Mars'': Pew Mogel
** ''Skeleton Men of Jupiter'': Bandolian

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* %%* BigBad: The series as a whole doesn't have one, but most individual books do:
** %%** ''A Princess of Mars'': No clear example, owing to the episoding nature of the book. Sab Than is the climactic villain, but doesn't show up until about two thirds of the way through.
** %%** ''The Gods of Mars'': Issus.
** %%** ''The Warlord of Mars'': Matai Shang and Thurid are a BigBadDuumvirate, which gains a third member, Salensus Oll, midway through the novel.
** %%** ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars'': Prince Astok.
** %%** ''The Chessmen of Mars'': Jeddak O-tar.
** %%** ''The Master Mind of Mars'': Xaxa.
** %%** ''A Fighting Man of Mars'': Tul Axtar.
** %%** ''Swords of Mars'': Looks like Ur Jan at first, but Gar Nal proves EvilerThanThou.
** %%** ''Synthetic Men of Mars'': Jal Had.
** %%** ''Llana of Gathol'': Though episodic, the four sections have an overarching villain in Hin Abtol.
** %%** ''John Carter & The Giant of Mars'': Pew Mogel
** %%** ''Skeleton Men of Jupiter'': Bandolian



* BlueBlood: Most of the main characters.

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* %%* BlueBlood: Most of the main characters.



* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Tara of Helium, at least at first.

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* %%* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Tara of Helium, at least at first.



* CannotSpitItOut: Just about every Burrough's hero ever. Granted the heroines aren't too forthcoming either.

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* %%* CannotSpitItOut: Just about every Burrough's Burroughs hero ever. Granted the heroines aren't too forthcoming either.



* ChronicHeroSyndrome: John Carter has a ''bad'' case of this. And almost all the other heroes suffer from a touch of it.

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* %%* ChronicHeroSyndrome: John Carter has a ''bad'' case of this. And almost all the other heroes suffer from a touch of it.



** The endings of ''A Princess of Mars'' and ''The Gods of Mars'', the first two books of the initial trilogy.

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** The endings of ''A Princess of Mars'' Mars'', the first book of the initial trilogy, ends with John Carter returned to Earth against his will and left uncertain whether his last actions on Mars were sufficient to save the lives of his friends and family there.
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''The Gods of Mars'', the first two books second book of the initial trilogy.trilogy, ends with Carter's wife Dejah Thoris trapped in a cell that can only be opened once a year, along with Phaidor, who wants Carter for herself and has no scruples about MurderingTheHypotenuse.



* ContrivedCoincidence: ''Many.'' A common feature of stories written by Burroughs. One of the most notable examples comes from "A Fighting Man of Mars". Tan Hadron and Tavia are on top of a plateau surrounded by cannibals. Just when all hope seems lost, Tan Hadron discovers [[spoiler: that the invisible ship he acquired earlier but got stolen by the BigBad has somehow ended up on the same plateau, providing them with a way of escape]]. It's given a bit of explanation later on, but still.
* CombatPragmatist: The white skinned Therns. Red, Black and Yellow Martians are all noted for being HonorBeforeReason types.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: ''Many.'' A common feature of stories written by Burroughs. One of the most notable examples comes from In "A Fighting Man of Mars". Mars", Tan Hadron and Tavia are on top of a plateau surrounded by cannibals. Just when all hope seems lost, Tan Hadron discovers [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that the invisible ship he acquired earlier but got stolen by the BigBad has somehow ended up on the same plateau, providing them with a way of escape]]. It's given a bit of explanation later on, but still.
* %%* CombatPragmatist: The white skinned Therns. Red, Black and Yellow Martians are all noted for being HonorBeforeReason types.



* DamselInDistress: ''Every single'' novel's plot revolves at least partly around the male hero rescuing his love interest. However he inevitably gets captured and/or enslaved himself several times while searching for her thus invoking BadassInDistress.
* DamselOutOfDistress: All of the heroines have their moments: A captive Dejah Thoris saves John Carter's life by striking the gloating villains with her manacles, her daughter Tara of Helium coolly dispatches an attempted rapist with a single dagger thrust, and Tara's daughter Llana of Gathol saved her grandfather's life by attacking his opponent from behind causing him to fall on John Carter's sword. Thuvia's first act, on being freed from slavery, is to shoot and kill her Thern captor.

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* %%* DamselInDistress: ''Every single'' novel's plot revolves at least partly around the male hero rescuing his love interest. However he inevitably gets captured and/or enslaved himself several times while searching for her thus invoking BadassInDistress.
* DamselOutOfDistress: All of the heroines have their moments: DamselOutOfDistress:
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A captive Dejah Thoris saves John Carter's life by striking the gloating villains with her manacles, her daughter manacles.
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Tara of Helium coolly dispatches an attempted rapist with a single dagger thrust, and Tara's daughter thrust.
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Llana of Gathol saved her grandfather's life by attacking his opponent from behind causing him to fall on John Carter's sword. sword.
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Thuvia's first act, on being freed from slavery, is to shoot and kill her Thern captor.



* DistressedDude: John Carter, Tars Tarkas, Carthoris, Kar Komak, Turan. . . almost every major male character at one point or another.

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* %%* DistressedDude: John Carter, Tars Tarkas, Carthoris, Kar Komak, Turan. . . almost every major male character at one point or another.



* DualWielding: The Yellow Martians in ''The Warlord of Mars'' use this as their signature fighting style, with a curved hook sword in the left hand and a straight double-edged sword in the right hand. The Green Martians, meanwhile, are theoretically capable of ''quadruple-wielding,'' and seem to carry as many swords and/or guns as possible.
* DuelToTheDeath: Often held by Green Martians, generally with the winner gaining status via KlingonPromotion.

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* DualWielding: DualWielding:
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The Yellow Martians in ''The Warlord of Mars'' use this as their signature fighting style, with a curved hook sword in the left hand and a straight double-edged sword in the right hand. hand.
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The Green Martians, meanwhile, are theoretically capable of ''quadruple-wielding,'' and seem to carry as many swords and/or guns as possible.
* DuelToTheDeath: Often held by Green Martians, generally with the winner gaining status via KlingonPromotion. One such between Tars Tarkas and Tal Hajus features in ''A Princess of Mars''.



** John Carter himself feels that Pan Dan Chee's falling instantly in love with Llana of Gathol's image as a Jetan (Martian Chess) piece is a little extreme. Ulysses Paxton aka Vad Varo falls instantly in love with the beautiful Valla Dia - and to his credit stays in love with her after she is transferred to an aged and hideous body.

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** John Carter himself feels that Pan Dan Chee's falling instantly in love with Llana of Gathol's image as a Jetan (Martian Chess) piece is a little extreme. extreme.
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Ulysses Paxton aka Vad Varo falls instantly in love with the beautiful Valla Dia - and to his credit stays in love with her after she is transferred to an aged and hideous body.



* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Most major female characters in the series are the daughters of kings or chieftains. Of the many, ''many'' examples, Dejah Thoris is probably the best one to cite here, being the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, the primary love interest in the earlier books of the series and a universally beloved figure among the citizens of Helium.

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* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Most major female characters in the series are the daughters of kings or chieftains. Of the many, ''many'' examples, Dejah Thoris is probably Thoris, daughter of the best one to cite here, being the ruler of Helium, is WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, the primary love interest in the earlier books of the series and a universally beloved figure among the citizens of Helium.



* EvilOverlord: A common variety of villain in the series- the initial loose trilogy alone brings us [[FatBastard Tal Hajus]] [[TheUsualAdversaries of the Tharks]], [[HighPriest Matai Shang]] [[LightIsNotGood of the Therns]], [[GodGuise Issus]] [[AbusivePrecursors of the First Born]] - though she's revered as divine across Mars, they're the only ones she actually controls- and [[TheCaligula Salensus Oll]] [[GrimUpNorth of Okar]]. Later books also introduces [[DirtyCoward Tul Axtar of Jahar]], [[TheBlueBeard Ul Vas of Ombra]] and [[GalacticConqueror Bandolian of Jupiter]].

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* %%* EvilOverlord: A common variety of villain in the series- the initial loose trilogy alone brings us [[FatBastard Tal Hajus]] [[TheUsualAdversaries of the Tharks]], [[HighPriest Matai Shang]] [[LightIsNotGood of the Therns]], [[GodGuise Issus]] [[AbusivePrecursors of the First Born]] - though she's revered as divine across Mars, they're the only ones she actually controls- and [[TheCaligula Salensus Oll]] [[GrimUpNorth of Okar]]. Later books also introduces [[DirtyCoward Tul Axtar of Jahar]], [[TheBlueBeard Ul Vas of Ombra]] and [[GalacticConqueror Bandolian of Jupiter]].



* FantasticRankSystem: See the trope page for details.

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* FantasticRankSystem: See FantasticRankSystem:
** Than = Ordinary warrior or seaman
** Padwar = Lieutenant
** Dwar = Captain (commands 100 men or one flier)
** Odwar = General/Admiral (commands 10,000 men)
** Jedwar = General of generals (warlord)
** A Jed is a noble, generally
the trope page for details.ruler of a single city or Green Martian tribe.
** A Jeddak is equivalent to a king, ruling over a nation of several cities or tribes.
** The Warlord of Barsoom is an honorary rank given to John Carter. In theory, he commands an alliance of Martian nations during wartime. (The alliance has never been called to war as such.)



* FeudalFuture: Barsoom is at least one of the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]] for this type of setting, and quite possibly the TropeMaker.
* FireForgedFriends: John Carter and Kantos Kan in ''A Princess of Mars.'' Also applies to a lot of the other allies he gains throughout the series to varying extents.

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* %%* FeudalFuture: Barsoom is at least one of the [[TropeCodifier Trope Codifiers]] for this type of setting, and quite possibly the TropeMaker.
* %%* FireForgedFriends: John Carter and Kantos Kan in ''A Princess of Mars.'' Also applies to a lot of the other allies he gains throughout the series to varying extents.



* FleetingDemographicRule: The series was ''very'' influential among old fandom, and it shows. Of course, being literally a hundred years old, many people associate things like the term "Sith" to [[Franchise/StarWars another franchise]].

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* %%* FleetingDemographicRule: The series was ''very'' influential among old fandom, and it shows. Of course, being literally a hundred years old, many people associate things like the term "Sith" to [[Franchise/StarWars another franchise]].



* ForeverWar: The Therns and the First-Born have been locked in conflict for untold ages, but nether side being able to completely wipe out each other: the First-Born only raided their home for treasure and women, and the Therns only succeed in driving them off and loosing some females in the prospect, without even daring to strike back at their enemies. As it turns out, this has only been war from the Therns' viewpoint, as the First-Born doesn't view them necessarily as enemies, but rather as ''[[FoodChainOfEvil cattle]]'' and puppets to control the rest of Barsoom.
* AFriendInNeed: Numerous instances, including an occasion in ''The Gods of Mars'' where John Carter steps in to help a man he doesn't actually like much himself because he's appalled that all the man's own friends have failed to do so.

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* ForeverWar: The Therns and the First-Born have been locked in conflict for untold ages, but nether side being able to completely wipe out each other: the First-Born only raided their home for treasure and women, and the Therns only succeed in driving them off and loosing losing some females in the prospect, without even daring to strike back at their enemies. As it turns out, this has only been war from the Therns' viewpoint, as the First-Born doesn't view them necessarily as enemies, but rather as ''[[FoodChainOfEvil cattle]]'' and puppets to control the rest of Barsoom.
* AFriendInNeed: Numerous instances, including an occasion in In ''The Gods of Mars'' where John Carter steps in to help a man he doesn't actually like much himself because he's appalled that all the man's own friends have failed to do so.



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Thuvia. At least, to all banths.

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* %%* FriendToAllLivingThings: Thuvia. At least, to all banths.



* GladiatorGames: Not an uncommon entertainment on Mars, often leading to the hero of the current adventure being pressed as a gladiator and leading a revolt.
* GladiatorRevolt: Occurs in ''Gods of Mars'' and ''Chessmen of Mars''.

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* %%* GladiatorGames: Not an uncommon entertainment on Mars, often leading to the hero of the current adventure being pressed as a gladiator and leading a revolt.
* %%* GladiatorRevolt: Occurs in ''Gods of Mars'' and ''Chessmen of Mars''.



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen:
** In ''The Gods of Mars'', Issus.
** In ''The Master Mind of Mars'', Xaxa.

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* %%* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen:
** %%** In ''The Gods of Mars'', Issus.
** %%** In ''The Master Mind of Mars'', Xaxa.



* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Dejah Thoris is a ''red''-skinned space babe.

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* %%* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: Dejah Thoris is a ''red''-skinned space babe.



* HeavyWorlder: John Carter compared to the Martians. Possibly the oldest known example.
* HeKnowsTooMuch
* HeroicSacrifice: John Carter in the first book.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Carter and Tars Tarkas end up as something like this by the end of the first book.
* HiddenElfVillage: Too many to list, from the Therns to the Yellow Men to the Orovars. The Black Martians would count, but they raid out for slaves and food.

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* HeavyWorlder: John Carter compared to the Martians.Martians; in Barsoom's lower gravity, he is able to perform great feats of strength and athleticism. Possibly the oldest known example.
* %%* HeKnowsTooMuch
* %%* HeroicSacrifice: John Carter in the first book.
* %%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Carter and Tars Tarkas end up as something like this by the end of the first book.
* %%* HiddenElfVillage: Too many to list, from the Therns to the Yellow Men to the Orovars. The Black Martians would count, but they raid out for slaves and food.



* HonorBeforeReason: A trait of John Carter and his descendents.

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* %%* HonorBeforeReason: A trait of John Carter and his descendents.



* IGaveMyWord: Happens a lot.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Happens a lot to Burroughs heroines, but Dejah is a downright ''magnet'' for it. Almost every major male villain in the first three books wants to either rape her or force her into a political marriage. Subverted in ''Swords of Mars'', where the bad guys abduct Dejah purely to distract Carter, and show little real interest in their captive once they have her.

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* %%* IGaveMyWord: Happens a lot.
* %%* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Happens a lot to Burroughs heroines, but Dejah is a downright ''magnet'' for it. Almost every major male villain in the first three books wants to either rape her or force her into a political marriage. Subverted in ''Swords of Mars'', where the bad guys abduct Dejah purely to distract Carter, and show little real interest in their captive once they have her.



* InvincibleHero: No important good guy ever dies or loses a duel with a bad guy.

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* %%* InvincibleHero: No important good guy ever dies or loses a duel with a bad guy.



* MagicAntidote: Martian medicine is more or less this.

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* %%* MagicAntidote: Martian medicine is more or less this.



** The Green Martians.
** Also, the White Apes of Barsoom, which are essentially 15-foot hairless gorillas with an extra pair of arms.

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** The Green Martians.
Martians have four arms, and are ferocious warriors.
** Also, the The White Apes of Barsoom, which are essentially 15-foot hairless gorillas with an extra pair of arms.



* TheMusketeer: John Carter.

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* %%* TheMusketeer: John Carter.



* NighInvulnerability: The Hormads; you can stab them, cut them, chop off their heads and other body parts, and yet they keep coming. Joog the Giant as well.

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* NighInvulnerability: The Hormads; you can stab them, cut them, chop off their heads and other body parts, and yet they keep coming. coming.
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Joog the Giant as well. Giant.



** The princess in ''The Master Mind of Mars''.

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** The princess of Duhor in ''The Master Mind of Mars''.Mars'' fled her city, disguised as a servant, after it was invaded.



* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Repeatedly demonstrated by John Carter and his allies.

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* %%* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Repeatedly demonstrated by John Carter and his allies.



* ObliviousToLove: Your typical Edgar Rice Burroughs hero needs to be hit over the head with a club, several times, before he realizes that he has fallen in love with the heroine. Tan Hadron is in class by himself in that it takes him the ''entire book'' to realize that he has fallen out of love with Sanoma Taro and into love with Tavia - a fact painfully clear not only to the reader but to everybody else in the book.

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* ObliviousToLove: Your typical Edgar Rice Burroughs hero needs to be hit over the head with a club, several times, before he realizes that he has fallen in love with the heroine. Tan Hadron is in class by himself in that it takes him the ''entire book'' to realize that he has fallen out of love with Sanoma Taro and into love with Tavia - -- a fact painfully clear not only to the reader but to everybody else in the book.



* OldFlameFizzle: In ''A Fighting Man of Mars''

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* %%* OldFlameFizzle: In ''A Fighting Man of Mars''



* PirateGirl: Phondari, Pirate Queen of Mars, from Dynamite Comics ''Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris''.
* PlanetaryRomance: One of the genre's definers. Many, many {{Trope Maker}}s.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Tars Tarkas learns it from John Carter in ''A Princess of Mars''.

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* %%* PirateGirl: Phondari, Pirate Queen of Mars, from Dynamite Comics ''Warlord of Mars: Dejah Thoris''.
* %%* PlanetaryRomance: One of the genre's definers. Many, many {{Trope Maker}}s.
* %%* ThePowerOfFriendship: Tars Tarkas learns it from John Carter in ''A Princess of Mars''.



* RagsToRoyalty: Some royalty are in disguise, or ignorant of their births.

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* %%* RagsToRoyalty: Some royalty are in disguise, or ignorant of their births.



* RebelliousPrincess: Tara in ''The Chessmen of Mars''.
* RedShirts: Basically any character who teams up with John Carter is dead meat, unless he has a name.

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* %%* RebelliousPrincess: Tara in ''The Chessmen of Mars''.
* %%* RedShirts: Basically any character who teams up with John Carter is dead meat, unless he has a name.



* RoyalBlood:
** All over the place, what with all the princesses and whatnot.
** In ''The Chessman of Mars'', Corpals "that by commanding the spirits of the wicked dead gains evil mastery over the living" are said to be killable only by those of RoyalBlood. And the weak and cowardly king can not be deposed for a brave nobleman, only another royal; fortunately, he also has a brave and popular son whom he hasn't killed yet.

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* RoyalBlood:
** All over the place, what with all the princesses and whatnot.
**
RoyalBlood: In ''The Chessman of Mars'', Corpals "that by commanding the spirits of the wicked dead gains evil mastery over the living" are said to be killable only by those of RoyalBlood. And the weak and cowardly king can not be deposed for a brave nobleman, only another royal; fortunately, he also has a brave and popular son whom he hasn't killed yet.



* TheSkyIsAnOcean: Complete with SkyPirates, in ''The Gods of Mars''.
* SkyPirates: In ''The Gods of Mars''.

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* %%* TheSkyIsAnOcean: Complete with SkyPirates, in ''The Gods of Mars''.
* SkyPirates: In ''The Gods of Mars''.Mars'', the Black Martians conduct airship raids on other cities for slaves and food.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse:
** Kidnapping and enslavement are a constant threat to a woman of Barsoom and the more beautiful she is the more she is at risk.
** In ''The Master Mind of Mars'', Valla Dia, when she finds herself transplanted into an old and ugly body, admits that she enjoyed her beauty, but that it had not been an unmixed blessing, as men had fought and died over her. She is content in this body, which, at least, no one would fight over.

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* SoBeautifulItsACurse:
** Kidnapping and enslavement are a constant threat to a woman of Barsoom and the more beautiful she is the more she is at risk.
**
SoBeautifulItsACurse: In ''The Master Mind of Mars'', Valla Dia, when she finds herself transplanted into an old and ugly body, admits that she enjoyed her beauty, but that it had not been an unmixed blessing, as men had fought and died over her. She is content in this body, which, at least, no one would fight over.



* SweetPollyOliver: Tavia

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* %%* SweetPollyOliver: Tavia



* SurvivalMantra-- Tara of Helium's "I still live." Of course, she's quoting her father.
* {{Swashbuckler}}

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* %%* SurvivalMantra-- Tara of Helium's "I still live." Of course, she's quoting her father.
* %%* {{Swashbuckler}}



* ThudAndBlunder: One of the classics, but also not a pure example: many of the main characters are almost as much ScienceHero as MasterSwordsman.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Martian swords are actually designed for throwing.

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* %%* ThudAndBlunder: One of the classics, but also not a pure example: many of the main characters are almost as much ScienceHero as MasterSwordsman.
* %%* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Martian swords are actually designed for throwing.



* UnfamiliarCeiling: Happens to Carter a few times, although he generally winds up as a prisoner in those situations.
* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Both the Tharks and the white apes are this.

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* %%* UnfamiliarCeiling: Happens to Carter a few times, although he generally winds up as a prisoner in those situations.
* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Both the Tharks and the white apes are this.this, each having an extra pair of arms.



* VillainousValor: With few exceptions, applies to all the Martian cultures.
* WackyWaysideTribe: Almost every one of the books features several of these.

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* %%* VillainousValor: With few exceptions, applies to all the Martian cultures.
* %%* WackyWaysideTribe: Almost every one of the books features several of these.



* WorldOfBadass: Barsoom in a nutshell.

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* %%* WorldOfBadass: Barsoom in a nutshell.



* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Dejah Thoris.
* WorthyOpponent: Quite a few honorable men end up opposing John Carter because he is their enemy. Most tend to undergo a HeelFaceTurn later, since this is a rather idealistic series.

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* %%* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: Dejah Thoris.
* %%* WorthyOpponent: Quite a few honorable men end up opposing John Carter because he is their enemy. Most tend to undergo a HeelFaceTurn later, since this is a rather idealistic series.
30th Jan '17 6:21:48 PM PaulA
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* HumansNeedAliens: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''A Princess of Mars'', where the native Martian races admit that without the Earthling John Carter, they would never be able to unite against their enemies and defeat them so quickly.



* MightyWhitey: The main character. Most of the other people on Barsoom are red- or green-skinned. There are white-skinned Martians, but [[SubvertedTrope they're villains]].

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* MightyWhitey: The main character.In ''A Princess of Mars'', the native Martian races admit that without the Earthling John Carter, they would never be able to unite against their enemies and defeat them so quickly. Most of the other people on Barsoom are red- or green-skinned. There are white-skinned Martians, but [[SubvertedTrope they're villains]].
30th Jan '17 6:05:48 PM PaulA
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* FollowTheLeader: Does anyone really think the movie would have gotten out of its epic-length stretch of Development Hell and finally got around to getting produced when it did if it hadn't been for ''Film/{{Avatar}}''?



* ReliableTraitor: The Black Martian prince Thurid turns on Matai Shang (a White Martian leader) and throws him out of an airship to his death near the end of ''The Warlord of Mars,'' having only cooperated with him in the first place due to their mutual hatred of John Carter.
30th Jan '17 11:44:22 AM roxana
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* CannotSpitItOut

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* CannotSpitItOutCannotSpitItOut: Just about every Burrough's hero ever. Granted the heroines aren't too forthcoming either.
30th Jan '17 11:33:53 AM roxana
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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan

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* SingleWomanSeeksGoodManSingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Helium is known to be the ''the'' place to go for husband hunting damsels as John Carter attracts the best of Barsoom's warriors to his service.
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* TheMenFirst: In ''The Chessmen of Mars'', when Gahal's ship is caught in a storm, one of his men is knocked overboard and barely manages to grab hold. On seeing it, Gahal instantly goes to the rescue -- which results in his own fall.

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* TheMenFirst: In ''The Chessmen of Mars'', when Gahal's Gahan's ship is caught in a storm, one of his men is knocked overboard and barely manages to grab hold. On seeing it, Gahal Gahan instantly goes to the rescue -- which results in his own fall.
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