History Literature / JudgeDee

22nd Jun '16 6:09:28 AM Koveras
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* OneCaseAtATime: Played with, as in most full-length novels, Judge Dee tackles ''three'' concurrent cases at the same time.
23rd Apr '16 2:11:44 AM Chabal2
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* InNameOnly: The 2010 feature film 狄仁杰之通天帝國 (English title: ''[[Film/DetectiveDee Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame]]'') takes the name of its central character and Tang Dynasty setting for a ''{{wuxia}}'' fantasy that otherwise bears no resemblance to the books.
14th Apr '16 12:11:48 PM roxana
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*NobodyHereButUsStatues: The Big Bad of ''Haunted Monastery'' hides his victim by disguising her as one of the figures in a hall of horrors.
5th Apr '16 7:37:09 AM narm00
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* BatmanGambit: In ''The Haunted Monastery'', the Judge asks the murderer about the other set of secret rooms. The man is quite surprised to learn about rooms even he didn't know about, and willingly follows Dee to [[spoiler:a small courtyard where a bear is waiting.]]



* BearsAreBadNews: ''The Haunted Monastery features a troupe of entertainers, one of whom has a pet bear. The bear apparently only likes his owners, as the judge [[spoiler:and the murderer]] find out.

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* BatmanGambit: In ''The Haunted Monastery'', the Judge asks the murderer about the other set of secret rooms. The man is quite surprised to learn about rooms even he didn't know about, and willingly follows Dee to [[spoiler:a small courtyard where a bear is waiting.]]
* BearsAreBadNews: ''The Haunted Monastery Monastery'' features a troupe of entertainers, one of whom has a pet bear. The bear apparently only likes his owners, as the judge [[spoiler:and the murderer]] find out.



* BlindfoldedTrip: In one story, the victim thinks he was taken somewhere in the mountains in a closed palanquin. Tao Gan, however, thinks it's a ruse- he thinks it more likely that they carriers simply tilted the palanquin and walked around the inner courtyard of a large house, with the occasional "Watch the cliff!" for effect.

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* BlindfoldedTrip: In one story, the victim thinks he was taken somewhere in the mountains in a closed palanquin. Tao Gan, however, thinks it's a ruse- he thinks it more likely that they the carriers simply tilted the palanquin and walked around the inner courtyard of a large house, with the occasional "Watch the cliff!" for effect.



* BottleEpisode: ''The Haunted Monastery'', compared to the other novels, takes place over an extremely compressed period of time, with a very tight cast of characters, and concerns only a single series of crimes. Perhaps not coincidentally, it is highly-regarded as an excellent jumping-on point for the series.



* BottleEpisode: ''The Haunted Monastery'', compared to the other novels, takes place over an extremely compressed period of time, with a very tight cast of characters, and concerns only a single series of crimes. Perhaps not coincidentally, it is highly-regarded as an excellent jumping-on point for the series.



* EnlightenedSelfInterest: There's a scene where Ma Jong is talking with two casino guards, one of them explaining that the place remains stable and prosperous thanks to the three major merchants (the casino owner, an antiques dealer, and a whorehouse owner) recognizing that it's better to make less money in the short term by working with the other two (if a player loses big, he can always sell off an antique [[ValuesDissonance or a concubine]], if he wins big, he'll want to exchange it for something easier to carry around or [[TrophyWife a more visible status symbol]]) than get rich quick via dishonest dealings.

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* EnlightenedSelfInterest: There's a scene where Ma Jong Joong is talking with two casino guards, one of them explaining that the place remains stable and prosperous thanks to the three major merchants (the casino owner, an antiques dealer, and a whorehouse owner) recognizing that it's better to make less money in the short term by working with the other two (if a player loses big, he can always sell off an antique [[ValuesDissonance or a concubine]], if he wins big, he'll want to exchange it for something easier to carry around or [[TrophyWife a more visible status symbol]]) than get rich quick via dishonest dealings.



** TheLancer: Chiao Tai, though closest to Judge Dee in social class and education, is a definite contrast; brooding and abrupt where Dee is polished and urbane, unlucky in love where Dee is happily married, devoting his life to vengeance where Dee is committed to to perfect justice.

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** TheLancer: Chiao Tai, though closest to Judge Dee in social class and education, is a definite contrast; brooding and abrupt where Dee is polished and urbane, unlucky in love where Dee is happily married, devoting his life to vengeance where Dee is committed to to perfect justice.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Chiao Tai's death by the judge's sword]] is repeatedly, but subtly alluded to.
* GargleBlaster: If 'the amber liquid' isn't strong enough there's always 'rosedew' a white liquor (probably ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baijiu baijiu]]'') capable of reducing even Ma Joong to incoherence followed by unconsciousness.
** There is also mention of a Mongol feast where he was invited, whatever it was he drank left him with the worst hangover of his life.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: Chiao Tai's death by the judge's sword]] is repeatedly, but subtly subtly, alluded to.
* GargleBlaster: If 'the amber liquid' isn't strong enough there's always 'rosedew' 'rosedew', a white liquor (probably ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baijiu baijiu]]'') capable of reducing even Ma Joong to incoherence followed by unconsciousness.
** There is also mention of a Mongol feast where he was invited, invited; whatever it was he drank left him with the worst hangover of his life.



* HappilyMarried: A possibly unique polygamous example. The harmony of the Judge's marriage is based on his genuine love and respect for each woman and their equally genuine liking for each other. Given the Judge's tendency to get wrapped up in a case First Lady would probably lead a very lonely life if not for the Second and Third ladies.

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* HappilyMarried: A possibly unique polygamous example. The harmony of the Judge's marriage is based on his genuine love and respect for each woman and their equally genuine liking for each other. Given the Judge's tendency to get wrapped up in a case First Lady would probably lead a very lonely life if not for the Second and Third ladies.Ladies.



* InNameOnly: The 2010 feature film 狄仁杰之通天帝國 (English title: ''[[Film/DetectiveDee Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame]]'') takes the name of its central character and Tang Dynasty setting for a ''{{wuxia}}'' fantasy, that otherwise bears no resemblance to the books.

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* InNameOnly: The 2010 feature film 狄仁杰之通天帝國 (English title: ''[[Film/DetectiveDee Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame]]'') takes the name of its central character and Tang Dynasty setting for a ''{{wuxia}}'' fantasy, fantasy that otherwise bears no resemblance to the books.



** Violet Liang from ''The Emperor's Pearl'', single-handedly cripples three armed male thugs, and drags them to Dee's tribunal, where they can't wait to confess and be locked up safely in jail.

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** Violet Liang from ''The Emperor's Pearl'', Pearl'' single-handedly cripples three armed male thugs, and drags them to Dee's tribunal, where they can't wait to confess and be locked up safely in jail.



* MarryThemAll: The Judge's First Lady urges him to take her lady companion, the rape victim from ''The Chinese Gold Murders'' as his Third wife. The Judge is not adverse to the idea but he fears he would be taking advantage of the girl's gratitude. Eventually he decides in her favor and she becomes his Third Lady. Averted in ''The Chinese Bell Murders'' the Judge dismays his ladies by buying out two common prostitutes and installing them as concubines but the girls prove good natured and teachable and the wives warm to them. It turns out the Judge bought them as part of a plan to trap the corrupt monks of the local Buddhist Temple. When the girls indicate their desire to stay he firmly but kindly turns them down. Three wives are clearly enough.

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* MarryThemAll: The Judge's First Lady urges him to take her lady companion, the rape victim from ''The Chinese Gold Murders'' Murders'', as his Third wife. The Judge is not adverse to the idea but he fears he would be taking advantage of the girl's gratitude. Eventually he decides in her favor and she becomes his Third Lady. Averted in ''The Chinese Bell Murders'' Murders'': the Judge dismays his ladies by buying out two common prostitutes and installing them as concubines concubines, but the girls prove good natured and teachable and the wives warm to them. It turns out the Judge bought them as part of a plan to trap the corrupt monks of the local Buddhist Temple.temple. When the girls indicate their desire to stay he firmly but kindly turns them down. Three wives are clearly enough.



* MustLetThemGetAway: Judge Dee sometimes encounters criminals, as in''The Haunted Monastery'' and ''The Chinese Bell Murders'', who are of such high rank, and so well connected at the imperial court, that Dee cannot touch them legally. However, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he finds ways]] to prove that they are ''not'' beyond the reach of justice.

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* MustLetThemGetAway: Judge Dee sometimes encounters criminals, as in''The in ''The Haunted Monastery'' and ''The Chinese Bell Murders'', who are of such high rank, and so well connected at the imperial court, that Dee cannot touch them legally. However, [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he finds ways]] to prove that they are ''not'' beyond the reach of justice.



* OldRetainer: Hoong Liang, who was already old when Dee was a boy and has served him all his life.



* OldRetainer: Hoong Liang, who was already old when Dee was a boy and has served him all his life.

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* OldRetainer: Hoong Liang, who was already old when Dee was a boy ParentalIncest: It's believed by the conspirators of ''Necklace And Calabash'' that the Emperor of all people is harboring unnatural feelings for the Third Princess, and has served him all his life.could be blackmailed into obedience.



* ParentalIncest: It's believed by the conspirators of ''Necklace And Calabash'' that the Emperor of all people is harboring unnatural feelings for the Third Princess, and could be blackmailed into obedience.



* PsychicPowers: Various characters dabble in the occult, a practice of which the Judge strongly disapproves, however there are indications that he himself is psychic. At least he is extraordinarily sensitive to atmosphere, often sensing evil even before he knows a crime has been committed.

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* PsychicPowers: Various characters dabble in the occult, a practice of which the Judge strongly disapproves, however disapproves; however, there are indications that he himself is psychic. At least he is extraordinarily sensitive to atmosphere, often sensing evil even before he knows a crime has been committed.



* SherlockScan: One criminal tries this against the judge (as he's traveling incognito with Chiao Tai), explaining why the judge is not a peaceful merchant. He certainly gets a few points right, like the pair practicing stick-fighting (an activity favored by the lower class), but then he claims the judge's beard was grown to ape his local magistrate. Whoops.



* SherlockScan: One criminal tries this against the judge (as he's traveling incognito with Chiao Tai), explaining why the judge is not a peaceful merchant. He certainly gets a few points right, like the pair practicing stick-fighting (an activity favored by the lower class), but then he claims the judge's beard was grown to ape his local magistrate. Whoops.



* TattooedCrook: One of the victims in ''The Phantom of the Temple''. According to the tattoo artist, ten coins extra would hvae gotten him the tiger's whiskers (and a different fate).

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* TattooedCrook: One of the victims in ''The Phantom of the Temple''. According to the tattoo artist, ten coins extra would hvae have gotten him the tiger's whiskers (and a different fate).



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The character Judge Dee is based on a the real Di Renjie (c. 630?-c. 700), and most of the plots are from actual Chinese sources, either fiction or real cases recorded for the edification of judges and coroners of the era. The forewords and afterwords of each book are as fascinating as the books, since van Gulik was a noted and respected scholar of Chinese culture. He did the illustrations, too.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The character Judge Dee is based on a the real Di Renjie (c. 630?-c. 700), and most of the plots are from actual Chinese sources, either fiction or real cases recorded for the edification of judges and coroners of the era. The forewords and afterwords of each book are as fascinating as the books, since van Gulik was a noted and respected scholar of Chinese culture. He did the illustrations, too.
13th Mar '16 8:53:45 AM LordGro
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* HeroicAmbidexterity: Judge Dee is mentioned to be ambidextrous, as are all high-level swordsmen.
10th Jan '16 11:26:20 AM roxana
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* AngerBornOfWorry: When Tao Gan explodes in fury upon hearing that a blind girl connected with their case in ''Murder in Canton'' is missing Chiao Tai knows that his 'brother' has finally met a woman he cares about.
30th Dec '15 7:40:29 AM roxana
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* MarryThemAll: The Judge's First Lady urges him to take her lady companion, the rape victim from ''The Chinese Gold Murders'' as his Third wife. The Judge is not adverse to the idea but he fears he would be taking advantage of the girl's gratitude. Eventually he decides in her favor and she becomes his Third Lady. Averted in ''The Chinese Bell Murders'' the Judge dismays his ladies by buying out two common prostitutes and installing them as concubines but the girls prove good natured and teachable and the wives warm to them. It turns out the Judge bought them as part of a plan to trap the corrupt monks of the local Buddhist Temple. When the girls indicate their desire to stay he firmly but kindly turns them down. Three wives are clearly enough.
17th Dec '15 10:43:53 PM Chabal2
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* BashBrothers: There are quite a few badass teams in the series:

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* BatmanGambit: In ''The Haunted Monastery'', the Judge asks the murderer about the other set of secret rooms. The man is quite surprised to learn about rooms even he didn't know about, and willingly follows Dee to [[spoiler:a small courtyard where a bear is waiting.]]
* BashBrothers: There are quite a few badass teams in the series: series:



* BearsAreBadNews: ''The Haunted Monastery features a troupe of entertainers, one of whom has a pet bear. The bear apparently only likes his owners, as the judge [[spoiler:and the murderer]] find out.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dee's colleague Lo appears to be overly fond of drinking and womanizing (a GoldDigger once almost manages to get her claws into him), but when Dee works with him on a case is pleasantly surprised by Lo's insight and experience.



* FatalAttractor: Chiao Tai

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* FatalAttractor: Chiao TaiTai can't fall in love with a woman without her dying.


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* ParentalIncest: It's believed by the conspirators of ''Necklace And Calabash'' that the Emperor of all people is harboring unnatural feelings for the Third Princess, and could be blackmailed into obedience.


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* WizardBeard: The judge goes undercover as a FortuneTeller where his beard grants him considerable credibility. However, it also makes him recognizeable, as a testifying Cheng Pa is horrified to see a soothsayer has been named Imperial judge.
12th Aug '15 6:26:26 PM StarSword
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* EnlightenedSelfInterest: There's a scene where Ma Jong is talking with two casino guards, one of them explaining that the place remains stable and prosperous thanks to the three major merchants (the casino owner, an antiques dealer, and a whorehouse owner) recognizing that it's better to make less money in the short term by working with the other two (if a player loses big, he can always sell off an antique [[ValuesDissonance or a concubine]], if he wins big, he'll want to exchange it for something easier to carry around or [[TrophyWife a more visible status symbol]]) than get rich quick via dishonest dealings.
24th Jul '15 6:18:11 PM roxana
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* GunStruggle: Knife variant. When the judge is told a man dead of stabbing was the result of a struggle, he asks Ma Joong to confirm. He thinks it plausible, though this isn't enough to clear the suspect.

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* GunStruggle: Knife variant. When A suspect claims to have stabbed the victim in a struggle. The judge is told a man dead of stabbing was finds the result angle of a struggle, he the wound questionable and asks Ma Joong to confirm. He thinks it plausible, though this isn't enough to clear for his expert opinion. Ma Joong agrees the suspect.angle is odd but 'strange things happen' in a fight and in his judgement the claim of self defense is possible.
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