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''The Legend of the Condor Heroes'' is a {{Wuxia}} tetralogy written by Chinese author JinYong (pen name for Louis Cha). It follows the adventures of many members of the Jianghu world, especially Guo Jing, a slow-witted, talentless child who, with the help of lady luck and many incredibly talented masters, slowly rises to a prominent position in the martial arts world.

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''The Legend of the Condor Heroes'' is a {{Wuxia}} tetralogy written by Chinese author JinYong Creator/JinYong (pen name for Louis Cha). It follows the adventures of many members of the Jianghu world, especially Guo Jing, a slow-witted, talentless child who, with the help of lady luck and many incredibly talented masters, slowly rises to a prominent position in the martial arts world.
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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Yang Kang]] doesn't take this revelation too well.
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* MeaningfulName: Guo Jing and Yang Kang, whose given names together is a reference to the Jingkang Incident. Qiu Chuji named them, hoping they would grow up to be patriotic like their fathers and help the Song Dynasty fend off the invading Jin. [[spoiler: Horribly ironic in retrospect, given how Yang Kang turned out.]]

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* MeaningfulName: Guo Jing and Yang Kang, whose given names together is a reference to the Jingkang Incident. Qiu Chuji named them, hoping they would grow up to be patriotic like their fathers and help the Song Dynasty fend off the invading Jin. [[spoiler: Horribly ironic in retrospect, given how Yang Kang turned out.]]It doesn't quite go as planned.
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* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: And then adopt his son, if you're Wanyan Honglie.]]

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: And then adopt his son, if you're Wanyan Honglie. Huang Yaoshi also offers to kill Huazhen for this reason, for his daughter's sake.]]
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* BigBad: Not a clear-cut case, due to the serialized nature of the original novel. Wanyan Honglie {{TheChessmaster}} is the political and ideological Big Bad who instigates the plot, but he is very removed from the Wulin aspect of the story. Ouyang Feng is the one who presents the greatest physical threat to the heroes in battle, but his motivations and ambitions are less far-reaching than Wanyan Honglie’s.

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* BigBad: Not a clear-cut case, due to the serialized nature of the original novel. Wanyan Honglie {{TheChessmaster}} is the political and ideological Big Bad who instigates the plot, but he is very removed from the Wulin aspect of the story. Ouyang Feng is the one who presents the greatest physical threat to the heroes in battle, but his motivations and ambitions are less far-reaching than Wanyan Honglie’s.



* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Even Hong Qigong lampshades that the formidably smart and powerful Huang Yaoshi would not appreciate the slow-witted Guo Jin as a son-in-law. This trope is subverted as Huang Rong actively tries to change Guo Jin into someone her father would approve of by making Qigong take him on as a student.

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* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Even Hong Qigong lampshades that the formidably smart and powerful Huang Yaoshi would not appreciate the slow-witted Guo Jin as a son-in-law. This trope is subverted as Huang Rong actively tries to change Guo Jin into someone her father would approve of by making the famous Qigong take him on as a student.


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* HeroicBSOD: hits Guo Jing hard, twice, with the deaths of [[spoiler: his five masters, and later, his mother]].
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* BigBad: Not a clear-cut case, due to the serialized nature of the original novel. Wanyan Honglie is the political and ideological Big Bad who instigates the plot, but he is very removed from the Wulin aspect of the story. Ouyang Feng is the one who presents the greatest physical threat to the heroes in battle, but his motivations and ambitions are less far-reaching than Wanyan Honglie’s.

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* BigBad: Not a clear-cut case, due to the serialized nature of the original novel. Wanyan Honglie {{TheChessmaster}} is the political and ideological Big Bad who instigates the plot, but he is very removed from the Wulin aspect of the story. Ouyang Feng is the one who presents the greatest physical threat to the heroes in battle, but his motivations and ambitions are less far-reaching than Wanyan Honglie’s.
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** Mu Nianci is more of a FauxActionGirl or OvershadowedByAwesome. She was briefly instructed by Hong Qigong and easily takes down the first few challengers in her marriage contest and effortlessly downs armed mooks, proving that she is quite a badass compared to a normal person.

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** Mu Nianci is more of a FauxActionGirl or OvershadowedByAwesome. She was briefly instructed by Hong Qigong and easily takes down the first few challengers in her marriage contest and effortlessly downs armed mooks, proving that she is quite a badass compared to a normal person. Unfortunately for her, this is a WorldOfBadass.
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* Foil: The talented, well-bred, and clever Yang Kang is this to the slow-witted, brutish, but kind-hearted Guo Jing. Alternatively, the naïve and gentle Mu Nianci is one to intelligent and Tsundere Huang Rong.
** Heroic, victorious Genghis Khan, leaders of the Mongolians served as a father figure to Guo Jing contrasts with the manipulative, selfish Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie, who raised Yang Kang.

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* Foil: EvilCounterpart: The talented, well-bred, and clever [[spoiler: Yang Kang Kang]] is this to the slow-witted, brutish, but kind-hearted Guo Jing. Alternatively, the naïve and gentle Mu Nianci Jing.
** Wanyan Honglie
is one to intelligent and Tsundere Huang Rong.
** Heroic, victorious
Genghis Khan, leaders of the Mongolians served as a father figure to Guo Jing contrasts with the manipulative, selfish Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie, who raised Yang Kang.Khan.



* GoodisnotSoft: A lot of famous fighters earn their reputation by beating down foreign invaders, traitors to the nation, and perpetrators of injustice. For example: Hong Qigong, Qiu Chuji, The Seven Freaks, and later, Guo Jin and Huang Rong

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* GoodisnotSoft: A lot of famous heroic fighters earn their reputation by beating down foreign invaders, traitors to the nation, and perpetrators of injustice. For example: Hong Qigong, Qiu Chuji, The Seven Freaks, and later, Guo Jin and Huang Rong



* MeaningfulName: Guo Jing and Yang Kang, whose given names together is a reference to the Jingkang Incident. Qiu Chuji named them, hoping they would grow up patriotic like their fathers and help the Song Dynasty fend off the Jin. [[Horribly ironic in retrospect, given how Yang Kang turned out.]]

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* MeaningfulName: Guo Jing and Yang Kang, whose given names together is a reference to the Jingkang Incident. Qiu Chuji named them, hoping they would grow up to be patriotic like their fathers and help the Song Dynasty fend off the invading Jin. [[Horribly [[spoiler: Horribly ironic in retrospect, given how Yang Kang turned out.]]
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: six of the Seven Freaks suffers this fate after becoming Guo Jin's mentor.
]]



* TeenGenius: Huang Rong is in her mid-teens during this course of this story, but she shown to be an excellent fighter, cook, scholar, musician, and strategist, even amongst the adults and elders, [[spoiler: and becomes the leader of the Beggar’s Sect, one of the largest and most respected Wulin factions. ]]
** [[spoiler: UpToEleven, when she becomes the brains behind Guo Jing’s successful military campaigns that dismantled several barbaric kingdoms and the Jin Empire.]]

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* TeenGenius: Huang Rong is still in her mid-teens during this course of this story, but she shown to be an excellent fighter, cook, scholar, musician, and strategist, even amongst the adults and elders, [[spoiler: and becomes the leader of the Beggar’s Sect, one of the largest and most respected Wulin factions. ]]
** [[spoiler: UpToEleven, when UpToEleven: she becomes the brains behind Guo Jing’s successful military campaigns that dismantled several barbaric kingdoms and the Jin Empire.]]



* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: murder of the Seven Freaks, which causes a giant rift in Guo Jing and Huang Rong’s relationship, fractured a tenuous alliance between the Wulin masters who should be fighting the Jin and Ouyang Feng, and significantly changes Guo Jing’s character and position.]]

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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: murder of the Seven Five Freaks, which who are portrayed as heroic and competent fighters throughout the story. It causes a giant rift in Guo Jing and Huang Rong’s relationship, fractured a tenuous alliance between the Wulin masters who should be fighting the Jin and Ouyang Feng, and significantly changes Guo Jing’s character and position.]]
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* AcceptableEthnicTargets : As far as the heroes are concerned, everyone aligned with the Jin Empire is evil by the virtue of being aligned with the Jin Empire. While it is justified in-universe because the Han people were being invaded, the work as whole never attempts to correct this prejudice.
* ActionGirl: Huang Rong fits the role perfectly. As does Mu Nianci.

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* AcceptableEthnicTargets : As far as the heroes are concerned, everyone aligned with the Jin Empire is evil by the virtue of being aligned with the Jin Empire. While it is justified in-universe because the Han people were being invaded, the work as whole never attempts to correct contradict this prejudice.prejudice.
**Especially jarring when even the Mongolian are portrayed more sympathetically than the Jin, given the nationalistic undertones in the series, because historically, it was the Mongolians, not the Jin, who wipes out the Song Dynasty.

* ActionGirl: Huang Rong fits the role perfectly. As does
**
Mu Nianci.Nianci is more of a FauxActionGirl or OvershadowedByAwesome. She was briefly instructed by Hong Qigong and easily takes down the first few challengers in her marriage contest and effortlessly downs armed mooks, proving that she is quite a badass compared to a normal person.



* AnyoneCanDie



* BigBad: Wanyan Honglie is the political/ideological BigBad but is removed from the action and fighting. However, Ouyang Feng is the one who presents the greatest physical threat to the heroes, and is the one they are most wary of in battle for the second half of the series.

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* BigBad: Not a clear-cut case, due to the serialized nature of the original novel. Wanyan Honglie is the political/ideological BigBad political and ideological Big Bad who instigates the plot, but he is very removed from the action and fighting. However, Wulin aspect of the story. Ouyang Feng is the one who presents the greatest physical threat to the heroes, heroes in battle, but his motivations and is the one they ambitions are most wary of in battle for the second half of the series. less far-reaching than Wanyan Honglie’s.



* CharacterDevelopment: Huang Yaoshi was an AxCrazy murderer who broke the legs of his innocent students and kept Zhou Botong jailed on his island, [[spoiler: but over the course of the story, he begins make amends to his students, saved and spared many lives in his fights, and ultimately becomes someone the heroes could rely on for support.]]



* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Is there anyone [[spoiler: Yang Kang]] didn’t betray at some point in the story?



* Foil: The talented, well-bred, and clever Yang Kang is this to the slow-witted, brutish, but kind-hearted Guo Jing. Alternatively, the naïve and gentle Mu Nianci is one to intelligent and Tsundere Huang Rong.
** Heroic, victorious Genghis Khan, leaders of the Mongolians served as a father figure to Guo Jing contrasts with the manipulative, selfish Jin Prince Wanyan Honglie, who raised Yang Kang.



* LoveMakesYouDumb: [[spoiler: contributes significantly to Bao Xirou, Mu Nianci and Guo Jing’s inability to recognize Yang Kang’s true colors.]]



* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Before his ultimate defeat,]] Wanyan Honglie points out that all the great empires, be it Song or Jin or Mongolia, will rise and fall with time, leaving a bloodbath in its wake. This is especially poignant because ethnic pride is an important motif in this book.

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* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Before his ultimate defeat,]] Wanyan Honglie points out that all the great empires, be it Song or Jin or Mongolia, will rise and fall with time, leaving a bloodbath in its wake. This is especially poignant because considering the AcceptableEthnicTargets and ethnic pride is an important as a motif in throughout the books.
**Qiu Qianren pleads
this book.when the Great Masters come after him for the people he had killed on his quest for power.



* OhCrap: Huang Rong, upon realizing the Qiu Qianren she's fighting is the real deal.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Mu Nianci was briefly instructed by Hong Qigong and easily takes down the first few challengers in her marriage contest and effortlessly downs armed mooks, proving that she is quite a badass compared to a normal person. However, she never won a battle against a named fighter.

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* OhCrap: Huang Rong, upon realizing the Qiu Qianren she's fighting is the real deal.
* OvershadowedByAwesome: Mu Nianci was briefly instructed by Hong Qigong and easily takes down the first few challengers in her marriage contest and effortlessly downs armed mooks, proving that she is quite a badass compared to a normal person. However, she never won a battle against a named fighter.
deal.


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*TeenGenius: Huang Rong is in her mid-teens during this course of this story, but she shown to be an excellent fighter, cook, scholar, musician, and strategist, even amongst the adults and elders, [[spoiler: and becomes the leader of the Beggar’s Sect, one of the largest and most respected Wulin factions. ]]
**[[spoiler: UpToEleven, when she becomes the brains behind Guo Jing’s successful military campaigns that dismantled several barbaric kingdoms and the Jin Empire.]]


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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: murder of the Seven Freaks, which causes a giant rift in Guo Jing and Huang Rong’s relationship, fractured a tenuous alliance between the Wulin masters who should be fighting the Jin and Ouyang Feng, and significantly changes Guo Jing’s character and position.]]
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