History Literature / Mahabharata

26th Mar '18 5:39:08 PM manofwarb
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** Subverted with Aswatamma, who instead suffers a FateWorseThanDeath via WhoWantsToLiveForever.

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** Subverted with Aswatamma, who instead suffers a FateWorseThanDeath via WhoWantsToLiveForever. [[{{Unperson}} becoming an unperson]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever who must live forever]] [[NoSympathy begging passers by for sympathy to no avail]].
7th Mar '18 4:47:16 AM Njein
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* FatalFlaw: Several of the major characters here have their own flaws.
** Lust for power and egomania. Duryodhana was DrivenByEnvy and [[TheResenter resentment]] of the Pandavas, as this jealousy ultimately caused him to develop [[TheUnfettered an ends-justifies-the-means Machiavellian mentality]] that slowly destroyed him.
** Dronacharya has a near-fatal flaw in his own HairTriggerTemper.
** Yudhishtra was the eldest and wisest of the Pandavas, yet he took his righteousness and selflessness too far to the point he failed to protect his wife Draupadi in the dice game.
** Karna made his friendship and loyalty to Duryodhana higher than anything else, even higher than his own morals.
** Dhritarashtra's excessive love for his 100 sons made him emotionally blind to realize which direction they were going and frequently forgave them for their transgressions.
** Bhisma's extreme but blind loyalty to the kingdom prevented him from criticizing his superiors, most notably when he refused to intervene in the dice game.
22nd Jan '18 5:30:57 PM ChrisX
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* ShesAManInJapan: In the Javanese version, Shikhandi's known as Srikandi, a full-blown ActionGirl instead of a girl who changed her sex into a man.

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* ShesAManInJapan: In the Javanese version, Shikhandi's known as Srikandi, a full-blown ActionGirl who just traded her femininity to become Shikhandi instead of a girl who literally changed her sex into a man.
22nd Jan '18 5:27:15 PM ChrisX
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* ShesAManInJapan: In the Javanese version, Shikhandi's known as Srikandi, a full-blown ActionGirl instead of a girl who changed her sex into a man.
4th Dec '17 4:46:19 PM Solomontastic
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--> ***Duryodhana:*** "I have studied, made presents according to the ordinance, governed the wide Earth with her seas, and stood over the heads of my foes! Who is there so fortunate as myself?! That end again which is courted by Kshatriyas observant of the duties of their own order, death in battle, hath become mine. Who, therefore, is so fortunate as myself?! Human enjoyments such as were worthy of the very gods and such as could with difficulty be obtained by other kings, had been mine. Prosperity of the very highest kind had been attained by me! Who then is so fortunate as myself?! With all my well-wishers, my friends and my younger brothers, I am going to heaven, O thou of unfading glory! As regards yourselves, with your purposes undone and torn by grief, live ye on in this unhappy world!"

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--> ***Duryodhana:*** '''Duryodhana:''' "I have studied, made presents according to the ordinance, governed the wide Earth with her seas, and stood over the heads of my foes! Who is there so fortunate as myself?! That end again which is courted by Kshatriyas observant of the duties of their own order, death in battle, hath become mine. Who, therefore, is so fortunate as myself?! Human enjoyments such as were worthy of the very gods and such as could with difficulty be obtained by other kings, had been mine. Prosperity of the very highest kind had been attained by me! Who then is so fortunate as myself?! With all my well-wishers, my friends and my younger brothers, I am going to heaven, O thou of unfading glory! As regards yourselves, with your purposes undone and torn by grief, live ye on in this unhappy world!"
4th Dec '17 4:46:00 PM Solomontastic
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* BadassBoast: Duryodhana [[FaceDeathWithDignity goes out]] with one of these, and it is ''glorious''.
--> ***Duryodhana:*** "I have studied, made presents according to the ordinance, governed the wide Earth with her seas, and stood over the heads of my foes! Who is there so fortunate as myself?! That end again which is courted by Kshatriyas observant of the duties of their own order, death in battle, hath become mine. Who, therefore, is so fortunate as myself?! Human enjoyments such as were worthy of the very gods and such as could with difficulty be obtained by other kings, had been mine. Prosperity of the very highest kind had been attained by me! Who then is so fortunate as myself?! With all my well-wishers, my friends and my younger brothers, I am going to heaven, O thou of unfading glory! As regards yourselves, with your purposes undone and torn by grief, live ye on in this unhappy world!"
19th Nov '17 9:50:49 AM blackshadow111
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* AntiAntichrist: From their very unnatural birth to all the omens that happened when they actually came to life, there was a dominant sentiment among the kingdom's wisemen that Duryodhana and his siblings would grow up to be forces of evil and that their parents ought to exterminate them before they had a chance to mature into monsters. Dhritarashtra and Ghandari refused and managed to lovingly raise their bizarre progeny into rulers who were fair in governance and beloved by their subjects. The vices that drive them to villainy are quite human and the honor they lived by actually gets nearly all of them killed when being outright unprincipled fiends would have won them victory.
29th Oct '17 5:01:49 PM angie710
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* NonIndicativeName: Both Kunti and Draupadi are lauded as holy virgins, both in an out of universe. Neither one of them are ''actually'' virgins.
14th Jul '17 10:44:41 AM saltin
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* EvilCounterpart: Ashwatthama was an avatar to Shiva like how Krishna was to Vishnu. However, while Krishna was a ManipulativeBastard, Ashwatthama was DumbMuscle at best.


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* TogetherInDeath: Combined with AscendedToAHigherPlainOfExistence, it's the ultimate fate of the feuding Pandavas and Kauravas; stuck together in paradise for eternity.
12th Jul '17 8:08:05 PM saltin
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* LoopholeAbuse: Ghandari was fated to have her first husband die prematurely. To circumvent this, her family had her marry a goat and kill it to have this destiny harmlessly play out. Unfortunately, to maintain her viability as a bride of high-standing, they withheld that information from her horoscope and when Bhishma found out about the deception, he had them imprisoned and slowly starved them to death with Shakuni as the only (and very vengeful) survivor.


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* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Bhima made a habit of tormenting the Kaurava brothers when they were children because none of them save Duryodhana was a match for him in combat. He grows up to kill most of them during the war.
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