History Literature / OnStrangerTides

18th Jun '16 6:29:10 PM PaulA
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The ur-work of pirates-in-the-Caribbean-with-voodoo fiction, ''On Stranger Tides'' was an acknowledged inspiration for the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, and the film rights were taken up by the makers of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film series so they could [[ObligatoryJoke plunder]] it for plot elements for the fourth film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.

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The ur-work of pirates-in-the-Caribbean-with-voodoo fiction, ''On Stranger Tides'' was an acknowledged inspiration for the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, and the film rights were taken up by the makers of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film series so they could [[ObligatoryJoke plunder]] plunder it for plot elements for the fourth film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
18th Jun '16 4:06:18 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The ur-work of pirates-in-the-Caribbean-with-voodoo fiction, ''On Stranger Tides'' was an acknowledged inspiration for the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, and the film rights were taken up by the makers of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film series so they could plunder it for plot elements for the fourth film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.

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The ur-work of pirates-in-the-Caribbean-with-voodoo fiction, ''On Stranger Tides'' was an acknowledged inspiration for the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, and the film rights were taken up by the makers of the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film series so they could plunder [[ObligatoryJoke plunder]] it for plot elements for the fourth film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
3rd Mar '16 6:15:00 AM PaulA
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* InnerMonologueConversation: The vodun magician called Woefully Fat is deaf, and never responds to anything spoken to him -- but several times he gives an answer to what the protagonist had just thought.
27th Feb '16 6:18:23 AM PaulA
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* BaldOfEvil: The entirely bald and utterly ruthless Edmund Morcilla, [[spoiler:actually the resurrected Blackbeard after choosing a new hairstyle that will reduce the chances of anyone recognising him]].


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* BloodMagic: Many magics are powered or enhanced by the shedding of blood, which has something to do with the connection between magic and iron. Many magicians end up with persistent anemia from spending their blood iron on magic.
* BookEnds:
** On his first day on the pirates' island, near the beginning of the book, Jack sees a group of children playing with a puppet using MindOverMatter, one of his first clear signs that magic works in the New World. On his last day, near the end of the book, he sees the children playing with the puppet again, but this time using mundane strings to move it, a sign that even in the New World the magic is going away.
** The sword-fighting move Jack uses to defeat [[spoiler:the resurrected Blackbeard]] in the final confrontation at the end of the book is the same one he uses in his first-ever sword fight at the beginning.
* BrainFever: Mentioned a couple of times; Hurwood claims his daughter is at risk of brain fever as an excuse to control what she eats, and after she learns his true plans starts telling people she actually has brain fever as an excuse for keeping her confined and to lay the groudwork for discrediting anything she might manage to tell people.
* CharacterNameAlias: At one point, put on the spot for an explanation of who he is, Jack claims that his name is Thomas Hobbes and that his traveling companion is his manservant, Leviathan.


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* CruelToBeKind: A famous historical incident in which Blackbeard shot and wounded his second-in-command without provocation is explained as Blackbeard impulsively acting to get him safely out of the way before an upcoming confrontation that Blackbeard knows is likely to result in many deaths.


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* EnfantTerrible: Leo Friend was one as a child; his hobbies included torturing small animals and randomly distributing poisoned sweets.


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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Sebastian Chandagnac]] fakes his death, leaving a headless corpse, to avoid exposure and ruin from his criminal activities.


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* FromDressToDressing: After the final showdown, Jack tears strips off his shirt to bandage the wounds of the survivors.


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* HeroesWantRedHeads: Elizabeth has auburn hair.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: A whole lot of pirates, including UsefulNotes/{{Blackbeard}} and several of his crew. A young UsefulNotes/AnneBonny makes a few appearances, too.


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* HumanSacrifice: In the prologue, a sorceror sacrifices two humans so their blood can power a spell to communicate with the afterlife, derived from the one Circe teaches Odysseus in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''. It's noted that Odysseus could get away with two sheep, but due to [[TheMagicGoesAway the weakening of magic over time]] it won't work in the present with anything less than humans.


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* PowerFloats: Both of the competitors in the WizardDuel.
* PowerPerversionPotential: The man who taught Leo Friend how to do magic used it mainly for stealing food and looking up women's dresses without getting caught. Leo himself uses it, though more elaborately, for much the same sort of thing.


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* SuicideByCop: Attempted by [[spoiler:Phil Davies]] when he's captured by the navy; he deliberately provokes the captain into a murderous rage because he'd rather be killed on the spot than be tried and hanged.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: After [[spoiler:Blackbeard]] dies for real, his corpse shows the marks of every lethal injury magic had saved him from over the course of his career. There are a lot of them.


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* WizardDuel: The showdown between Benjamin Hurwood and Leo Friend.
* YouMustBeCold: Jack lends Elizabeth his jacket a couple of times.
27th Feb '16 5:07:59 AM PaulA
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* CatchPhrase: [[spoiler: "I am not a dog"]]
** Though repeated less than Mr. Bird's, UsefulNotes/AnneBonny has [[spoiler:"For luck, man."]]

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
** Mr. Bird's
[[spoiler: "I am not a dog"]]
dog"]].
** Though repeated less than Mr. Bird's, UsefulNotes/AnneBonny has [[spoiler:"For luck, man."]]



* ColdIron: The only reason magic still works in the New World is because iron technology hasn't yet proliferated there.
* [[spoiler: DeadGuyPuppet: See ChekhovsSkill entry above.]]

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* ColdIron: There's a distinction between hot iron and cold iron. The only reason former, naturally occurring in contexts such as [[BloodMagic blood]] and [[ThunderboltIron falling stars]], helps magic still works in along, but the New World latter -- basically any worked iron, such as in a knife or a nail -- is because iron technology hasn't yet proliferated there.
* [[spoiler: DeadGuyPuppet: See ChekhovsSkill entry above.]]
magically dead, and impedes magic.



* EnemyMine: After Elizabeth is abducted by [[spoiler:the newly-empowered Leo Friend]], Shandy and Hurwood collaborate to rescue her, since each for his own reasons wants her alive and unharmed. [[spoiler:Hurwood turns on Shandy and his crew the moment Friend is dealt with.]]



* FromASingleCell

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* FromASingleCellFromASingleCell: [[spoiler:Anyone who has drunk from and shed blood at the Fountain of Youth]] can return from death if even a single drop of their blood falls into the sea when they die.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Hurwood, who realizes that Leo Friend is a bigger threat than the pirates and defeats him in a sorceror's duel.]]
** [[spoiler: His siding with the good guys didn't last, though.]]



* IKnowMortalKombat: The protagonist, Shandy, used to work in a puppet theatre whose owner insisted on authentic choreography for fight scenes; this saves his life when he unexpectedly finds himself in a real sword-fight. (However, it's played realistically, pointed out that he got lucky, and he's smart enough not to make a habit of it.)

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* IKnowMortalKombat: The protagonist, Shandy, used to work in a puppet theatre whose owner insisted on authentic choreography for fight scenes; this saves his life when he unexpectedly finds himself in a real sword-fight. (However, it's played realistically, pointed out that he got lucky, and he's smart enough not to make get into any more sword-fights until he's had real fight training.
* InsanityImmunity: [[spoiler:Jack Shandy suffers
a habit concussion from a hard fall just before confronting an evil sorcerer, who attempts to trap him in illusions. The illusions keep breaking down as a result of it.)Jack's disorientation, causing the villain to exclaim: "What's wrong with your mind? It's like a stripped screw!"]]



* KillEmAll: By the end of the story, most of the major and minor characters are dead, and only Jack, Beth, and a few others are still alive.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Hurwood
* TheMagicGoesAway: Noted, and explained in detail. [[spoiler:Magic becomes more difficult if the caster has contact with too much [[ColdIron ferrous metal]], and magic-use has been dying out as iron technology spreads.]]

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* KillEmAll: By the end of the story, most of the major and minor characters are dead, and only Jack, Beth, and a few others are still alive.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Hurwood
Hurwood is driven to horrifying extremes by his grief over his wife's death.
* TheMagicGoesAway: Noted, and explained in detail. [[spoiler:Magic becomes more difficult if the caster has contact with too much [[ColdIron ferrous metal]], and magic-use has been dying out as iron technology spreads.]]]] Magic has become extremely difficult and dangerous in Europe for this reason; it's easier in the New World, but by the end of the novel it's being weakened even there.



* OfCorpseHesAlive: Played for drama; after [[spoiler:Hurwood]] dies inconveniently, Shandy has to apply his puppetry skills to the coprse to stall his accomplice.



* PowerBornOfMadness: [[spoiler:Jack Shandy suffers a blow to the head just before confronting an evil sorcerer, who attempts to trap him in illusions. The illusions keep breaking down as a result of Jack's disorientation, causing the villain to exclaim: "What's wrong with your mind? It's like a stripped screw!"]]



* ThrowAwayGuns: Hurwood assists the pirate attack by firing one pistol after another, pulling the guns from bandoliers and dropping them after use. Justified because they are one-shot flintlock pistols. People who expected to have to fight with them would usually pack a half-dozen or so for use in RealLife.
** Hurwood also has only one arm and would be slowed down immensely if he paused and re-holstered each weapon.

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* ThrowAwayGuns: Hurwood assists the pirate attack by firing one pistol after another, pulling the guns from bandoliers and dropping them after use. Justified because they are one-shot flintlock pistols. People who expected to have to fight with them would usually pack a half-dozen or so for use in RealLife.
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RealLife. Hurwood also has only one arm and would be slowed down immensely if he paused and re-holstered each weapon.
9th Nov '15 8:06:19 PM PaulA
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* AnyoneCanDie/KillEmAll: By the end of the story, most of the major and minor characters are dead, and only Jack, Beth, and a few others are still alive.


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* KillEmAll: By the end of the story, most of the major and minor characters are dead, and only Jack, Beth, and a few others are still alive.
9th Nov '15 7:39:33 PM MrCaptainA
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* AnyoneCanDie/KillEmAll: By the end of the story, most of the major and minor characters are dead, and only Jack, Beth, and a few others are still alive.
18th Sep '15 5:13:19 PM WarriorsGate
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** Jack Shandy starts the story off as an average, if reluctant, good guy, [[spoiler: but his willingness to straight-up shoot and explode British sailors, some of whom were probably forcefully pressed into service, in order to escape custody is pretty shocking and cold.]]
12th Sep '15 1:52:33 AM PaulA
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* BalefulPolymorph: Several of the main characters are nearly changed into swamp plants on their way back from the fountain of youth by the cursed jungle around them. They're saved at the last minute by [[spoiler: special mud from the fountain of youth, which retains some of it's magical properties]]. This becomes a ChekhovsGun later in the story.

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* BalefulPolymorph: Several of the main characters are nearly changed into swamp plants on their way back from the fountain of youth by the cursed jungle around them. They're saved at the last minute by [[spoiler: special mud from the fountain of youth, which retains some of it's its magical properties]]. This becomes a ChekhovsGun later in the story.
11th Sep '15 11:53:52 PM hpl
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* BalefulPolymorph: Several of the main characters are nearly changed into swamp plants on their way back from the fountain of youth by the cursed jungle around them. They're saved at the last minute by [[spoiler: Special mud from the fountain of youth]]. This becomes a ChekhovsGun later in the story.

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* BalefulPolymorph: Several of the main characters are nearly changed into swamp plants on their way back from the fountain of youth by the cursed jungle around them. They're saved at the last minute by [[spoiler: Special special mud from the fountain of youth]].youth, which retains some of it's magical properties]]. This becomes a ChekhovsGun later in the story.
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