History Literature / OnStrangerTides

24th Jul '17 8:39:41 AM PaulA
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* MentorOccupationalHazard: Captain Davies, who introduces Jack to the ways of piracy and magic, gets killed in the climactic battle of the book's second act, leaving Jack alone to come up with the willpower and plan to face the villains in the third act.


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* NotTooDeadToSaveTheDay: During Jack's final confrontation with [[spoiler:the resurrected Blackbeard, the ghost of Captain Davies shows up to provide moral support and a few useful words of advice]].
27th May '17 10:27:14 PM Dragon101
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* HollywoodVoodoo: Actually, averted for the most part. Tim Powers is one of those authors who ''embodies'' ShownTheirWork, and the major difference between his rituals and actual Caribbean rituals is that his actually ''work''.

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* HollywoodVoodoo: Actually, averted for the most part. Tim Powers is one of those authors who ''embodies'' ShownTheirWork, and the major difference between his rituals and actual Caribbean rituals is that his actually ''work''.ShownTheirWork.
18th Nov '16 12:29:21 PM Exxolon
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18th Nov '16 12:29:11 PM Exxolon
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18th Nov '16 12:29:02 PM Exxolon
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5th Sep '16 9:27:43 PM NOYB
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* 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.

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* 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 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.
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.
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