History Literature / Outlander

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** In ''Plague of Zombies'', it's suggested that Geillis murdered her husband and told everyone the plantation had been attacked by the nearby maroons, and that she had barely escaped with her life.

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** In ''Plague of Zombies'', it's suggested that Geillis murdered her husband and told everyone the plantation had been attacked by the nearby maroons, and that she had barely escaped with her life.maroons.



* ColdBloodedTorture: Jack Randall in Wentworth Prison, Jamie's shattered hand. Claire is somewhat upset, in later books, with [[spoiler: Jamie's manipulative interrogation of a sixteen-year-old John Grey; she's inclined to take pity on John due to his age and innocence, despite him having made a credible attempt to kill her husband.]] Jamie, however, does not see this as anything but fair play during wartime.
* ConvenientlyanOrphan: Both Claire and Roger. Claire's parents died when she was 5, leaving her to be raised by an older uncle who dies in World War II. Subsequently, Frank is her only family. Roger's parents were also killed when he was relatively young, and both his great-uncle and his father's housekeeper (both of whom he considers to be parental figures) died several years before ''Dragonfly'' begins.

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* ColdBloodedTorture: Jack Randall in Wentworth Prison, Jamie's shattered hand. Claire is somewhat upset, in later books, Jamie threatens this with [[spoiler: Jamie's manipulative interrogation of a sixteen-year-old John Grey; she's inclined Grey]], but is reluctant to take pity on John fully carry it out, mostly due to his age and innocence, despite him having made a credible attempt to kill her husband.]] Jamie, however, does not see this as anything but fair play during wartime.
age. Claire is still somewhat upset.
* ConvenientlyanOrphan: ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Both Claire and Roger. Claire's parents died when she was 5, leaving her to be raised by an older uncle who dies in World War II. Subsequently, Frank is her only family. Roger's parents were also killed when he was relatively young, and both his great-uncle and his father's housekeeper (both of whom he considers to be parental figures) died several years before ''Dragonfly'' begins.


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* DecemberDecemberRomance: Several, including Lizzie's father and Monika Berrich. To a lesser extent, Jamie's aunt and Duncan Innes.


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* FeelingTheirAge: Jamie, particularly. He's still a powerful fighter with sharp reflexes, but his back tends to give out at inopportune moments.


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* ForcedToWatch: When John Grey tries to "rescue" a well-born English lady from a group of Scottish barbarians, Jamie threatens to ravish the lady in front of John and even ''share her with his men''. This is a winning tactic with John, a young and naive 16-year-old with a strong sense of honor. It's only after John shares crucial knowledge in exchange for the lady's safety that Jamie reveals that the well-born English lady is his wife.


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* MarriageBeforeRomance: Played with. Claire married Jamie for protection, he married Claire because he was attracted to her from the start. Claire shows some signs of interest even pre-marriage, but is to distracted by Frank to consider acting on them.


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** Do not abduct Brianna's child and then ''show up at her house''. She will kick you in the jaw and break as many bones as she can.


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* MistakenForCheating: Averted, mostly. In Fiery Cross, Phillip Wylie kisses Claire and she leaves angrily. When she goes back to the party, Jamie asks her what on earth she's been doing and seems oddly annoyed. They have a short conversation before Jamie finally asks Claire why Phillip Wylie's fake beauty mark is stuck to her cheek. Thankfully, he knows better than to assume that Claire and Phillip Wylie are having a torrid affair, though he's still furious at Phillip Wylie for making a pass at his wife.
** Averted again in Echo when Jamie confesses that Bird has been sending young women to his bed. Claire nearly breaks a rib from laughing so hard.


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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Jamie and Claire, obviously.
22nd Dec '17 12:27:32 AM teddybear334
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* BigScrewedUpFamily: The MacKenzie siblings.

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* BigScrewedUpFamily: The MacKenzie Mackenzie siblings.



* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Both Claire and Roger. Claire's parents died when she was 5, leaving her to be raised by an older uncle who dies in World War II. Subsequently, Frank is her only family. Roger's parents were also killed when he was relatively young, and both his great-uncle and his father's housekeeper (both of whom he considers to be parental figures) died several years before ''Dragonfly'' begins.

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* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: ConvenientlyanOrphan: Both Claire and Roger. Claire's parents died when she was 5, leaving her to be raised by an older uncle who dies in World War II. Subsequently, Frank is her only family. Roger's parents were also killed when he was relatively young, and both his great-uncle and his father's housekeeper (both of whom he considers to be parental figures) died several years before ''Dragonfly'' begins.



* ConvenientlyanOrphan: Both Claire and Roger's parents died at a young age, and both lost their surrogate parent as young adults, making the decision to stay in the past that much easier.



* DaddyHadaGoodReasonforAbandoningYou: Jamie, with both of his children. In Brianna's case, he urged Claire to return to the safety of modern life with Frank. In William's case, he left to ensure that William's parentage wasn't called into question.

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* DaddyHadaGoodReasonforAbandoningYou: DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Jamie, with both of his children. In Brianna's case, he urged Claire to return to the safety of modern life with Frank. In William's case, he left to ensure that William's parentage wasn't called into question.



* EnternalSexualFreedom: Averted, for the most part. Claire and Brianna are certainly more liberal than most in the eighteenth century, but even their views on things like John's sexuality seem conservative to a modern audience.

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* EnternalSexualFreedom: EternalSexualFreedom: Averted, for the most part. Claire and Brianna are certainly more liberal than most in the eighteenth century, but even their views on things like John's sexuality seem conservative to a modern audience.



* FromDresstoDressing: Claire does this on several occasions, mostly because a scrap of her dress happens to be more sanitary than the alternatives.

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* FromDresstoDressing: FromDressToDressing: Claire does this on several occasions, mostly because a scrap of her dress happens to be more sanitary than the alternatives.
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* BetaCouple: Bree and Roger. Marsali and [[spoiler:Fergus]], Lizzie and [[spoiler: the Kedzie twins]], Denzell Hunter and [[spoiler: Dorothea Grey]], Ian and [[spoiler: Rachel Hunter]]. Everyone and everyone else. There's a lot of marrying.

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* BetaCouple: Bree and Roger. Marsali and [[spoiler:Fergus]], Lizzie and [[spoiler: the Kedzie Beardsley twins]], Denzell Hunter and [[spoiler: Dorothea Grey]], Ian and [[spoiler: Rachel Hunter]]. Everyone and everyone else. There's a lot of marrying.



* BigScrewedUpFamily: The MacKenzie siblings.



* ConvertingForLove: Dottie decides to convert to the Quakers in order to marry Denzell Hunter; on the other end of the spectrum, Rachel decides to marry Ian without either of them converting to the others religion.

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* ConvertingForLove: Played with. Dottie decides to convert to the Quakers in order to marry Denzell Hunter; on the other end of the spectrum, Rachel decides to marry Ian without either of them converting to the others religion.other's religion. Neither Roger nor Brianna converts for one another. Their children are raised mostly Catholic, but with a fair amount of influence from their Protestant minister father.
* ConvenientlyanOrphan: Both Claire and Roger's parents died at a young age, and both lost their surrogate parent as young adults, making the decision to stay in the past that much easier.



* DaddyHadaGoodReasonforAbandoningYou: Jamie, with both of his children. In Brianna's case, he urged Claire to return to the safety of modern life with Frank. In William's case, he left to ensure that William's parentage wasn't called into question.



* EnternalSexualFreedom: Averted, for the most part. Claire and Brianna are certainly more liberal than most in the eighteenth century, but even their views on things like John's sexuality seem conservative to a modern audience.
** When Claire finds out Brianna and Roger slept together before marriage, she's primarily concerned about Brianna's pregnancy. Jamie, on the other hand, is furious, even though he knows Brianna was raped by Bonnet not long afterward, making the question of Brianna's virginity something of a moot point. As Brianna's due date grows closer, both she and Claire are blase about Brianna being an unmarried mother, while Jamie and Jocasta go to great lengths to find her a new husband.



* EyeScream: ''Breath'' has someone getting a needle jabbed in their eye to remove pressure from built-up fluid. Fun times. Also, in ''Voyager'', Claire ... assists a young man with a parasite that keeps moving back and forth between his eyes.

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* EyeScream: ''Breath'' has someone getting a needle jabbed in their eye to remove pressure from built-up fluid. Fun times. Also, in ''Voyager'', Claire ... assists a young man with a parasite that keeps moving back and forth between his eyes. In ''Blood'', Claire has use her fingers to reach into Lord John's eye socket and rotate his eye back into place.


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** Roger's problems in ''Drums'' stem from this, and it takes months for anyone to realize what happened.
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29th Oct '17 6:07:57 PM teddybear334
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* ProfessionalSexEd: Ian receives this, as does Fergus and likely a few other characters.
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** Lampshaded at one point when Brianna makes a joke about an uptight male character having a secret collection of women's underwear, leading the other women to ask confusedly if she means "shifts and stays."

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** Lampshaded at one point when Brianna makes a joke to several women on the Ridge about an uptight male character having a secret collection of women's underwear, leading the other women them to ask confusedly if she means "shifts and stays."



* MeanwhileinTheFuture: ''Drums'',''Echo'' and ''Blood'' cut between Brianna/Roger in the 20th century and Claire/Jamie in the 18th century.

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* MeanwhileinTheFuture: MeanwhileInTheFuture: ''Drums'',''Echo'' and ''Blood'' cut between Brianna/Roger in the 20th century and Claire/Jamie in the 18th century.



* MistakenforProstitute: Happens to Claire upon reuniting with Jamie in ''Voyager''. Young Ian believes her to be a prostitute and is completely scandalized by his uncle's association with her, and even more scandalized when Claire casually admits to knowing Ian's father for "quite a long time."

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* MistakenforProstitute: MistakenForProstitute: Happens to Claire upon reuniting with Jamie in ''Voyager''. Young Ian believes her to be a prostitute and is completely scandalized by his uncle's association with her, and even more scandalized when Claire casually admits to knowing Ian's father for "quite a long time."



** Lampshaded at one point when Roger mentions that Hiram Crombie's elderly mother-in-law had died in her sleep, and comments that she must have been at least 80. Claire dryly tells Roger that "Old Mrs. Wilson" was only five years older than Claire herself.



* RealNameAsAnAlias: All of Jamie's aliases seem to derive from his actual name, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
** At Helwater, he uses "Alexander MacKenzie"

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* RealNameAsAnAlias: All of Jamie's aliases seem to derive from his actual name, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Mackenzie Fraser.
** At Helwater, he uses "Alexander MacKenzie"Mackenzie"
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* RealNameasanAlias: All of Jamie's aliases seem to derive from his actual name, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
* At Helwater, he uses "Alexander MacKenzie"
* As a printer, he uses "Alexander Malcolm"
* As a smuggler, he uses Jamie Roy (literally, ''Red Jamie'')
* John Grey does this too, using his second and third names (Bertram Alexander) as an alias when caught by the militia.

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* RealNameasanAlias: RealNameAsAnAlias: All of Jamie's aliases seem to derive from his actual name, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
* ** At Helwater, he uses "Alexander MacKenzie"
* ** As a printer, he uses "Alexander Malcolm"
* ** As a smuggler, he uses Jamie Roy (literally, ''Red Jamie'')
* ** John Grey does this too, using his second and third names (Bertram Alexander) as an alias when caught by the militia.militia.
** Geillis Duncan seems to have a weakness for this, she changes her surname frequently but used the relatively uncommon first name "Geillis" with at least two husbands if not more. "Geillis" also sounds remarkably similar to her birth name, "Gillian."



* StatuesqueStunner: Brianna, who is described as being beautiful, and is just a bit under Jamie's height(being about 6' 1" to Jamie's 6' 4").

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* StatuesqueStunner: Brianna, who is described as being beautiful, and is just a bit under Jamie's height(being about 6' 1" to Jamie's 6' 4"). She's tall even in her own time, and in the 18th century surrounded by malnourished people, she's practically a "giantess."


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** Jem seems to vacillate between past and present tense when referring to his grandparents.
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** AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Geillis gets that chance to do this.

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** * AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Geillis gets that chance to do this.
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* AwesomeMcCoolname: James Alexander Malcolm [=McKenzie=] Fraser.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: James Alexander Malcolm [=McKenzie=] [=MacKenzie=] Fraser.



* TheBaroness: Geilis Duncan (or Mrs. Abernathy, or whatever she's calling herself in this decade) has some traits of this trope: fervent militarism, strange sexual habits.

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* TheBaroness: Geilis Geillis Duncan (or Mrs. Abernathy, or whatever she's calling herself in this decade) has some traits of this trope: fervent militarism, strange sexual habits.



* BlackWidow: Geilis Duncan. When Claire asks her how many husbands she's had, she pauses for a minute to count, then says she's had five husbands since she came to the past. So that's not even counting Greg Edgars. When Claire seems shocked, Geilis casually caresses an arsenic bottle in her store room and tells Claire that the tropics are a "very unhealthy atmosphere for an Englishman."

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* BlackWidow: Geilis Duncan. Geillis Duncan, also known as Gillian Edgars, Geillis Abernathy, Melisande Robicheaux, or Geillis Isbister. And those are just the ones we know about.
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When Claire asks her how many husbands she's had, she pauses for a minute to count, then says she's had five husbands since she came to the past. So that's not even counting Greg Edgars. When Claire seems shocked, Geilis Geillis casually caresses an arsenic bottle in her store room and tells Claire that the tropics are a "very unhealthy atmosphere for an Englishman.""
** In ''Plague of Zombies'', it's suggested that Geillis murdered her husband and told everyone the plantation had been attacked by the nearby maroons, and that she had barely escaped with her life.



** The persecution of Claire for Malva's murder also has elements of this. Though she's technically accused of being a murderess, not a witch, multiple people label her as a witch or seem to find her medical skills suspicious.
* TheCassandra: Claire. Sometimes due to her historical knowledge, though she's generally wise enough to keep her knowledge to herself in public. In the later books, Claire often finds herself trying to impart live-saving 20th century medical knowledge to a not-always receptive 18th century audience.



* DamselinDistress: Played straight a few times, but Claire is more than willing to subvert this trope when necessary. Jamie uses her to make a 16-year-old John Grey think she's about to be raped. Later in the books, Claire (rather more willingly) pretends to be a hostage so that the English soldiers will allow her "captors" to depart unharmed.

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* DamselinDistress: DamselInDistress: Played straight a few times, but Claire is more than willing to subvert this trope when necessary. Jamie uses her to make a 16-year-old John Grey think she's about to be raped. Later in the books, Claire (rather more willingly) pretends to be a hostage so that the English soldiers will allow her "captors" to depart unharmed.



* IdenticalGrandson: Roger's eyes and Geilis Duncan, his great-great-great-great grandmother. Also, hello, Frank Randall and ... all of the ancestral Randalls, it would seem. Jack Randall's physical resemblance to her spouse makes Claire very disturbed at multiple points. [[spoiler:Even though the biological father of Frank's ancestor was actually Jack's brother Alexander]]. Several characters also note how much Brianna resembles her paternal grandmother, Ellen Fraser. [[spoiler:When Brianna accidentally jumps back a bit too far in ''Written in My Own Heart's Blood'', her grandfather, Brian Fraser, mistakes her for his wife.]]

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* IdenticalGrandson: Roger's eyes and Geilis Geillis Duncan, his great-great-great-great grandmother. Also, hello, Frank Randall and ... all of the ancestral Randalls, it would seem. Jack Randall's physical resemblance to her spouse makes Claire very disturbed at multiple points. [[spoiler:Even though the biological father of Frank's ancestor was actually Jack's brother Alexander]]. Several characters also note how much Brianna resembles her paternal grandmother, Ellen Fraser. [[spoiler:When Brianna accidentally jumps back a bit too far in ''Written in My Own Heart's Blood'', her grandfather, Brian Fraser, mistakes her for his wife.]]



* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Geilis Duncan]] learns too late that threatening Brianna is ''not'' a smart thing to do in front of Claire.

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* MamaBear: [[spoiler: Geilis Geillis Duncan]] learns too late that threatening Brianna is ''not'' a smart thing to do in front of Claire.



* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Jamie after Culloden. Randall, after the first book. Geilis, after her supposed burning.]] This happens so often, it's best to assume nobody is dead until Claire has examined the corpse.

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* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Jamie after Culloden. Randall, after the first book. Geilis, Geillis, after her supposed burning.]] This happens so often, it's best to assume nobody is dead until Claire has examined the corpse.



* OpenHeartDentistry: Claire is a former combat nurse and later a trained surgeon, so her medical knowledge is pretty widespread. That said, she finds herself doing everything from pulling teeth to making her own penicillin.

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* OpenHeartDentistry: Claire is a former combat nurse and later a trained surgeon, so her medical knowledge is pretty widespread. broad. That said, she finds herself doing everything from pulling teeth to things like making her own penicillin.penicillin and pulling teeth weren't exactly part of her formal training. But she makes due.


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* RealNameasanAlias: All of Jamie's aliases seem to derive from his actual name, James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser.
* At Helwater, he uses "Alexander MacKenzie"
* As a printer, he uses "Alexander Malcolm"
* As a smuggler, he uses Jamie Roy (literally, ''Red Jamie'')
* John Grey does this too, using his second and third names (Bertram Alexander) as an alias when caught by the militia.
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* FromDresstoDressing: Claire does this on several occasions, mostly because a scrap of her dress happens to be more sanitary than the alternatives.


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* HealItWithBooze: Played straight. When Claire first arrives in the 18th century and asks for a disinfectant for Jamie's wounds, the men stare at her in confusion until she finally asks for alcohol.
** Alcohol is shown to be an integral part of Claire's medical treatment, though a non-trivial number of people seem to resent the loss of perfectly good booze. Even Jamie, who knows that alcohol disinfects germs, isn't thrilled when Claire uses top quality brandy to treat his gunshot wound.


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* MeanwhileinTheFuture: ''Drums'',''Echo'' and ''Blood'' cut between Brianna/Roger in the 20th century and Claire/Jamie in the 18th century.
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