History Literature / Papillon

3rd Dec '16 7:54:52 AM jamespolk
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* PunnyName: Remember ''Butterfly'' [=McQueen=] from ''GoneWithTheWind''? Well, here, SteveMcQueen plays someone named "Butterfly" in French. Although, it may have been unintentional...
3rd Dec '16 6:43:40 AM jamespolk
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Made into a 1973 Creator/AlliedArtists movie, starring Creator/SteveMcQueen and Creator/DustinHoffman.

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Made into a 1973 Creator/AlliedArtists movie, starring Creator/SteveMcQueen Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and Creator/DustinHoffman.
27th Aug '16 12:49:10 PM Psychopompos007
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* ObfuscatingInsanity: At one point, Papillon feigns insanity to be transfered to another sector of the penal colony with less strict watch, in order to plan an evasion. Then, his attempt fails and one of the wardens tells him that he immediately spotted him as simulator at his arrival.
24th Jul '16 11:39:19 PM Fireblood
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''Papillon'' is a 1969 French autobiographic novel by Henri Charrière. The author reportedly spent the years 1931 to 1945 in various prisons. Convicted for a murder.

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''Papillon'' is a 1969 French autobiographic novel by Henri Charrière. The author reportedly spent the years 1931 to 1945 in various prisons. Convicted for prisons on a murder.murder conviction.



* AmoralAttorney: The prosecutor. He isn't interested if Papillon is innocent or not, his career and reputation rely on sending every last man possible to the guillotine or penal colony.

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* AmoralAttorney: The prosecutor. He isn't interested if in whether Papillon is innocent or not, his career and reputation rely on sending every last man possible to the guillotine or a penal colony.



* DisproportionateRetribution: France's entire penal system seems to hinge on this trope. The penal colony is terrible enough, there are a number of other insanely cruel systems in place as well.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: France's entire penal system seems to hinge on this trope. The penal colony is terrible enough, but there are a number of other insanely cruel systems in place as well.



* FakingAmnesia: Papillon pretends to have amnesia after he's caught receiving coconuts and cigarettes in solitary, throughly frustrating the warden who wants to know who was providing the contraband and for how long. After four months of reduced rations, which almost kill him, he remembers to continue the game and "mistakes" his release from solitary as being pardoned from the penal colony.

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* FakingAmnesia: Papillon pretends to have amnesia after he's caught receiving coconuts and cigarettes in solitary, throughly thoroughly frustrating the warden who wants to know who was providing the contraband and for how long. After four months of reduced rations, which almost kill him, he remembers to continue the game and "mistakes" his release from solitary as being pardoned from the penal colony.



* InstantSedation: Averted. The drug-laced coffee Papillon gives a guard makes him drowsy and sluggish but he doesn't pass out until the very last minute, their escape thwarted by his relief's scheduled arrival.

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* InstantSedation: Averted.{{Averted}}. The drug-laced coffee Papillon gives a guard makes him drowsy and sluggish but he doesn't pass out until the very last minute, their escape thwarted by his relief's scheduled arrival.



* ReformedButRejected: Papillon realizes that he was a criminal and society should protect itself and punish him for his crimes, once he escapes he plans on living as a law-abiding good citizen. The ''bagne'' system however doesn't give a damn about what crimes he committed or what he intends to do with his life, he has been thrown away by France and is forever beyond redemption. The officials in French Guiana's neighboring countries often turn a deaf ear to his pleas and evidence of his behavior, as he was shipped to the colony in the first place he ''must'' be a dangerous and untrustworthy monster.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Arnaud, Hautin, and Marceau have a gruesome and stupid plot to get revenge on the authority by staging a revolt. Their plans involve looting the armory after which they plan to kill ''everyone'' who isn't a convict, the guard's wives and children included. They approach Papillon to ''lead'' this revolt but he refuses to kill innocents and points out that they have no hope of escape: being a hundred men participating, boats for forty, and the fact that they'll never find refuge in another country after the bloodshed. They don't care about escape, provided they can reach the mainland and continue the revolt. The three of them are shipped off the island and attempt an uprising by themselves, none of the convicts join them and they're quickly killed.

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* ReformedButRejected: Papillon realizes that he was a criminal and society should protect itself and punish him for his crimes, once crimes-once he escapes he plans on living as a law-abiding good citizen. The ''bagne'' system however doesn't give a damn about what crimes he committed or what he intends to do with his life, he has been thrown away by France and is forever beyond redemption. The officials in French Guiana's neighboring countries often turn a deaf ear to his pleas and evidence of his behavior, since as he was shipped to the colony in the first place he ''must'' be a dangerous and untrustworthy monster.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Arnaud, Hautin, and Marceau have a gruesome and stupid plot to get revenge on the authority authorities by staging a revolt. Their plans involve looting the armory after which they plan to kill ''everyone'' who isn't a convict, the guard's wives and children included. They approach Papillon to ''lead'' this revolt but he refuses to kill innocents and points out that they have no hope of escape: being a hundred men participating, with boats for forty, and the fact that they'll never find refuge in another country after the bloodshed. They don't care about escape, provided they can reach the mainland and continue the revolt. The three of them are shipped off the island and attempt an uprising by themselves, none themselves-none of the convicts join them and they're quickly killed.



* SharpDressedMan: Works to Papillon's disadvantage during his trial. He is groomed and wearing a fine tailored suit for his day in court, the prosecutor uses it to portray him as a degenerate playboy and play the envy of the poor-peasant jury against him.
* SlippingAMickey: Papillon arranges to be the inmate with the duty of supplying the night guards with coffee. The drug he acquired tastes similar to anisette so in advance of his attempt he starts offering the guards coffee "''à la française''" with the liquor in it. The drug worked but not in time for his escape and the guard sleeps for three days.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Papillon refuses to kill anybody if there is any way to avoid it. Part of it is pragmatic: the authorities are much harsher to violent escapees, foreign governments will ship a killer straight back, and as a dangerous criminal he'll be under tighter security. Outside of his desire for revenge against his enemies in France he is simply not a murderer. He briefly entertains the idea of delaying extradition by killing a local cop but dismisses it as his would-be victim doesn't deserve to die for doing his job.

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* SharpDressedMan: Works This orks to Papillon's disadvantage during his trial. He is groomed and wearing a fine tailored suit for his day in court, the court. The prosecutor uses it to portray him as a degenerate playboy and play the envy of the poor-peasant poor peasant jury against him.
* SlippingAMickey: Papillon arranges to be the inmate with the duty of supplying the night guards with coffee. The drug he acquired tastes similar to anisette so in advance of his attempt he starts offering the guards coffee "''à la française''" with the liquor in it. The drug worked but not in time for his escape escape, and the guard sleeps for three days.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Papillon refuses to kill anybody if there is any way to avoid it. Part of it is pragmatic: the authorities are much harsher to violent escapees, foreign governments will ship a killer straight back, and as a dangerous criminal he'll be under tighter security. Outside of his desire for revenge against his enemies in France he is simply not a murderer. He briefly entertains the idea of delaying extradition by killing a local cop cop, but dismisses it as his would-be victim doesn't deserve to die for doing his job.



* UnreliableNarrator - It's been all but proven that Charrière did not do half of the things he claims. There are no records of him staying in certain parts of the prison he talks about, and some of his escape attempts certainly did not happen to him. It is most likely that he combined his own story with those of other prisoners to make the narrative more exciting.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When he leaves them, Papillon swears to Lali and Zorayma that he will return to them and his unborn children by them. He mentions them again in his rambling thoughts in solitary after he's caught. He never returns to them or ever mentions them again after that. Even after [[spoiler:he earns his freedom and moves to Cuba to live a decently comfortable life]].

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* UnreliableNarrator - UnreliableNarrator: It's been all but proven that Charrière did not do half of the things he claims. There are no records of him staying in certain parts of the prison he talks about, and some of his escape attempts certainly did not happen to him. It is most likely that he combined his own story with those of other prisoners to make the narrative more exciting.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When he leaves them, Papillon swears to Lali and Zorayma that he will return to them and his unborn children by them. He mentions them again in his rambling thoughts in solitary after he's caught. He never returns to them or ever mentions them again after that. Even that, even after [[spoiler:he earns his freedom and moves to Cuba to live a decently comfortable life]].
29th Apr '15 10:22:27 PM Micah
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''Papillon'' is a 1969 French autobiographic novel by Henri Charrière. The author reportedly spend the years 1931 to 1945 in various prisons. Convicted for a murder.

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''Papillon'' is a 1969 French autobiographic novel by Henri Charrière. The author reportedly spend spent the years 1931 to 1945 in various prisons. Convicted for a murder.



* RealDreamsAreWeirder: In the film version [=McQueen=] has two haunting nightmares while being in solitary confinement.
1st May '14 6:11:38 PM Prfnoff
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Made into a 1973 movie, starring SteveMcQueen and DustinHoffman.

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Made into a 1973 Creator/AlliedArtists movie, starring SteveMcQueen Creator/SteveMcQueen and DustinHoffman.
Creator/DustinHoffman.
22nd Jan '14 10:23:57 AM Rotpar
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Followed by a sequel, ''{{Banco}}'', his attempted revenge against his enemies in France.

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Followed by a sequel, ''{{Banco}}'', ''{{Literature/Banco}}'', his attempted revenge against his enemies in France.
18th Jan '14 10:05:52 AM Rotpar
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30th Oct '13 9:46:35 PM Sheora
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When he leaves them, Papillon swears to Lali and Zorayma that he will return to them and his unborn children by them. He mentions them again in his rambling thoughts in solitary after he's caught. He never returns to them or ever mentions them again after that. Even after [[spoiler:he earns his freedom and moves to Cuba to live a decently comfortable life]].
30th Oct '13 9:39:59 PM Sheora
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* RealDreamsAreWeirder: In the film version McQueen has two haunting nightmares while being in solitary confinement.

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* RealDreamsAreWeirder: In the film version McQueen [=McQueen=] has two haunting nightmares while being in solitary confinement.
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