History Literature / Redwall

20th Mar '17 1:02:12 PM Theriocephalus
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** Zwilt the Shade (The Sable Quean), the [[TheDragon right-hand sable]] of Vilaya. He goes out of his way to find any warrior with a strong reputation and challenge them one on one; as others have noted, [[PsychoForHire death always follows in Zwilt's wake]]. Gulo the Savage (Rakkety Tam) is this trope taken to its extreme; even when chasing his enemies with a badly-depleted horde, he will stop the chase and turn around to attack ''an entire grove of crows'' just for receiving a few scratches.

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** Zwilt the Shade (The (''The Sable Quean), Quean''), the [[TheDragon right-hand sable]] of Vilaya. He goes out of his way to find any warrior with a strong reputation and challenge them one on one; as others have noted, [[PsychoForHire death always follows in Zwilt's wake]]. Gulo the Savage (Rakkety Tam) (''Rakkety Tam'') is this trope taken to its extreme; even when chasing his enemies with a badly-depleted horde, he will stop the chase and turn around to attack ''an entire grove of crows'' just for receiving a few scratches.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The inhabitants of the Land of Ice and Snow from ''Rakkety Tam'' don't have a cultural taboo against cannibalism. Askor, for instance, who was apparently a much fairer and more-sympathetic character than his mad brother, Gulo the Savage, while he is dying beneath an incredibly heavy tree, tell the woodland creatures who find him to eat him before he goes bad, and dies lifting it off so that they can get at his flesh. That said, Gulo is still crazy even by ''their'' standards: he likes to eat sapient creatures ''alive'', and his hunger is never satisfied.



* {{Bowdlerize}}: In the Animated adaptation, Cluny's tunnel plan is foiled by Redwallers pouring porridge down the hole. In the book, it was boiling water.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The inhabitants of the Land of Ice and Snow from ''Rakkety Tam'' don't have a cultural taboo against cannibalism. Askor, for instance, who was apparently a much fairer and more-sympathetic character than his mad brother, Gulo the Savage, while he is dying beneath an incredibly heavy tree, tell the woodland creatures who find him to eat him before he goes bad, and dies lifting it off so that they can get at his flesh. That said, Gulo is still crazy even by ''their'' standards: he likes to eat sapient creatures ''alive'', and his hunger is never satisfied.


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* {{Bowdlerize}}: In the Animated adaptation, Cluny's tunnel plan is foiled by Redwallers pouring porridge down the hole. In the book, it was boiling water.
13th Mar '17 3:44:36 PM morenohijazo
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* EssentialMadness: In High Rhulain, The hare Major Cuthbert went insane after his daughter was killed by vermin. He ended up killing a sea monster single handedly.
12th Mar '17 11:15:15 AM AielareME
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* StayInTheKitchen: ''High Rhulain'' both subverts this and plays it straight. Tiria is barred from becoming Skipper on account of her sex, and her choice to wield a sling draws derision from male characters -- all of whom wind up eating their words. On the other hand, many of those same male characters also hand-hold her through her quest, treating her attempts to make her own decisions with condescending amusement. When she insists on accompanying her warriors to battle, Kolun outright compares her to his bossy wife.
**Odd, given that The Legend of Luke had a female otter as "Queen of NORT (the Northern Otter River Tribes)." Maybe Skipper is an inherently male title, with the ladies able to become Otter Queens?



* StayInTheKitchen: ''High Rhulain'' both subverts this and plays it straight. Tiria is barred from becoming Skipper on account of her sex, and her choice to wield a sling draws derision from male characters -- all of whom wind up eating their words. On the other hand, many of those same male characters also hand-hold her through her quest, treating her attempts to make her own decisions with condescending amusement. When she insists on accompanying her warriors to battle, Kolun outright compares her to his bossy wife.
26th Feb '17 3:44:13 PM AquaMusic
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** There were only 4 left by the end of the third book. Assuming there are 2 males and 2 females, they would eventually be forced to inbreed to keep the sparrows alive. Possibly, this could have caused some screwed up genes, depending on how anthropomorphic the animals are supposed to be.

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** There were only 4 left by the end of the third book.book (possibly 5. General Ironbeak's rooks manage to bring one down; while it's unclear whether it survived in the book, in the TV series Constance finds it outside and it is shown being tended to shortly after). Assuming there are 2 males and 2 females, they would eventually be forced to inbreed to keep the sparrows alive. Possibly, this could have caused some screwed up genes, depending on how anthropomorphic the animals are supposed to be.



** Veil Sixclaw, in large part [[CoversAlwaysLie due to the cover]].

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** Veil Sixclaw, in large part [[CoversAlwaysLie due to the cover]].cover, which is actualy of his father]].



** Towards the end of ''The Long Patrol'', once all the fighting is finished and the final battle has been won, Tammo joins his fellow hares in celebration of their victory, right? Wrong. He breaks down sobbing, devastated at the fact that many of his friends have been slain and appalled that he himself had killed several other beasts. WarIsHell indeed.

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** Towards the end of ''The Long Patrol'', once all the fighting is finished and the final battle has been won, Tammo joins his fellow hares in celebration of their victory, right? Wrong. He breaks down sobbing, devastated at the fact that many of his friends have been slain and appalled that he himself had killed several other beasts. WarIsHell indeed.



* ReforgedBlade: In ''Mossflower'', Martin the Warrior's sword, which belonged to his father, is broken in his travels. It is then reforged by the great lord of Salamandastron, using a "fallen star" (a meteorite, rather) to rebuild it into a purely unbreakable sword, which also begins its legendary status. All during one book of the series. Martin wears the broken hilt around his neck through most of the book, until he finally gets it reforged and proceeds to kick much ass.

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* ReforgedBlade: In ''Mossflower'', Martin the Warrior's sword, which belonged to his father, is broken in his travels. It is then reforged by the great lord of Salamandastron, using a "fallen star" (a meteorite, rather) to rebuild it into a purely unbreakable (it hasn't seemed to have been reforged since) sword, which also begins its legendary status. All during one book of the series. Martin wears the broken hilt around his neck through most of the book, until he finally gets it reforged and proceeds to kick much ass.



** Friar Hugo is killed off not even halfway through Part 1 of ''Mattimeo''. Later on, [[spoiler: Warbeak]] and [[spoiler: Log-a-Log]] also bite the dust.

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** Friar Hugo is killed off not even halfway through Part 1 of early on in ''Mattimeo''. Later on, [[spoiler: Warbeak]] and [[spoiler: Log-a-Log]] also bite bites the dust.dust. For many fans though, the saddest one in the book is the death of [[spoiler: Warbeak]], an incredibly fleshed-out character with strong development in ''Redwall''.
26th Feb '17 3:33:18 PM AquaMusic
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** However, there is another one that's not so easily explained. In Mossflower, Bella the badger says that only male badgers make the journey to Salamandastron, but in Lord Brocktree, which chronologically took place before Mossflower, when Lord Brocktree is looking at carvings of previous badgers who ruled Salamandastron, one of the names mentioned is Spearlady Gorse. On the other hand, Gorse may have come long enough ago that she simply wasn't recorded in Bella's books; the author stated that many events in Redwall's history (in particular, Rufe Brush climbing to the top of Abbey to put the sword there) have been long forgotten.

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** However, there is another one that's not so easily explained. In Mossflower, Bella the badger says that only male badgers make the journey to Salamandastron, but in Lord Brocktree, which chronologically took place before Mossflower, when Lord Brocktree is looking at carvings of previous badgers who ruled Salamandastron, one of the names mentioned is Spearlady Gorse. On the other hand, Gorse may have been male or have come long enough ago that she simply wasn't recorded in Bella's books; the author stated that many events in Redwall's history (in particular, Rufe Brush climbing to the top of Abbey to put the sword there) have been long forgotten.books.
10th Feb '17 1:29:23 AM Chabal2
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Gruven. There is not ''a single character'' who even remotely likes him. [[TheScrappy Not even the readers]]. When he's not being a snobby little brat who runs his mouth, he's being a SmugSnake and insulting anyone at the first opportunity. When he's not running away from his enemies, he's either trying to outsmart them ([[BigBadWannabe and typically failing]]) or he's literally sobbing and begging to be spared. Even Gruven's mother Antigra found the stoat annoying, and only put up with him because [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes he was her son]] and because she needed him to rule the Juska tribe. However, it seems Brian did this on purpose as an ironic joke, as The Taggerung is prophesied to be the perfect warrior, practically a demi-god in terms of skill. Gruven is the complete opposite, no skills in anything and is useless at everything, yet still stubbornly claims to be the "True Taggerung"

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Gruven. There is not ''a single character'' who even remotely likes him. [[TheScrappy Not even the readers]]. When he's not being a snobby little brat who runs his mouth, he's being a SmugSnake and insulting anyone at the first opportunity. When he's not running away from his enemies, he's either trying to outsmart them ([[BigBadWannabe and typically failing]]) or he's literally sobbing and begging to be spared. Even Gruven's mother Antigra found the stoat annoying, and only put up with him because [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes he was her son]] and because she needed him to rule the Juska tribe. However, it seems Brian did this on purpose as an ironic joke, as The Taggerung is prophesied to be the perfect warrior, practically a demi-god in terms of skill. Gruven is the complete opposite, no skills in anything and is useless at everything, yet still stubbornly claims to be the "True Taggerung"Taggerung".



** If you're expecting the fight against Princess Kurda and Triss to be amazing, you're gonna be disappointed. And if you're expecting the fight against King Agarnu and Triss (and the ending to ''Triss'' entirely) to be amazing, you're gonna be ''very'' disappointed.

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** If you're expecting the fight against Princess Kurda and Triss to be amazing, you're gonna be disappointed.disappointed (much like Triss, in fact). And if you're expecting the fight against King Agarnu and Triss (and the ending to ''Triss'' entirely) to be amazing, you're gonna be ''very'' disappointed.



* ArchnemesisDad: This crops up a hell of a lot, usually with the young sons of vermin warlords. Firstly, Swartt Sixclaw, Veil's father. He completely neglects him, doesn't even name him, and abandons him in a ditch during a battle. That's not counting what Swartt does to him the next time they meet. There's also Ferahgo and Klitch in ''Salamandastron'' and Riggu Felis and Pitru in ''High Rhulain''. The most prominent female example is Verdauga and Tsarmina, the only time in the series when this trope actually results in the child murdering their father. Also touches of it with Agarnu and Kurda in ''Triss'', but it's nowhere near as significant.

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* ArchnemesisDad: This crops up a hell of a lot, usually with the young sons of vermin warlords. Firstly, Swartt Sixclaw, Veil's father. He completely neglects him, doesn't even name him, and abandons him in a ditch during a battle. That's not counting what Swartt does to him the next time they meet. There's also Ferahgo and Klitch in ''Salamandastron'' and Riggu Felis and Pitru in ''High Rhulain''. The most prominent female example is Verdauga and Tsarmina, the only first time in the series when this trope actually results in the child murdering their father. Also touches of it with Agarnu and Kurda in ''Triss'', but it's nowhere near as significant. And then Gulo murdered his father Dramz prior to the events of Rakkety Tam before chasing his brother Askor to claim the throne of the northlands.



* AvengingTheVillain: Saltar attempts to avenge his brother Bludrigg by fighting Gabool.

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* AvengingTheVillain: AvengingTheVillain:
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Saltar attempts to avenge his brother Bludrigg by fighting Gabool.



** Gulo the Savage. His response when one of his soldiers complains about his injuries? ''Kill the guy and eat him.''

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** Gulo the Savage. His response when one of his soldiers complains about his injuries? ''Kill the guy and eat him.'''' Later, when his forces are reduced to eight vermin including himself, he still kills the one who thought about running.



** Gulo the Savage, who's above the size and weight of a badger, but with sharper claws and teeth. When the heroes lead him through a crow-infested grove, he actually loses interest in pursuing them to continue the slaughter.



* GrimUpNorth: Allusions to the North being war-torn are made in most of the early books, and the books that take place up there...

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* GrimUpNorth: Allusions to the North being war-torn are made in most of the early books, and the books that take place up there... In Rakkety Tam, we see a shipload of Northeners, cannibals all.



* HypnoticEyes: The serpents, specifically Asmodeus, have these. A non-serpent character, Ublaz "Mad Eyes", also has this type of gaze.

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* HypnoticEyes: The serpents, specifically Asmodeus, have these. A non-serpent character, Ublaz "Mad Eyes", also has this type of gaze.gaze (and uses it to hypnotize his own snake).



** Salamandastron may be after the mythical version of the salamander, since that creature can live in fire and it's an extinct volcano.

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** Salamandastron may be after the mythical version of the salamander, since that creature can live in fire and it's an extinct volcano.volcano (and they had a dinosaur skull at one point to scare off vermin).



** Russa Nodrey is a ''red'' squirrel with no home ("drey" is a word for a squirrel's nest).

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** Russa Nodrey is a ''red'' squirrel with no home ("drey" is a word for a squirrel's nest). This is actually explained in the text.



* NonindicativeName: What the heck is a Walking Stone? [[spoiler: A tortoise.]]

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* NominalImportance: Zigzagged. In ''Rakkety Tam'', Captain Shard is presented as TheStarscream to Gulo, but dies around halfway through in a random battle. In the final act, one of the smartest vermin (who knows not to run from Gulo) lives until the final mop-up, but is only ever referred to as "the old fox".
* NonindicativeName: What the heck is a Walking Stone? [[spoiler: A tortoise.]]]] Justified in that the nothlands are unlikely to have many walking around (and it's even menioned that it came from far south).



%% * OfficerAndAGentleman: The Long Patrol hares.

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%% * OfficerAndAGentleman: The Long Patrol hares.hares, being based on popular perception of British R.A.F. pilots in WWII.



* OneManArmy: Badgers, or any creature for that matter, under the Bloodwrath can carve through a horde with ease. Also, Gulo The Savage, a ''wolverine''.

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* OneManArmy: Badgers, or any creature for that matter, under the Bloodwrath can carve through a horde with ease. Also, Gulo The the Savage, a ''wolverine''.


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* WellDoneSonGuy: Gulo of all people. In his final MotiveRant he yells that his father will finally see his favorite son killed by the one he never paid attention to.
25th Jan '17 12:27:16 AM PaulA
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** The animated series has the otters walk around without clothing while everyone else is fully dressed. This is a possible reference to ''TheWindInTheWillows'', where the four main characters Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad were drawn anthropomorphic, but minor character Otter was drawn as a regular old otter.

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** The animated series has the otters walk around without clothing while everyone else is fully dressed. This is a possible reference to ''TheWindInTheWillows'', ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', where the four main characters Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad were drawn anthropomorphic, but minor character Otter was drawn as a regular old otter.
17th Jan '17 5:53:55 AM Chabal2
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* PerilousOldFool: Bluddbeak was once a great adder killer, but is now old, rhuematic and blind. However, he thinks he can [[BullyingADragon take on a trio of adders]] (and Ovus is only too happy to help.) The result? [[CurbStompBattle Ovus dying]], [[NotEnoughToBury nothing left of Bluddbeak but scattered feathers]], and [[ManlyTears Skipper mourning]] "[[TooDumbToLive Ole fools]], brave, [[TropeNamer perilous ole fools]], why did ye try it?"

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* PerilousOldFool: Bluddbeak was once a great adder killer, but is now old, rhuematic rheumatic and blind. However, he thinks he can [[BullyingADragon take on a trio of adders]] (and Ovus is only too happy to help.) The result? [[CurbStompBattle Ovus dying]], [[NotEnoughToBury nothing left of Bluddbeak but scattered feathers]], and [[ManlyTears Skipper mourning]] "[[TooDumbToLive Ole fools]], brave, [[TropeNamer perilous ole fools]], why did ye try it?"



* SanitySlippage: Having a bell intended for a Badger Lord around really does a job on Gabool's sanity, causing him to mistake (and kill) a captain for his traitorous NumberTwo Graypatch.



* SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying: Mostly averted, except for one thing...ermine and stoats are treated as two seperate species. An ermine is just a stoat in its winter coloration.

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* SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying: Mostly averted, except for one thing... ermine and stoats are treated as two seperate species. An ermine is just a stoat in its winter coloration.



* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Sssssnakes and, in ''Pearls of Lutra'', monitor lizardz.

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* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Sssssnakes and, in ''Pearls of Lutra'', monitor lizardz.lizardzzz.



** KlingonPromotion is standard operating procedure on Terramort. The Searat King defends his title with his own blade until meets a superior fighter and is slain. Said superior fighter becomes King.
** Greypatch is especially notable as he succeeded and split off from Gabool, making himself another BigBad.

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** KlingonPromotion is standard operating procedure on Terramort. The Searat King defends his title with his own blade until meets a superior fighter and is slain. Said superior fighter becomes King.
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King. Greypatch is especially notable as he succeeded and split off from Gabool, making himself another BigBad.



* StraightForTheCommander: In the first Redwall novel, Constance the badger tries to end the siege of Redwall Abbey by sniping enemy commander Cluny the Scourge. It fails due to a rather accidental Decoy Leader situation. Later on, when Cluny falls in battle, the enemy army falls into disarray, and many of the invaders surrender immediately.

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* StraightForTheCommander: StraightForTheCommander:
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In the first Redwall novel, Constance the badger tries to end the siege of Redwall Abbey by sniping enemy commander Cluny the Scourge. It fails due to a rather accidental Decoy Leader situation. Later on, when Cluny falls in battle, the enemy army falls into disarray, and many of the invaders surrender immediately.
** The Bloodwrath causes the afflicted creature to see only their hated enemy, causing this trope.


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** [[spoiler:Mother Mellus]] from ''Mariel of Redwall'' ends up killed in ''The Bellmaker'', though her death brings about [[spoiler:a HeelFaceTurn and among the best CMOAs in the series.]]


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* YourMom: Tarquin insults a seagull by claiming mother was a cuckoo.
13th Jan '17 9:13:37 PM rmctagg09
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* BornUnderTheSail:
** While there are some hedgehog tribes known to sail the rivers of Mossflower, the best inland sailors are the tribes of shrews in logboats. Out at sea, it's sea otters and searats (both are piratical, the otters attacking vermin and the rats any helpless victims).
** The (river) otters, one of the AlwaysLawfulGood species in the series, are all proficient sailors, led by one they call Skipper.
4th Jan '17 7:12:05 AM TudorRose
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** Tiria Wildlough from ''High Rhulain'' is based on a fan named Patricia who met Brian Jacques at a booksigning in 2003 and gave him a letter requesting that he name an otter character after her.

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** Tiria Wildlough from ''High Rhulain'' is based on a fan named Patricia who met Brian Jacques at a booksigning book signing in 2003 and gave him a letter requesting that he name an otter character after her.
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