History Literature / Sandokan

2nd Jul '16 11:43:37 AM EDP
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* TruthSerums: The "youma drink", also called "the lemonade that loosens the tongue": a drink made of lemon juice, opium and sap from a youma plant (an unspecified member of the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sansevieria sansevieria]]'' genus), it gets the drinker too high to care he shouldn't answer the questions he's being asked, even insulting the questioner if the revelations are about a plan to harm them. First shows up in ''The Mystery of the Black Jungle'', when Bharata prepares it and Macpherson tricks Tremal Naik in drinking it, with many others (including the Thuggee and James Brooke) knowing how to prepare it.
2nd Jul '16 11:25:21 AM EDP
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** Sandokan too is a fan, and in one occasion brought with himself a few [[CoolGuns/MachineGuns Maxim machine guns]].

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** Sandokan too is a fan, and in one occasion brought with himself a few whenever he can he'll field [[CoolGuns/MachineGuns Maxim machine guns]].guns]].
* MultinationalTeam: The Tigers of Mompracem: the core group is composed by Malays and Dayaks (Sandokan being a Dayak himself), but we also have people from other ethnic groups, the mentioned ones being Chinese, Javanese, Bugis, Indian (including, at one point, a ''Thuggee''), and even white men (besides Yanez, the crew of the ''King of the Sea'' included a group of Americans)
16th Apr '16 3:12:06 PM EDP
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* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: {{Subverted}}: Sandokan and his men are all armed with the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris kris]]'', but they all live in the region where this weapon comes from and is common.
14th Apr '16 1:19:52 PM EDP
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* {{Flynning}}: {{Averted}} in the books (not so much in the adaptations): sword and knifw fights are short and tend to end with someone stabbed in the guts or the chest, and when Sandokan fights a tiger with a knife he doesn't wrestle the beast (as happens in other series where someone knife-fights a dangerous animal) but waits for it to jump and jumps under it with his knife held high, disemboweling the tiger.

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* {{Flynning}}: {{Averted}} in the books (not so much in the adaptations): sword and knifw fights are short and tend to end with someone stabbed in the guts or the chest, and when Sandokan fights a tiger with a knife he doesn't wrestle the beast (as happens in other series where someone knife-fights a dangerous animal) but waits for rushes it to jump and jumps under while it's distracted before stabbing it with his knife held high, disemboweling the tiger.heart.
21st Feb '16 2:43:06 AM EDP
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* {{Flynning}}: {{Averted}} in the books (not so much in the adaptations): sword and knifw fights are short and tend to end with someone stabbed in the guts or the chest, and when Sandokan fights a tiger with a knife he doesn't wrestle the beast (as happens in other series where someone knife-fights a dangerous animal) but waits for it to jump and jumps under it with his knife held high, disemboweling the tiger.



* GreatWhiteHunter: A few tiger hunts are shown. Sandokan, Tremal Naik and Kammamuri fail to qualify due not being white (even if Tremal Naik [[{{Badass}} used to hunt tigers for a living]]), but we still have lord Guillonk, Yanez (who will ''mock'' the tiger before shooting it if he deems it safe), ''Marianna'', and others.

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* GreatWhiteHunter: A few tiger hunts are shown. Sandokan, Tremal Naik and Kammamuri fail to qualify due not being white (even if Tremal Naik [[{{Badass}} used to hunt tigers for a living]]), but we still have lord Guillonk, Yanez (who will ''mock'' ''mock the tiger tiger'' before shooting it if he deems it safe), ''Marianna'', and others.



** Yanez's improbable survival of his initial encounter with the pirates is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when he explains Kammamuri that the Tigers of Mompracem never spares white men and he notes that Yanez, while white, has just led the pirates that attacked the ship he was on. [[HandWaved Yanez replied he was a special case]].

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** Yanez's improbable survival of his initial encounter with the pirates is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] when he himself explains Kammamuri that the Tigers of Mompracem never spares white men and he Kammamuri notes that Yanez, while white, has just led the pirates that attacked the ship he was on. [[HandWaved Yanez replied he was a special case]].



** ChildSoldier: Marianna first embarked on a warship when she was 10, and stayed there until she was 13. It's implied that lord Guillonk settled down with her because he had suddenly realized what he had done.

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** ChildSoldier: Marianna first embarked on a warship when she was 10, and stayed there until she was 13. It's implied that lord Guillonk settled down with her because [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he had suddenly realized what he had done.done]].
25th Dec '15 6:09:24 AM EDP
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* WorldOfBadass: This is a world where the two guys who used to hunt tigers for a living aren't the most dangerous guys around, what would you expect?
25th Dec '15 6:05:04 AM EDP
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* RatedMForManly: ''All the time'': Italian dime novels of the time were heavy on this, and while Salgari favoured brain over brawn he also gave his characters the physical feats to go with their brains. Case in point, Sandokan can kill a tiger with a knife, and Tremal Naik ''used to do it for a living''.
8th Nov '15 8:21:50 PM Angeldeb82
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Salgari killed himself in 1911, after completing ''An Empire Crumbles'' (intented to be a single novel with ''The Brahman'' but published in two parts) and writing the first draft of ''Yanez's Revenge''. The two novels were published posthumously, and ''Yanez's Revenge'' contains a few plot holes.

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Salgari killed himself in 1911, after completing ''An Empire Crumbles'' (intented (intended to be a single novel with ''The Brahman'' but published in two parts) and writing the first draft of ''Yanez's Revenge''. The two novels were published posthumously, and ''Yanez's Revenge'' contains a few plot holes.



* CoolGuns: In the final novel Sandokan shows up with twelve [[CoolGuns/MachineGuns Maxim]] [[MoreDakka machine guns]].

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* CoolGuns: In the final novel Sandokan shows up with twelve [[CoolGuns/MachineGuns Maxim]] CoolGuns/{{Ma|chineGuns}}xim [[MoreDakka machine guns]].



* [[{{Mook}} Mooks]]: Various, depending on the novel. Bonus point for the Thuggee cultists in ''The Mistery of the Black Jungle'' and ''The Two Tigers'' for being the origin of the word 'thug' and actually be called thugs by the author.

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* [[{{Mook}} Mooks]]: {{Mooks}}: Various, depending on the novel. Bonus point for the Thuggee cultists in ''The Mistery of the Black Jungle'' and ''The Two Tigers'' for being the origin of the word 'thug' and actually be called thugs by the author.



* NoKillLikeOverkill: Salgari ''loves'' this trope, and anyone with half a brain tend to bring as much firepower as they can. One example from ''The Pirates of Malaysia'': to fight Sandokan's single ship ''Pearl of Labuan'' (an oversized praho modified for superior speed and carrying more guns than normal prahos) James Brooke deployed four normal prahos (each with about three quarters of Sandokan's firepower) and his personal ship ''Royalist'', that was a match for ''Pearl''. It's hinted that James Brooke was improvising, and that he would have used more ships had he been faster at recognizing ''Marianna'' as a pirate ship or Sandokan slower at realizing what Brooke was doing.
** An example from ''Yanez's Revenge'': when facing about a thousand badly trained enemies armed with antique muzzle-loaders Sandokan opened fire with two hundreds repeating rifles and ''twelve [[MoreDakka Maxim machine guns]]'' while charging at them on top of ''elephants''. Very few enemies survived long enough to [[OhCrap realized how badly outgunned, outmanouvered and outclassed they were]] and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere run the hell away from there]].



* RetCon: A few. It's mainly with the dates, that in the first novels are changed to fit the historical events Salgari is mentioning (novels following ''The Two Tigers'', whose finale is set in late september-early october 1857, respect real world history), but Sambigliong was switched from Dayak (''The Pirates of Malaysia'' and ''The Two Tigers'') to Malayan (from ''The King of the Sea'' onward), and in ''The Tigers of Mompracem'' Sandokan was not the dispossessed son of the murdered rajah Kaidagan (first mentioned in ''Sandokan Fights Back'', when Sandokan finally kills his murderer) but the dispossessed rajah of Lake Kini Balù.

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* RetCon: {{Retcon}}: A few. It's mainly with the dates, that in the first novels are changed to fit the historical events Salgari is mentioning (novels following ''The Two Tigers'', whose finale is set in late september-early october 1857, respect real world history), but Sambigliong was switched from Dayak (''The Pirates of Malaysia'' and ''The Two Tigers'') to Malayan (from ''The King of the Sea'' onward), and in ''The Tigers of Mompracem'' Sandokan was not the dispossessed son of the murdered rajah Kaidagan (first mentioned in ''Sandokan Fights Back'', when Sandokan finally kills his murderer) but the dispossessed rajah of Lake Kini Balù.



* SacredHospitality: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by lord Guillonk: when he learns that the guest he had healed was actually Sandokan he kicked him out of his house and prepared an ambush against him. Sandokan seems to play it straight: while never tested on it he knows well the code, and took offense on the ambush (only the ambush: as a pirate he ''was'' Guillonk's enemy, and having fully recovered he admitted he was fair game for being kicked out).

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* SacredHospitality: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} by lord Guillonk: when he learns that the guest he had healed was actually Sandokan he kicked him out of his house and prepared an ambush against him. Sandokan seems to play it straight: while never tested on it he knows well the code, and took offense on the ambush (only the ambush: as a pirate he ''was'' Guillonk's enemy, and having fully recovered he admitted he was fair game for being kicked out).



* [[SpotlightStealingSquad Spotlight Stealing Character]]: Yanez had a role as big if not bigger than Sandokan from ''The King of the Sea'' to ''An Empire Crumbles'', with ''The Brahman'' and ''An Empire Crumbles'' actually having him as the declared protagonist. Ironically, ''Yanez's Revenge'' is the novel in which Sandokan takes back the spotlight.

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* [[SpotlightStealingSquad Spotlight Stealing Spotlight-Stealing Character]]: Yanez had a role as big if not bigger than Sandokan from ''The King of the Sea'' to ''An Empire Crumbles'', with ''The Brahman'' and ''An Empire Crumbles'' actually having him as the declared protagonist. Ironically, ''Yanez's Revenge'' is the novel in which Sandokan takes back the spotlight.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Salgari ''loves'' this trope, and anyone with half a brain tend to bring as much firepower as they can. One example from ''The Pirates of Malaysia'': to fight Sandokan's single ship ''Pearl of Labuan'' (an oversized praho modified for superior speed and carrying more guns than normal prahos) James Brooke deployed four normal prahos (each with about three quarters of Sandokan's firepower) and his personal ship ''Royalist'', that was a match for ''Pearl''. It's hinted that James Brooke was improvising, and that he would have used more ships had he been faster at recognizing ''Marianna'' as a pirate ship or Sandokan slower at realizing what Brooke was doing.
** An example from ''Yanez's Revenge'': when facing about a thousand badly trained enemies armed with antique muzzle-loaders Sandokan opened fire with two hundreds repeating rifles and ''twelve [[MoreDakka Maxim machine guns]]'' while charging at them on top of ''elephants''. Very few enemies survived long enough to [[OhCrap realized how badly outgunned, outmanouvered and outclassed they were]] and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere run the hell away from there]].



* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The Hell Is Mompracem?]]: Salgari chose Sandokan's base on an old map, but the island isn't shown on maps since before Salgari started writing, and the main candidate of Keraman is mentioned in the novels as a separate island.

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* [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where The the Hell Is Mompracem?]]: Salgari chose Sandokan's base on an old map, but the island isn't shown on maps since before Salgari started writing, and the main candidate of Keraman is mentioned in the novels as a separate island.
30th Oct '15 9:32:21 AM fruitstripegum
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* AnimatedAdaptation: There was one in the 1990's, which takes place in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals - Sandokan and his men are anthropomorphized tigers, while BigBad The Rajah of Sarawak is [[CatsAreMean a cat]].
28th Apr '15 10:30:37 AM nombretomado
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* AnimalMotifs: [[CaptainObvious A lot]]. Apart the tiger motif, explicitly used with Sandokan (the Tiger of Malaysia), Yanez (sometimes called the White Tiger, as he's a white man and Sandokan's [[BashBrothers brother in everything but blood]]), their pirates (the Tigers of Mompracem) and Suyodhana (the Tiger of India. Bonus point for him and Sandokan having been represented with the bodies of actual tigers in the cover of the first edition of ''The Two Tigers'') and implicitly for Marianna (implied by Sandokan's flag, that changed from a single head of tiger in red field in ''The Tigers of Mompracem'' to three heads of tiger in the other novels, representing Sandokan, Yanez and the now late Marianna), TheBritishEmpire has both a lion and leopard motif, to the point that Sandokan and Yanez often use 'lion' and 'leopard' in place of 'Englishman'.

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* AnimalMotifs: [[CaptainObvious A lot]]. Apart the tiger motif, explicitly used with Sandokan (the Tiger of Malaysia), Yanez (sometimes called the White Tiger, as he's a white man and Sandokan's [[BashBrothers brother in everything but blood]]), their pirates (the Tigers of Mompracem) and Suyodhana (the Tiger of India. Bonus point for him and Sandokan having been represented with the bodies of actual tigers in the cover of the first edition of ''The Two Tigers'') and implicitly for Marianna (implied by Sandokan's flag, that changed from a single head of tiger in red field in ''The Tigers of Mompracem'' to three heads of tiger in the other novels, representing Sandokan, Yanez and the now late Marianna), TheBritishEmpire UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire has both a lion and leopard motif, to the point that Sandokan and Yanez often use 'lion' and 'leopard' in place of 'Englishman'.



* TheBritishEmpire: A frequent early opponent of Sandokan due him being a very successful pirate. It's implied that, after Sandokan's ''epic'' RoaringRampageOfRevenge in ''The King of the Sea'', he and the British Empire have an informal agreement that allows Sandokan and Yanez to do as they wish (even buying weapons from them) as long as they won't damage the British interests (Yanez even carved out a nice empire for himself right in the real-life Raj, with the Brits not interfering because he had deposed a corrupted prince and opened his country to trade).

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* TheBritishEmpire: UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire: A frequent early opponent of Sandokan due him being a very successful pirate. It's implied that, after Sandokan's ''epic'' RoaringRampageOfRevenge in ''The King of the Sea'', he and the British Empire have an informal agreement that allows Sandokan and Yanez to do as they wish (even buying weapons from them) as long as they won't damage the British interests (Yanez even carved out a nice empire for himself right in the real-life Raj, with the Brits not interfering because he had deposed a corrupted prince and opened his country to trade).
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