History Literature / TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms

6th Jul '16 1:26:15 PM Sandangel89
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* CinderellaCircumstances: Elena at the beginning of ''The Fairy Godmother'' (Unfortunately, the only prince in the area is a toddler, so the Traditional Happy Ending for those circumstances can't happen) and countless other girls in many other kingdoms.

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* CinderellaCircumstances: Elena at the beginning of ''The Fairy Godmother'' (Unfortunately, the only prince in the area is a toddler, young child, so the Traditional Happy Ending for those circumstances can't happen) and countless other girls in many other kingdoms.
23rd Jun '16 12:50:10 AM WillBGood
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* GeniusBruiser: Siegfried, which kept him from going through the tragic tale he was suppose to. [[RepeatCaller Not that it isn't persistent.]]

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* GeniusBruiser: Siegfried, which kept him from going through the tragic tale he was suppose to. [[RepeatCaller [[RegularCaller Not that it isn't persistent.]]
24th May '16 1:15:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Queen Cassiopeia and at least one Evil Sorceress.
16th May '16 2:35:32 PM PoeDameron
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The TropeMaker for RomanticPseudoFantasy.


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* RomanticPseudoFantasy: Toward the fantasy end of the spectrum, but the TropeMaker.
29th Mar '16 8:35:56 AM Chariset
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* CombatPragmatist: The self defense Siegfried teaches Rosamund consist of this. Also Prince Sasha's fighting style when it comes down to it. Even [[MagicKnights Champions]] are taught to fight with what they have on hand, unless there's a Traditional reason to use some particular weapon.

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* CombatPragmatist: The self defense Siegfried teaches Rosamund consist of this. Also Prince Sasha's fighting style when it comes down to it. Even [[MagicKnights [[MagicKnight Champions]] are taught to fight with what they have on hand, unless there's a Traditional reason to use some particular weapon.



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects. And of course if something Traditional ''does'' go wrong, no one knows what to do, meaning that even a small problem can quickly grow into a catastrophe.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects. And of course if something Traditional ''does'' go wrong, no one knows what to do, meaning that even a small problem can quickly grow into a catastrophe.



* ParentalFavoritism: Both played straight and subverted. Particularly wise parents can invoke this, as Sasha's father did, and make his seventh son TheUnfavorite in public because it's a very lucky Traditional role.

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* ParentalFavoritism: Both played straight and subverted. Particularly wise parents can invoke this, as Sasha's father did, and make his seventh son TheUnfavorite in public because it's a very lucky Traditional role.



* VirginSacrifice: In ''One Good Knight'' to mollify a rampaging dragon. Subverted in that none of the women are killed, and by the second act it's plain that some of them aren't even virgins. Even the dragon isn't what he seems.

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* VirginSacrifice: In ''One Good Knight'' to mollify a rampaging dragon. Subverted in that none of the women are killed, and by the second act it's plain that some of them aren't even virgins. Even the dragon isn't what he seems.
29th Mar '16 8:33:01 AM Chariset
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* CombatPragmatist: The self defense Siegfried teaches Rosamund consist of this. Also Prince Sasha's fighting style when it comes down to it.

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* CombatPragmatist: The self defense Siegfried teaches Rosamund consist of this. Also Prince Sasha's fighting style when it comes down to it. Even [[MagicKnights Champions]] are taught to fight with what they have on hand, unless there's a Traditional reason to use some particular weapon.



* DefiantCaptive: Princess Kylia in ''The Fairy Godmother'' left a trail of damage to her chamber when captured by the Koschei, which impresses Godmother Elena.

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* DefiantCaptive: Princess Kylia in ''The Fairy Godmother'' left a trail of damage to her chamber when captured by the Koschei, which impresses Godmother Elena.



--> '''Elena''' "Thank you for that quite Traditional monologue..."

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--> '''Elena''' "Thank Thank you for that quite Traditional monologue..."



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects ''and'' a heavy burden of catatrosphe if something Traditional goes wrong.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects ''and'' a heavy burden subjects. And of catatrosphe course if something Traditional goes wrong.''does'' go wrong, no one knows what to do, meaning that even a small problem can quickly grow into a catastrophe.



* ParentalFavoritism: Both played straight and subverted.

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* ParentalFavoritism: Both played straight and subverted. Particularly wise parents can invoke this, as Sasha's father did, and make his seventh son TheUnfavorite in public because it's a very lucky Traditional role.



* SimpleYetOpulent: Solon in "One Good Night" loves things that are more costly and fine than they look.

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* SimpleYetOpulent: Solon in "One ''One Good Night" Night'' loves things that are more costly and fine than they look.



* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Dragon's blood can be used to give somebody this ability, diluted dragon's blood gives the ability temporarily while the pure stuff makes it permanent.

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* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Dragon's blood can be used to give somebody this ability, ability; diluted dragon's blood gives the ability temporarily while the pure stuff makes it permanent.



* VirginSacrifice: In ''One Good Knight'' to mollify a rampaging dragon.
** Eventually subverted; one of the women the dragon carries off was notably promiscuous and the beginning of Princess Andromeda's realization that the queen is now ''openly'' using the sacrifices to get rid of her enemies.

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* VirginSacrifice: In ''One Good Knight'' to mollify a rampaging dragon.
** Eventually subverted; one
dragon. Subverted in that none of the women are killed, and by the second act it's plain that some of them aren't even virgins. Even the dragon carries off was notably promiscuous and the beginning of Princess Andromeda's realization that the queen is now ''openly'' using the sacrifices to get rid of her enemies.isn't what he seems.
3rd Mar '16 11:04:37 PM Chariset
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Generally played straight, occasionally subverted for comic effect. For example, when Sir George introduces himself as a "virgin knight," Andromeda snickered -- [[spoiler:but George was not only a virgin, 'he' was "Georgina"]].
** The first Champion sent to Acadia by Glass Mountain was Liam, a genuine virgin knight, verified by unicorns but he was unable to get through due to the no man barrier in the border.

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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Generally played straight, occasionally subverted for comic effect. For example, when Sir George introduces introduced himself as a "virgin knight," Andromeda snickered -- [[spoiler:but George was not only a virgin, 'he' was "Georgina"]].
** The first Champion sent to Acadia by Glass Mountain was Liam, a genuine virgin knight, verified by unicorns but he was unable to get through due to the no man barrier in no-man-shall-cross spell on the border.



** the twenty-first birthday is also considered significant; in ''The Fairy Godmother'' it's mentioned that it's only after that birthday that Elena can be safely trained in magic and in ''Fortune's Fool'' Katya's father tells her that now she's past her twenty-first birthday they know that her magic is stable and she has free reign to use it when appropriate.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While The Tradition encourages Evil Villains to take on certain motifs, Arachnia uses these same symbols while actually working for the Godmothers as a tester. And her troll of a stableman is actually a decent fellow. Even if he is a bit ignorant of the conditions that might cause a pampered Prince to sicken and die.

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** the The twenty-first birthday is also considered significant; significant: in ''The Fairy Godmother'' it's mentioned that it's only after that birthday that Elena can be safely trained in magic and in ''Fortune's Fool'' Katya's father tells her that now she's past her twenty-first birthday they know that her magic is stable and she has free reign rein to use it when appropriate.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While The Tradition encourages Evil Villains to take on certain motifs, Arachnia uses these same symbols while actually working for the Godmothers as a tester. And her troll of a stableman is actually a decent fellow. Even fellow, even if he is a bit ignorant of the conditions that might cause a pampered Prince to sicken and die.



* DesignatedVillain: InUniverse, Queen Sable in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' runs the kingdom competently and never harms the RightfulHeir, but because she looks ObviouslyEvil, was the king's [[WickedStepmother second wife]], and isn't NiceToTheWaiter like her predecessor, most people think she's the villain that Princess Rosamund must depose.

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* DesignatedVillain: GenreSavvy Godmothers can do this InUniverse, Queen Sable in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' runs the kingdom competently and never harms the RightfulHeir, but because she looks ObviouslyEvil, was the king's [[WickedStepmother second wife]], and isn't NiceToTheWaiter like her predecessor, most people think she's setting themselves up to be the villain that Princess Rosamund must depose.a tale requires.



* DudeWheresMyRespect: Sometimes Sasha feels this way, but shakes the thought off pretty quickly.
* DoubleStandard: Virgins, especially when found attracting unicorns. Virgin girls don't get much of a reaction for their unicorn problem, other than a raised eyebrow on the Rusalka's case. Virgin boys, on the other hand, are sources of humor. In Acadia there were a large number of girls in the drawing for the VirginSacrifice, even after girls would have started taking steps to render themselves ineligible. When three unicorns bond with three new (male) knights, one godmother laments at how difficult it will be to keep them virgin.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Sometimes Sasha feels this way, way but shakes the thought off pretty quickly.
* DoubleStandard: Virgins, especially when found attracting unicorns. Virgin girls don't get much of a reaction for their unicorn problem, other than a raised eyebrow on the Rusalka's case. Virgin boys, on the other hand, are sources of humor. In Acadia there were a large number of girls in the drawing for the VirginSacrifice, even after girls would have started taking steps to render themselves ineligible. When three unicorns bond with three new (male) knights, one godmother laments at how difficult it will be to keep them virgin.



* EvilChancellor

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* EvilChancellorEvilChancellor: Again, it's Tradition.



* {{Expy}}: Some fairy tales are established in-world tropes, but they're called by different names (i.e. "Rapunzel" is "Ladderlocks").
** It's hinted that Rapunzel was one specific victim of the "Ladderlocks" Traditional path.
* TheFairFolk: Played arrow straight.
** Aside from minor ones like brownies, we never meet true Fae. We know that some of them-original Godmothers- used to deal with Tradition before they got tired of it. This, along with fact that [[spoiler: [[HalfHumanHybrid their children]] [[InterspeciesRomance with humans]] are [[PhysicalGod deities]] ( exhibit A: [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Olympians]] ]] suggests they were scarily powerful. Maybe it's better they left.
** Oberon and Titania were supporting characters in the first book. There's not much more Fae than them.
* FairyGodmother: The central concept of the book -- other than the Tradition -- is that a small army of women with at least a touch of magic are out there, keeping an eye on things and trying to steer all the various stories to the happiest possible ending.

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* {{Expy}}: Some fairy tales are established in-world tropes, but they're called by different names (i.e. "Rapunzel" is "Ladderlocks").
** It's hinted that Rapunzel was one specific victim of the "Ladderlocks" Traditional path.
* TheFairFolk: Played arrow straight.
** Aside from minor ones like brownies, we never meet true Fae. We know
straight. The King and Queen of the True Fae are explicitly beautiful yet morally unencumbered -- Elena realizes at an instant that some of them-original Godmothers- used they have the power to deal indulge any whim they choose. However, they seem to prefer to stand by and not interfere with Tradition before they got tired of it. This, along with fact that [[spoiler: [[HalfHumanHybrid their children]] [[InterspeciesRomance with humans]] are [[PhysicalGod deities]] ( exhibit A: [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Olympians]] ]] suggests they were scarily powerful. Maybe it's better they left.
** Oberon and Titania were supporting characters in the first book. There's not much more Fae than them.
human affairs unless asked.
* FairyGodmother: The central concept of the book -- other than the Tradition -- is that a small army of women with at least a touch of magic are out there, keeping an eye on things and trying to steer all the various stories to the happiest possible ending.endings.



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex



* KarmicTransformation: Done to Prince Alexander by Elena to teach him humility.

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* KarmicTransformation: Done to Elena turns Prince Alexander by Elena into a jackass to teach him humility.to stop behaving like one.
11th Feb '16 11:28:27 AM ObsidianFire
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The books center on the Fairy Godmothers. These women have huge amounts of magical power as a result of The Tradition trying to force them into a role that either circumstances or their own personalities made impossible. They use their GenreSavvy and experience to try and minimize the harm The Tradition can cause. For example, they might send a woman to rescue a heterosexual [[DistressedDamsel princess]] in order to avert the tragedy of a married woman falling in love with another man just because he happens to be her rescuer.

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The books center on the Fairy Godmothers. These women have huge amounts of magical power as a result of The Tradition trying to force them into a role that either circumstances or their own personalities made impossible. They use their GenreSavvy and experience to try and minimize the harm The Tradition can cause. For example, they might send a woman to rescue a heterosexual [[DistressedDamsel princess]] in order to avert the tragedy of a married woman falling in love with another man just because he happens to be her rescuer.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: GenreSavvy characters make it a point to never wish out loud for anything. It invites The Tradition to cause mischief galore. Kay especially got his wish.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: GenreSavvy Smart characters make it a point to never wish out loud for anything. It invites The Tradition to cause mischief galore. Kay especially got his wish.



* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Most successful Evil Wizards, Dark Sorceresses, etc. A notable example would be Solon in ''One Good Knight''.[[spoiler: Up until he invites a Demon Lord to possess him and makes the mistake of going after Andie. Her dragon pal Periapt promptly incinerates Solon in retaliation.]]



* FairyGodmother: The central concept of the book -- other than the Tradition -- is that a small army of GenreSavvy women with at least a touch of magic are out there, keeping an eye on things and trying to steer all the various stories to the happiest possible ending.

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* FairyGodmother: The central concept of the book -- other than the Tradition -- is that a small army of GenreSavvy women with at least a touch of magic are out there, keeping an eye on things and trying to steer all the various stories to the happiest possible ending.



* GenreSavvy: Handy for the average person; a job requirement for Godmothers, White Wizards, and other helpful types.
** The royal family in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' rates a mention, as the '''entire family''' for at least several generations have specially trained their children in not only the Tradition, but skills to help them survive Traditional situations (Rosamund, for example, is taught basic cooking and hunting, as well as riddle-solving). Godmother Lily (being half-Fae and therefore having an extremely long life) has personally coached several generations of the Royal family in the Tradition and how to manipulate it. This is because Eltraria, by way of it's location, is basically in a permanent Perfect Storm of Traditional power. The kingdom pretty much lurches by and whizzes around Tradition-induced crises like a ball in a pinball machine. The only reason it's in one piece is because of the long training and experience that Lily's given the ruling family.



** Effective Godmothers (who exploit their GenreSavvy to the furthest extent possible).

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** Effective Godmothers (who exploit their GenreSavvy to the furthest extent possible).Godmothers



* InvokedTrope: How Godmothers, Champions, and other GenreSavvy characters steer circumstances to their advantage.

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* InvokedTrope: How Godmothers, Champions, and other GenreSavvy smart characters steer circumstances to their advantage.



* KnightInShiningArmor: Champions, who are armed fighters with a touch of magical ability who ride forth when the Tradition requires it. The most GenreSavvy of them associate with Godmothers, who can help them decide which tactics to use to keep the Tradition on their side.

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* KnightInShiningArmor: Champions, who are armed fighters with a touch of magical ability who ride forth when the Tradition requires it. The most GenreSavvy smart of them associate with Godmothers, who can help them decide which tactics to use to keep the Tradition on their side.



* OutdoorBathPeeping: Discussed in ''One Good Night'', when GenreSavvy warrior Gina and naive princess Andie contemplate a bath in a stream. Gina is ''not'' amused by Andie's innocent questions about what could possibly go wrong.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects ''and'' a heavy burden of GenreBlindness if something Traditional goes wrong.

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* OutdoorBathPeeping: Discussed in ''One Good Night'', when GenreSavvy warrior Gina and naive princess Andie contemplate a bath in a stream. Gina is ''not'' amused by Andie's innocent questions about what could possibly go wrong.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Some Kings oust The Tradition from their kingdoms, thus weakening its power, but the cost is the loss of magic in the lives of their subjects ''and'' a heavy burden of GenreBlindness catatrosphe if something Traditional goes wrong.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Perhaps the worst fate to befall anyone in the Five Hundred Kingdoms. Alexander's father, King Henrik is a prime example. He rules as a real world ruler would, dismissing magic and tales as foolishness. It almost costs him all of his sons. A GenreSavvy king in his place would only have sent the youngest son to the quest, after making sure said young man was equipped to pass all Traditional tests. Instead he sends all three of his sons. The first two would never pass the first test and is obvious from first glance. The third son, Henrik sent in an effort to get rid of him, deeming him an embarrassment.
28th Jan '16 7:19:04 AM FF32
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* DeconstructorFleet: Increasingly as the books go on. By ''The Sleeping Beauty'', the beautiful princess is captured and enslaved by seven ugly, brutish dwarves; the EvilStepmother is the Fairy Godmother in disguise; the poisoned apple is a scheme for FakingTheDead; the prince who wakes her with a kiss has both hands in places they really shouldn't be... and that's the ''beginning'' of the story.

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* DeconstructorFleet: Increasingly as the books go on. By ''The Sleeping Beauty'', the beautiful princess is captured and enslaved by seven ugly, brutish dwarves; the EvilStepmother WickedStepmother is the Fairy Godmother in disguise; the poisoned apple is a scheme for FakingTheDead; the prince who wakes her with a kiss has both hands in places they really shouldn't be... and that's the ''beginning'' of the story.
29th Nov '15 12:51:34 PM JoieDeCombat
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* PokeThePoodle: In ''The Fairy Godmother'', the Evil Sorceress who comes to a royal christening is more lonely than evil, and once Godmother Bella introduces her to a potential boyfriend she loses most of her interest in carrying out her Traditional role. She eventually casts a half-hearted curse that the Princess will wake up on her DangerousSixteenthBirthday with... incredibly tangled hair. [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] as if Elena ''hadn't'' interfered, the Tradition would have made it a truly ''horrible'' curse.

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* PokeThePoodle: In ''The Fairy Godmother'', the Evil Sorceress who comes to a royal christening is more lonely than evil, and once Godmother Bella introduces her to a potential boyfriend she loses most of her interest in carrying out her Traditional role. She eventually casts a half-hearted curse that the Princess will wake up on her DangerousSixteenthBirthday with... incredibly tangled hair. It's [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] Deconstructed]], however, as if Elena ''hadn't'' interfered, without Elena's judicious interference in setting up a CurseEscapeClause, the Tradition would have made it could (and most likely would) make this a truly ''horrible'' horrific curse.
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