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12th Apr '18 11:01:10 AM NOYB
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** Ce'Nedra, in ''The Malloreon'', due to Zandramas' sorcery. And Harakan's. She's kind of a magnet for this stuff. [[spoiler: Urvon also gets this.]]

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** Ce'Nedra, in ''The Malloreon'', due to Zandramas' Zandramas's sorcery. And Harakan's. She's kind of a magnet for this stuff. [[spoiler: Urvon also gets this.]]
12th Apr '18 11:00:33 AM NOYB
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* SingleLineOfDescent: Garion's family is this, and it's intentional on the part of the Prophecy of Light. The {{prequel}}s mention that there are other male children in the line, but only the firstborn can be the heir which fits the hints given in the main books: at the start of ''The Mallorean'', the first prophecy information they get about what's going to happen mentions that the "seed" of the Rivan King has to be protected at all costs from falling to the hands of the Child of Dark because there will never be another. The "seed" is Garion's first-born child, a son. [[spoiler:It's revealed at the very end of ''The Mallorean'' that Garion will only ever have a single son, but he'll end up with many daughters, none of which matter to the Prophecy because only Garion's son is the Orb's inheritor.]]

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* SingleLineOfDescent: Garion's family is this, and it's intentional on the part of the Prophecy of Light. The {{prequel}}s mention that there are other male children in the line, but only the firstborn can be the heir which fits the hints given in the main books: at the start of ''The Mallorean'', the first prophecy information they get about what's going to happen mentions that the "seed" of the Rivan King has to be protected at all costs from falling to the hands of the Child of Dark because there will never be another. The "seed" is Garion's first-born child, a son. [[spoiler:It's revealed at the very end of ''The Mallorean'' that Garion will only ever have a single son, but thanks to Ce'Nedra's Dryad heritage he'll end up with many daughters, none of which matter to the Prophecy because only Garion's son is the Orb's inheritor.]]
12th Apr '18 10:58:53 AM NOYB
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** Inverted in the case of Salmissra, Queen of Nyissa and consort of the snake god Issa. She takes a potion to maintain her resemblance to the "original" Salmissra, who died ages ago, but she's really a mortal woman like all of her predecessors. Polgara [[BalefulPolymorph "remedies"]] the situation by turning her into an immortal giant serpent. More deconstructed than averted, because part of Polgara's rationalization for what she does to Salmissra is that Issa forgot to make the original Salmissra immortal in the first place.

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** Inverted in the case of Salmissra, Queen of Nyissa and consort of the slumbering snake god Issa. She takes a potion to maintain her resemblance to the "original" Salmissra, who died ages ago, outer youth but she's really a mortal woman like all of her predecessors.predecessors, chosen for their resemblance to the original Salmissra, who died ages ago. Polgara [[BalefulPolymorph "remedies"]] the situation by turning her into an immortal giant serpent. More deconstructed than averted, because part of Polgara's rationalization for what she does to Salmissra is that Issa forgot to make the original Salmissra immortal in the first place.
12th Apr '18 10:55:48 AM NOYB
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** Inverted in the case of Salmissra, Queen of Nyissa and consort of the snake god Issa. She takes a potion to maintain her resemblance to the "original" Salmissra, who died ages ago, but she's really a mortal woman like all of her predecessors. Polgara [[BalefulPolymorph "remedies"]] the situation. More deconstructed than averted, because part of Polgara's rationalization for what she does to Salmissra is that Issa forgot to make the original Salmissra immortal in the first place.

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** Inverted in the case of Salmissra, Queen of Nyissa and consort of the snake god Issa. She takes a potion to maintain her resemblance to the "original" Salmissra, who died ages ago, but she's really a mortal woman like all of her predecessors. Polgara [[BalefulPolymorph "remedies"]] the situation.situation by turning her into an immortal giant serpent. More deconstructed than averted, because part of Polgara's rationalization for what she does to Salmissra is that Issa forgot to make the original Salmissra immortal in the first place.
12th Apr '18 1:39:23 AM MrInitialMan
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: The Purpose Of The Universe gets cranky if you ask it "why me." Near the end, Garion asks "why me?" in the most annoying, immature, whiny tone he can muster. The Purpose cracks up.
11th Mar '18 3:14:13 PM LordInsane
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: In the FinalBattle of ''The Belgariad''. [[spoiler:Garion realizes that defeating Torak isn't about killing him, but rejecting him utterly.]]

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: SecretTestOfCharacter:
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In the FinalBattle of ''The Belgariad''. [[spoiler:Garion realizes that defeating Torak isn't about killing him, but rejecting him utterly.]] ]]
** Another happens ''after'' the final confrontation in ''The Malloreon''. [[spoiler: It turns out that the main reason for Poledra being fated/geased to die after fulfilling her purpose at the final confrontation is to make Eriond ''stop'' it and so encourage him to be more assertive -- so when UL arrives he congratulates Eriond on having done it.]]
8th Mar '18 10:12:53 PM Synchronicity
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* LegacyOfService: The Brands are hereditary servants to the Kings of Riva, serving as a sort of chancellor - handling the day-to-day drudge while the king makes the big decisions. So dedicated are they to their duty that upon assuming office, they abandon whatever name they had before, becoming known simply as 'Brand' (which was the name of the first one to hold the office). They've spend a long time taking care of Riva and its throne while waiting for the return of the true king, but once he DOES show up, they never falter, and continue to serve faithfully. (With one notable, but quickly-corrected exception.)
22nd Feb '18 10:17:18 AM longWriter
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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Downplayed; [[TheFundamentalist Relg]] was on the verge of becoming a SinisterMinister to a genuinely good PhysicalGod named [=UL=]. [=UL=] had no plans or even desire to kill Relg, but he did find Relg's actions annoying and disappointing and told Relg as much. Then he commanded Relg to travel with TheHero and his TrueCompanions. Relg was terrified of this journey, but told [=UL=] he'd go, even if it killed him. [=UL=] responded that he had plans for Relg after the journey, so it ''wouldn't'' kill him.
26th Jan '18 9:36:12 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Angaraks are portrayed this way in ''The Belgariad'', but get a makeover in ''The Malloreon'' when they get a less black and white treatment. Although the Thulls are portrayed from the beginning as victims of Angarak society more than anything else. And in ''The Belgariad'' the Nadraks [[spoiler:play a pivotal role in preventing the armies of the West from being massacred at Thull Mardu]].

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** Angaraks are portrayed this way in ''The Belgariad'', Belgariad'' at first, but get a makeover in ''The Malloreon'' when they get a less black and white treatment. Although treatment as time goes on - the Thulls are portrayed from the beginning as victims of Angarak society more than anything else. And else and in ''The Belgariad'' the Nadraks are presented as the Angarak counterpart of the Drasnians - with the similarity between the two peoples noted on a number of occasions by both Drasnians and Nadraks. Additionally, they [[spoiler:play a pivotal role in preventing the armies of the West from being massacred at Thull Mardu]]. The Malloreans, meanwhile, are portrayed as generally polite and AffablyEvil at worst... with the exception of Zakath, and even he mellows eventually. Even the Murgos, who're almost universally depicted as this trope get a makeover in ''The Malloreon''. In general, the main problem seems to be the fact their god was a narcissistic megalomaniac obsessed with human sacrifice, allowing the Grolims, the somewhat deranged priesthood, to gain an iron grip over the population.



** Nyissa was portrayed as a nation of {{Smug Snake}}s in ''The Belgariad''. In ''The Malloreon'', this, like the Angarak example, is made much less black and white.

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** Nyissa was portrayed as a nation of {{Smug Snake}}s in ''The Belgariad''. Belgariad'', the pragmatic assassin Issus excepted. In ''The Malloreon'', this, like the Angarak example, is made much less black and white.white as Sadi becomes a major character.



* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Zedar gets buried alive... ''forever''.]] His fate is given an extra dose of horror when Belgarath later reveals that [[spoiler:Zedar is and always was ''afraid of the dark'']]

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Zedar gets buried alive... ''forever''.]] His fate is given an extra dose of horror when Belgarath later reveals that [[spoiler:Zedar is and always was ''afraid of the dark'']]dark.'']]



* AnnoyingArrows: In the second book, an arrow shatters on Barak's mail shirt. %%Checking the book for this scene. If it's against an archer unprepared for someone in mail, it's quite realistic, a broadhead or hunting blunt would deflect. If it's someone equipped for battle, it's not realisticsince they'd most likely have bodkin points which are designed to penetrate mail)%%

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* AnnoyingArrows: Played With. In the second book, an arrow shatters on Barak's mail shirt. %%Checking the book for this scene. If it's shirt, but on other occasions, major characters are nearly killed by well-aimed arrows, and Asturian archers - especially Lelldorin - are depicted as being absolutely lethal, even against an archer unprepared for someone in mail, it's quite realistic, a broadhead or hunting blunt would deflect. If it's someone equipped for battle, it's not realisticsince they'd most likely have bodkin points which are designed to penetrate mail)%%the heavily armoured Mimbrate knights.



* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Durnik and Horse]]
* BadassArmy: The Algars -- a culture of horse riding nomads who have trained themselves for centuries specifically to fight the Murgos. They are extremely good at it. Then there are the Mimbrate knights, who combine ridiculous combat prowess with utter fearlessness. And the Asturian archers, who can mow down opposing armies like wheat with a [[RainOfArrows storm of arrows]]. Then there are the Tolnedran legions, the only professional fighting force in the armies of the West, who are reputed to be able to kick the asses of any of the above[[note]]Tolnedra is based on the Roman Empire - individually their soliders are probably less badass than the other races but the Tolnedrens ''excel'' in tactics, strategy and battle formations, a fact demonstrated in one book while facing an Angarak army - with a few swift horn blast commands their entire formation switches and the enemy army can't react fast enough and the Tolnedran legions cut right through them.[[/note]], and the Cherek "navy", who pretty much can rule the seas if they want. Let's face it, most of the Western armies are badass to one extent or another.

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* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Durnik and Horse]]
Horse]].
* BadassArmy: The Algars -- a culture of horse riding nomads who have trained themselves for centuries specifically to fight the Murgos. They are extremely good at it. Then there are the Mimbrate knights, who combine ridiculous combat prowess with utter fearlessness. And the Asturian archers, who can mow down opposing armies like wheat with a [[RainOfArrows storm of arrows]]. Then there are the Tolnedran legions, the only professional fighting force in the armies of the West, who are reputed to be able to kick the asses of any of the above[[note]]Tolnedra is based on the Roman Empire - individually their soliders are probably less badass than the other races but the Tolnedrens ''excel'' in tactics, strategy and battle formations, a fact demonstrated in one book while facing an Angarak army - with a few swift horn blast commands their entire formation switches and the enemy army can't react fast enough and the Tolnedran legions cut right through them.[[/note]], and the Cherek "navy", who pretty much can rule the seas if they want. Let's face it, most of the Western armies are badass to one extent or another.another - which has a lot to do with the fact that Tolnedrans excepted, they've spent several centuries preparing to take on the Torak led Angaraks.



** It's worth mentioning that Sadi can likely be said to have a knowledge of poisons and pharmacology which surpasses even Polgara, who spent centuries in study of medicine. Much of this would come, of course, both from his native culture and that he is a specialist in the field rather than general medicine. (Though in ''The Malloreon'', he still intelligently often defers to Polgara in her decisions of what drugs to administer.)

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** It's worth mentioning that Sadi can likely be said to have a knowledge of poisons and pharmacology which surpasses even Polgara, who spent centuries in study of medicine.medicine, and has ''millennia'' of generalised medical experience. Much of this would come, of course, both from his native culture and that he is a specialist in the field rather than general medicine. (Though in ''The Malloreon'', he still intelligently often defers to Polgara in her decisions of what drugs to administer.)



* BargainWithHeaven: The big one is Polgara's bargain with Aldur to restore Durnik (which includes a second, internal one when Belgarath bargains with Mara to get its cooperation in the venture.) There are several others scattered through the series, though, since the Gods have a physical presence in the world.

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* BargainWithHeaven: The big one is Polgara's bargain with Aldur to restore Durnik [[spoiler: Durnik]] (which includes a second, internal one when Belgarath bargains with Mara to get its cooperation in the venture.) There are several others scattered through the series, though, since the Gods have a physical presence in the world.



* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: In a rare gender flip, Salmissra has this done to Garion. Plus lots of drugs and poisons to make him compliant.

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* BatheHerAndBringHerToMe: In a rare gender flip, Salmissra has this done to Garion. Plus lots of drugs and poisons to make him compliant. Oh, and he's about [[{{Squick}} fifteen.]] In accordance with the gender flip, the RoaringRampageOfRescue is performed by Polgara, Garion's ParentalSubstitute.



** Or get stubborn, as Belgarath usually does.



* BestServedCold: Belgarath buries the traitorous Zedar alive because of the astonishing number of atrocities he'd committed over the past, oh, four thousand years, including causing the [[spoiler:[[NotQuiteDead death of Durnik (in self-defense)]].]] Let's also not forget Beldin's long standing grudge against Urvon, which causes the latter to erect {{Wanted Poster}}s across half of Mallorea in a desperate attempt to keep him at bay. In fact, Urvon's terror is so strong that it snaps him briefly back to reality when he's [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy]].

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* BestServedCold: Belgarath buries [[spoiler: the traitorous Zedar Zedar]] alive because of the astonishing number of atrocities he'd committed over the past, oh, four thousand years, including causing the [[spoiler:[[NotQuiteDead death of Durnik (in self-defense)]].]] Let's also not forget Beldin's long standing grudge against Urvon, which causes the latter to erect {{Wanted Poster}}s across half of Mallorea in a desperate attempt to keep him at bay. In fact, Urvon's terror is so strong that it snaps him briefly back to reality when he's [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy]].



* BreakingSpeech: {{Justified|Trope}} -- in the final battle of ''The Belgariad'', [[spoiler:Garion delivers one of these to ''Torak'', after Garion comes to realize that the true reason for their confrontation is not to fight Torak, but to reject him.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: The possibility of this happening is enough to keep Belgarath LockedOutOfTheLoop in the fourth book after his nearly fatal duel with Ctuchik. Later, Polgara is threatened with this as a condition of [[spoiler:having Durnik brought back to life]] -- fortunately, the Gods have a sense of humor. Lastly, Cyradis in the final book of ''The Malloreon'' must be stripped of her powers of prophecy into order to [[spoiler:make the final choice between Light and Dark. It's strongly implied, towards the end of ''The Malloreon'', that she didn't lose them.]] The Light Prophecy explicitly tells Garion that she was no longer a seer... but that she ''had'' looked into the future, and she has a ''very'' good memory.

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* BreakingSpeech: {{Justified|Trope}} -- in the final battle of ''The Belgariad'', [[spoiler:Garion delivers one of these to ''Torak'', after Garion he comes to realize that the true reason for their confrontation is not to fight Torak, but to reject him.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: The possibility of this happening is enough to keep Belgarath LockedOutOfTheLoop in the fourth book after his nearly fatal duel with Ctuchik. Later, Polgara is threatened with this as a condition of [[spoiler:having Durnik brought back to life]] -- fortunately, the Gods have a sense of humor.humour and [[spoiler: were testing her]]. Lastly, Cyradis in the final book of ''The Malloreon'' must be stripped of her powers of prophecy into order to [[spoiler:make the final choice between Light and Dark. It's strongly implied, towards the end of ''The Malloreon'', that she didn't lose them.]] The Light Prophecy explicitly tells Garion that she was no longer a seer... but that she ''had'' looked into the future, and she has a ''very'' good memory.



* ChainmailBikini: {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d for laughs in Book 4, when Ce'Nedra insists that her ceremonial plate armor have cleavage, to the armorer's disgust. She explains that she's recruiting an army and needs to be seen as a queen, while proper armor on her petite frame would make her look like a young boy. The armorer grouses about the mechanical disadvantages but eventually concedes -- though not without asking what she intends to put in the cleavage.
* CharmPerson: Asharak the Murgo's favourite trick, pulled liberally on Garion practically since birth. He stops when Garion decides to [[KillItWithFire kill him with fire]].
* ChekhovsGun: Sprinkled liberally throughout the series, but most obviously in ''The Malloreon''. Examples include Zith, Sadi's pet snake, whom Velvet uses to [[spoiler:kill Harakan]]; the whole business with the Grolims being afraid to go near Kell; the subtle cannon at the beginning, where Garion says 'Fortune tellers are never right- one of them once predicted Durnik will live twice. How silly is that?'; and most especially the frequent references to the Turim reef, which ends up being [[spoiler:The Place Which Is No More]], but nobody noticed due to language drift.

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* ChainmailBikini: {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d for laughs in Book 4, when Ce'Nedra insists that her ceremonial plate armor have cleavage, to the armorer's disgust. She explains that she's recruiting an army and needs to be seen as a queen, while proper armor on her petite frame would make her look like a young boy. The armorer grouses about the mechanical disadvantages but eventually concedes -- [[DeadpanSnarker though not without asking asking]] [[ACupAngst what she intends to put in the cleavage.
cleavage.]]
* CharmPerson: Asharak the Murgo's favourite trick, pulled liberally on Garion practically since birth. He stops when Garion decides to [[KillItWithFire kill set him with on fire]].
* ChekhovsGun: Sprinkled liberally throughout the series, but most obviously in ''The Malloreon''. Examples include Zith, Sadi's pet snake, whom Velvet uses to [[spoiler:kill Harakan]]; the whole business with the Grolims being afraid to go near Kell; the subtle cannon at the beginning, where Garion says 'Fortune tellers are never right- right - one of them once predicted Durnik will live twice. How silly is that?'; and most especially the frequent references to the Turim reef, which ends up being [[spoiler:The Place Which Is No More]], but nobody noticed due to language drift.



* CourtlyLove: Overlapping with LoveTriangle. Mandorallen is deeply in love with the wife of his ParentalSubstitute, and she with him. The problem is that he is too noble to go behind the back of his for-all-practical-purposes father, she is too noble to betray her husband, and said husband knows all about their love, and has taken up dangerous hobbies like dragon-hunting, warfare, and [[BewareTheNiceOnes running through those who badmouth his wife and adopted son with a lance]], to get himself out of the way. Generations of Mimbrate women have wept tender tears at the pure, tragic nobility of it all.

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* CourtlyLove: Overlapping with LoveTriangle. Mandorallen is deeply in love with Nerina, the young wife of his ParentalSubstitute, and she with him. The problem is that he is too noble to go behind the back of his for-all-practical-purposes father, she is too noble to betray her husband, and said husband knows all about their love, and has taken up dangerous hobbies like dragon-hunting, warfare, and [[BewareTheNiceOnes running through those who badmouth his wife and adopted son protege with a lance]], to get himself out of the way. Generations of Mimbrate women have wept tender tears at the pure, tragic nobility of it all.all.
** Hilariously, when he eventually passes away, Mandorallen and Nerina are so wrapped up in their tragic romance that they're initially reluctant to get together. Garion, having absolutely no patience for any of this, has them married. At swordpoint.



** Belgarath gets this ''all the time.'' Indeed, ''Belgarath The Sorcerer'' reveals that it takes a LOT of work for him to build up his crouching itinerant storyteller persona, including clothes specially tailored to look like they're falling apart at the seams, and boots designed to fit well, but explicitly not match. He may look scruffy and listless, but he's actually very well-dressed most of the time.

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** Belgarath gets this ''all the time.'' Indeed, ''Belgarath The Sorcerer'' reveals that it takes a LOT of work for him to build up his crouching itinerant storyteller persona, including clothes specially tailored to look like they're falling apart at the seams, and boots designed to fit well, but explicitly not match. He may look scruffy and listless, but he's actually very well-dressed practically dressed most of the time.time.
** Beldin exploits assumptions made based on his short, hunchbacked appearance, and is more of a slob than Belgarath could ever hope to be. He's also smarter than Belgarath could ever hope to be, something Belgarath himself acknowledges, but often pretends otherwise.



* DangerousDeserter: The heroes encounter a farm raided and with its inhabitants killed by a roving band of these in the ''Malloreon''. [[spoiler: Garion goes off on his own and kills them, the farm reminding him of Faldor's.]]

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* DangerousDeserter: The heroes encounter a farm raided and with its inhabitants killed by a roving band of these in the ''Malloreon''. [[spoiler: Garion goes off on his own and kills them, the farm reminding having reminded him of Faldor's.]]



* DashedPlotLine: The prequels can skip centuries between chapters. Having main characters who are immortal makes this almost essential -- a biography of Polgara that tried to cover everything would make the Oxford English Dictionary look small, and her father's over twice as old as her.

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* DashedPlotLine: The prequels can skip centuries between chapters. Having main characters who are immortal makes this almost essential -- a biography of Polgara that tried to cover everything would make the Oxford English Dictionary look small, and her father's over twice as old as her.



** When warned by Garion that Belgarath won't like what the Purpose intends in a certain situation, the voice responds with something along the lines of, "I can bear that prospect with enormous fortitude."

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** When warned by Garion that Belgarath won't like what the Purpose intends in a certain situation, the voice responds with something along the lines of, "I can bear that prospect with enormous fortitude."" In general, it seems to enjoy annoying Belgarath through Garion.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Belgarath's punishment of Zedar is viewed by several of the heroes as this, as the majority of his villainy was conducted [[OffscreenVillainy offscreen]]. Belgarath, however, was a firsthand witness to it and Zedar's protestations of IDidWhatIHadToDo fall on deaf ears. Belgarath briefly muses on whether the punishment was indeed too harsh later on, only for Beldin (who was also a first-hand witness) to state that if Belgarath ever released Zedar, Beldin would put him straight back.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Belgarath's punishment of Zedar [[spoiler: Zedar]] is viewed by several of the heroes as this, as the majority of his villainy was conducted [[OffscreenVillainy offscreen]]. Belgarath, however, was a firsthand witness to it and Zedar's protestations of IDidWhatIHadToDo fall on deaf ears. Belgarath briefly muses on whether the punishment was indeed too harsh later on, only for Beldin (who was also a first-hand witness) to state that if Belgarath ever released Zedar, Beldin would put him straight back.



* EmpathicWeapon: The Orb definitely has a personality of its own, but it's not very developed. As Belgarion says, it's "closer to a horse or dog..." It tends to get very enthusiastic when it "lends a hand" to Garion's sorcery, leading to some rather spectacular effects, and sometimes gives him unsolicited advice. For example, when he offhandedly mentions to Zakath that it could write his name in the stars, it starts to twitch, as if excited at the prospect that Garion wants it to do something for him. Zakath gets a bit wild-eyed Garion immediately has to explain to the Orb it was only an example. It's implied that part of the reason Garion -- and, indeed his ultimate ancestor Riva Iron-Grip -- was chosen to bear the Orb is his basic humility; he's not subject to the temptation to use the Orb for the sake of power.

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* EmpathicWeapon: The Orb definitely has a personality of its own, but it's not very developed. As Belgarion says, it's "closer to a horse or dog..." It tends to get very enthusiastic when it "lends a hand" to Garion's sorcery, leading to some rather spectacular effects, and sometimes gives him unsolicited advice. For example, when he offhandedly mentions to Zakath that it could write his name in the stars, it starts to twitch, as if excited at the prospect that Garion wants it to do something for him. Zakath gets a bit wild-eyed and Garion immediately has to explain to the Orb it was only an example. It's implied that part of the reason Garion -- and, indeed his ultimate ancestor Riva Iron-Grip -- was chosen to bear the Orb is his basic humility; he's not subject to the temptation to use the Orb for the sake of power.



** Most obviously Zedar (and to a lesser degree, [[ArchEnemy Ctuchik]]) to Belgarath, a few others crop up. Like the whole Child of Light/Child of Dark thing. Urvon is likely the EvilCounterpart to Beldin: both are disfigured, both are the disciple of a major god, and they hate each other almost as much as their respective masters do. A case could be made that 'Zakath is originally Garion's EvilCounterpart: they're both the rulers of half the world, but Garion is a decent king, where as 'Zakath is TheEmperor and is totally obsessed with power and revenging himself on Taur Urgas. This, of course, changes in ''The Malloreon'', and gets heavily {{Lampshaded}} to boot.

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** Most obviously Zedar (and to a lesser degree, [[ArchEnemy Ctuchik]]) to Belgarath (Garion even briefly mistakes Zedar for Belgarath, they look that much alike), a few others crop up. Like the whole Child of Light/Child of Dark thing. Urvon is likely the EvilCounterpart to Beldin: both are disfigured, both are the disciple of a major god, and they hate each other almost as much as their respective masters do. A case could be made that 'Zakath is originally Garion's EvilCounterpart: they're both the rulers of half the world, but Garion is a decent king, king and his position of Overlord of the West is mostly a formality (though as Garion sourly notes, the other monarchs seem to enjoy bringing him their most absurdly difficult problems for him to solve), where as 'Zakath is TheEmperor and is totally obsessed with power and revenging himself on Taur Urgas. This, of course, changes in ''The Malloreon'', and gets heavily {{Lampshaded}} to boot.



* ExtremeLibido: The Nyissan queens suffer this as a side effect of their [[OlderThanTheyLook youth-enhancing]] drugs, to the extent that the palace has to be staffed by eunuchs. After the last Queen Salmissra is [[spoiler:turned into a serpent by Polgara]], she's quite relieved to be free of the mess of hormones.

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* ExtremeLibido: The Nyissan queens suffer this as a side effect of their [[OlderThanTheyLook youth-enhancing]] drugs, drugs (themselves taken to prolong the Queen's resemblance to the original Salmissra, who was the lover of the Nyissan god Issa), to the extent that the palace has to be staffed by eunuchs. After the last Queen Salmissra is [[spoiler:turned into a serpent by Polgara]], she's quite relieved to be free of the mess of hormones.



%% FamedInStory

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%% FamedInStory* FamedInStory: Belgarath and Polgara are generally either this or TheDreaded, depending on the audience.
** Belgarion also becomes this following his AwesomeMomentOfCrowning and [[spoiler: slaying of Torak in single combat]] towards the end of the first series. Zakath greets him by remarking that his exploits 'have shaken the world.'



** The rural Drasnians bear a strong resemblance to the Sami people (particularly the reindeer herding culture) with some influence from the old Swiss (i.e., pikemen as a military specialty), including the long and harsh winters. The Nyissans have strong resemblance to both the ancient Egyptian and ancient Central American cultures in dress, politics, and rulership. (And while the rainforests aren't swampy jungles, they come close environmentally.) The Rivans could be said to be a melding of classic generic "fantasy human" and with the old world Eastern Europeans. (Stoic, steadfast, conforming by necessity on the outside but very family oriented, bright and colorful, and warm on the inside... as shown physically by their homes and attire, and personally by their attitude.)

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** The rural Drasnians bear a strong resemblance to the Sami people (particularly the reindeer herding culture) with some influence from the old Swiss (i.e., pikemen as a military specialty), including the long and harsh winters. The Nyissans have strong resemblance to both the ancient Egyptian and ancient Central American cultures in dress, politics, and rulership. (And while the rainforests aren't swampy jungles, they come close environmentally.) The Rivans could be said to be a melding of classic generic "fantasy human" and (particularly the Dunedain from ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'') with the old world Eastern Europeans. (Stoic, steadfast, conforming by necessity on the outside but very family oriented, bright and colorful, and warm on the inside... as shown physically by their homes and attire, and personally by their attitude.)



** The Sendars seem more like a medievalized United States: a society made up of immigrants from the rest of the world where hard work was the most respected trait. Plus, they make a big deal about their democratically elected government.

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*** However, the Arends also correspond heavily to late Reconquista/early Golden Age Spain, with the emphasis on heavy cavalry and ChivalricRomance of the dominant Mimbrates resembling Castile, and the NotSoDifferent Asturians being named for the historical kingdom of Asturias in northern Spain and resembling a mixture of the Basque country and the Kingdom of Aragon (largely modern Catalonia) in the North and West of Spain, particularly the latter - Aragon merged with Castile by marriage between the heirs to both thrones, Ferdinand and Isabella, and like Arendia, they tended to marry in the family to maintain the connection, resulting in somewhat fragile descendants. Additionally, both Catalonia and the Basque country pride themselves on their cultural independence and their own language.
** The Sendars seem more like a medievalized United States: States with old English aesthetics: a society made up of immigrants from the rest of the world where hard work was the most respected trait. Plus, they make a big deal about their democratically elected government.



* {{Farmboy}}: Garion is one, but only technically. He lived on a farm, but worked in his aunt's kitchen... as a dishwasher.

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* {{Farmboy}}: Garion is one, but only technically. He lived on a farm, but mostly worked in his aunt's kitchen... as a dishwasher.



** Mandorallen is considered, even InUniverse, to be ''excessive'' at this.

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** Mandorallen is considered, even InUniverse, to be ''excessive'' at this. Since he's pretty much an UpToEleven example of the Mimbrates, this is perhaps not entirely surprising.



* FunetikAksent: Generally restricted to minor characters; the two most prominent examples are the juggler Feldegast, who has a thick brogue, and Th' Ol' Farmer I' Th' Tavern Wit' Th' Peg. (that's "pig", by the way.) Garion imitates the Old Farmer's accent at times when he's trying to amuse Ce'nedra or irritate Belgarath.

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* FunetikAksent: Generally restricted to minor characters; the two most prominent examples are the juggler Feldegast, who has a thick brogue, and Th' Ol' Farmer I' Th' Tavern Wit' Th' Peg. (that's "pig", by the way.) Garion imitates the Old Farmer's accent at times when he's trying to amuse Ce'nedra Ce'Nedra or irritate Belgarath.



** It's also mentioned that the clientele of the high-class brothels of Tol Honeth are not entirely male.

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** It's also mentioned by Silk that the clientele of the high-class brothels of Tol Honeth are not entirely male.



* GoGoEnslavement: A male example -- in the second book, Garion is kidnapped and drugged by the Queen of Nyissa and forced to sit on her throne wearing makeup and a short loincloth.

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* GoGoEnslavement: A male example -- in the second book, Garion is kidnapped and drugged by the Queen of Nyissa and forced to sit on her throne wearing makeup and a short loincloth. He was fifteen at the time. To say that [[MamaBear Polgara]] was not pleased would be a colossal understatement.



** Note also that Silk's father clearly donated his share of Magnificent Bastard genes to Silk. One of his exploits was infiltrating the Murgo King's harem and impregnating one of the Murgo Queens. For extra style points his bastard child ascends the Murgo throne.

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** Note also that Silk's father clearly donated his share of Magnificent Bastard genes to Silk. One of his exploits was infiltrating the Murgo King's harem and impregnating seducing one of the Murgo Queens. For extra style points his bastard child ascends the Murgo throne.



* HellishHorse: The Hrulgin: carnivorous, horse-like beasts that the party has a brief encounter with. Hettar, true to his Horse-Lord nature, takes a stab at riding one. He regretfully kills it after he makes mind contact with it and realizes how utterly insane it is. At one point he muses that if he could raise one from a colt, he might be able to train and ride it, but relents after being reminded that it would look at the Algars' prized cattle as food.

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* HellishHorse: The Hrulgin: carnivorous, horse-like beasts that the party has a brief encounter with. Hettar, true to his Horse-Lord nature, takes a stab at riding one. He regretfully kills it after he makes mind contact with it and realizes how utterly insane it is. At one point he muses that if he could raise one from a colt, he might be able to train and ride it, but relents after being reminded by Durnik that it would look at the Algars' prized cattle as food.



* HeroicComedicSociopath: Silk's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] really shows this... He finds out that someone he's worked alongside (and against) numerous times has been casually, and viciously, murdered by a group of nobles. His response to this is a series of murders which epitomizes the RoaringRampageOfRevenge trope quite nicely... Especially since he manages to fit about a dozen murders into the day or two he has in the city while the rest of the party is hung up waiting for the quest to continue. And he made most of the deaths look like accidents -- until he got ''rushed''. Really, most of the characters count as this, due to extreme ProtagonistCenteredMorality.

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* HeroicComedicSociopath: Silk's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]] really shows this... He finds out that someone he's worked alongside (and against) numerous times has been casually, and viciously, murdered by a group of nobles. His response to this is a series of murders which epitomizes the RoaringRampageOfRevenge trope quite nicely... Especially since he manages to fit about a dozen murders into the day or two he has in the city while the rest of the party is hung up waiting for the quest to continue. And he made most of the deaths look like accidents -- until he got ''rushed''. Really, most of the characters count as this, due to extreme ProtagonistCenteredMorality.ProtagonistCenteredMorality, which is occasionally lampshaded.



** It actually happens to Garion once, at the hands of Salmissra, who has him drugged to the eyeballs and dressed up GoGoEnslavement style. Since Garion's ParentalSubstitute is [[MamaBear Polgara]], this lasts about ten seconds.



* IllegalReligion: The Bear Cult, based on a misguided worship of the Alorn's god Belar, has to be periodically suppressed for its fanaticism.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Marags' cultural practice of cannibalism was used by the Tolnedrans as justification to exterminate them. They were really after the Marags' gold.

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* IllegalReligion: The Bear Cult, based on a misguided worship interpretation of something the Alorn's god Belar, Belar said, has to be periodically suppressed - less for its fanaticism.
practises, since mostly it's harmless cavorting around in bear skins, more for when it tries to get involved in politics and export its fanaticism by force.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Marags' cultural practice of cannibalism (according to Belgarath, it was fairly harmless, based on an unfortunate misinterpretation of a religious text, and was generally blown well out proportion) was used by the Tolnedrans as justification to exterminate them. They were really after the Marags' gold.



* InelegantBlubbering: Ce'nedra. Polgara tells her she shouldn't cry in public; she hasn't the right coloring for it.

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* InelegantBlubbering: Ce'nedra.Ce'Nedra. Polgara tells her she shouldn't cry in public; she hasn't the right coloring for it.



** Belgarath and Poledra -- she's a wolf shapeshifted into human form. [[MST3KMantra No, you shouldn't think about it]]. When called out on this, Belgarath points out that the change of form is absolute. [[spoiler: Also, Poledra had her own part to play in the prophecy besides simply being Garion's ultimate grandmother.]]
** Even Garion and Ce'Nedra, as she isn't technically human; it's stated that the Dryad strain breeds true in the female Borunes.

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** Belgarath and Poledra -- she's a wolf shapeshifted into human form. [[MST3KMantra No, you shouldn't think about it]]. When called out on this, this by a rather disturbed Garion, Belgarath points out that the change of form is absolute.absolute. It helps, somewhat, that wolves are depicted as sentient beings, and according to Belgarath, don't tend to die of old age unless they want to - something he realised after he noticed that Poledra had been hanging around him for a millennium. [[spoiler: Also, Poledra had her own part to play in the prophecy besides simply being Garion's ultimate grandmother.]]
** Even Garion and Ce'Nedra, as she isn't technically human; it's stated that the Dryad strain breeds true in the female Borunes. This isn't widely known, with Belgarath explaining in ''The Malloreon'' that it was difficult enough to get the Alorns to accept a Tolnedran Queen (which they mostly did, Bear Cult excepted), without bringing up the fact that she technically wasn't human.



** There is only one dragon in the series, who is both the first and the last of her kind. The gods made three, but the two males killed each other in the first mating season. The entire depiction of dragons is an intentional {{subversion}} of the basic fantasy archetype of the creatures -- just dumb lizards. Garion is also the [[SingleLineOfDescent last surviving descendant]] of the Rivan royal family, and Taiba is the last Marag.

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** There is only one dragon in the series, who is both the first and the last of her kind. The gods made three, but the two males killed each other in the first mating season. The entire depiction of dragons is an intentional {{subversion}} of the basic fantasy archetype of the creatures -- just dumb lizards. Garion is also the [[SingleLineOfDescent last surviving descendant]] of the Rivan royal family, family (which Belgarath observes was never particularly fertile), and Taiba is the last Marag.



** Silk, too. Instantly burning bacon! We can only assume Garion had to take over without Polgara around.

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** Silk, too. Instantly burning bacon! We can only assume Garion (who in the mentioned incident warned Silk repeatedly that he was about to burn the bacon) had to take over without Polgara around.



* MadGod: Torak certainly qualifies. Mara as well, having been driven mad by the death of his people [[spoiler:he gets better when he finds out there's one pure-blooded Marag female left, and that [-UL-] is willing to lend him an Ulgo male to start rebuilding ... please note in this case "better" does not necessarily mean "not crazy", it just means "not entirely incapacitated by grief"]]. Issa may also qualify; in his case, he kinda forgot to make his wife Salmissra immortal, so generations of Nyissan priests have been picking someone who looks sorta like the original Salmissra, renaming her, and installing her as Queen ... apparently without Issa ever noticing. Really, pretty much all the gods except [-UL-] and Aldur are, if not actually insane, at the very least pretty stupid.

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* MadGod: Torak certainly qualifies. Mara as well, having been driven mad by the death of his people [[spoiler:he gets better when he finds out there's one pure-blooded Marag female left, and that [-UL-] is willing to lend him an Ulgo male to start rebuilding ... please note in this case "better" does not necessarily mean "not crazy", it just means "not "coherent and not entirely incapacitated by grief"]]. Issa may also qualify; in his case, he kinda forgot to make his wife Salmissra immortal, so generations of Nyissan priests have been picking someone who looks sorta like the original Salmissra, renaming her, and installing her as Queen ... apparently without Issa ever noticing. Really, pretty much all the gods except [-UL-] and Aldur are, if not actually insane, at the very least pretty stupid.



* MagicKnight: Garion, who's frighteningly proficient with both weaponry and sorcery.

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* MagicKnight: Garion, who's who becomes frighteningly proficient with both weaponry and sorcery.sorcery. It helps that he's tutored by some of the most skilled swordsmen in the world, as well as the most powerful sorcerer and sorceress (with occasional tips from the Prophecy) in history.



** Polgara -- dear gods, Polgara. Ce'Nedra also shows tendencies of this after Geran is kidnapped, although she's [[TheChick not nearly as capable of inflicting mayhem]].
** Barak [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting forcibly becomes one when Garion is threatened.]] His son Unrak inherits this, with regard to Geran, Garion's son.

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** Polgara -- dear gods, Polgara. Her RoaringRampageOfRescue after Garion is subjected to GoGoEnslavement by Salmissra has to be seen to be believed.
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Ce'Nedra also shows tendencies of this after Geran is kidnapped, although she's [[TheChick not nearly as capable of inflicting mayhem]].
mayhem]], it's not for lack of willingness.
** Barak is an odd example, since while he'd normally fit under PapaWolf, he [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting forcibly becomes one a bear when Garion is threatened.threatened... no matter where Garion actually is.]] This is, at first, exceptionally distressing, since he doesn't know the cause and assumes that he's cursed. Once he finds out, he promptly starts trying to figure out how to tastefully reference it in his family crest. His son Unrak inherits this, with regard to Geran, Garion's son.



* [[RapeAsDrama Marital Rape]] as... [[ValuesDissonance Slightly Regrettable Behaviour]]: On the part of one of the hero's allies in ''Pawn of Prophecy''. According to Polgara, the victim, Merel, [[AssholeVictim was very shallow.]] [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality And she wasn't part of the hero's crew.]] Barak does express regret for the circumstances, and Merel puts him through marital hell until she finally bears him a son (and he compliments her for it), which [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther fixes the relationship instantly]].

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* [[RapeAsDrama Marital Rape]] as... [[ValuesDissonance Slightly Regrettable Behaviour]]: On the part of one of the hero's allies in ''Pawn of Prophecy''. According to Polgara, the victim, Merel, [[AssholeVictim was very shallow.]] [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality And she wasn't part of the hero's crew.]] Barak does express regret for the circumstances, and Merel puts him through marital hell until she finally bears him a son son, Unrak, (and he compliments her for it), which [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther fixes the relationship instantly]].instantly]]. While perhaps not entirely surprising for a medieval fantasy world - particularly a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture culture based on the Vikings]] - it is also not surprising that the precise circumstances of Unrak's conception are never discussed again.



** Rhodar and Porenn were this, as was the Baron of Vo Ebor and Nerina. Both husbands long predeceased their wives.



** Polgara employs a variant of this technique as an alternative to ColdBloodedTorture; she conjures up an illusion of something so horrible that people spill their guts rather than face it. It fails rather hilariously in ''King of the Murgos'' when she tries it on Sadi--he's so stoned out of his mind he thinks the projection is ''pretty'' and asks if it can do tricks.

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** Polgara employs a variant of this technique as an alternative to ColdBloodedTorture; she conjures up an illusion of something so horrible that people spill their guts rather than face it. It fails rather hilariously in ''King of the Murgos'' when she tries it on a prepared Sadi--he's so stoned out of his mind he thinks the projection is ''pretty'' and asks if it can do tricks.
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** Silk's horrified reaction when Relg uses his ability to move through rock in a fight, by pushing an enemy into a cliff and leaving him there to suffocate, foreshadows [[spoiler:Zedar's FateWorseThanDeath when Belgarath buries him in the bedrock.]]
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