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26th Jul '15 11:28:26 AM Zsuzsa
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* FantasyContraception: At the end, Odile gives Odette two magical necklaces. One is a fertility charm, and the other is "the opposite."
19th Jun '15 6:03:32 PM Fireblood
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* NoWomansLand: While high born women are treated with respect, they are still considered pawns and chattel by their fathers. Lower class women on the other hand are constantly disrespected and mistreated. Even Clothilde's scheming is largely prompted by her frustration that she would not be allowed to rule in her own right. ** The finale [[spoiler: with Odile being brought onto the council]] suggests that Seigfried is working on fixing this, if only a little.

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* NoWomansLand: While high born women are treated with respect, they are still considered pawns and chattel by their fathers. Lower class women on the other hand are constantly disrespected and mistreated. Even Clothilde's scheming is largely prompted by her frustration that she would not be allowed to rule in her own right. ** The finale [[spoiler: with Odile being brought onto the council]] suggests that Seigfried is working on fixing this, if only a little.
19th Jun '15 3:50:09 PM Fireblood
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* DrivenToSuicide: The gypsy girl. This has a lot of FridgeBrilliance to it, as the Roma have a strong culture around purity and for a Roma girl to lose her virginity -- ''especially'' to an outsider -- before marriage makes her "dirty" and "unclean" by their culture, not to mention an automatic outcast. Medieval culture in general frowned on this too of course.
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* DrivenToSuicide: The gypsy girl. This has a lot of FridgeBrilliance to it, as the Roma have a strong culture around purity and for a Roma girl to lose her virginity -- ''especially'' to an outsider -- before marriage makes her "dirty" and "unclean" by their culture, not to mention an automatic outcast. outcast. Medieval culture in general frowned on this too of course.
19th Jun '15 3:47:23 PM Fireblood
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Medieval culture in general frowned on this too of course.

* IronicHell: Averted for Clothilde, [[spoiler: she gets the real thing, FireAndBrimstoneHell if the religious views shown throughout the book are any indication.]]
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* IronicHell: Averted for Clothilde, [[spoiler: she gets the real thing, FireAndBrimstoneHell if the religious views beliefs shown throughout the book are any indication.]]

* LoveAtFirstSight: Siegfried for Odette, and Odette quickly follows him. Interestingly, one mostly sees this happening from ''Odile'' aka outsider's view, which actually enhances the heartwarming aspects of it.
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* LoveAtFirstSight: Siegfried for Odette, and Odette quickly follows him. Interestingly, one mostly sees this happening from ''Odile'' aka outsider's ''Odile's'' (an outsider's) view, which actually enhances the heartwarming aspects of it.

* NoWomansLand: While high born women are treated with respect they are still considered pawns and chattel by their fathers. Lower class women on the other hand are constantly disrespected and mistreated. Even Clothilde's scheming is largely prompted by her frustration that she would not be allowed to rule in her own right.
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* NoWomansLand: While high born women are treated with respect respect, they are still considered pawns and chattel by their fathers. Lower class women on the other hand are constantly disrespected and mistreated. Even Clothilde's scheming is largely prompted by her frustration that she would not be allowed to rule in her own right.
5th May '15 8:02:23 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ExactWords: Siegfried swears to marry the woman who is standing next to him. Whoops.
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* ExactWords: Siegfried swears to marry the woman who is standing next to him.him [[spoiler: and in specific ''Rothbart's daughter'']]. Whoops.
5th May '15 7:57:54 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* AllMenArePerverts: Yup. From the selfish prince to the priests. Some of them grow out of it and become sympathetic characters.
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* AllMenArePerverts: Yup. From the selfish prince to the priests. Some of them The heroes grow out of it and become sympathetic characters.
4th May '15 12:03:39 PM Chariset
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* AllMenArePerverts: Yup. From the selfish prince to the priests.
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* AllMenArePerverts: Yup. From the selfish prince to the priests. Some of them grow out of it and become sympathetic characters.

* BelligerentSexualTension: Odile and Benno have a lighter version of this, mostly thanks to their first meeting being...''unique''.
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* BelligerentSexualTension: Odile and Benno have a lighter version of this, mostly thanks to their first meeting being...''unique''.''interesting''.

* [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Bolt of Sorcerous Retribution]]: [[spoiler: This is how von Rothbart puts an end to Clothilde's wickedness. Her fellow plotter Uwe is caught in it but he survives enough to make a full confession and reveal every amoral thing Clothilde has done. Had Clothilde survived she would have been humiliated and lost everything she had worked for. Soon after that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Odile does the same to him.]]]] * ChekhovsGun: Odile casually mentions at one point that wizards are generally warded against ordinary weapons but not gold or silver, and that she and her father carries little silver daggers.
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* [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Bolt of Sorcerous Retribution]]: [[spoiler: This is how von Rothbart puts an end to Clothilde's wickedness. Her fellow plotter Uwe is caught in it as well but he survives long enough to make a full confession and reveal every amoral thing Clothilde has done. everything. Had Clothilde survived survived, she would have been humiliated and lost everything she had worked for. Soon after that [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Odile does the same to him.]]]] * ChekhovsGun: Odile casually mentions at one point that wizards are generally warded against ordinary weapons but not gold or silver, and that she and her father carries carry little silver daggers.daggers for spells that require BloodMagic.

* CostumePorn: Though it's prevlent throughout the book (including for weapons!), Odile's ballgown is ''the'' moment. Think PimpedOutDress plus DominoMask plus [[FluffyFashionFeathers black swan wings]] ''plus'' [[GemEncrusted jewels all over]]. Even Odile seems embarrassed at how over-the-top it is.
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* CostumePorn: Though it's prevlent prevalent throughout the book (including for weapons!), Odile's ballgown is ''the'' moment. Think PimpedOutDress plus DominoMask plus [[FluffyFashionFeathers black swan wings]] ''plus'' [[GemEncrusted jewels all over]]. Even Odile seems is embarrassed at how over-the-top it is.

* CryCute: One of the freshly-caught swan maidens at the beginning of the book. Odile's inner monologue is full of acid comments about how [[InelegantBlubbering hideous this would be]] by daylight.
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* CryCute: One of the freshly-caught swan maidens at the beginning of the book. Odile's inner monologue is full of acid comments about how it looks nice by moonlight but would be [[InelegantBlubbering hideous this would be]] by daylight.hideous]] in the full light of day.

* DoesNotLikeMen: Odile initially. At one point she gets hit with utter ''hatred'' for all men for the wrongs they can do. [[NoWomansLand She has good reasons for it.]]
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* DoesNotLikeMen: Odile initially. At one point she gets hit with feels a pang of utter ''hatred'' for at men and all men for the wrongs they can do. [[NoWomansLand She has good reasons for it.]]

* DrivenToSuicide: The gypsy girl. This has a lot of FridgeBrilliance to it, as the Roma have a strong culture around purity and for a Roma girl to lose her virginity - ''especially'' to an outsider - before marriage makes her "dirty" and "unclean" by their culture, not to mention an automatic outcast.
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* DrivenToSuicide: The gypsy girl. This has a lot of FridgeBrilliance to it, as the Roma have a strong culture around purity and for a Roma girl to lose her virginity - -- ''especially'' to an outsider - -- before marriage makes her "dirty" and "unclean" by their culture, not to mention an automatic outcast.

* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Odile and Von Rothbart. Odile admits that she would probably have done anything for him if he'd just asked...but instead he forcibly bespells her to betray her friend, stealing her ''own magic'' to do it, and that's the end of that. [[spoiler: Even at the very end after she ''stabbed'' him, Odile is such a [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Gal]] that she would have saved him...if he had asked. He didn't and she struck him with lightning, leaving him nothing but ashes.]]
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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Odile and Von Rothbart. Odile admits that she would probably have done anything for him if he'd just asked...but instead he forcibly bespells her to betray her friend, stealing her ''own magic'' to do it, and that's the end of that. [[spoiler: Even at the very end after she ''stabbed'' him, Odile is such a [[WellDoneSonGuy Well Done Daughter Gal]] that she would have [[SaveTheVillain saved him...him]]...if he had asked. He didn't and But he tried to ''force'' her to help him, so she struck him with lightning, leaving him nothing but ashes.down for good.]]

* MundaneUtility: Odile frequently uses her magic to make life more comfortable and convenient. The time where she uses magic to clean dirty, dusty tapestries that had not been touched in decades and to make a small island in the middle of a swamp for herself and the flock to use as shelter is particularly awesome. While it might be dismissed as non-threatening kitchen magic by her father, it requires a high level of skill and control.
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Early in the book, Odile decides to impress her father by cleaning the Great Hall. Since she does it with magic, it's a really cool scene. * MundaneUtility: Odile frequently uses her magic to make life more comfortable and convenient. The time where convenient, if only because it's the one use of her talents that seems to please her father. Aside from the aforementioned cleaning of the Great Hall, she keeps the floors clean, the clothing washed, and repeatedly uses magic small magics to clean dirty, dusty tapestries that had not been touched in decades and great effect to make a small island in the middle of a swamp for herself everyone comfortable as she and the flock travel to use as shelter is particularly awesome. While Siegfried's kingdom. ** Her father does the same on a larger scale, enslaving the Silent Ones (the invisible servants) just so they can make his life easier. [[spoiler:Of course, he never has to worry about running low on magical energy since he can take it might be dismissed as non-threatening kitchen magic by her father, it requires a high level of skill from his daughter and control. the flock]].

* MundaneUtility: Odile frequently uses her magic to make life more comfortable and convenient. The time where she uses magic to clean dirty, dusty tapestries that had not been touched in decades and to make a small island in OutdoorBathPeeping: Siegfried spies the middle of gypsy girl bathing in a swamp for herself and the flock to use as shelter is particularly awesome. While it might be dismissed as non-threatening kitchen magic by her father, it requires a high level of skill and control. river. It doesn't end well.

* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The Baron's view of his magical punishments. It doesn't particularly matter to him whether it's real betrayal, treachery which he enticed or tricked the other person into, or just something that is betrayal [[HalfTruth from a certain point of view]]. * {{Scare Em Straight}}: Siegfried's recurring nightmare about the gypsy girl.
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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The Baron's view of his magical punishments. It doesn't particularly matter to him whether it's real betrayal, treachery which he enticed or tricked the other person into, or just something that is betrayal [[HalfTruth [[MetaphoricallyTrue from a certain point of view]]. * {{Scare Em Straight}}: ScareEmStraight: Siegfried's recurring nightmare about the gypsy girl.

* ShelteredAristocrat: Siegfried in the beginning is very selfish and self-centered. Mostly because his mother ensured that he would not be fit to rule. Later he starts to become a better person much to the relief of the royal advisers and the others around him.
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* ShelteredAristocrat: Siegfried in the beginning is very selfish and self-centered. Mostly because self-centered, largely through the efforts of his mother ensured that he would not be fit mother, who wants to make him unfit to rule. Later he starts to become a better person person, much to the relief of the royal advisers and the others around him.
5th Jan '15 11:25:52 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* TitleDrop: [[RuleOfThree Three times]] is Odile referred to as the titular Black Swan, once spoken by one of the swan maidens.
5th Jan '15 9:12:22 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* BigFancyCastle: Siegfried's castle is a a few times larger than the large Von Rothbart manor.
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* BigFancyCastle: Siegfried's castle is a a few times larger than the large Von Rothbart manor.
5th Jan '15 9:11:02 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* TheScourgeOfGod: Baron von Rothbart, particularly to the swan maidens [[spoiler:and Clothilde]].
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* TheScourgeOfGod: Baron von Rothbart, Rothbart sees himself as this, particularly to the swan maidens [[spoiler:and Clothilde]].
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