History Literature / TheCountofMonteCristo

16th Jul '17 6:32:04 PM PaulA
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{The Count of Monte Cristo|1997}}'' (1997 animated series)



* LighterAndSofter:
** The 1973 series, which makes the Count into TheAce and his group into a RobinHood-like group. Sorta justified, as it's geared towards a younger audience than usual.
** The 1997 animated film is like this.

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* LighterAndSofter:
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LighterAndSofter: The 1973 series, which makes the Count into TheAce and his group into a RobinHood-like group. Sorta justified, as it's geared towards a younger audience than usual.
** The 1997 animated film is like this.
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16th Jul '17 1:47:10 PM cartoonfan945
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* LighterAndSofter: The 1973 series, which makes the Count into TheAce and his group into a RobinHood-like group. Sorta justified, as it's geared towards a younger audience than usual.

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* LighterAndSofter: LighterAndSofter:
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The 1973 series, which makes the Count into TheAce and his group into a RobinHood-like group. Sorta justified, as it's geared towards a younger audience than usual.usual.
** The 1997 animated film is like this.
16th Jul '17 1:41:52 PM cartoonfan945
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Often regarded as the greatest revenge story of all time, this novel remains a popular classic. Numerous films and television series have been based on it, including the {{anime}} ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' ([[AC:[[RecycledInSpace in space]]]]!) and an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/MrMagoo The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo]]''. It also inspired Alfred Bester's classic SF novel ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' (also [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace in space]]]]!) and Creator/StephenFry's ''The Stars' Tennis Balls'' (aka ''Revenge: A Novel'') which has a lot of fun with {{Significant Anagram}}s. The TV show ''{{Series/Revenge}}'' is basically ''The Count of Monte Cristo'' [[RecycledInSpace in the Hamptons]]. A literary mash-up came out in 2014 called ''Literature/TheVampireCountOfMonteCristo'' which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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Often regarded as the greatest revenge story of all time, this novel remains a popular classic. Numerous films and television series have been based on it, including the {{anime}} ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' ([[AC:[[RecycledInSpace in space]]]]!) space]]]]!), [[WesternAnimation/TheCountOfMonteCristo1997 a 1997 animated adaption]] and an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/MrMagoo The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo]]''. It also inspired Alfred Bester's classic SF novel ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' (also [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace in space]]]]!) and Creator/StephenFry's ''The Stars' Tennis Balls'' (aka ''Revenge: A Novel'') which has a lot of fun with {{Significant Anagram}}s. The TV show ''{{Series/Revenge}}'' is basically ''The Count of Monte Cristo'' [[RecycledInSpace in the Hamptons]]. A literary mash-up came out in 2014 called ''Literature/TheVampireCountOfMonteCristo'' which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
14th Jul '17 11:21:11 AM Psyclone
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During his stretch, Edmond meets and befriends a fellow lifer, Abbe Faria. Faria educates him in a variety of subjects; helps piece together the truth about the roles of Fernand, Danglars, and Villefort in his imprisonment; and before dying, tells of a treasure of unthinkable magnitude buried on the island of Monte Cristo. Edmond manages to escape by smuggling himself inside Faria's bodybag, and claims the treasure.

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During his stretch, Edmond meets and befriends a fellow lifer, Abbe Faria. Faria educates him in a variety of subjects; helps him piece together the truth about the roles of Fernand, Danglars, and Villefort in his imprisonment; and before dying, tells of a treasure of unthinkable magnitude buried on the island of Monte Cristo. Edmond manages to escape by smuggling himself inside Faria's bodybag, and claims the treasure.
19th Jun '17 8:45:48 AM Gosicrystal
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* AccidentallyAccurate: InUniverse. At [[spoiler:Benedetto's trial]], ThoseTwoGuys see [[spoiler:a veiled woman in the audience]] and wonder who she might be, one guessing [[spoiler:she's his mother.]]
11th Jun '17 3:29:45 AM Chabal2
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* AccidentallyAccurate: InUniverse. At [[spoiler:Benedetto's trial]], ThoseTwoguys see [[spoiler:a veiled woman in the audience]] and wonder who she might be, one guessing [[spoiler:she's his mother.]]

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* AccidentallyAccurate: InUniverse. At [[spoiler:Benedetto's trial]], ThoseTwoguys ThoseTwoGuys see [[spoiler:a veiled woman in the audience]] and wonder who she might be, one guessing [[spoiler:she's his mother.]]



* BewilderingPunishment: He's not told why he was arrested.

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* BewilderingPunishment: He's Edmond is not told why he was arrested.



* ChekhovsGun: After Dantes is imprisoned, it's mentioned Fernand had a plan in case he returned: shoot him then kill himself. The narration tells us he wouldn't have gone through with it because he still hoped Mercedes would fall for him. [[spoiler:Thus he only shoots himself at the end when Mercedes has abandoned him, fully aware of his part in Dantes' fate.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: After Dantes is imprisoned, it's mentioned Fernand had a plan in case he returned: shoot him then kill himself. The narration tells us he wouldn't have gone through with it because he still hoped Mercedes would fall for him. [[spoiler:Thus he only shoots himself at the end when Mercedes has and their son have abandoned him, fully aware of his part in Dantes' fate.]]



* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: How [[spoiler:Morcerf and Villefort]] are taken down. The former shoots himself, the latter goes mad.

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* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: How [[spoiler:Morcerf and Villefort]] are taken down.down (in both cases, the judge asks for definitive proof and is told to look at the accused, who looks guilty as hell before running away). The former shoots himself, the latter goes mad.



* EveryManHasHisPrice: Bribery is standard procedure for our fabulously wealthy protagonist.

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* EveryManHasHisPrice: Bribery is standard procedure for our fabulously wealthy protagonist. At one point he's worried about a lowly functionary with no ambitions beyond tending his garden, before getting him to see that lots of money can buy lots of gardens.



** Albert's ability to accept all sorts of humiliations with relative dignity--from being seduced by a servant-boy (whom he thinks is a woman until he gets a knife pointed at his face), to being forced to call off a duel with the Count, to [[spoiler:giving his up his wealth and name after he finds out what kind of man his father is]]--is ultimately his most redeeming quality, and what truly distinguishes him from his father.

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** Albert's ability to accept all sorts of humiliations with relative dignity--from being seduced by a servant-boy (whom he thinks is a woman until he gets a knife pointed at his face), to being forced to call off a duel with the Count, to [[spoiler:giving his up his wealth and name after he finds out what kind of man his father is]]--is ultimately his most redeeming quality, and what truly distinguishes him from his father.



** Danglars calls himself a man of the people, but uses his title when talking to his social inferiors and not when he's sucking up to his inferiors.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Both Albert and the Count have such great aim that they can shoot at playing cards with pinpoint precision. The Count makes an entire ''deck'' out of blank cards.

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** Danglars calls himself a man of the people, but uses his title when talking to his social inferiors and not when he's sucking up to his inferiors.
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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Both Albert and the Count have such great aim that they can shoot at playing cards with pinpoint precision.precision (Beauchamp's skill is about as the same as Albert). The Count makes an entire ''deck'' out of blank cards.



* InheritanceMurder: Valentine's maternal grandfather dies on the way to Paris, soon followed by her grandmother, making Valentine the heir (her mother died young and her father remarried). Then it turns out someone's been trying to poison her paternal grandfather, though fortunately his AcquiredPoisonImmunity saves him. Due to the motives, the family doctor starts suspecting Valentine herself until she too is poisoned. It turns out it was her stepmother who wanted her own son to inherit both family's fortunes.

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* InheritanceMurder: Valentine's maternal grandfather dies on the way to Paris, soon followed by her grandmother, making Valentine the heir (her mother died young and her father remarried). Then it turns out someone's been trying to poison her paternal grandfather, though fortunately his AcquiredPoisonImmunity saves him. Due to the motives, the family doctor starts suspecting Valentine herself until she too is poisoned. It turns out it was her [[spoiler:her stepmother who wanted her own son son]] to inherit both family's fortunes.



** Dantes himself tries to [[InvokedTrope enforce]] this trope during his time as the Count of Monte Cristo, with mixed success. He rewards Monsieur Morrel, the one person who always believed in Dantes and actually put himself at risk to lobby for Dantes' release from his unjust imprisonment, but then [[spoiler:nearly ruins the life of Morrel's son Maximilien by inadvertantly using the woman Maximilien loves as a pawn in one of his schemes]]. He destroys the lives of the men who destroyed his, but with considerable collateral damage, [[spoiler:particularly among their innocent children: Edouard de Villefort is murdered, Valentine de Villefort would have suffered the same fate if Maximilien had not interceded for her, and Albert Morcerf would have been killed too if Mercedes had not intereceded for him. Mercedes herself is his big failure: all his cleverness is insufficient to provide her with the happiness she deserves]].

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** Dantes himself tries to [[InvokedTrope enforce]] this trope during his time as the Count of Monte Cristo, with mixed success. He rewards Monsieur Morrel, the one person who always believed in Dantes and actually put himself at risk to lobby for Dantes' release from his unjust imprisonment, but then [[spoiler:nearly ruins the life of Morrel's son Maximilien by inadvertantly using the woman Maximilien loves as a pawn in one of his schemes]]. He destroys the lives of the men who destroyed his, but with considerable collateral damage, [[spoiler:particularly among their innocent children: Edouard de Villefort is murdered, Valentine de Villefort would have suffered the same fate if Maximilien had not interceded for her, and Albert Morcerf would have been killed too if Mercedes had not intereceded interceded for him.him, and at the end he joins the army as a DeathSeeker. Mercedes herself is his big failure: all his cleverness is insufficient to provide her with the happiness she deserves]].



* RedHerring: d'Avrigny believes that [[spoiler:Valentine]] is the poisoner. It's actually [[spoiler:Madame de Villefort...Valentine's stepmom]].

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* RedHerring: d'Avrigny believes that [[spoiler:Valentine]] is the poisoner. It's actually [[spoiler:Madame de Villefort...Valentine's stepmom]].stepmother]].



* ShipperOnDeck: When the Count is [[spoiler:writing up his will before the duel]], he hopes that Morrel will marry Haydée, before learning Morrel already has his sights on someone.

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* ShipperOnDeck: When the Count is [[spoiler:writing up his will before the duel]], he hopes that Morrel will marry Haydée, before learning Morrel already has his sights on someone.someone ([[spoiler:had he known that someone was Valentine, the rest of the book would have been very different indeed.]]).
* ShoutOut: "That's a mountain, not a name" has a similar counterpart in ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' (Monte-Cristo is an island in the Mediterranean, Athos is a mountain in Greece).



* SoundingItOut: When General Nortier forces Franz Depinay to read aloud the true account of [[spoiler:his father's death, previously believed to be a suicide]]

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* SoundingItOut: When General Nortier Noirtier forces Franz Depinay to read aloud the true account of [[spoiler:his father's death, previously believed to be a suicide]]suicide]].



* SurpriseIncest: Narrowly avoided [[spoiler: Eugenie and Andrea/Benedetto are half siblings, sharing the same mother.]]

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* SurpriseIncest: Narrowly avoided avoided: [[spoiler: Eugenie and Andrea/Benedetto are half siblings, sharing the same mother.]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Major Cavalcanti, Benedetto's fake father chosen by the Count, essentially disappears after Danglars takes a liking to Benedetto. Also the fate of Benedetto himself, who had committed many crimes and whose court sentence is never revealed after he exposes Villefort as his father. Franz also mostly disappears from the story after his [[spoiler:ruined engagement]], only briefly appearing at the [[spoiler:cut-off duel between the Count and Albert.]]

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** [[spoiler:"Edmond, you will not kill my son!"]] hits Edmond particularly hard, seeing as [[spoiler:it's the first time anyone's seen through his disguise.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Major Cavalcanti, Benedetto's fake father chosen by the Count, essentially disappears after Danglars takes a liking to Benedetto.Benedetto (to general satisfaction, as his rich aristocrat demeanor doesn't hold up very long in the presence of actual rich aristocrats). Also the fate of Benedetto himself, who had committed many crimes and whose court sentence is never revealed after he exposes Villefort as his father. Franz also mostly disappears from the story after his [[spoiler:ruined engagement]], only briefly appearing at the [[spoiler:cut-off duel between the Count and Albert.]]



* XanatosSpeedChess: Dantes has to rewrite a rather major part of his plans when he learns that Maximilien is truly and deeply in love with Valentine. Before that, [[spoiler:her death]] was just another step towards Villefort's planned DespairEventHorizon, forcing him to [[spoiler:give her a substance that fakes death long enough that he can get her sent to safety]].

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* XanatosSpeedChess: Dantes has to rewrite a rather major part of his plans when he learns that Maximilien is truly and deeply in love with Valentine. Before that, [[spoiler:her death]] was just another step towards Villefort's planned DespairEventHorizon, forcing him to [[spoiler:give her a substance that fakes death long enough that he can get her sent to safety]]. This, combined with the unintentional death of [[spoiler:Edouard]], makes him realize he's not as omnisciently good as he thinks he is, and he [[spoiler:resolves to let Danglars live instead.]]
3rd Jun '17 5:32:01 AM Psyclone
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Edmond Dantes is a guileless sailor experiencing a run of good luck: he has just been made captain of his ship, and is newly engaged to the beautiful Mercedes. On his wedding day, Fernand (Mercedes's cousin and Dantes's rival for her affections) and Danglars (Dantes' co-worker, who is jealous of the former's rise) decide to frame Dantes by sending an anonymous letter fingering him as a Napoleonic spy. Dantes is arrested and brought to crown prosecutor Villefort, who is initially sympathetic to Dantes until he finds a letter in his possession that would expose Villefort's father as a leader in a Neo-Bonapartist conspiracy. Taking no chances, he destroys the evidence of Dantes' innocence and fast-tracks him to the Chateau d'If, a {{hellhole prison}} for enemies of the state.

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Edmond Dantes is a guileless sailor experiencing a run of good luck: he has just been made captain of his ship, and is newly engaged to the beautiful Mercedes. On his wedding day, Fernand (Mercedes's cousin and Dantes's rival for her affections) and Danglars (Dantes' co-worker, who is jealous of the former's rise) rise to captain) decide to frame Dantes by sending an anonymous letter fingering him as a Napoleonic spy. Dantes is arrested and brought to crown prosecutor Villefort, who is initially sympathetic to Dantes until he finds a letter in his possession that would expose Villefort's father as a leader in a Neo-Bonapartist conspiracy. Taking no chances, he destroys the evidence of Dantes' innocence and fast-tracks him to the Chateau d'If, a {{hellhole prison}} for enemies of the state.
2nd May '17 12:27:15 AM Golondrina
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

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* {{Lost In Imitation}}

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* {{Swashbuckler}}

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25th Mar '17 12:04:55 PM fruitstripegum
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* DaddysGirl: Good men have good relationships with their daughters. Haydee loved her father and remains devoted to his memory, and M. Morrel is loved by his daughter Julie. On the other hand, Eugenie Danglars and her father couldn't care less about each other, and Villefort ignores Valentine (though Valentine is very close to her grandfather, a better man than his son).


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* DaddysGirl: Good men have good relationships with their daughters. Haydee loved her father and remains devoted to his memory, and M. Morrel is loved by his daughter Julie. On the other hand, Eugenie Danglars and her father couldn't care less about each other, and Villefort ignores Valentine (though Valentine is very close to her grandfather, a better man than his son).
7th Jan '17 6:33:05 PM Gamermaster
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* NestedOwnership: Edmond mentions this trope while explaining to Baptistin why he won't allow Baptistin's embezzlement to continue.
-->''Though a servant, you yourself have servants who take care of your laundry and your belongings. [...]Nowhere will you find a position comparable to the one that good fortune has gotten you here.''
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