History Literature / TheHeroicLegendOfArslan

20th Jun '16 3:32:58 AM Adept
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[[caption-width-right:225:The 2015 adaptation by HiromuArakawa]]

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19th Jun '16 1:23:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Expy}}: The Lusitanian commander Guiscard, being a relatively more martial and competent commander than his brother (King Innocentius VII), coupled with his revealed desire to depose his brother and become King himself, is textbook ''Theatre/RichardIII''. His being a more ruthless commander with a very pragmatic (sometimes even disdainful) approach to the political uses of his faith also makes him similar to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Borgia Cesare Borgia]], the man who inspired NiccoloMachiavelli's ''ThePrince''.

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* {{Expy}}: The Lusitanian commander Guiscard, being a relatively more martial and competent commander than his brother (King Innocentius VII), coupled with his revealed desire to depose his brother and become King himself, is textbook ''Theatre/RichardIII''. His being a more ruthless commander with a very pragmatic (sometimes even disdainful) approach to the political uses of his faith also makes him similar to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Borgia Cesare Borgia]], the man who inspired NiccoloMachiavelli's ''ThePrince''.Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli's ''Literature/ThePrince''.
5th Jun '16 12:44:37 PM Nachtwandler
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The series is currently on hiatus at 13 volumes; the first having been published in 1986 and the series not yet complete, although volume 7 marks a sort of halfway conclusion.

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The series is currently was on hiatus at 13 volumes; volumes but two more volumes were published as of late and 16th is planned to be the last; the first having been published in 1986 and the series not yet complete, although volume 7 marks a sort of halfway conclusion.
18th May '16 10:53:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* CoolMask: Hirmes/Silvermask's mask has large bull horns (one wonders how strong his neck must be). The mask is toned down in Arakawa's adaptation, which looks like an amalgam of a mask a CharClone would wear (as befits Silvermask's status as TheAce and TheRival) and that of [[FlameOfRecca Kurei's initial mask]] (intending to hide facial burns, as befits [[CainAndAbel being the "Cain" to Arslan's "Abel"]]).

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* CoolMask: Hirmes/Silvermask's mask has large bull horns (one wonders how strong his neck must be). The mask is toned down in Arakawa's adaptation, which looks like an amalgam of a mask a CharClone would wear (as befits Silvermask's status as TheAce and TheRival) and that of [[FlameOfRecca [[Manga/FlameOfRecca Kurei's initial mask]] (intending to hide facial burns, as befits [[CainAndAbel being the "Cain" to Arslan's "Abel"]]).
26th Apr '16 11:24:26 PM Sagetsu
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* {{Ninja}}: Oddly, Tus's design in the 2015 Arakawa adaptation gives him a mesh undershirt, a forehead protector and kunai amongst his kit--making him look like more an exile from the {{Manga/Naruto}} universe than anything.
16th Apr '16 6:04:10 PM KantonKage
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* ReusedCharacterDesign: In Hiromu Arakawa's manga, the characters bear strong resemblances to characters of her other work ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''; Arslan looks like Edward with Alphonse's expressions and white hair, Daryun resembles Kimblee, Etoile has Alphonse's appearance and Edward's expressions and his personality and [[spoiler:after the time skip, she looks more like Hawkeye]], Farangis' looks and demeanor resembles Lust and her facial structure resembles Lan Fan, etc.
21st Dec '15 9:08:33 AM Sagetsu
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* DefectorFromDecadence: In a story quite morally-ambiguous as this, the defection of men such as [[spoiler: Kharlan, Xandes and Sam]] to serving Lusitania under Silvermask's command is treated as such. Their justification is that [[spoiler: Silvermask is Hermes, the original heir to the throne of King Osroes V (up until his brother Andragoras III seized kingship after killing him). To them, their aiding Lusitania to destroy Andragoras's rule is less being TheQuisling and more engineering RightfulKingReturns. Of course, [[XanatosGambitPileup Arslan and his faction has other ideas]].]]

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* DefectorFromDecadence: In a story quite morally-ambiguous as this, the defection of men such as [[spoiler: Kharlan, Xandes and Sam]] to serving Lusitania under Silvermask's command is treated as such. Their justification is that [[spoiler: Silvermask is Hermes, the original heir to the throne of King Osroes V (up until his brother Andragoras III seized kingship after killing him). To them, their aiding Lusitania to destroy Andragoras's rule is less being TheQuisling and more engineering RightfulKingReturns. Of course, [[XanatosGambitPileup [[GambitPileup Arslan and his faction has other ideas]].]]



** This is also arguably the cause of [[spoiler: [[PutOnaBus Gieve's "exile"]]]] With Arslan's army slowly becoming more "formalized" and staffed with the traditional Parsian nobility, the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits loose nature of his in-exile inner circle]], despite having proven themselves as TrueCompanions, needed to be integrated in this formal command.[[note]]As is, Daryun's position as general is a given; Narsus remains an in-house strategist, just not the most prominent (with Elam and Arfrid, despite her being from a bandit clan, functioning as his lieutenants), Farangis's position as a priestess of Mithra grants his army religious legitimacy, and Jaswant, being a representative of the Shindran alliance, gives him diplomatic immunity]].[[/note]] Gieve, as it is, is too much of a loose cannon which does not fit into the chain of command. [[spoiler: Of course, it eventually appeared that Gieve was sent on a secret mission to secure "something" which will legitimize Arslan's claim to a throne--which is virtually intelligence work.]]

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** This is also arguably the cause of [[spoiler: [[PutOnaBus Gieve's "exile"]]]] With Arslan's army slowly becoming more "formalized" and staffed with the traditional Parsian nobility, the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits loose nature of his in-exile inner circle]], despite having proven themselves as TrueCompanions, needed to be integrated in this formal command.[[note]]As is, Daryun's position as general is a given; Narsus remains an in-house strategist, just not the most prominent (with Elam and Arfrid, despite her being from a bandit clan, functioning as his lieutenants), Farangis's position as a priestess of Mithra grants his army religious legitimacy, and Jaswant, being a representative of the Shindran alliance, gives him diplomatic immunity]].immunity.[[/note]] Gieve, as it is, is too much of a loose cannon which does not fit into the chain of command. [[spoiler: Of course, it eventually appeared that Gieve was sent on a secret mission to secure "something" which will legitimize Arslan's claim to a throne--which is virtually intelligence work.]]
21st Dec '15 9:06:47 AM Sagetsu
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21st Dec '15 8:57:44 AM Sagetsu
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** Simultaneous to this is the cause of Gieve's "exile."

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** Simultaneous to this This is also arguably the cause of [[spoiler: [[PutOnaBus Gieve's "exile.""exile"]]]] With Arslan's army slowly becoming more "formalized" and staffed with the traditional Parsian nobility, the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits loose nature of his in-exile inner circle]], despite having proven themselves as TrueCompanions, needed to be integrated in this formal command.[[note]]As is, Daryun's position as general is a given; Narsus remains an in-house strategist, just not the most prominent (with Elam and Arfrid, despite her being from a bandit clan, functioning as his lieutenants), Farangis's position as a priestess of Mithra grants his army religious legitimacy, and Jaswant, being a representative of the Shindran alliance, gives him diplomatic immunity]].[[/note]] Gieve, as it is, is too much of a loose cannon which does not fit into the chain of command. [[spoiler: Of course, it eventually appeared that Gieve was sent on a secret mission to secure "something" which will legitimize Arslan's claim to a throne--which is virtually intelligence work.]]
21st Dec '15 8:46:23 AM Sagetsu
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* AdaptationDistillation: The themes and cultural trappings exhibited in adaptations of ''Arslan Senki'' (both the OVA and the 2015 TV anime) borrow less from the original Persian epic ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Arsalan Amir Arsalan]] (امیر ارسلان نامدار)'' and more from the longer epic poem by Firdusi, the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh Shahnameh]] (شاهنامه‎ , "The Book of Kings")''. One of the main characters of ''Shahnameh'', Kai Khosrau, was acknowledged InUniverse to be the founder of Pars. His story arc of losing his kingdom and then rightfully regaining it is also basically Arslan's current plotline. Noted female characters (such as Farangis and Queen Tahamine) get their names from noble ladies featured in the epic as well, with their personalities not entirely different from the originals.

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* AdaptationDistillation: The themes and cultural trappings exhibited in adaptations of ''Arslan Senki'' (both the OVA and the 2015 TV anime) borrow less from the original Persian epic ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Arsalan Amir Arsalan]] (امیر ارسلان نامدار)'' and more from the longer epic poem by Firdusi, the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh Shahnameh]] (شاهنامه‎ , "The Book of Kings")''. One of the main characters of ''Shahnameh'', Kai Khosrau, Khosrow (کیخسرو), was acknowledged InUniverse to be the founder of Pars. His story arc of losing his kingdom and then rightfully regaining it is also basically Arslan's current plotline. Noted female Many supporting and side characters borrow their names from some characters inside ''Shanameh'' (such as Gieve, Farangis and Queen Tahamine) get their names from noble ladies featured in the epic as well, with their personalities not entirely different varying similarity from the originals.



* ArrowsOnFire: Used to light a deep trench spanning an entire plain covered in oil--the opening of the Battle of Atropatene where [[spoiler: a bulk of the Parsian army were killed in the flames]].

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* ArrowsOnFire: Used to light a deep trench spanning an entire plain covered in oil--the oil--which served as the opening of the Battle of Atropatene where [[spoiler: a bulk of the Parsian army were killed in the flames]].



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The Shindran agent Jaswant (who is loyal to Grand Vizier Mahendra, serving Crown Prince Gadevi) was sent to infiltrate Prince Rajendra's ranks and sabotage his alliance with Arslan. Being exposed to the [[GenreSavvy strategic excellence]] of Pars's leadership (particularly Narsus) cemented his respect for them, but still remained loyal to Mahendra. Arslan's mercy towards him after being outed as TheMole, however, was what led him to save Arslan's entourage when the sacred duel between Gadevi and Rajendra's proxies went downhill. [[VillainousBreakdown Gadevi losing it]] and [[BadBoss killing Mahendra]] was just the icing on the cake.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Kahran.

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The Shindran agent Jaswant (who is loyal to Grand Vizier Mahendra, serving Crown Prince Gadevi) was sent to infiltrate Prince Rajendra's ranks and sabotage his alliance with Arslan. Being exposed to the [[GenreSavvy strategic excellence]] of Pars's leadership (particularly Narsus) cemented his respect for them, but still remained loyal to Mahendra. Arslan's mercy towards him after being outed as TheMole, however, was what led him to save Arslan's entourage when (when the sacred duel between Gadevi and Rajendra's proxies went downhill.downhill). [[VillainousBreakdown Gadevi losing it]] and [[BadBoss killing Mahendra]] was just the icing on the cake.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Kahran.Kharlan.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: Arslan is normally gentle, soft-spoken, patient and doesn't like violence. However, when Rajendra cynically puts Darun's life in danger, he snaps, draws his sword and tells Rajendra that if Darun doesn't survive the fight, he, Arslan, will personally have Rajendra's head. This comes as a surprise not only to Rajendra but also to Arslan's own followers.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Arslan is normally gentle, soft-spoken, patient and doesn't like violence. However, when Rajendra cynically puts Darun's Daryun's life in danger, he snaps, draws his sword and tells Rajendra that if Darun Daryun doesn't survive the fight, he, Arslan, will personally have Rajendra's head. This comes as a surprise not only to Rajendra but also to Arslan's own followers.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Narsus is a formidable strategist and statesman (think [[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Oberstein]]) who nevertheless regards himself an artist first and foremost. In the second part of the story he says he's a "Royal Court Artist who happens to be First Minister as well." Darun's utter and vocal distaste for Narsus's artwork is a running gag throughout the story, but while the first anime adaptation would have the viewers believe that Darun is too boneheaded to appreciate true art, the novel series and the Arakawa adaptation imply that Narsus's art does actually suck.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Narsus is a formidable strategist and statesman (think [[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Oberstein]]) who nevertheless regards himself an artist first and foremost. In the second part of the story he says he's a "Royal Court Artist who happens to be First Minister as well." Darun's Daryun's utter and vocal distaste for Narsus's artwork is a running gag throughout the story, but while the first anime adaptation would have the viewers believe that Darun Daryun is too boneheaded to appreciate true art, the novel series and the Arakawa adaptation imply that Narsus's art does actually suck.



* TheChampion: Darun to Arslan. At one point he makes it clear that he doesn't care whether or not Arslan is the rightful heir or even of royal blood, he's loyal to him as a person.

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* TheChampion: Darun Daryun to Arslan. At one point he makes it clear that he doesn't care whether or not Arslan is the rightful heir or even of royal blood, he's loyal to him as a person.



* DarkIsNotEvil: Darun dresses in all black, and in the novel he's known in-universe as the Black Knight.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Darun [[{{Deuteragonist}} Daryun]] dresses in all black, and in the novel he's known in-universe as the Black Knight.



* EasilyForgiven: Played with. Ars;an forgave Jaswant and Rajendra after several betrayals from both and spared their lives repeatedly. Jaswant would return the favour and would later [[spoiler: join Arslan's group]]. For Rajendra, however, certain restrictions after the latest betrayal were put in place.

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* EasilyForgiven: Played with. Ars;an Arslan forgave Jaswant and Rajendra after several betrayals from both and spared their lives repeatedly. Jaswant would return the favour and would later [[spoiler: join Arslan's group]]. For Rajendra, however, certain restrictions after the latest betrayal were put in place.



** Later in the series, one of the Marzban waylaid by Kharlan's betrayal, [[spoiler: Sam, already having done his own FaceHeelTurn out of respect to Hermes]], exposes himself publicly in order to destabilize the morale of Arslan's army. In this case, however, Arslan's army holds--presumably because he holds more of the remaining Marzban in his ranks, and all of them profess UndyingLoyalty to him right now.

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** Later in the series, one of the Marzban waylaid by Kharlan's betrayal, [[spoiler: Sam, already having done his own FaceHeelTurn out of respect to Hermes]], exposes himself publicly in order to destabilize the morale of Arslan's army. In this case, however, Arslan's army holds--presumably because holds nevertheless--sincee he holds more of the remaining Marzban in his ranks, and all of them profess UndyingLoyalty to him right now.


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* TheLastDJ: The series has some instances where the idea actually becomes a plot point:
** Narsus had this reputation at Andragoras's court, being the first (and so far, ''only'') Parsian noble to [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil free all his slaves]]--[[ValuesDissonance whose labor serves as the economic backbone of Pars]]. Thus, he is a source of unease to the traditional Parsian nobles who flocked to Arslan's standard. Hence, despite having served for almost the entire season as Arslan's ''de facto'' chancellor, he eventually chose to hand over the position of First Chancellor (for now) to the newcomer-but-most senior Lord Lucian. ([[ExactWords After all, his]] [[AlmightyJanitor "official commission" from Arslan is "Court Painter"]].)
** Simultaneous to this is the cause of Gieve's "exile."
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