History Literature / TheHorseAndHisBoy

9th Oct '17 7:44:02 PM Chariset
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* ChangelingFantasy: [[spoiler:Shasta, a peasant orphan, turns out to be the long-lost prince of Archenland]]. Atypically for the trope, [[spoiler:Shasta]] is kind of dismayed by the fact that this means he'll have to be king one day, and his brother is only too happy to be relieved of the responsibility. ("I shan't have to be king! It's princes that get all the fun!")

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* ChangelingFantasy: [[spoiler:Shasta, a peasant orphan, turns out to be the long-lost prince of Archenland]]. Atypically for the trope, [[spoiler:Shasta]] is kind of he feels overwhelmed and dismayed by the fact because that this means he'll have to be king one day, and his brother is only too happy to be relieved of the responsibility.bumped down to SpareToTheThrone. ("I shan't have to be king! It's princes that get all the fun!")



* GoodOldFisticuffs: Corin is an outstanding boxer even as a boy -- it takes three Calormene watchmen to subdue him -- and, as an adult, punches out a ''bear'', thus earning the name [[AwesomeMccoolname Corin Thunder-Fist]].

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* GoodOldFisticuffs: Corin is an outstanding boxer even as a boy -- it takes three Calormene watchmen to subdue him -- and, as an adult, punches out a ''bear'', thus earning the name [[AwesomeMccoolname [[AwesomeMcCoolname Corin Thunder-Fist]].



* IdenticalStranger: Shasta is mistaken for Prince Corin of Archenland. [[spoiler:Subverted, since they're actually twin brothers.]]



* OldManMarryingAChild: Aravis is somewhere in her early teens when betrothed to Ahosta Tarkaan. Bree explains that all Calormene noblewomen marry young.

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* OldManMarryingAChild: Aravis is somewhere in her early teens when betrothed to Ahosta Tarkaan. Bree explains that all Calormene noblewomen marry young.young, though her WickedStepmother is implied to be rushing her out of the house earlier than usual.



* OvershadowedByAwesome: As grown men, Cor is the more dangerous of the twins, because he is a better swordsman, but Corin is the famous hero, because he once boxed with a bear and won.

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: As grown men, Cor is the more dangerous of the twins, because he is becomes a better swordsman, but Corin is the famous hero, because he once boxed with gains eternal fame as a bear and won.boxer.



* {{Pride}}: One of Bree's defining characteristics, perhaps as a result of being both the only talking horse surrounded by dumb animals and pampered as a prize warhorse for a Calormene official. It later backfires on him, as he becomes neurotic about what "proper" Narnian horses do (whereas Hwin states that she's just going to do what makes her happy), [[spoiler: and only by admitting that his own weaknesses and insecurities after abandoning Hwin and Aravis to the lion while Shasta runs back to help does he become a better and humbler person]]. Similarly, the text notes that Rabadash could endure almost anything the northerners could do to him, [[spoiler: but not Aslan ruining his reputation forever]].

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* {{Pride}}: One of Bree's defining characteristics, perhaps as a result of being both the only talking horse surrounded by dumb animals and pampered as a prize warhorse for a Calormene official. It later backfires on him, as he becomes neurotic about what "proper" Narnian horses do (whereas Hwin states that she's just going to do what makes her happy), [[spoiler: and only by admitting that his own weaknesses and insecurities after abandoning Hwin and Aravis to the lion while Shasta runs back to help does he become a better and humbler person]]. Similarly, the text notes that Rabadash could endure almost anything the northerners could do to him, [[spoiler: wouldn't fear any torture, but not Aslan ruining his reputation forever]].he can't bear to be humiliated.



* RoyalBlood: Besides the usual suspects, [[spoiler: Shasta, whose real name is Cor, the heir to the throne of Archenland.]]

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* RoyalBlood: Besides the usual suspects, [[spoiler: Shasta, whose real name is Cor, Cor]], the heir to the throne of Archenland.]]



* SmugSnake: Ye gods, Prince Rabadash, get your feet on the ground! Ahoshta Tarkaan as well, being a slimy advisor who fancies himself the power behind the throne.
* SpareToTheThrone: Turns out [[spoiler: Shasta was one of two princes of Archenland and had been kidnapped as a baby. As the older twin, guess who's next for the throne? His twin brother is delighted when this is discovered, not wanting the throne anyway]].
** Prince Rabadash's father the Tisroc (may he live forever) allows his eldest son to attack Archenland and Narnia specifically because the prince is {{hot blooded}}, hard to control, and [[WeHaveReserves easily replaceable]], the Tisroc having 18 other sons.

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* SmugSnake: Ye gods, Prince Rabadash, get your feet on the ground! Rabadash! Ahoshta Tarkaan as well, being a slimy advisor adviser who fancies himself the power behind the throne.
* SpareToTheThrone: Turns out [[spoiler: Shasta Shasta]] was one of two princes of Archenland and had been kidnapped as a baby. As the older twin, guess who's next for the throne? His twin brother is delighted when this is discovered, not wanting the throne anyway]].
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** Prince Rabadash's father the Tisroc (may he live forever) allows his eldest son to attack Archenland and Narnia specifically because the prince is {{hot blooded}}, hard to control, and [[WeHaveReserves easily replaceable]], the easy to replace]] (the Tisroc having 18 has a lot of other sons.sons).



** When he becomes Tisroc Rabadash doesn't send his Tarkhaans to win victories while he is stuck near Tashbaan, as them gaining fame at his expense may cause them to become this.

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** When he becomes Tisroc Tisroc, Rabadash doesn't send go to war against his Tarkhaans to neighbors because his generals might win victories glory while he is he's stuck near Tashbaan, as them gaining fame at his expense may cause them to become this.home, and "that is how Tisrocs get overthrown."



* UnreliableNarrator: When Aravis is talking about how Hwin convinced her not to kill herself, Hwin mentions she didn't talk as well as that, to which Bree says Aravis is telling the story in the grand Calormene style.
* UptownGirl: [[spoiler: Though it evens out by the time they actually marry.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: When Aravis is talking about tells how Hwin convinced her not to kill herself, Hwin mentions comments that she didn't talk as well as that, to which wasn't nearly so eloquent, but Bree says Aravis is telling the story knows it's just storytelling in the grand Calormene style.
* UptownGirl: Aravis to Shasta. [[spoiler: Though it evens out by the time they actually marry.]]
29th Sep '17 7:35:54 PM Tarlonniel
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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Aravis and Lasaraleen have this dynamic when the former hides in the home of the latter.

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* TitleDrop: One of the long-recounted legends from the Golden Age of Narnia is known as the tale of 'The Horse and His Boy' (Eustace and Jill hear it in ''The Silver Chair'', before this book was published but after Lewis had already written it).
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Aravis and is the tomboy to Lasaraleen's girly-girl. When they meet after some years apart, each finds the other boring -- Lasaraleen have this dynamic when the former hides in the home doesn't understand why Aravis wants to dress like a boy and do rough things, whilst Aravis can't stand Lasaraleen's whirl of the latter.parties and dresses.
16th Aug '17 12:41:33 PM SeptimusHeap
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** We're not told exactly why Bree thought Shasta should [[FateWorseThanDeath rather be dead]] than be Anradin's slave but since Anradin was buying him because he was [[EveryoneLovesBlondes fair and beautiful]], [[{{Shotacon}} we can]] [[DepravedHomosexual guess...]]
12th Jul '17 11:38:33 AM DocWildNole
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* ChekhovsGunman: This book introduces the Calormenes, their god Tash and their tense relationship with the Narnians - which will come into play in ''Literature/TheLastBattle''.

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* ChekhovsGunman: This book introduces details the Calormenes, society of the Calormenes (introduced briefly in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''), their god Tash and their tense relationship with the Narnians - which will come into play in short, setting up ''Literature/TheLastBattle''.



* DeadpanSnarker: Many, but one especially takes the cake. When the Tisroc[[note]]"May he live forever."[[/note]] has a meeting with eldest son Rabadash (who automatically wishes him well), he points out, essentially, 'Well, you may never inherit if I live forever, as you seem to constantly wish...'.

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* DeadpanSnarker: Many, but one especially takes the cake. When the Tisroc[[note]]"May he live forever."[[/note]] has a meeting with eldest son Rabadash, the son rather begrudgingly gives the standard salutation. Later in the discussion, Rabadash (who automatically wishes him well), he points out, essentially, 'Well, you may never inherit opines that High King Peter will overlook the planned kidnapping of Susan in order to have "his nephew and grand nephew on the throne of Calormen." Not only is Rabadash wrong but the Tisroc replies, '' "He will not see that if I live forever, forever as you seem to constantly wish...'.is no doubt your wish." ''



* ExactEavesdropping: Both Aravis and Shasta learn crucial information when, through no intent or fault of their own, they overhear secret councils of the highest levels of government: [[spoiler: Aravis and Lasaraleen hide in the room which the Tisroc, the Vizier and Rabadash choose to plan the sneak attack on Anvard and the kidnapping of Susan; Shasta is mistaken for Corin and hears Tumnus explain his plan of escape from Tashbaan to Queen Susan, King Edmund and the rest of the Narnian embassy.]] Of course, since we ''are'' in the Narnian universe, ThereAreNoCoincidences.



* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Queen Lucy brings her bow to bear against Rabadash and his SneakAttack, while even Corin and Shasta ride into the melee. To be fair, the latter is in direct disobedience to King Edmund's express command, but still, none of the front-line fighters is even implied to be female.



** Corin's off-hand description of Susan becomes utterly chilling in the light of ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', though Lewis scholars are undecided whether this is a case of ProductionForeshadowing or HarsherInHindsight.



* LastStand: Discussed, [[spoiler: but ultimately averted and slightly deconstructed. It's pointed out that while they make for noble stories, they don't do much good beyond that, as the house ultimately ends up burned to the ground. The Narnian court decides to sneak away with a clever ruse instead.]]

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* LastStand: Discussed, [[spoiler: but ultimately averted and slightly deconstructed. It's pointed out that [[spoiler: while they make for noble stories, they don't do much good beyond that, as the house ultimately ends up burned to the ground. The Narnian court decides to sneak away with a clever ruse instead.]]



* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: In the backstory, one of Bar's knights sailed away with the young Prince Cor, [[HeroicSacrifice starving himself so the child might live on what little food they had]].]]

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* NoNameGiven: [[spoiler: In the backstory, one of Bar's knights [[spoiler: sailed away with the young Prince Cor, [[HeroicSacrifice starving himself so the child might live on what little food they had]].]]



* RunawayFiance: Aravis again. She was engaged to the much older Ahoshta Tarkaan, aka the Grand Vizier, as both a way to gain power for her nobleman father ''and'' an excuse for her WickedStepmother to get rid of her. We really only hear her side of the story, but it's clear that she doesn't want to marry the evil, ugly old politician, and it's easy to see why.

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* RunawayFiance: Aravis again. She was engaged to the much older Ahoshta Tarkaan, aka the Grand Vizier, as both a way to gain power for her nobleman father ''and'' an excuse for her WickedStepmother to get rid of her. We really only hear her side of the story, but it's clear that she doesn't want to marry the evil, ugly old politician, politician; the conference between her betrothed, the Tisroc, and it's easy to see why.Rabadash makes it equally clear that her initial judgment was sound.



* WhatTheHellHero: Shasta wonders what happened to the slave that Aravis drugged to escape. Aravis off-handedly mentions that she was probably punished, which Shasta (himself escaping from a life of slavery) points out as remarkably unfair. [[spoiler: As noted under LaserGuidedKarma, Aslan agrees.]]
* WickedStepmother: Aravis had one, and was one of the reasons why she left.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Shasta wonders what happened to the slave that Aravis drugged to escape. Aravis off-handedly mentions that she was probably punished, which Shasta (himself escaping from a life of slavery) points out as remarkably unfair. [[spoiler: As noted under [[spoiler: LaserGuidedKarma, Aslan agrees.]]
* WickedStepmother: Aravis had one, and who was one of the reasons why she left.



* XanatosGambit: The Tisroc's [[OverlyLongGag (may he live forever)]] plan in letting Rabadash off the leash to chase after Queen Susan: if he gets her, all well and good, and he'll not only have a potential long-term means of conquering Narnia, but Rabadash will get to let out some of the sort of hot-blooded passion that leads impatient princes to [[{{Patricide}} try accelerating the process of succession]]. Worst-case scenario, if he dies, well, that's a threat to the throne gone, and the Tisroc (may he live forever) has other sons. [[spoiler: Aslan's intervention ends up preventing either of these outcomes from happening; it's not really mentioned what the Tisroc thinks about the end result.]]

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* XanatosGambit: The Tisroc's [[OverlyLongGag (may he live forever)]] forever) plan in letting Rabadash off the leash to chase after Queen Susan: if he gets her, all well and good, and he'll not only have a potential long-term means of conquering Narnia, but Rabadash will get to let out some of the sort of hot-blooded passion that leads impatient princes to [[{{Patricide}} try accelerating the process of succession]]. Worst-case scenario, if he dies, well, that's a threat to the throne gone, and the Tisroc [[OverlyLongGag (may he live forever) forever)]] has other sons. [[spoiler: Aslan's intervention ends up preventing either of these outcomes from happening; it's not really mentioned what the Tisroc thinks about the end result.]]
31st Mar '17 4:56:52 PM PaulA
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* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: It is revealed at the end that when Shasta was a baby, there was a prophecy that one day he would save Archenland from its greatest danger. A Calormene agent, correctly presuming that this great danger would be an incursion from Calormen, kidnapped him in an attempt to prevent the prophecy coming true. Circumstances prevented him from killing the baby, which was raised in Calormen, and eventually got wind of Prince Rabadash's plot to invade Archenland, and so the prophecy came true.
31st Mar '17 4:51:33 PM PaulA
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* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: (And then they end up becoming one.) Aravis and Shasta become so used to fighting and making up again that they get married [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "to go on doing it more conveniently."]]

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* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: (And then they end up becoming one.) Aravis and Shasta become so used to fighting and making up again that they get married [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "to go on doing it more conveniently."]]"
23rd Jan '17 10:45:47 AM Chariset
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSmething: King Lune and all the Narnian royalty are active in battle, with the possible exception of Queen Susan.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSmething: RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: King Lune and all the Narnian royalty are active in battle, battle as a matter of course, with the possible exception of Queen Susan. Susan. Prince Corin sneaks into the Battle of Anvard, dragging Shasta with him, and the only reason he's not officially in the fighting is because of his age.
23rd Jan '17 10:44:09 AM Chariset
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Ahoshta and the Tisroc (may he live forever) give Rabadash permission to invade Narnia, Ahoshta helps the Tisroc (may he live forever) justify his decision to send his own son go into a situation that will probably get him killed. It's meant to show Ahoshta as an amoral YesMan -- and the Tisroc not much better -- but then it's not like anyone would really miss Rabadash.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: After Ahoshta and the Tisroc (may he live forever) give Rabadash permission to invade Narnia, Ahoshta helps the Tisroc (may he live forever) justify his decision to send his own son go into a situation that will probably get him killed. It's meant to show Ahoshta as an amoral YesMan -- and the Tisroc not much better -- but then it's not like anyone would really miss Rabadash.


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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSmething: King Lune and all the Narnian royalty are active in battle, with the possible exception of Queen Susan.
5th Jan '17 5:36:57 AM silverman2020
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*IHaveYouNowMyPretty:What Rabadash plans to do to Susan.



* Yandere:Rabadash wants to invade all of Narnia to [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty force her to be his.]]
27th Dec '16 12:01:12 PM dunicha
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** Also, Rabadash in a way - once he became King, since he couldn't go to war [[spoiler:unless he wanted to turn into a donkey again]] so he did wonderful things for Calormene's education system and became a fine diplomat. Of course, the Calormenes didn't appreciate a Good King, what with being AlwaysChaoticEvil, and started making fun of him as soon as he passed away.

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** Also, Rabadash in a way - way: once he became King, since he couldn't go to war [[spoiler:unless he wanted to turn into a donkey again]] so again]], he did wonderful things for Calormene's education system and became a fine diplomat. Of course, the Calormenes didn't appreciate a Good King, what with being AlwaysChaoticEvil, and started making fun of him as soon as he passed away.
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